Dear Extended Oasis Church Family:
Easter at Oasis is over in some ways but in other ways...has just begun. Our new series #DeathToSelfie is coming up after our Easter Update.
I am not sure I can remember an Easter where God has shown up in a bigger way! I am always slow to say this but this year's Easter was one of the best yet. Every Easter has a very unique and special place, but I have to say this Easter would definitely rank up there with the best ever at Oasis Church!
We emphasized this year on inviting your friends and contacts. It
was amazing to meet so many and hear so many stories of friends and people who attended. Our staff spent almost 2 hours on Tuesday just celebrating the many stories they had encountered during Easter. It was amazing and very moving!
We do not talk a lot week to week about various attendance numbers.They are important but we prefer to focus on the ONE
Changed life at a time. When God looks down from Heaven, I know He rejoices at seeing so many gathered in one place worshiping Him. As the Bible says, when ONE soul comes to Christ ALL of Heaven rejoices. They party at one sinner coming to Christ in Heaven. This past weekend there was a lot of partying going on.
Here is a short snap shot to give a glimpse of how God used Oasis Church this past Easter:
* With over 100 new believers signed up to be baptized we saw 12 Baptized in North Miami and 12 teenagers among those who were baptized. It was amazing as we witnessed baptisms at all 10 Easter services. There were salvations at all services which means we were the"drop" of God's love to scores of people coming to know Jesus this Easter. Every face has a name, every name has a story and every ONE needs Jesus.
*Our North Miami Campus celebrated our 2nd Anniversary in NOMI with 394, a record attendance and 12 baptisms. They fed 415 homeless people on Easter Eve.
*Not only did we have a record all time attendance at Easter but even more exciting was that we had 1,000 more attend our Easter Services this year than last year. That was amazing to me!
*Our Facebook page reached over 15,000 people Easter week which was 10,000 more than the week prior. There were 1,214 people engaged on our page compared to 324 the week before. Why is this important? It shows your invites and posts on Social media created buzz, which translated into guests coming to the services and to our social media sites.
*More amazing than almost anything was how 100's of you, Oasis Volunteers gave of yourselves not just once, but many times, serving in multiple services. We could have never seen these results without you being the hands and feet of Jesus. You did not just serve, you served with passion and excitement to ‘be the drop’ to over 4,000 people. I thank you and congratulate you on being a major part of a huge God weekend!
#DeathtoSelfie begins this weekend! This series is especially designed to follow up Easter. I hope you will be back and also bring someone! Also, don’t forget to hashtag #DTSOASIS on social media so we can see your selfies!
By the way, as I reminded our staff this week "Easter is EVERY weekend". Yes, every weekend! The Gospel of Jesus crucified and risen again is preached each weekend. That is the message of the Church. Every weekend the Good News is presented and there are lives changed for eternity. That is the spirit and message of Easter.
God bless you and we look forward to having you and your family with us this weekend!
Oasis Church of South Florida
P.S. We had one of the largest offerings we have ever had last week. $56,000. This was a great blessing and will allow us to make up some of the $250,000. in our ministry budget shortfall. March was also a very good month in our giving of the Lord’s tithes and our offerings which also chipped away at our short fall. Thanks to all of you who have faithfully been giving to the Lord through Oasis Church, and for those of you who have begun to give. I am grateful and humbled that you have allowed us to be the conduit of your giving back to God. If you want to give online for this week, you can go online now and give. It is simple.Just click here.