We believe that nothing promotes peace and health across our world like the spreading of the gospel. It both renews individual lives and reweaves the fabric of whole communities. We desire to build a generation that understands that each of us is called to be missional in every area of our lives. Therefore, we are making it our mission to spread the gospel to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8). We accomplish this through the proclamation of the gospel through word but also through our loving acts.
Below you will see how OCF is working to carry out this great mission both near and far.
One of the most effective ways the gospel is spread to the nations is through church planting. Wanting to be more intentional in our efforts to be a church-planting church, OCF formalized its partnership with the Acts 29 Network in 2017. Over the years OCF has partnered with Acts 29 in order to plant churches in places like Seattle, India, Northern California and Southern California. Because these partnerships have been so successful in the past, we took the step of formalizing our role within the network. This includes being a support church for new church plants financially, being a mentor church, and using the resources of our people and gifts to provide hands-on support for local church plants. Additionally, we have been asking the Lord to help us identify and raise up church planters from within our own church and we are excited for what the Lord will do in, and through, this partnership going forward.
Below are some of the church planters, churches and missionaries we currently partner with.
Antioch InitiativePastor Mike Gunn
Antioch City ChurchPastor Josh Buck
Epiphany LAPastor Tommy Forester
First EV-Free Church of LAPastor Scott Yetter
Vision NationalsPastor Arjuna Chiguluri
Bruce & Sue CampDualReach
Fred & Carol LewisUS Center for World Mission
Gerry & Bertha MoralesMexico
Mark & Lisa DeNeuiFrance
Darrin & Vivian MabuniCRU
Dave & Sandy WhitePhilippines
Michael & Morgan LeBlancPapua New Guinea
Bryan & Jacinda MartinPhilippines
SHORT-TERM MISSION TRIP
This summer, our France team is partnering with OCF missionaries, Mark and Lisa DeNeui, for a 10-day mission trip! Trip dates are August 8-22, 2017.
Why are we going to France? In a country with some of the most beautiful and historical churches in the world, less than 1% are Evangelical Christians. Atheism is prevalent and belief in the Occult is on the rise. France has a historical animosity towards organized religion, and most French people have a profound ignorance of the gospel. In effort to change this, Christian pastors in France are joining together to establish youth programs that not only share the gospel, but also build up the community of young believers.
What are we doing in France?Our team will teach a conversational English Camp to the youth in the Alsace region of France. By drawing the youth to this program, we hope to establish a good relationship with them and allow the church members there continue to deepen that relationship. Through our new relationships, we hope to have opportunities to share the gospel.
How to Give towards our France Mission TripIf you would like to give towards our France Team, please give through our online portal, under the Giving tab. Once you select the Giving Tab, enter your information and select the fund you'd like to give toward. Click Here to Give
Family PromiseFamily Promise of the South Bay is a network of local churches working together to support homeless families as they seek employment and housing. OCF is part of this network and will be hosting families for one week every three to four months. There are various ways you can serve from providing food to serving as an evening or overnight host. For more information about this program and to find out how you can be part of our next hosting, please contact Shannon Ferguson.
Haven Academy of the ArtsOCF's relationship with Haven Academy of the Arts goes back many years. Haven Academy is a non-profit organization that seeks to develop character in future leaders through the performing arts and give them the tools, life skills, and sense of purpose they need to leave a legacy in our community. Haven Academy provides quality performing arts training for youth ages 3-21, founded on Judeo Christian values, with an emphasis on character development. For more information about Haven Academy, please visit their website or contact Rebekah Kellaway.
Pregnancy Help Center in TorranceThe Pregnancy Help Center in Torrance exists to provide a safe, confidential and caring environment for women facing challenges related to an unexpected or crisis pregnancy. The center offers women practical help through counseling and other services leading to an informed choice in hopes that they will make a viable decisions for themselves and their baby. The center is always looking for new volunteers to serve as lay counselors, RN's and office help. If you would like more information about the center and how to get involved, please contact Sherry Rafters.
S.A.Y. Yes!S.A.Y. Yes! exists to walk with youth and their families from 1st grade through high school providing role models, love and nurture, school support, and encouragement to believe in who they are becoming. S.A.Y. Yes! provides a structured elementary and teen youth center every Tuesday through Thursday. It's focused not just on providing a safe place for our kids after school, but rather in making a deep relational investment in their development as people. Getting involved as a volunteer is a great way to see first-hand what the S.A.Y. Yes! center is all about. For more information about S.A.Y. Yes! and becoming a volunteer, please contact Stan & Wanda Yetter.
Young Life LAXYoung Life is a high school outreach ministry here in the LAX area with a passionate belief that every kid deserves to know about Jesus. Young Life pursues today's local youth with endless opportunities to "come as you are" and meet Jesus including club, bible study, camp, and on-going outings. Young Life's weekly clubs meet at OCF on Tuesday nights at 7:27pm. If you'd like more information about Young Life and the ways you can partner with this ministry, please contact Makana McCarty.