News

In this News section of our website you’ll find various stories, updates, and other snippets throughout the year that we want to share with you. Check out some highlights below and check back often for more!

A gift from our friend, Phil Vischer

Our friend, Phil Vischer, has a special announcement and a gift for all our Okoboji Bible Conference family. An especially great gift for the times we are in (and on a snowy day!).   Thanks Phil! Hi Okoboji Bible Conference friends! I’ve been working on something that wasn’t supposed to launch for another month or so,…

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Encouragement and Update from Okoboji

OBCM Friends, Please watch the video above for encouragement and updates from Okoboji. Due to these unprecedented times we are living in all of our spring events are cancelled. These include the 3 regional gatherings (April 3-5) as well as the preview dinner (April 24). Return to our website and social media outlets often over…

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Covid-19 and Upcoming Events

Hello Friends, I wanted to communicate with you from Okoboji about upcoming events with COVID-19 in mind. Our leadership will be careful, prayerful, and watch the developments carefully. While no changes have been made to upcoming events the information below will inform you of when to look for decisions on changes. Any changes would be…

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Construction Progress on Nursery and Chapel

Progress continues to be made on the nursery/multipurpose room and chapel remodel! The interior of the structure is getting ready for flooring finish work soon. It is a beautiful space and we cannot wait for you to see it! -Jon   The three pictures below show the interior of the nursery/multi-purpose space, the lobby area…

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Volunteering with International Students

Okoboji Volunteer Info Sheet The nations of the world are coming to Okoboji every summer! In 2019 over 500 International students came to Okoboji to work in the Okoboji area at Arnolds Park, restaurants, marinas and hotels. In partnership with Global Friends we were able to serve, befriend and share Jesus with many of the…

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Middle School Property Update

Update on Middle School Property The Middle School Property has been a source of our prayers for the last few years. The property went up for auction at the end of February and was sold to local businessman, Neil Slater, for $1.1 million dollars. We had not had contact with Mr. Slater before the auction.…

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Regional Gatherings

UPDATE: Due to the unprecedented events associated with COVID-19 the Regional Gatherings have been cancelled.    Regional Gatherings for the purpose of connection, updates, Conference preview and prayer will be held the first weekend in April. I look forward to connecting with the Conference family that cannot make it to the Preview Dinner in Arnolds…

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Praying for the Middle School Building

God delights to answer our specific prayers. -Wanda Walborn, OBC 2019 Are you still praying? It has been our prayer since Conference last summer that God would provide the middle school building as usable space for us during Conference for generations to come. The building will go up for auction at the end of February.…

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“I want to go to Okoboji again!”

The testimonial below is from the Taylor family who came to Okoboji for the first time in 2019. Clayton was a speaker for the student ministry during the conference. His family was blessed while also being a blessing. The Taylor story depicts how we believe many young families feel when they come to Conference. Financial…

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Tammy’s Story

“Tammy”, a young college student, grew up in a spiritually restricted part of Asia.  She grew up in a country that taught her from childhood that there was no creator, no God, no eternal home, and no hope of everlasting life. While in Okoboji working for the summer at Godfather’s pizza, she lived in a…

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