Photo by Josh Jackson
Over 140 OCF members, families, and ministry friends gathered 5 August to celebrate OCF’s move from its 40-year residence in Denver to Colorado Springs.
Those sentiments deeply resonated with Tom Falconer, OCF’s Colorado Springs Area Coordinator and ardent OCF ROTC ministry local leader who organized the picnic, an event that is one of a trio that the community enjoys for fellowship at-large. (The other two are Aspentime (September), led by Steve and Miriam Shambach, and the Chaplains Family Retreat (May), led by Arnie and Lois Ahnfeldt, which both take place at OCF’s Spring Canyon Conference Center.)
“That OCF has relocated as ministry hub and not only as a ministry support center is where I get excited,” said Tom. “This is a great opportunity to get together as members, local leaders, and ministry leaders to pray about, cast seeds, stir interest, and talk to more of the people on how to minister to the military society.”
One need not look further than OCF at the U. S. Air Force Academy for inspiration for the harvest that could come out of partnership possibilities as OCF desires a broader reach into the entire military community.
“The move of the Home Office to Colorado Springs allows my lay-staff volunteers and cadets to connect with and see more directly OCF’s overall mission,” said Paul Homan, OCF at USAFA field staff representative. “We’ve already been able to hold men’s Bible studies in the OCF space in DCC, which provides a central location in town for members of my team to meet as several work at Peterson SFB.”
Tom called the event “a God thing” in how it all came together. Obtaining tables and chairs for the picnic and the logistics of loading, transporting, and unloading them was termed by. New Life Church lent the tables and chairs to OCF for use, and for use the next day by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society—all transported by the latter’s truck. The Colorado-Wyoming chapter’s volunteer was invited to the picnic, where “he got to see and experience Christian community in action,” said Tom. “He commented several times on how nice it was, and how respectful everybody was, particularly the youth and kids.”
Tom praised the support and help of many, including Mike and Laura Brock—who brought an OCF-shared smoker from Leavenworth—Bruce Verde, David Warner, Riley Dabbs, four volunteers from New Life Church’s military ministry, and members of the ROTC Bible study that Tom hosts.
“After the picnic, it was those graduates who broke down and loaded tables and chairs onto the truck and dealt with cleanup as grape-sized hail [pelted the area],” he said.
Pointing out that the ministry is “not about holding up the OCF banner but rather the banner of Jesus Christ,” Scott encouraged all picnic goers that the coming together as OCF members is “ultimately about life change.” The charge he gave to all, especially the youth, was of “going out to be the light of Christ.”
“The world out there needs you. God wants to use you. He has gifted you to contribute to the building up of His kingdom.”