There Is More
There Is More is the designated outreach giving platform of Ocean Church. Each year, through the doors that God opens, we are able to provide aid and assistance to those in need through three initiatives: Ocean Global, Ocean Local, and Ocean Expansion. We invite you to join us in the “more” God has for us.
Ocean Church (OC) is passionate about spreading the good news of Jesus all around the world. We want every member of OC, from young to old, to commit to giving to ‘There Is More’ for Missions. We will understand the needs of others in the world and make serving God and others one of our most important priorities. By knowing the missionaries and projects we support and pray regularly for them, we hope to inspire OC members to develop a heart for those around the world. ‘There is More’ is a place of faith that we partner with God above and beyond tithes.
OC Global Partners
As part of our ‘There is More’ global missions initiative, we support missionaries*, help build up pastors and church buildings, reach the Jewish nation, feed the hungry, and rescue and restore sex trafficking victims. Below is a list of some of the global organizations/projects we are currently supporting.
HaTikva Project (The Hope Project) exists to see the Israeli Body of Messiah built up and to serve needy Israelis in the name of Yeshua as they fulfill His commandment to “love your neighbor as yourself.” Yeshua is the center of all that they do and they commit to being completely open about our faith in every interaction.
They love to say that “we always bring Yeshua in through the front door with us, rather than trying to sneak him in through the back.” Through HaTikva Project, people everywhere have an opportunity to meet the needs of Israeli believers in financial crisis, to provide high quality, subsidized dental care to all of Israel, and to promote and facilitate adoption and foster care.
African Vision of Hope – Zambia
There are 4700 children enrolled on the 6 African Vision of Hope Campuses in Zambia, some of the most vulnerable in the world. Zambia is filled with youth and young children, almost 50% of their population is under age 15, the next generation.
We are dedicated to Christian leadership development through the building of Bible training centers around the world. Priority One is supported by individuals and churches who are passionate about investing in the lives of influencers. Together we have helped build classrooms, dormitories, and libraries in over 50 countries.
Mission Possible is a Christian mission and aid organization for Eastern Europe.
Since 1974, their goal has been to equip the local Church in Eastern Europe for works of service (Eph. 4:12). They are helping them effectively reach needy and searching people in bringing them the Gospel message, Biblical teaching, and life-changing help.
Mission Possible is actively involved in the war in Ukraine by coming alongside the churches in Eastern Europe and providing them with food and resources for refugees.
Safe homes, foster, adoption
4Kids (foster care)
Seeks to provide hope to babies, kids, teens, and young adults by providing safe and secure environments for healing, equip parents and caregivers who are trained to love kids from hard places, essential resources to meet their physical needs, nurturing counsel to help them thrive, and a renewed sense of value in their hearts.
Youth Haven(foster care + homeless teen group homes in Naples)
Providing home, hope, and healing to abused and neglected children and teens in Southwest Florida. Website: https://youthhavenswfl.org
Young single moms
Our Mother’s Home (Ft. Myers)
Provides a safe and nurturing environment for young moms (ages 11-21) in foster care and their babies. Website: https://www.ourmothershome.org
The New Beginnings (Cape Coral)
Seeks to provide Christ-Like support to single moms as they grow spiritually and continue their education. Website: https://thenewbeginnings.org
Pregnancy Resource and Shelters
Immokalee Pregnancy Center (Immokalee)
Provides counsel and practical help to women in crisis pregnancies. Clients see ultrasounds of their babies, hear the gospel, and can find resources, support, and advocacy during and after pregnancy.
Pregnancy Resource Center (Naples)
Provides clear and truthful pregnancy confirmation and education for women and men facing an unplanned pregnancy. PRC stands on the truth that every life has a divine purpose, and every human being is endowed with precious dignity and worth.
Shelter for Abused & Battered Women (Naples)
Serves victims of domestic violence and human trafficking.
We are very passionate about ministering to the homeless in our community. We have the opportunity to bring food, clothes, and the love of Christ to the homeless in Southwest Florida.
All Souls (Cape Coral)
Ministers to the material and spiritual needs of the community with groceries, hot meals, and clothing. Website: https://allsoulsnfm.org
Homeless Outreach—Lions Park (Ft. Myers)
Every Friday, volunteers serve meals to the homeless and share the Gospel about the true Bread of Life. firstname.lastname@example.org
Lee County Homeless Coalition (Ft. Myers)
Mission is to advocate, educate, and promote awareness of issues and obstacles facing homeless individuals in Lee County through community collaboration, planning, and implementing solutions. Website: https://www.leehomeless.org
St. Matthew’s House (Naples + Ft. Myers)
Provides housing for those experiencing homelessness, food for those experiencing hunger, and comfort for those experiencing addiction and suffering.Website: https://stmatthewshouse.org
Nursing Homes (widows)
Life Care Center (Estero)
The Waters (Cape Coral)
Serve My City
Serve My City is a church-wide focus to serve alongside local outreach partners that advocate for the poor and vulnerable across SW Florida. This provides our people with an opportunity to experience the heart and habit of serving in local outreach.
Covered Wagon—Kids Camp
Sharing the love of Jesus with the kids in this community through fun activities, bible stories and crafts. Held the 3rd Saturday of each month.
For more information, email email@example.com
Ft. Myers Jail, Wednesdays 1-3 pm (women)
This group brings the gospel and a message of hope to the female inmates through fellowship, prayer and Bible study.
Faith-based ministry that addresses the spiritual needs of incarcerated men and their families. Website: https://www.kairosprisonministry.org
Weekend retreat for women as they journey through the incarceration of a friend or relative.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you look around, you can see we are growing. Not only is our church growing in attendance and members, but we are growing in the depth of relationship with Jesus as his disciples. With this growth, there are several places of expansion we feel the Lord pointing us toward this year.
Land purchase in Lee County (Corkscrew Road)
From the old testament to the new testament, we see how God challenges His people to take ground, redeem ground, for the glory of God. We are in a season of asking God to give us land and expand our ‘tents’. We believe that the Lord gives land (Joshua 1).
We are excited to be taking some significant steps of faith towards purchasing property in Lee County. This property would be an opportunity to build a church campus in one of the fastest growing areas of southwest Florida. In the middle of what will be almost 20,000 rooftops, we will be able to establish a church to minister the gospel of Jesus Christ and serve the families of this area.
Estero Campus Master Planning
Our Estero campus has been growing in weekend attendance, small group attendance, youth ministry attendance, and our Ocean Preschool Academy has been at capacity for years. Additionally, the facility has served us well for the last 9 years but we have reached some of the limitations on how we are able to maximize the usage of the facility.
Because of this, we are wanting to embark on a campus redesign and Master plan strategy to better serve OC members and the community at large. We will be partnering with a church design firm and taking steps in the months to come to freshen up our Estero Campus.
Cape Coral Campus Development
The city of Cape Coral was recently ranked as the fastest growing city in our nation. Because of this we are wanting to prepare our facility, and land, for the harvest of souls that God would bring to our church.
In 2019, the Cape campus underwent extensive renovations prior to our January 2020 launch. While we were able to complete 80-85% of the building, there were still some areas of the campus that were left unaddressed. We believe this is the year we complete the renovation process and maximize the use of that facility.