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Niles contributes to 4Him ministry

Monday, January 28, 2008  
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By Guest Writer

Katy King

Aaron Niles devotes his life to doing God’s work on the mission field. He is a MBA student and full-time missionary through a ministry called 4Him.

4Him is an organization dedicated to enabling those who want to help others. 

Niles was a student at Oklahoma Christian University for three years beginning in 1998 and was managing a restaurant when his roommate asked him to join a trip to Africa through 4Him. The spur of the moment trip jump started his love for mission work.

“If God is calling you to do something, He will provide a way,” Niles said. “I sent letters out and got what I needed for a 17 day trip. It was pretty cool.”

4Him stands for His Helping Hands International Ministry. It claims to be dedicated to “mobilizing the call.” Located in North Oklahoma City, this non-profit resource center believes in connecting resources to those in need.

“This can range from medical missions, mission trips, construction, inner-city ministry to the homeless and oppressed,” Niles said.

Niles has been a part-time missionary for three years and full-time missionary for the past year and a half. He has helped develop and lead teams as well as conduct medical clinics in rural towns in West Africa.

“I would help coordinate medical professionals while they administered treatments to individuals,” Niles said.

One particular trip to Sierra Leon, Africa opened his eyes to the magnitude of the need for God in those places. The team stumbled upon an orphanage housing 63 non-government sponsored children. Niles and his team took care of the immediate needs such as replacing old mattresses destroyed by bed bugs. When they returned, the team focused more on the emotional, psychological and spiritual issues with the children.

Throughout their time spent there, the children learned the power of forgiveness through Christ, which put an end to nightmares and horrifying memories of childhood terror.

“The first trip blew me away.  [I saw] what you can do for people and what Christ can call you to do,” Niles said. “I understood Christ better.”

Channel Four meteorologist Grant Johnston has worked with Niles on the mission field and looks up to Niles as a leader.

“Aaron is definitely a man of God and has a heart for mission; it’s evident,” Johnston said. “He tends to bring confidence to the team on a trip, and it overflows to the rest of the team.”

Niles plans to finish his MBA in medical management and own a business able to support his love for missions.

“People talk about unity, how we are to be one. I don’t see the church acting as one,” Niles said.

Niles will continue to be a part of 4Him as a full-time missionary. He can see his purpose in the organization and is willing to continue serving the kingdom.

“I think the biggest problem with Christians is that they don’t know their place, but when God gives you a vision of your role, it will change your life forever,” Niles said.

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