When we started Oasis International in 1989, God gave us 2 Corinthians 8:14 “At this present time your plenty will supply what they need, so that in turn their plenty will supply what you need. The goal is equality.”
One of our great loves is to be a spokesperson and cheerleader for the refugees coming to St. Louis. Mark was privileged to be able to speak at Maryville University to a class entitled “Race, Ethnicity and Crime”.
Changing a statistic in St. Louis is not easy. But you are doing it. We have heard since we bought our building in 2006, that less than 10% of the refugees coming to St. Louis will ever be befriended by an American. You, as our partners, volunteers, staff, board, churches and universities have made a huge difference in the lives of the refugee families in St. Louis.
Tha & Elizabeth from Burma, Alyaa and Jumani from Iraq, Sarah and Hemon from the United States and Ethiopia: just to name a few of our precious ladies from around the world. Forty-five ladies enjoyed lunch, gifts, prizes and games as we celebrated women. International Women’s Day is celebrated around the world on March 8. At Oasis our heart is to value each woman, knowing they are made in the image of God!
Some of my favorite passages of the Bible contain two simple words: “But God”. Those texts usually contain scenes and stories of impossibilities and dead ends… and then those words appear. “But God”. And this ministry to refugees from all over the world who find themselves in St. Louis is no exception...
We saw some sad faces at our last week of class before our summer break. One student said, “These are my best days when I come to Oasis. “ What will I do all summer?”
We are so grateful for the 95 box fans that came in from Church at Bevo and First Baptist Church-Arnold, Mo. It is so important for every refugee family to have at least one fan in the summer time.
After three rainouts in April, May and June, we finally were able to have our BBQ Outreach. It was supposed to be extremely hot but the cloud cover and light breeze made it a perfect day. Destiny Church and Joy FM 99.1 Christian Radio Station co-sponsored this great event.
A very special thank you to St. John the Baptist for the 50 computers donated to Oasis. We have already blessed several refugee families with these computers. Our heart is to give every refugee family a computer.
We have already been receiving Syrian families in St. Louis. We are preparing to receive many more families as this crisis increases in Europe. All of the images on the news every night are causing us to pray even more for these souls seeking freedom and justice. Many refugees from many countries are trying to make the dangerous and terrifying trip from Turkey to Europe.
Oasis International is on the front lines here in St. Louis with refugees arriving almost daily, desperate to find a new life free from war and torment. It’s not enough to feel bad about people in desperate situations. The feeling must be accompanied with a strong desire to alleviate the suffering. This year has been a very difficult one for millions around the world. Refugees come to St. Louis with nothing tangible to start a new life. With your help, Oasis International is actually alleviating the suffering through our many programs and through our compassionate staff and volunteers.