Joani Akers

Joanie Akers

Joani Akers

Founder/Education Director

Joani has faithfully served alongside her husband and shared his vision to minister to the refugees of St. Louis since 1989 when they founded Oasis International. Her hands and her heart are always lovingly extended to those around her and the joy of Christ exudes with each beautiful smile and cheerful laugh.

As the Director of Education, it is her delight to organize the several levels of English courses offered through Oasis, train and coach volunteer language teachers, and oversee childcare during classes. Yet as co-founder of the ministry and Secretary of the Board, she sets her hand eagerly to whatever task presents itself whether it be writing grants, counseling, evangelizing, or hosting baby showers and birthday parties.

She has traveled to several countries around the world, but she is never happier than when she is able to share the love of Christ which has so radically changed her life and meet the practical needs of refugees in this city.

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