Christian fraternity builds caring connections
Members of Delta Alpha Chi (DAX) at Oklahoma City University recently joined with First United Methodist Church of Yukon on a Habitat for Humanity volunteer project.
DAX is a Christian men’s service fraternity. Translating the Greek words, the group embodies Dikalosyne (justice), Agape (love), and Chrestotes (kindness).
The fraternity participates in a variety of service projects in accordance with Micah 6:8: "God has told you, oh mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require? To do justly, love kindness, and walk humbly with your God."
Fraternity President Trey Witzel, who is an OCU junior majoring in religion, reported the group also sponsored a lock-in and worship service. Participating members included Tyler Eccles, Kaleb Oakleaf, Philip Younts, Wesley Yang, Andrew Wasson, Atticus Marker, Terrance Craft, and Michael Horn.
OCU President Robert Henry said the organization exemplifies principles fundamental to both the university and The United Methodist Church.
"I hope many Oklahoma Methodists get the opportunity to interact with members of DAX," Henry said. "It is refreshing to see this group in action. They are committed to their faith and to serving others."
After volunteering for Habitat for Humanity, Yukon-First Pastor Bob Younts sent the following letter to Maggie Ball, OCU vice president for University Church Relations.
"On Saturday a group from our congregation spent the day working on the framing of a Habitat for Humanity house in Yukon. A group of young men, eight, from DAX at Oklahoma City University joined us in the effort. They worked hard, intermingled well, represented OCU nicely, and were a joy to be around. I was proud they were associated with our church.
"Additionally, the pledge class spent Friday night in our church and joined our United Methodist Men for breakfast on Saturday before going to the work site. Two of them even presented the devotional for the men’s group. We were happy to have them in our facility.
"I wanted you to know they were here and did an outstanding service for our church and community. The church is in good hands with the quality of these young men committed to service ministries.
"Grace and Peace,
"Bob Younts, pastor"