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Christians Loving the Lord

Serving In Tulsa, OK
April 21, 2023
Community: Northeast
Partner: Tulsa Indian United Methodist Church
Staff: Bonita Nolden, Mark Nolden

We have Arrived!

by Mark Nolden | April 22, 2023 6:53 AM

After a day of travel that included a little sight seeing and a couple of good meals, we have arrived at Zion Community Church.  We got settled in our rooms, met Pastor Kevin, and had our orientation meeting.   After that we met to practice our skit that we prepared to use this week.  We are excited to see how God will use us this week. 

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Ephesians 2:10 NIV

We have Arrived!

So Grateful for your Support

by Mark Nolden | April 22, 2023 9:36 AM

We are so thankful to the students of St. Gertrude's.  They stepped up and chose to parter with us in God's work in Tulsa.   We are so thankful.

So Grateful for your Support

Tulsa Dream Center Spring Carnival

by Mark Nolden | April 22, 2023 3:47 PM

We started today with an early morning devotional to prepare our hearts for the day.  We then headed off to the Tulsa Dream Center to help with the spring carnival.  The Spring Carnival is an event for youth and families in Tulsa consisting of rides, food, games, and live Christian music.   In this photo we are helping to setup for the carnival.  We are excited to see how God will use us today.

Tulsa Dream Center Spring Carnival

Kids Games

by Mark Nolden | April 22, 2023 4:05 PM

One of our tasks today was to provide games for the kids.  Here we are at the start of the day.  Hundreds of youth enjoyed this game.  

It is awesome to see and be a part of the impact The Tulsa Dream Center is having in their community.  The Dream Center is making a huge difference in Tulsa by meeting both the physical and spiritual needs of youth and families.  We are blessed to be a part of their ministry.

And yes, it was a little cold today.

Kids Games

Food Prep

by Mark Nolden | April 22, 2023 4:27 PM

At the Dream Center Spring Carnival we also helped bag popcorn, cotton candy,  distribute meals,  and some of us did face painting.  It was a great day! 

Praise God for this awesome opportunity to serve others in Jesus' holy name.

Food Prep

Blessings for Youth in Tulsa

by Bonita Nolden | April 22, 2023 6:04 PM

We were so excited to pack backpacks full of school supplies purchased with ministry money provided by St. Gertrude's.  These will be given out tomorrow at the Tulsa Indian United Methodist Church's youth rally.

Blessings for Youth in Tulsa

Morning Devotional

by Mark Nolden | April 23, 2023 7:32 AM

At our morning devotional today we read and discussed the story of Nehemiah.  We discussed how God calls regular people such as ourselves to accomplish his work.  

Morning Devotional

Worship with the Tulsa Indian United Methodist Church

by Mark Nolden | April 23, 2023 9:21 PM

On Sunday morning we had an inspiring time of worship at the Tulsa Indian United Methodist Church.  We enjoyed singing Native hymns in the Kiowa, Osage, and Muskogee languages.  Pastor Larry brought us an awesome message from 1st Peter.  

But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”

1 Peter 1:15?-?16 

Worship with the Tulsa Indian United Methodist Church

Youth Rally and Backpack/School Supply Giveaway

by Mark Nolden | April 23, 2023 9:28 PM

We spent the afternoon giving out backpacks and school supplies to the youth in the Indian United Methodist Church neighborhood.   The kids were so excited to get them.  We also gave out hot dogs to the kids and their families.  In addition we gave out several Bibles.
Youth Rally and Backpack/School Supply Giveaway

Pastor Larry

by Mark Nolden | April 23, 2023 9:36 PM

What a blessing for us to serve alongside Pastor Larry.   He is passionate about bringing Christ to his neighborhood by meeting both spiritual and physical needs.
Pastor Larry

Sunday Evening Worship

by Mark Nolden | April 24, 2023 7:16 AM

Our day finished up by attending worship with Agape Church.   This was such a blessing!  Great worship music, deep and meaningful prayer, and a message about being "rooted" in Christ.

Sunday Evening Worship

Food and Clothing Pantry Giveaway

by Mark Nolden | April 24, 2023 1:59 PM

This morning we are back at the Tulsa Indian United Methodist Church.   We opened the food and clothing pantries to the local residents.   It was awesome to meet and pray with the people we met!  We hope they felt God's love.  

Food and Clothing Pantry Giveaway

Jesus is the Bread of Life

by Mark Nolden | April 24, 2023 2:42 PM

In John 6 Jesus met the people's physical need for bread when he fed the 5000.  Just following that He let them know that He is the bread of life.

Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.

John 6:35 NIV

While today we are meeting people's physical hunger,  our prayer is that they will come to Jesus to be fully satisfied.

Jesus is the Bread of Life

Oklahoma Food Bank

by Mark Nolden | April 24, 2023 5:01 PM

We had a great time packing bags of produce and boxes of food at the Oklahoma Food Bank.  This food will be going to elderly residents of Tulsa.  We packed enough food to provide 3445 meals.  After packing we were able to pray God's blessing over the food and for the people who will be receiving it.

Oklahoma Food Bank

Standpipe Hill Tulsa

by Mark Nolden | April 25, 2023 2:21 PM

Monday night we visited Standpipe Hill.  We had a great view of the city where we prayed  for Tulsa residents and the work we are doing in Tulsa this week.

Standpipe Hill Tulsa

Back at The Dream Center Today

by Mark Nolden | April 25, 2023 2:27 PM

Today we are back working at the Tulsa Dream Center.  First we received a tour of the facility and attended chapel with Dream Center staff and local Tulsa residents.  Then we helped with food distribution.   Now we are working in the clothing room.   
Back at The Dream Center Today

Testimony and Music at Lunch!

by Mark Nolden | April 25, 2023 2:37 PM

While at lunch we met Bobby Cevantes and were able to hear his testimony.  During his testimony he played us several beautiful songs that he had written.  Bobby was placed into hospice over a year ago and given a short time to live.  Since then he continued to pray that God would give him just one more day.   He has been using that time to give his testimony and play his music.  

It was such a blessing to meet him.

Testimony and Music at Lunch!

Native American Drums

by Mark Nolden | April 26, 2023 8:09 AM

Tuesday evening we were invited to attend drum practice at Pastor Larry's church.  It was an awesome experience to hear the Native drums and songs.

Native American Drums

City Lights

by Mark Nolden | April 26, 2023 6:07 PM

We had our final opportunity to serve on this trip this morning.  We helped out at City Lights.  The word lights stands for Loving Individuals, Giving Hope, Touching Souls.  We helped prepare clothing for distribution at their Thursday night event.  City Lights is doing great things in Tulsa,  we loved our time with them.  

City Lights

Our Final Evening

by Bonita Nolden | April 26, 2023 10:04 PM

Our final evening was spent enjoying Indian tacos with Pastor Larry.   The tacos were sooo delicious!  We then shared some skits we had prepared and heard Pastor Larry's inspiring testimony.   What a great week we have had and how the Lord has challenged us to grow through the service opportunities we had in Tulsa!

Our Final Evening

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Teresa Pauk

April 27, 2023 6:31 AM

This was my first mission trip ever and what an experience it has been!

Have a safe trip home🙏🙏

April 27, 2023 12:13 AM

Have a safe trip home. 🙏🙏

Joan Atkins

April 25, 2023 3:09 PM

God Bless all of you for your work in Tulsa. Been following you everyday

Teressia Kehr

April 25, 2023 11:06 AM

Thank you all for helping the Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma Fight Hunger!

Kari Beadner

April 22, 2023 7:24 AM

Welcome to Tulsa!! Thank you for serving this week!

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