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Mission Norman
Director: Allen Edson

Founder, Gene Barnes

September 2017 August 2018

During this reporting period there were 88 salvations, 8 baptisms, and 4 rededications.

This year we conducted 14 Adventure clubs (Vacation Bible Schools) this spring break and summer.

The average attendance of our house churches was 196 weekly.

We distributed food to 7,557 households during this reporting period. This represents 9,714 adults and 11,755 children. Each person in the family received approximately 21 meals each, so the total number of meals provided was approximately 444,612. This was a decrease of 18.8% in the number of households from last year when we helped 9,427 families representing 547,890 meals.

We were able to help 465 families with utility assistance and 60 families with rent assistance during this reporting period. Additionally, we helped 60 families with non-narcotic prescription medications, 8 families with furniture, and 176 families with gasoline vouchers in order to help them get to a doctor’s appointment or job interview.

We were able to provide 400 Thanksgiving baskets to families this year. Each family received a turkey or chicken, and received enough stuffing, vegetables, bread, and other fixings to provide a nice meal for each member of the family. Thank you to all the churches, businesses, and individuals who gave to make this possible. A special thanks to the Bernstein Law Office that once again partnered with the mission giving out turkeys to the community.

We provided Christmas gifts for 460 children as well. We appreciate Janet Hess and the members of Wildwood Community Church who helped organize, shop, store, and distribute the gifts to all of these children. Because of their help and the generosity of many other churches, businesses, and individuals this was made possible.

Our Transitional Housing ministry began back in June of 2014 when the mission was given use of a large house in South Norman. Our first 4-plex then opened on February 5, 2015. Since opening the Transitional Housing Program, we have ministered to a total of 34 families representing 40 adults and 99 children. We continue to plan to build a new mission center and 4 more 4-plexes for a total of 20 homes for homeless families.

Mission Norman has broken ground on our new mission center. This will be a 18,400 sq. ft. building that will house our new food pantry, worship center, offices, meeting space, future dental and medical clinic as well as all the ministries of the mission. Thank you to B & H Construction for their continued generosity and support of Mission Norman. I would also like to thank everyone who supports the mission financially or by leading a Bible Study, volunteering at the mission center or who helps the mission in any way. Thank you all so much!

We will be having our annual fundraiser banquet at First Baptist Church, 211 W. Comanche St., Norman, OK 73069. If you are interested in attending please email mn@missionnorman.org or call or text Allen Edson at 405-590-7585 or Sandy at 405-881-3349.

The purpose of Mission Norman remains the same throughout all these ministries – to make disciples of Jesus Christ among the unchurched. If you would like to volunteer for Mission Norman, lead a Bible Study, give financially, or share Christ with those in need, please contact Allen or Sandy at the mission at 2525 E. Lindsey St., Norman, OK 73071 or call us at the mission at 405-321-8880, or Allen’s cell 405-590-7585, or e-mail at allen@missionnorman.org.

Thank you and God Bless You.