Orphan & Vulnerable Child (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. Alongside an encouraging and stimulating community, OVC Essentials supplies challenge where necessary, and plenty inspiration for the road ahead.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is eligible to receive a Hephzibah62:4 OVC Essentials Course Grant?
Current students of any of the five Wesleyan universities (Kingswood, Houghton, Indiana Wesleyan, Oklahoma Wesleyan, Southern Wesleyan), Wesleyan church staff and lay leaders. OVC advocates, caregivers, and practitioners serving in a variety of capacities will learn alongside and from one another.
What is the benefit of taking this course?
Upon completion, earn a CAFO OVC Essentials Certificate – a notable addition to a resume, achievement to share with employers, and a significant personal accomplishment. 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.
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 offered 3 times/year Fall, Spring and Summer. Registration opens about 6 weeks before that session begins.
What does the Hephzibah62:4 grant cover for those taking the course?
Tuition and materials. All materials required for the course will be provided to you online.
What is the estimated workload?
4-6 hours/week, depending on your learning style.
What does the weekly work consist of?
Weekly assignments consist of readings, videos, and audio content to digest, as well as participation in a group online forum and Q&A calls with experts and leaders in the field.
The only group meeting time will be on Wednesdays for one hour, which consist of video calls with a guest speaker.
For those who can’t attend live, there is an option to listen to the recording and send the instructor a page of your notes/reflections.
What if I have a vacation scheduled during the course?
No problem! The OVC Essentials Course staff will work with you to make the requirements manageable while working around your vacation schedule.
Are there any other requirements for Hephzibah62:4 reimbursement grant recipients?
I’m interested! What’s next?
Contact us for an application and instructions.
Visit the OVC Essentials Course site for more information: https://cafo.org/give-serve/ovc-essentials/
(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