Dear Oasis Extended Family and Friends,
I am trying to find the words to describe the beginning of second week of our "25 Days of Missions" for Christmas at the Oasis. I’m struggling to find them.
Last week, it was over 1,000 Gift Boxes given to kids around the World through Operations Christmas Child. By far the most we have ever given and on top of that our Family Ministry became a regional “Drop Off Station" where over 2,500 boxes were dropped off.
Last night, began our "Trees of Hope" with a great group of volunteers and staff giving out Christmas trees, stands and lights to families who are struggling this Christmas. This part of our 25 Days of Missions continues through Saturday. You will see a great update of your serving the community this weekend through videos and pictures. By the end of this weekend, we will have blessed 200+ families with a Tree of Hope and a drop of love - the most we have ever sponsored and given away.
IF ONE PICTURE IS WORTH A 1,000 WORDS THEN 6 PICTURES ARE PRICELESS" Many of you sponsored a tree or are still giving toward the sponsorship. However, a price can’t be placed on what these "Trees of Hope" mean to a struggling family. It is priceless or I should say “eternal". I helped my son load 11 trees this afternoon for him to deliver to needy families in his inner city school. This is his second year of doing this and He loves it. He says it’s so sad to see how some people have to live - some of his students are living in motel rooms with 7 family members. They are overwhelmed by the trees and love that comes with them and that is just one little example. (Last night Thursday was our second night of Trees of Hope and inspite of a MONSOON RAIN Storm that continues through Friday our Volunteers and staff did an amazing job of loving and serving the many who came to receive their Tree of Hope. We have the most amazing Church Family. I am blown away. )
Here are 6 Pictures of our Volunteers last night during our pick up. PRICELESS. Note the one tree that is all decorated - that was posted within a few hours on Instagram by a family who received it and the kids loved it.
NEXT WEEK WE WILL BE SERVING THE HOMELESS ALL WEEK SO STAY TUNED!
Celebrate HOPE - Our first message of our Christmas Series begins this weekend. I can't wait to bring this message as it is one I actually wrote almost 10 years ago and have never delivered. This year, God said this is the time. It’s perfect for our Christmas of Missions: #LoveSFL — I am sure one of the verses we will look at this weekend you have never noticed but it is so powerful and fits this month perfectly. I hope you will join us on Saturday night at our Pembroke Pines Campus or on Sunday at Pembroke Pines or North Miami. If you are out of town or have a relative out of town you can join us at live.visitoasis.org for our live online worship services.
God bless you and I can't wait to see you this weekend as we "Celebrate HOPE".
Oasis Church of South Florida
P.S. — There is no way we could ever be touching 1,000’s of people this Christmas or throughout the year without the faithful giving of our Oasis Family. If you would like to Give online you can do it online 24/7 right here or give at our kiosk in the lobby on weekends or by envelop. We have six ways to give back to the Lord His tithes and your offerings. I love you Oasis!