May God bless everyone receiving this newsletter.
By: Darren Washausen, OCA Executive Director
We are grateful for the opportunity to share the ministry of Orphan Care Alliance with you as we strive to touch the lives of children in need right here in Kentucky and Southern Indiana.
Normally, the summer is a slower time at OCA as the conferences die down and the vacation season moves into full swing. But this year was different, and I think the summer in years ahead will be, too. We have been very busy! As you may remember from earlier newsletters, we have been presented with opportunities to start hub operations in Lexington, Frankfort, Bardstown and Scottsburg, Indiana. Our desire is that each of these locations serves those interested in orphan care with excellence, consistency, and integrity. Working out those details in a way that makes the most of the resources we are blessed with is the desired goal.
The great news is that the new locations are growing their presence in their respective communities, each in their own way. We have been able to find additional key volunteers, which has been simply awesome and a blessing from God. In addition, other private childcare providers are seeking partnership with OCA. Our relationship at Boys Haven is growing, and we have now started Encounter groups with the teenagers there.
OCA is also partnering with the state as training assistants for foster care training in September. We hope to fill the class with Christian families who will journey through the process with OCA support. We have support groups, education aids, and our Help, Hope, Heal conference as some of the ways we can help. Please let others know about this opportunity if they have been thinking of foster care.
The activity this fall is very high for Orphan Care Alliance. Thankfully, God is bringing more people into caring for the least of these, those that this world tends to cast aside. I would encourage you to participate in one of the events this fall and learn how you might pray, volunteer, or support the kids in need in our community and around the world.
In reading scripture this morning, I am reminded to rest in God’s plan for His children. We can trust in Him and know that we are the hands and feet He will use to accomplish His work.