Emmanuel Enid and Forgotten Ministries will host an open house Sunday of their collaborative efforts at a new Pacific Islander Ministry and the Refuge at the Well women’s transitional housing facility.
Activities are scheduled for 2-4 p.m. Sunday, at the Forgotten Ministries campus at 1714 S. 4th, and at the site of the new Forgotten Ministries Church, Refuge at the Well and Pacific Islander Ministry at 1205 S. 3rd.
Tours will begin at 2 p.m. at the Forgotten Ministries campus, including the Mercy House shelter, Oasis men’s transitional housing ministry, Paradise community garden, and new beekeeping and chicken coop programs in the Kids’ House area.
Also at 2 p.m., Eagle Scout Kalen Watkins will host a presentation with Sen. James Lankford on his Eagle Scout project to renovate the former First Indian Baptist Church for the Pacific Islander Ministry.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony also will be there at 3:30 p.m. for the Pacific Islander Ministry, Refuge at the Well and Forgotten Ministries Church.
Emmanuel Enid lead pastor Wade Burleson said Refuge at the Well and the Pacific Islander Ministry are collaborative efforts between Emmanuel and Forgotten Ministries.
Burleson said Emmanuel will be providing ministry at the women’s transitional housing facility and will be permanently basing its Pacific Islander Ministry at Forgotten Ministries Church, including an office for Emmanuel’s pastor to Pacific Islanders, Yohanes Arwakon. Burleson said the First Indian congregation also will continue to hold services at the church.
While the new Pacific Islander Ministry location will give Emmanuel a place to focus its ministries for Pacific Islanders, Burleson said the intent is not to start a new Marshallese church, or to take away from other congregations.
“It is not our desire to start a Pacific Islander church or a Marshallese church … there are enough churches in this community already,” Burleson said.
He said the purpose of the ministry is to provide occupational, educational and medical training for members of Enid’s Pacific Islander community.
“That’s our goal,” Burleson said. “It’s community planning. We want to do everything we can to make the lives of our Pacific Islander friends better in Enid, Oklahoma.”