I’m proud to say I’m an Okie.

I can’t say I’ve always felt that way. I remember in college asking God to let me live anywhere but my home state. And, just like God’s sense of humor, the job He provided was less than a few miles from where I grew up and went to school. He even placed me at a job where I would have to explain the Oklahoma roots for quite some time–WEOKIE Credit Union. Honest. And I was the marketing director! (side note: They were an incredible company to work for and God blessed me abundantly in that experience)

But for the past several years, I’ve grown to love my fair state, despite its outbreaks of tornadoes and rate of obesity. This is never more true during this time of the year when our office is in the midst of producing the Oklahoma State Missions Offering promotional materials. I get an up close and personal look at how Oklahoma Baptists are making a difference and impacting our state with the gospel. Just last week I stood by our Disaster Relief Director, Sam Porter, and watched our video crew film him explaining the impact Disaster Relief volunteers have made to tornado victims in recent weeks.

We filmed several chaplains and once again I realized the breadth of ministry our trained volunteers are making. Whether they are chaplains in prisons, hospitals, on the oilfied or comforting disaster victims, their impact reaches way beyond the church walls. (the picture in this post is an Oklahoma chaplain comforting a tornado victim in Joplin, MO)

I also saw a church plant in downtown Oklahoma City that is impacting their community. They meet in an inner city school and have adopted this school as an integral part of who they are. I watched neighborhood children walk through the doors and knew they were in a safe place where they would be loved and taught the truth of Jesus.

Yes, there’s a lot to love about Oklahoma.

And, by the way, our Thunder NBA team didn’t do too bad this year.