Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children

 

President's Report OBHC President, Greg McNeece

Living Above Mediocrity

Our culture today seems to be content with just “getting by” and accepts living for today as sufficient, with no concern or care about what the implications could be as a result of our actions. Karen and I have always taught our two children that for every action, there is a consequence. Some consequences are positive, some negative. Consequences can be short-term, while others have life-long results.

When I think about the impact of Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children (OBHC) and the 115-year history of living above mediocrity, it is counter to what the culture deems acceptable. I recall the more than 10,000 children who have called OBHC home over these years, and the 10,000-plus babies who have seen birth because of Hope Pregnancy Centers. I think about young men and women in the public school sector, who get to hear the importance of positive decision-making through the ministry of LifeWize, and the foster families in Oklahoma who are getting help and resources to make tomorrow better than today for boys and girls in their home, through One Such Child. OBHC is making a difference because we, as believers, are called to live above mediocrity.

John 10:10 (ESV) says, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” When Jesus spoke these words, he wanted everyone to understand that the life of a believer is one of abundance. You and I know abundance does not always include lavish material or financial implications. However, through the ministries of OBHC, an impact is being made in the lives of those who come through the door. For those coming through the door to one of the four residential campuses, a life of mediocrity, no future and certainly lack of abundance may have very well been the norm. For those coming through the door of a pregnancy center, the influence of our culture says to live for today, life is not important and an abortion means you can live your life without hindrances.

As you read through this report, I hope you will see the impact of OBHC ministries, made possible through faithful supporters who invest spiritually, financially and voluntarily, as they give to those who come through any door of OBHC an opportunity for an abundant life. It is through the love, care, compassion and encouragement that our ministries help them see God is the one who gives abundant life. Our staff knows the importance of giving every person we serve this opportunity. In 2017, 156 individuals trusted Jesus as their Savior -- how is that for living above mediocrity and experiencing abundance?

From where I sit, I see boys, girls, men and women who are faced with challenging days. I am thankful for people like you who understand that together, we can help them live above what culture says is “normal, ordinary and expected.” We get to help them live an abundant life!

Thank you for being part of the impact to help thousands live a life of abundance.

In Him,
Greg McNeece

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