Orphan Advocacy and You (part 2)

Posted by Heather Sewell on December 23, 2016  /   Posted in Advocacy

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(read part 1)

So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. John 8:38

What will you do with that freedom?

Use this advent season to pray about your role in caring for families and children. Please consider praying through this list I have put together for you – in 2016, make your new year’s resolution to be about others, bettering the lives of others and spending yourself, your time and your energy on those in our community who struggle with the feeling of isolation and being misunderstood by so many.

  1. Meet physical needs of families in our community to preserve the biological family unit. The OCA Gateway is an online portal used by child welfare workers to alert the Christian community about needs of local families. The goal is to keep families together when there is nothing more than a physical need to be met…a bed, home repair, or other physical need.

  2. Form a relationship with a parent in crisis or a youth in foster care. OCA Families and OCA Life Coaching equip Christians to encourage and coach teens and parents to reach personal goals. Whether you are called to walk with a teen or a single mom, both of these ministries connect you to an individual in need of community and a friend.

  3. OCA Families host parents provide safe places for children to live while their parents get through a short-term crisis. These families are often alone with no community to help care for their children while they focus on regaining stability.

  4. Support a family in your church community. Do you know of adoptive or foster families who attend your church and just don’t know how to care for them? Raising children from hard places takes unique parenting techniques.

Understanding where they come from and the traumas they have been affected by takes intentional care. For those of us who aren’t caring for children everyday, we are able to be the hands and ears these parents need.

  • Pick up the phone every Wednesday and ask about needs the family has. Then meet them. Gather your small group to pray.

  • Set up a meal train and call 3 friends to make one meal a month and drop it off to them! (Make sure and check for allergy restrictions)

  • Write a letter and mail it off. It doesn’t have to be serious, send them a laugh!

  • Comment below and share how you have cared for adoptive and foster families caring for kids

At the end of the day, we can all do something to make an impact on caregivers or the children themselves. As individuals, we can’t do everything. But as a community coming together we can make a difference! Contact us at OCA today and learn how you can begin serving in one of these areas!

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