I can’t believe its been two months since I’ve updated this blog. Yes time flies!! Scripture says that our lives are a mist, a vapor, we are here today and gone tomorrow. As I look back over the years, as I grow older I understand more fully the above description of life here on earth.
I, Robin spent last week at the beach with my five wonderful sisters. It was a much needed break from work and ministry, but I returned home on Friday in fast gear with much to do. I can honestly report that things are well with the Oaks Ministry. I am so thankful for the wonderful Board and faithful helpers and sponsors of this ministry. Without all of you, we could not do what we do. The role you play is very important.
Today the Oaks Ministry board had three events to attend. Kay, Jannett and I attended Christian Life Center in New London’s Fall Festival. This was a great opportunity to share about our ministry and also sell donated items to raise funds for our cause. We thank CLC for the invitation and their support of this ministry.
Meanwhile another Board Member, John, attended a Bridges out of Poverty Seminar at Bethany Church. A seminar to help us understand how to help others overcome poverty and work toward a brighter future. (that’s is one aspect of our program)
Kathy, another Board Member hosted a Tea Party at Oaks 1 with women from Andrews Bridge Mennonite Church. We thank them for their interest and support of this ministry. PJ our Secretary was busy at home getting a mailing list organized for our ministry. Can you believe that its been two years come February since the Oaks Ministry opened its doors and we are just now getting a formal mailing list? PJ had her work cut out for her taking two years of unorganized documents and compiling them into a very need chart. Thank you PJ!! (be looking for some mail in the near future)
Herr’s, Inc. blessed us by donating a 2015 Chevy Equinox for our residents to use to go to and from their places of employment and other ministry related appointments. This is a huge answer to prayer and we thank Herr’s for their generosity. Our community is so blessed to have such a generous, kind family business supporting the many great causes in our communities.
We were also blessed by Peggy Russell of ACE (Anti Human Trafficking non profit). Peggy took the financial responsibility to have Air Conditioning installed at Oaks 2. Alger Oil gave the Oaks Ministry a huge discount to help our cause and we thank them for that. George of Southern Chester County Electric did all the electrical work free of charge. Although AC is considered a luxury by some, for the Oaks (2) Ministry home in town it is a necessity to help our residents feel safe and secure. In the summer months, many of our residents do not want the windows left open for fear of intrusion or lack of privacy. God continues to amaze me with his provision for our ministry. Its far more than we could ever think or even imagine. We thank God for all of his wonderful people who truly care about the hurting women we minister to. People like you!
As our ministry grows so does our budget. With an automobile comes added expenses, commercial insurance, maintenance, gas. With AC comes added expense meaning higher electric bills and maintenance. Another added item on our budget this year will be hopefully weekly professional Christian counseling for all of our residents. God recently revealed to us that this is a missing link in our program. Many of the women have mental health issues caused by past hurts, habits or hang-ups that are deeply rooted and keeping them in bondage to some degree. Although the Oaks Ministry helps to find jobs and gives financial training as well as spiritual training we are not equipped to do what a licensed Christian Counselor can do, therefore we find it a necessity to supply this much needed service. We are currently looking into different agencies and related costs. Another added expense. Yes I can smile, for I know our God will supply all of our needs according to His riches in glory. . it is written….
Please keep our ministry in prayer. Currently we have one residential opening in Oaks 2. Oaks 1 is full. We have an immediate need for a House Manager for Oaks 2. If interested in the job description and details, contact Robin at 484-368-7268. Pray for us as we plan Christmas at the Oaks. This fund raising event will be held at Oaks 2 this year on December 1st and 2nd. We are accepting donations of baked goods, craft items, gift items and Christmas decorations to sell. Mark your calendar and look for more details to follow.
Last but certainly not least, if you would like to make a year-end donation to our cause, please send your check to:
The Oaks Ministry 290 Bethel Road Oxford, Pa 19363
WE APPRECIATE YOU and THANK YOU IN ADVANCE…..FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
The Oaks Ministry is a 501c3 non profit and your donation is tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law.