The Oklahoma Wesleyan University Orange Movement (OM) is continuing its support of the Rahab House, a rescue home for trafficked girls in Southeast Asia, and other rescued street children in Myanmar, particularly through establishing scholarship funding for post-secondary training and education.

The OKWU OM Leadership team, comprised of First Lady Marci Piper and University Relations’ Assistant Director Heather Utzman, are joining with partner organization, Venture, on a running tour to raise awareness and funds for the International Justice Mission (IJM). On August 9-13, Marci and Heather, along with 10 other runners, will relay-run their way from New York City to Washington, D.C., ending at the IJM Headquarters.

“I have always been inspired by the way Venture and IJM as organizations seek biblical justice, striving to impact the kingdom in difficult places around the world,” said Piper, who also volunteers as the communications coordinator for IJM Oklahoma. “Venture’s motto of ‘We do tough things for people in tough places’ has always been a challenge to me, and this August, Heather and I are going to face a tough thing. We will be running 15+ miles per day for five days. Yes, that’s going to be really tough — but we will be doing it with these words from Venture in mind … ’So, we do tough things, we sacrifice, we go the extra mile to help — in prayer, giving, serving, running, cycling or hiking. Through this, we meet dire needs, restore dignity and provide Christ’s hope.’”

OM has renewed OKWU’s campus chapter of the International Justice Mission (IJM) that encourages students to get involved in fighting modern-day slavery. A group of students will be attending IJM’s International gathering in Dallas this September.