Although we are still 4 weeks away from OU and Rio’s spring break, the warmer weather and clear skies sure make me think it’s a lot closer. What does a groundhog know about weather patterns anyway? In all seriousness we’ve had an amazing start to the semester and have been enjoying the opportunities God has given us to fellowship and grow together.
Speaking of growing together, one of my favorite elements of our weekly worship gatherings is what we call a “ROC Talk.” For those who have never experienced this, a ROC Talk is a short testimony about something God is teaching our students, something they’ve learned, or an experience where they’ve seen God moving. Each week a different member of our community signs-up to share their ROC talk, and each week we get to hear an encouraging message about the ways God is moving in our group.
Last night was ROC’s annual Super Bowl party. It’s amazing to me, how many years this tradition dates back. Each year we post pictures of the event and hear from ROC alums from the 80s and 90’s who have fond memories of the event. This year’s party was held (for the first time I believe) in the ROC House. Our students enjoyed a host of games, prizes, and plenty of pizza thanks to our friends at Glosuter Church of Christ who sponsor a monthly meal for us. The ROC House was packed and loud, but we wouldn’t have it any other way.
I think many of us in the ROC community are excited for spring break. Not only for the break in classes and potential shift in the weather, but for the opportunity to once again hit the road and serve. This year for spring break ROC will be joining our friend Scott Shipman from Helping His Hands disaster relief ministry. We will be traveling to Benton, KY. Where Scott and Helping His Hands have been on the ground serving since the tornado first went through Western, KY back in December of 2021. Helping His Hands is now starting on their 3rd full home rebuild there and ROC is excited to be a part of that process.
Obviously ROC loves to serve. Another one of our mission partners we are excited to serve alongside is Lifeline Christian Mission in Columbus, Ohio. Lifeline supports and equips missionaries serving all around the world, advancing the Gospel and sharing the love of Christ. ROC is heading to their warehouse this weekend to spend time working in the warehouse and sort / prep donations that will go to mission fields abroad.
Thanks to each and every one of you who support ROC in prayer, financially, and in encouraging us in this kingdom work. I pray that these updates give you just a small glimpse of the eternal impact that you are making in the lives of students.