Well, oh my. I simply wrote the title to this post and found myself with a gigantic lump in my throat and something resembling moisture building in my eyes. When I think of all Ozark Christian College means to me, my family and SO MANY OTHERS, I am completely overwhelmed. Rather than being speechless, I find myself with story after story after story swirling around in my mind of the ways God has been at work through this small Bible college tucked away in the southernmost corner of Missouri.
Ozark Christian College can be found in the now infamous city of Joplin, MO. We have been blessed to have both of our sons attend there. One has graduated and one will graduate in May. I have been blessed to have the opportunity to share there by speaking to the young women of their campus on several occasions. In fact, am heading that way today. We have been blessed to house camp teams, professors and missionaries from Ozark in our home. We are blessed that their current president, Matt Proctor, is from our hometown and we are proud to call his parents not only mentors, but friends.
Ozark Christian College is a place where truth is taught, community is real, leaders are developed and Acts 1:8 is being lived out every day. It is a place where one can continually witness sacrifice, commitment, grace, growth, and generosity. It is a place where professors are teachers, friends, coaches, mentors and living examples of the gospel.
Ozark Christian College is a place where “Just One” can make a difference. It is a place where students and faculty are answering the call to serve Christ in their backyards and the backyards of the nations. Ozark Christian College is a place of transformation. It is a place we are thankful for every day. The video below shares glimpses into the differences being made in lives at Ozark Christian College. Oh yeah! And that football player turned soccer player near the beginning–that’s my kid, and this Thursday I’m thankful to be visiting him and our friends at OCC. (Jerky and cookie bars on their way!)