By: Heather Sewell, @spr1ngf0rward
As we enter the first day of Lent, let us cling to Christ as our hope for future glory. At OCA, we not only have hope that children and families in our community will find stability and identity in Christ, but we walk by faith. This faith empowers us, as Christians, to walk in the light of Christ, as we trust Him to lead, guide and direct our paths to connect with the hurting families and children in our city.
For the next six weeks we will not only highlight a Wednesday’s Child who longs for a forever family, we will offer prayer and Thanksgiving for these children whom were all placed in our community by our Creator.
Let us pray and ask the Lord to open our hearts to better understand the meaning of caring for the fatherless.Then, we must not stop there, but continue living in faith to step out and begin to build relationships with the youth and children in our community who need the Church; don’t just pray for them, but extend an open heart, home and hand to them. Commit to journey with them as they navigate the rough waters of this life – all the while, pointing them to the firm foundation they may each find in the protecting hands of our GREAT GOD!
At Orphan Care Alliance we pray for the Body of Christ to stand firm on what the Bible speaks about when referring to “true religion“. To have true religion means that first you must have a relationship with the Father, to call Him Abba Father; the religious traditions are broken down to the verse found in James 1. Are you caring for the fatherless? Are you caring for the widow? This is truth. Jesus calls the little children to Himself and calls us to have the faith of a child.
If God is calling you to the mission field, we hope that you will take courage and stand up. Fight for those without a voice and become a friend to someone who needs Jesus. “The youth and families of today need someone with skin on, someone who can hold them in their arms and be their support during the storms of this life” Cliff Carlson, Life Coach Director said.
If you need a ministry to step into and long to connect to families and youth in our city, don’t wait, call OCA today and we will connect you to families to care for, foster youth who need a friend to listen, or even children who need a safe place to call home. (502) 498-4765 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to plug in today.