I was reading 1 Thessalonians 2 today and realized that the heart of OCA is to follow Paul’s example of ministry. Paul led the growth of Christianity to the gentiles by not taking from those he served and passionately sharing the Message with everyone he encountered. OCA works to not be a burden to anyone we serve, we work to be humble and caring, and strive to be a light of hope especially to families and children who are in despair. Even those working with children who aren’t followers of Christ are lifted up by our work and tell others about OCA.
Year-end is often a time to examine what is thriving and what is in need of improvement, support, or change. There are a variety of reasons to make changes, but one thing has never changed in the past 10 years at OCA…WE SERVE EVERYONE.
How You Can Help OCA’s Mission and Vision
The ultimate mission of OCA is to serve children and families affected by foster care and adoption. We aim to represent hope and the light of Christ while serving people and honoring God through our actions. In order to accomplish this mission, many less obvious but essential, selfless acts of serving must occur. My hope is that understanding this culture of serving at OCA, will bring you closer to the heartbeat of who we are.
Consider the following questions:
- How does OCA serve children and families affected by foster care and adoption? We call on volunteers and serve those who feel called with education and training before connecting them to those in need.
- Where does OCA find our volunteers? OCA connects with the leaders of churches. We serve the church by creating a plan of engagement, train those called to help with that plan in their church, and help to communicate to the congregations.
- How does OCA cover every aspect of child welfare? We don’t. Instead, OCA serves our community agencies and ministries by referring people to them. Organizations like CASA, Foster Care Review Boards, therapeutic child placement agencies, adoption attorneys, counselors, therapists, and many more receive recommendation and often a direct connection to people who need their services or their opportunities to volunteer.
In order to achieve the vision of OCA, every church, every ministry, every government agency, and every person needs to be connected in order for the whole to be greater than the sum of its parts. This is the engagement and mindset that will positively impact the children of Kentucky and southern Indiana.
Please contact us to find your place in serving the children of Kentucky and southern Indiana.