Dear Oasis Family and Friends,This FALL is an exciting time at Oasis Church and it’s also a very draining time for all of us living in South Florida. It seems like the clean up from Irma will never end and for some, it hasn’t even begun. After a month, our neighborhood hasn’t been touched by our city. But in the big scheme of things, we are most fortunate to have been spared. We need to keep reminding ourselves of this when we tend to want to complain about some of the inconveniences.
Because the storms for the most part missed us, we also have the opportunity to serve others who were not so fortunate. By now you know there were many islands slammed and some demolished. Our Keys were damaged heavily and many small cities in South West Florida are hurting with very little attention. Tonia is serving the people of Immokalee, which is just west of Lake Okeechobee, about 90 miles from Broward.
It’s a city of about 30,000, with 97 percent being Hispanic or Haitian and only 3 percent Caucasian. Most are immigrants working in the agricultural area. I dare say that most of our church family has never heard of Immokalee and if you have, I bet only a few have ever seen it. I got a chance to visit there this week and it’s sad how little help and attention they have received. But I am thankful for the North American Mission Board (NAMB) who has multiple crews there from around the US and this week alone, 72 volunteers like my wife from churches in TX, TN, DE, MD, SC and NY and those are just the ones I met.
This week our Missions Ministry Team, under the leadership of Pastor Jonathan Jimenez, announced a trip to Puerto Rico on November 11th alongside (NAMB) and also a trip to the Keys to help with clean up on October 28th. It’s an all-day trip, that will leave early in the morning and come back late Saturday night. There is not much space left but while spots remain for both, I encourage you to go to THESE LINKS and sign up.
As the Tiaras Team returned from Belize, Keith and Yami left Wednesday to lead a team in Honduras on mission, building houses and serving the little mountain churches there. I am so proud of them.
If you haven’t picked up on it yet, I think God has “proclaimed” FALL 2017 as the fall of Missions with Oasis. We are also working on trips this fall to all the islands hardest hit by this Summer’s hurricanes. More to come on that. If you are interested in a particular island and want to be notified if and when we go, please email email@example.com and let Jonathan and the team know.
"Experiencing God" continues this week. I know God orchestrated this series for this specific season in the life of you and I as well as Oasis Church. This week I’m bringing the message on Reality #6, “Adjusting our lives to where God is working.” I would say adjustment is 100% of what we are having to do right now as a church and ministry as God has opened up so many doors for us to love and “be the drop”. We can’t meet every need but we can be the drop for one!
I look forward to seeing you this weekend. Check out our 6pm Saturday Night Service if you have not yet been to this one. It’s growing and there’re some special family events that the ones on Sunday don’t have. See you then.
P.S. To continue to give to the Hurricane relief efforts and to give your tithes and offerings, you can bring it this weekend or go online anytime 24/7 and give back to the Lord. We are grateful God allows us to be His conduit from your giving to a hurting community and world. Love you guys.
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