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Kesli Worrell was hungry...and we need your help to feed more like her.
The 22-year-old had a long list of impressive accomplishments. A senior on the University of Louisville swim team, Kelsi had already won four NCAA championships, broken two world records, and won an Olympic gold medal at the 2016 Rio Games.
But Kelsi wanted something more. “You have made us for thyself, O Lord,” said St. Augustine, “and our hearts are restless till they rest in thee.” Kelsi was hungry for God and his Word, and when she ended up at Louisville’s Southeast Christian Church, OCC grads Justin and Ashley Weece knew just where to point her.
In 2016, Ozark started producing free online teaching videos called NextLevel resources. These Bible studies feature OCC profs like Kenny Boles on the Gospel of John, Mark Scott on Jesus’ parables, Michael DeFazio on Philippians, and Shane Wood on Revelation.
The videos took Kelsi on a deep dive into Scripture, and she got so excited, Kelsi watched all 63 videos online at the time. That’s what I call devouring God’s Word!
Kelsi Worrell is not the only one who’s hungry. We’ve now produced 25 different biblical teaching series—that’s 198 free online videos—and a growing number of church classes, small groups, student ministries, and individuals are tuning in. These videos already have almost 50,000 views in all 50 states and 33 countries.
Ozark has long served the church with strong biblical teaching. Faculty members like Seth Wilson, Don DeWelt, Julie Gariss, Mark Scott, Mark Moore, and Beth DeFazio have traveled millions of miles to teach and preach in camps, conventions, and churches around the world. They’ve written articles, books, curriculum, and commentaries read by countless people—and the NextLevel videos are simply the newest way we are “teaching the Word of Christ in the Spirit of Christ.”
In April 2019, God opened another door for OCC’s teaching ministry. Our NextLevel videos were picked up by RightNow Media (an online video library of discipleship resources)—expanding our potential audience to over 3 million people and 16,000 churches.
It’s an amazing opportunity! But we need your help.
Over the next year, we want to expand our NextLevel resources in at least two ways:
- Currently we have teaching series on seven different Bible books, and we want to release even more biblical content. God’s Word is pictured as milk (1 Pet 2:2), honey (Ps 119:103), bread (Deut 8:3), and meat (Heb 5:12), and with an annual NextLevel budget of $35,000, we can share much more scriptural nourishment with God’s people.
- Currently we rent equipment and studio space to produce these videos, and we want to create our own on-campus studio. This studio would not only save us money over time, but could also be used for our online program, Creative Arts Academy, webinars, and podcasts. It would be an on-campus “kitchen” to prepare fresh meals from Scripture, and with an additional $25,000, we can renovate a current space and purchase the needed media equipment.
Would you give a generous gift to underwrite OCC’s NextLevel ministry of teaching God’s Word?
I just put out to pasture a 2004 Honda Accord. I put a quarter-million miles on that trusty steed, driving around the country to preach and teach, and our faculty will still wear out vehicles, traveling highways to hundreds of churches with Bible in hand.
But these NextLevel videos will take our professors and their Bibles to more and farther places than they could ever hope to drive.
In Jeremiah 15:16, the young prophet says to the Lord, “When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart’s delight.” Kelsi Worrell knows exactly how Jeremiah felt. The scriptural insights she found in the NextLevel resources were a delicious joy. God is now opening doors for thousands—even millions—more to devour the faithful, relevant teaching our professors can provide.
Would you prayerfully consider a gift toward OCC’s NextLevel ministry—to help us feed more like Kelsi?
Thank you for your generosity, your prayers, and your partnership in the ministry of Ozark Christian College. I am grateful for you, and as Psalm 34:8 says, I pray you too will “taste and see that the Lord is good!”
Yours in Christ,
P.S. If you have an appetite for God’s Word, you can watch (and share) the fantastic NextLevel video resources at occ.edu/nextlevel. Let us know what you think!