While Tulsa's history as an oil boomtown is well-known, many are less aware that it was also once home to one of the most vibrant black communities in the U.S. prior to the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. Now, 100 years later, we invite you to be part of a renewed effort to heal deep wounds, come together as a community, and build up the local Church in Tulsa to reach across social, economic, racial, and spiritual divides.
Tulsa, OK At A Glance
Once called the “Oil Capital of the World”, Tulsa is slowly transforming from a growing oil town to a thriving city with a lot to offer. The people of Tulsa show a mix of southern hospitality, old-west toughness, and midwest kindness that you won’t find anywhere else! While Tulsa’s history as an oil boomtown is well-known, many are less aware that it was also once home to one of the most vibrant black communities in the U.S. prior to the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. Now, just over 100 years later, we invite you to be part of a renewed effort to heal deep wounds, come together as a community, and build up the local Church in Tulsa to reach across social, economic, racial, and spiritual divides.
While serving on a Tulsa mission trip, your mission team will be able to work alongside local church partners to meet real needs. As you partner alongside a local church, your mission team will have the opportunity to learn more about Tulsa’s deep history with diversity. Dating back to before the Civil War, Tulsa has been deeply connected to the Native American community and in 2020, the Supreme Court actually ruled that Tulsa is Native American land.
In the early 1900s, the Greenwood neighborhood in Tulsa was home to one of the most prosperous Black communities in the United States. But in 1921, over 10,000 Black people lost their homes and an estimated 300 people died (most of them Black) during the Tulsa Race Massacre. It is said to be “the single worst incident of racial violence in American history.” Today, Tulsa is a city on the rise with a focus on reviving its city, and the Church is deeply invested in this renewal. Our Praying Pelican Missions staff will work with you to identify a partner in Tulsa that will be the right fit for your mission team. We will work with you to ensure your mission team will be able to use their gifts to support sustainable ministry as you serve under the direction of a local church in Tulsa. Leading up to your mission trip, our staff will work with you to prepare your mission team for the experience of serving in Tulsa.
Our goal is to foster long-term relationships between your mission team participants and the community members; we believe in the sustainable impact that ongoing, genuine partnerships can have. Our partners are ready and waiting for you to come and serve alongside them through a Tulsa mission trip. PPM is able to receive teams of all sizes, 10 on up to 150+, and trips are open to people of all ages. Come partner with a local church in Tulsa; learn from their history in race relations and experience what God is doing throughout the city!
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Group Registration Fee
Not included in participant cost
Transportation to/from Airport and Ministry Sites
Participation in Local Church Services
Floor-sleeping in a secure church, school or community center
Floor-sleeping lodging in a secure church, community center, or camp in the area
Meals provided, local restaurant experience
Meals cooked by local residents and restaurant meals
Recreation or Local Experience
Visit local museums or take in a sporting event.
Visit local museums or take in a sporting event.
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