CABOT – The best way to tell the success story of Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia is through the stories of its graduates and their work, Rex Horne, university president, told messengers and guests gathered at the Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC) Annual Meeting Tuesday, Oct. 30.
Horne shared about Amy York, a 2009 graduate from Dallas.
“She came with dreams of being a performer in the theatre. As a sophomore, she went on a mission trip to India organized through our Pruet School of Christians Studies,” said Horne. “There, she discovered a love for the nations and came back to us to add a major in missions.”
Horne added that York also developed a love for the Russian language and received a Rotary scholarship, enabling her to learn overseas.
“Amy connected with a group from Dallas and worked at a Russian orphanage,” he added. “She taught the children there through drama and music and developed a performing group that helped bring awareness to the needs of children. Currently, Amy is musical director for the Colorado Youth Theatre.”
Horne said the Hickingbotham School of Business recently sent a team to serve in Honduras. Students serving in the country are developing a website and a business plan for the carpenters, said Horne.
“They, too, have been involved with an orphanage,” he said, this one built by two Honduran carpenters,” he said.
“The hope is that this business model can be replicated with other small businesses to free more Hondurans from the grip of poverty. Other business endeavors are being studied that could result in more help for Honduran children.
“Our students – past, present and future – will be difference-makers,” Horne exclaimed. “Thank you for your support through the Cooperative Program. Thank you for your prayers and for the students you send our way.”