Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children

 

A Seemingly Insignificant Act of Kindness

Dale Clapp smiles as he points to a cow in a holding pen on his Miami, Oklahoma Ranch. “That one is for the children,” he says. 

cattleDale and his wife, Carol, have raised cattle in Northeast Oklahoma for 42 years. Years ago, a representative from Baptist Homes for Children (OBHC) came to Southern Hills Baptist Church in Miami and spoke about the different campuses and programs. A plea was made by the representative to support the children in any way, even by donating a cow. Dale later told Carol, “I can do that. I can give a cow.” 

Dale called a few of his friends and explained the story and his vision of feeding the children in OBHC’s care. So, in 2008, the first Northeast Oklahoma Cattle Roundup had begun with three head of cattle rounded up and donated. As a result of Dale’s seemingly insignificant act of kindness, 124 head of cattle have been donated to OBHC in the past nine years.

The majority of the donated cattle are processed to provide food for OBHC’s four residential campuses across the state of Oklahoma, while the remaining cattle are sold to purchase hay, grain and other processing costs. Some ranching families even donate money known as “paper cows,” which go directly to help support the program. Both types of donations are greatly appreciated by the staff and children of OBHC.

Dale says his passion for this ministry is due to the abundance that the Lord has provided to him. “This makes me feel like I am worth something. I will do this until the day I die,” he said.

“It’s amazing how one man convinces so many people to donate,” said Bill Plaster, OBHC development representative. “He’s been so good. I can’t tell you how much money and time he’s donated.

Thanks to Dale, Carol and all the ranching families from across Oklahoma who are willing to share a portion of what God has given to help children in need.


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