Stories

Visiting Our Compassion Center in Haiti

On Wednesday morning, August 7, Bobby Hart, First Baptist Tulsa chief operations officer, and I found ourselves driving some two hours over the roughest roads that the country of Haiti has to offer. But every bump in the road was worth enduring when we arrived at the community of Dame located on Haiti’s north coast. It is here that First contributed to building a church which hosts Compassion Project HA926. It was hard for our team to imagine that only a few months earlier the location of the church was an undeveloped hillside... 


Alyssa & Chelsea's Story

Last December, on Compassion Sunday at First Baptist Tulsa, my family and I sponsored a little girl from Haiti named Chelsea. I got to choose who we sponsored and Chelsea was close to my sister’s age and was a beautiful little girl who stood out to me. When I found out about the trip to Haiti to see the new church and Compassion project, I jumped at the chance to go with my dad...


Student Mission Trip to Ecuador

Student mission trips provide exciting and fun opportunities to share the gospel in different cultures, all-the- while experiencing the hardship of leaving the comforts of home behind. This past week we took 17 students and adults to Quito, Ecuador to aid two new church startups in a country where between six and eight percent of the population claim to be Evangelical Christian...


The Zachary Family's Estate Plan Experience

Have you ever considered an estate plan? What is holding you back? The fact is, most adults do not have a will or trust, but we all need one, regardless of the size of our bank account. The First Baptist Church of Tulsa Foundation has partnered with the Baptist Foundation of Oklahoma (BFOK) to encourage an estate plan for every family at First Baptist Tulsa. BFOK can reimburse a portion of your attorney fees for a will or trust, if 10% of your estate is left to a partnering ministry of your choice (including the First Baptist Foundation), making most plans free...


Encountering Jesus at Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School (VBS) is my favorite week of the summer. The summer I turned seven I turned my life over to Christ at VBS! I know what a life-changing experience it was for me, and I always pray children will have the same life changing-experience that I did all those years ago...


More Than School Supplies

When I hear the words “back to school,” it conjures up all kinds of feelings. As a 1st grade school teacher, it brings much excitement and fear that summer is almost over and another school year is about to begin. As a member of First Baptist Tulsa, it brings feelings of gratitude and thankfulness that I get to be a part of such an amazing church that truly loves and cares for those who are less fortunate. I have been a part of back to school for 8 years, and my responsibility is to coordinate and host the giveaways at each partner school site. This means purchasing polos, khakis, spirit shirts, gym shorts, shoes, backpacks and jeans, counting, sorting, shopping and then sorting some more. We recieve help from volunteers, but also from our amazing summer interns—Carrington Morris and Callie Crone, both members of First...


Is the Stranger My Neighbor?

If you’ve been around First Baptist Tulsa for a while, The Quartet of the Vulnerable is a phrase you’ve hopefully heard once or twice. The poor, the orphan, the elderly and the immigrant all hold a unique place in God’s heart and he calls his followers to give special attention and assistance to them. When we show love and respect to the vulnerable, the scripture says we are showing love and respect to Christ himself...