OVC Essentials Grant

Orphaned & Vulnerable Children (OVC) Essentials is offered in partnership with the Christian Alliance for Orphans and provides broadened and deepened knowledge of best practices and critical issues within OVC care. OVC Essentials supplies challenge where necessary, and plenty inspiration for the road ahead.

OVC Essentials is now offered on demand! Pre-approved pastors and lay leaders of Hephzibah62:4 Partner Churches and students of Houghton University, Kingswood University, Indiana Wesleyan University, Oklahoma Wesleyan University, Southern Wesleyan University and Wesley Seminary can qualify for reimbursement of the $99 course fee, upon completion. 

OVC Essentials was fundamental for my growth in knowledge and passion as a future Christian Counsellor.

I grew up without a father but in this course, I re-affirmed what I’ve always felt in my heart. I have an eternal Father who is God and who is always there for me, in the same way God is for the many vulnerable children on the entire planet. In this course, I was able to grasp precise material for distinctive subjects such as trauma, adoption and foster care. Every speaker brought their heart into the subject they exposed.  


— Andrea, Kingswood University Student from Sussex, New Brunswick
Areas of Study: Bachelor of Theology, Christian Counselling Minor

(OVC Essentials) gives you valuable information and resources that help make a difference at any stage of life and ministry you are in.

It will stretch and challenge you in the best way possible. It has helped make an impact on my call and future ministry. I am thankful to have had the opportunity to take this course.


— Sharon, Kingswood University Student from Indian Trail, North Carolina
Areas of Study: BA in Christian Counseling, on Wesleyan Ordination Track


If everyone had the opportunity to go through the OVC Essentials course, it could truly change the dynamic of the universal Church.

I learned the importance of being others-focused and how you can help impact the community around you for good. I learned that it’s time to stand up and make a change in our communities, in our countries and around the world. Through this course God grabbed my attention most by showing me that there is still a lot of Kingdom work to be done.


— Aaron, Kingswood University Student from New Brunswick, Canada
Areas of Study: Children’s Ministry and Counseling

Frequently Asked Questions and Next Steps

Who is eligible to receive a Hephzibah62:4 OVC Essentials Course Grant?

Wesleyan church staff, lay leaders and volunteers of Hephzibah62:4 Partner Churches, plus current students of any of the five Wesleyan universities (Kingswood, Houghton, Indiana Wesleyan, Oklahoma Wesleyan, Southern Wesleyan) or Wesley Seminary, with a faculty recommendation.  

The OVC Essentials Course Grant is offered as a reimbursement, on successful completion of the course. The up-front cost of the course is $99. Important: If you have extenuating circumstances, where covering this fee up front represents a hardship, do not hesitate to contact us to discuss other options. We are committed to your success in this opportunity! 

What is the benefit of taking this course?

The course will help equip Wesleyan students and church leaders with insight and best practices as they work to transform the lives of vulnerable children through their roles as students, church members, community members, professionals and parents. Upon completion, earn a CAFO OVC Essentials Certificate – a notable addition to a resume, achievement to share with employers, and a significant personal accomplishment. 

What does the curriculum cover?

Each week of OVC Essentials focuses on a different topic – poverty alleviation, adoption, foster care, short-term missions, family preservation and family-based care, trauma and attachment, cultivating an inner life and more!

When is the course offered?

OVC Essentials is now offered on demand! 

What does the Hephzibah62:4 grant cover for those taking the course?

All materials required for the course will be provided to you online.

What is the estimated workload?

Approximately 4 hours/week, depending on your learning style.

Are there any other requirements for Hephzibah62:4 grant recipients?

We also ask for a one paragraph testimonial about your experience, a high-quality head shot and permission to use your first name, photo and testimonial for Hephzibah62:4 promotion.

I’m interested! What’s next?

Pastors and lay leaders of Hephzibah62:4 Partner Churches and Wesleyan University Students, take these steps:

  1. Register for OVC Essentials here.
  2. Forward your registration confirmation to info@hephzibah.org. We’ll provide further instructions and get you pre-approved for a course grant, that will be paid as a reimbursement upon earning your course certificate.
  3. Upon earning your course certificate, forward your certificate, testimonial and head shot to info@hephzibah.org along with your desired mailing address. 
  4. Your reimbursement check will arrive in the mail within 10 business days.