Month: November 2015

Thankful? Yes We Are!!

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Today we celebrate Thanksgiving!  The Oaks Ministry has much to be thankful for! GOD IS GOOD and continues to amaze us with His provisions!!! 

Much has been accomplished the past month at the Oaks house.  The painting is finished! All the flooring in the downstairs is finished, except for the “war room”. (did you know the Oaks House has a war room?) The wall to wall carpeting upstairs is also finished! All the ceiling fans and new light fixtures have been installed! The chimney has a new liner and the heat is on! The washer and dryer have been installed. The inside of the house is looking more and more beautiful each day as God supplies the funding and the workers to finish the work. I am reminded of the verse that says “He who began a good work will be faithful to complete it” (Philippians 1:6) For this we are THANKFUL!

On November 14th we hosted a Benefit Pancake Breakfast in house with Dawn Harnish owner of Burnt Cabin Grist Mill & Campgrounds(www.historicmillandcamping.com) Dawn supplied and cooked a wonderful breakfast and we served approximately 100 guests and raised over $4,800 to go toward our 2016 Budget. In addition we have received  generous donations from people, just like you, and we are getting closer to our goal of $50,000 to pay the expenses of maintaining a ministry like this for a year. Together we can do this as each one does its part.  For this we are THANKFUL!!

To think that the plan of an Oaks House to help women in need was on God’s mind a long time ago. Scripture tells us that even before we were born, God had every day planned before one day began. (Psalm 139:16) God gave me a vision, to help women need, in June of 2012.  It has been exciting to be part of His special plan.  To watch His plans as they unfold  through myself and others to fulfill His holy purposes.  We have walked through this journey together and together we will make a difference. For you we are THANKFUL!!

We are trusting in God to supply us with a Residential House Manager. A spiritually mature Christian, single and no responsibility for children, are three of the special qualifications. God knows her by name and is working in her heart right now to reveal His special plans for her. If you know of anyone who may be interested in this position, please have her contact us at 484-368-7268.  For this we are thankful!! 

The house is all most ready. We will be moving furniture back in on Tuesday of this week and then we will begin to turn the house into a home. As we are doing that we will be decorating the Oaks House for Christmas. We are going all out! We are planning a Fund Raiser called “Christmas at the Oaks” a Bargain Bazaar on December 11th & 12th.Come and enjoy…live music, nativity, carolers, food, and shopping!  For this we are THANKFUL!!

So as you can see what have alot to be thankful for. Most importantly, we are thankful for a loving heavenly Father who gave His one and only Son Jesus Christ to the world so that whosoever believes  in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. (John 3:16) He came to give us new life to set us free from the bondage of sin. He set me free and he can set you free too. If you haven’t already please consider receiving Jesus as your Savior today. For this you too will be forever THANKFUL!!!!

He gave His life, what more could He give….Oh how He loves you, Oh how He loves me….Oh how He loves you and me…..SO THANKFUL for HIS LOVE!!!!!

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Would you prayerfully consider helping us meet our 2016 Budget? If you are led by God to do so,  please send your donation to The Oaks Ministry, 290 Bethel Road, Oxford, Pa  19363.  Together we can make a difference!!

The Oaks Ministry is a PA Non-Profit Incorporation with its own tax exempt states from the IRS.  Your donation to this ministry is tax exempt to the fullest extent allowed by law.

 

 

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Step by Step He Continues to Lead……

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A lot has been accomplished since my last writing on October 10th.  We had just hired Jim Anderson to paint the entire inside of the house and I mentioned I was a little nervous as I entered and paint was being sprayed everywhere. The key to anxiety is prayer so I prayed and laid it down and trusted God with the results. It is amazing the transformation that has taken place in that very old farmhouse that God has chosen to help women in need. Jim and his team have done a super job!

Almost everyday I stop in to see their progress and day by day the inside of the house is becoming more and more beautiful, just like the women who will enter in. Both will be a “planting of the Lord for the display of His splendor” (Isaiah 61:3b) Jim and his team have a small amount of touch-up work to do and it will be complete. We are very satisfied with their work.  So satisfied that when Jim offered to sand and refinish the wooden floors on most of the house, we quickly agreed to allow him the honor believing that he is a God’s man for the job!!

We hope to have the house completely restored by November 14th. It has taken many hours of labor and donations from many people to make this work and God has supplied each and every need through his people.  We can’t praise Him enough for His faithfulness and His provision. JEHOVAH JIRAH stands true to His name. To Him Be The Glory!!

We have been working very hard to raise the needed funds to run this ministry next year.  We had a promotional/sales stand at the New Garden Farm Market, a Craft Sale and a Benefit Concert (both the same weekend).  We also have been successfully selling raffle tickets for a beautiful quilt that was donated. We had a huge donation of candy bars given to the ministry that have been sold at various work places as well. Financial Donations have come in and God continues to show himself faithful. WE praise Him for every dollar He provides knowing that it will be enough.

Our next Fund Raiser is planned for November 14th. Lord willing, we will be hosting a Benefit Pancake Breakfast at the Oaks House.  Dawn Lawrie Harnish is hosting it. Dawn is the daughter of Ed Lawrie who sold the property to Media Church and was raised in the Oaks House. She is very excited about the work God is doing there and offered to host a benefit pancake breakfast with her very own product from her mill at Burnt Cabins, Pa. This will be a full buffet breakfast that you won’t want to miss!! You will also get to see the interior of the Oaks House!! Donations will be accepted to help meet the 2016 Budget. This is a private party by invitation only. If you would like a personal invite, please contact me at robinmartin3@hotmail.com.

When our  budget of $50,000 is met we will open the doors to the first Oaks house, Lord willing, January 1, 2016.  We are making progress but we are not there yet. Please keep us in your prayers as we continue to step out in faith day by day knowing God will provide all of our needs, financial and physical, according to His riches in glory.

Other Prayer Needs:

Residential House Manager – For more information about this position contact Robin at robinmartin3@hotmail.com

We are also accepting applications from women who may be interested in our residential housing program. Applications are on our website at www.oxfordoaksministry.com. Keep these women in your prayers. God knows them by name…..

If you think God is asking you to help the Oaks Ministry reach their 2016 Budget with a financial contribution, please make your check payable to:

The Oaks Ministry and send to,  290 Bethel Road, Oxford, Pa  19363 and know that you are an answer to prayer!!

The Oaks Ministry is a PA non profit and all donations are tax exempt to the full extent allowed by law!

WE thank you in advance for your support and your prayers!!!

Joyfully Serving Jesus…………

Robin Martin, President

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