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In God we Trust

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The summer is quickly flying by and we have been very busy at The Oaks Ministry.  We continue to thank God and follow His leading and trust that His timing is perfect in all things. We recognize that this ministry belongs to Him and we are His vessels doing the best we can with what we’ve been entrusted with.

We thank God for providing us with a young lady, Taja White, a 2018 graduate of West Virginia University with a major in Communication Studies  who has accepted the position of Marketing/Special Events Coordinator and Jan Kamp who has filled our position of Communications Specialist. Jan is educated in Liberal Arts, Public Relations and Journalism.  Part of Taja’s responsibility is to manage our social networking sites, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram which we invite you to follow. Jan has been busy designing promotional items such as a tri-fold promotional flyer and a retractable banner to use at our special events and other items to help to promote this ministry. We are also in the process of organizing a telephone campaign to connect with churches to let them know who we are and our desire to network with them in their mission to help those in need.  We welcome both Taja and Jan to our Leadership Team. I think we will be keeping them busy!

We hope you have noticed our new website. We thank Debbie Kinney for the hours of work and her financial investment to get this site up and running.  We are still a work in progress and ask that you are patient with us as we put on our finishing touches including a donation button for your convenience.

Save the date for Saturday, November 3rd, 10 AM-1 PM. Taja and Jan are planning a “Harvest of Blessings Brunch”.  We will be offering individuals, organizations and businesses an opportunity to support this ministry by sponsoring a table and inviting friends to join them. This promises to be a fun time of fellowship with people who care about this ministry and want to partner with us.  Both men and women are invited. (more details to follow)

Oaks House 2 is at full capacity at this time. All women are employed and working toward financial stability and independence. We still do not have a Manager for Oaks 1  on Waterway Road. This week I will be sending out notices to churches and other organizations with flyers to inform their people that we have a wonderful opportunity available for the right person. Please contact us if you or anyone you know would be interested in learning more about this opportunity. A job description is available. I trust that God will soon provide as He hasn’t let us down yet. We know that HIS timing is always perfect meanwhile we are using Oaks 1 for our weekly bible study and sewing classes. We have also been using it as a meeting place for our Board and other Oaks Ministry related meetings. We thank God for Brenda Moore who is doing an excellent job as House Manager at Oaks 2. Brenda brings vast knowledge and experience in relating to women in need.

Please remember to keep our Board and Ministry in your prayers. We are a “baby” ministry and with God’s help have accomplished much in the past 2 years, but we are still very much a work in progress.  God is busy teaching us the things we need to know in order to run this ministry with integrity in such a way to honor Him, and how to implement policies to best serve the women He sends our way. It takes many hands.  Currently we would like to have more Mentors, and Day Time Volunteers to work directly with our residents.  If interested in hearing more about what is required to fill these positions, please contact Robin at 484-368-7268.

And as always In God we trust!!!

 

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Many Hands Make Light Work

We believe that every woman can be changed by the knowledge of and a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  The Oaks Ministry strives to show the love of Christ to women who are facing difficult times and are in a transitional state of life.  Through sharing Christ’s love, we support women through Christian counseling, guidance, and support services so they can become financially stable and responsible members of the community.

The Oaks Ministry is surviving and thriving because so many of you have responded to God’s prompts to share your time, talents, prayers, donated items and financial support.  And we are so grateful!

But life gets busy, and we all find ourselves swamped with things to do and causes to support.  Sometimes it feels more like a roller coaster ride than a smooth sail doesn’t it?  For a ministry, it can mean stretching and stressing people to organize fundraisers, do double duty, and help in areas outside their natural talents and abilities.

With that in mind we want to be the best stewards we can of all our resources, and we believe that is best done by giving top priority to the work of the Ministry itself.  Roller coasters are fun for some folks, but this kind of roller coaster can drain our volunteers, staff and board members of time and energy better spent on our priority of directly meeting the needs of the women we serve.

Will you consider becoming a Resource Partner thorough regular support in one or more of the categories listed in paragraph one above?  You benefit by being able to schedule your time, talent and financial help.  We benefit by knowing when and where we can count on having people and resources to help meet those needs.

Here is a “quick list” of ways you can help:

  • Pray regularly for The Oaks Ministry
  • Arrange for a representative of  The Oaks Ministry to speak to your church or group
  • Perform maintenance or repairs
  • Provide transportation for our residents
  • Help with fundraising event
  • Be a Respite House Manager
  • Organize/host a fundraising event
  • Co-Host a Tea Party (a fun way to support the ministry as well as enjoying a fun afternoon with friends) See our Tea Party page on website for more information.
  • Donate Household Cleaners or Paper Products
  • Help with financial support monthly, quarterly, annually, or one-time (no amount is insignificant)

As a ministry we would like to have more monthly donors from individuals as well as companies and organizations.  Receiving a monthly check from a donor is income we can depend on and helps us to meet our needs without having to spend as much time with fund raising events.

If so led, you may send your donation to:  290 Bethel Road, Oxford, Pa  19363.  All donations are tax exempt to the full extent allowed by law.

If you are willing to help in any of the above ways, please contact us a 484-368-7268 to answer any questions you may have or you may contact us through email at info@oxfordoaksministry.com or visit our FB page “Oxford Oaks Ministry” and send a message.

The Oaks Ministry is thankful for Alger Oil in Oxford, Southern Chester County Electric, and Oxford’s ACE organization for their donation of AC in Oaks 2.  With the heat wave we are experiencing it is very much appreciated!   God has blessed us with many caring individuals to help us do what we do which motivates us to press on!  May God continue to bless each of  you as you have blessed us!!!

Together we can make a difference……

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As Time Goes On….

As time goes on we are realizing just how much time, energy and effort is required to manage and support a ministry like The Oaks Ministry. At the same time we get to experience God at work in many different ways and that is exciting and keeps us motivated to carry on.

We have two residents moving out the beginning of June. One has been in our program for a year and has found healing and restoration and will be returning to her family and the other resident has found housing that she can afford. We are rejoicing and praising God for his provision and his perfect timing, therefore we are now accepting new applications. Please visit the page on our website “House Policies and Procedures and Application” for more information about our program. Pass the word along to anyone you know that has a need as we will very soon have two spaces available in our program.

The Oaks Ministry is a transitional housing ministry that helps women in need with housing for up to a year. While in our program the women will find employment and learn financial skills to help them manage the funds they earn.  While in our program the women will also be shown the unconditional love of Christ. It is our prayer that they will learn to trust Him as we do.  He is at work changing lives and The Oaks Ministry is just one of the many ways He is doing that.

The Oaks Ministry Board has been busy reviewing our program and the services we offer.  We are currently looking for the following people to serve our organization as a:

Fund Raising Director                                                                                                                        Grant Writer                                                                                                                                      Special Events Coordinator                                                                                                              Volunteer Coordinator                                                                                                                      Communication Director

If interested in any of the above positions, please contact us at 484-368-7268 for more information.

In addition to the above volunteer positions we are still in need of a House Manager for Oaks 1 on Waterway Road.  The main requirements for this position is a Christian, single female. The manager shares housing with 3 residents and may work away from the ministry during the day. We have daytime volunteers visit the ladies to help with any need that arises while our manager is at work.  The Oaks Ministry supplies our manager with free room and board. Just imagine the savings for a person who works full-time and does not have to pay for essential living expenses. The large home is a beautifully restored 1800’s farm house sitting in the middle of 24 acres with a tree lined driveway. It truly is a beautiful place to be. The manager has a large beautifully furnished bedroom.  Having said all that we realize that it takes a very special lady to fill this position. Maybe this lady is you or maybe you know just the right person for the job. Please pass the word along.

As with any Pa-non profit it takes funds to do what we do.  If you are able to contribute financially,  please send your donation to:  The Oaks Ministry, 290 Bethel Road, Oxford, Pa  19363.  All donations are tax exempt to the full extent allowed by law.

Together we can make a difference!

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Celebrate with us…..

The Oaks Ministry is happy to announce that another lady has graduated from our program.  This beautiful lady came into our program homeless on a limited income and unable to support herself. During her time with us she was able to get a part-time job and save enough money to get into her own apartment.  So we Celebrate! She is no longer “homeless”.  We are excited for her and wish her the best in this new journey in life. Trusting that the spiritual seeds planted will continue to grow. To God Be the Glory!!

Someone recently told Robin that the Oaks Ministry is a “little acorn that was planted and it is beginning to grow and spread its limbs” and we are learning that with growth comes more responsibility.  As most of you know God gave Robin a vision in June 2012 to help women in need by supplying transitional housing. In February 2016 we opened Oaks 1 and in September 2016 we opened Oaks 2. This ministry was birthed in love and compassion for women in need of a fresh start. The Board and the Volunteers have little to no experience in doing this, therefore The Oaks Ministry Board agreed to invest in some faith-based leadership training for all of us. Through these sessions we are being challenged with things we need to be doing to protect our organization as well as things we should be doing to network with other organizations to better equip our residents to succeed in life when they leave our organization.  Please pray for  us as we redesign our program and implement policies to better help those we are called to serve.

We Celebrate and thank God for supplying a house manager for Oaks 2. We are blessed to have a woman who has spent her entire life in social services helping those in need and she felt the call of God to join the Oaks Ministry Team. She brings so much more to this ministry than just oversight at the house.  Having said that, we are still in need of another House Manager for Oaks 1.  Keep praying for the woman God has chosen for this position. We trust that God will reveal who she is,  meanwhile we continue to CELEBRATE as we trust in HIS perfect timing!

We hope that you are Celebrating with us as we could not do what we do without our faithful friends and supporters of this ministry.  In addition to your prayer support if you would like to help us financially, please send your tax exempt donation to The Oaks Ministry, 290 Bethel Road, Oxford, Pa.  19363.  Every dollar you send will go toward supplying transitional housing and faith-based support services to help women become financially stable and responsible members of our communities.  To God Be the Glory!!!

 

 

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From The Heart of P.J. Scheese

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“I was recently asked to write about my involvement in The Oaks Ministry and was surprised at my initial reaction to the request, as I write stuff all the time and very seldom have trouble coming up with something to say.  However, this time was different and at first I could not put my finger on why. Then it occurred to me that my involvement with this ministry is something that is very personal to me.  Again I could not put my finger immediately on why I felt that way and then it came to me.  It is because “There but by the Grace of God go I.”

Growing up in an upper middle class community with very loving parents, I took it for granted that feeling of being safe and warm and having my belly full.  Actually I have lived all of my life always knowing where my next meal would come from and where I would be laying my head each night.  I’ve lived a privileged life, and not due to anything I’ve done to deserve it.

So when I was asked if I wanted to be on the Board of The Oaks Ministry I felt both honored and humbled.  There is such a need for an outreach program for women who have no place to go.  They are either couch surfing, in a homeless shelter and running out of their time there, living out of their cars, or any number of other scenarios that have made them feel lost, hopeless, and marginalized.

This ministry is for women just like me, had I not been as fortunate as I was growing up.  In fact even with the circumstances with which I grew up, this ministry has shown me what the love of Christ truly means and has given me blessings tenfold back what I have put into it.

Oaks helps women to become financially independent, but more importantly encourages them to accept the love of Christ, his forgiveness, and the future he promises to all who believe.  And that is so very personal to me.  Although I was raised as a “Christian” I did not truly understand what Jesus did for me until about eight years ago.  The understanding happened within a moment for me.  A moment in my life when my eyes where opened and my heart was changed.  I was like a child then and stayed that way for a long time.  I still am in fact.  But when I was called to The Oaks Ministry, I was finally given a direction, a purpose, a heart of servitude.  For that I am so thankful

I don’t know why I was asked to put all this in writing.  I think perhaps I was asked to share my experience to help encourage others to volunteer.  There is so much to be done.  We need two house managers as well as volunteers who perhaps have some talent they would like to share with our resident women on a regular basis.  Our women need the help and understanding of other women who wish to share their lives in a meaningful way. “Many hands make light work”, my Mama used to say.

It is a very personal thing to share one’s life with others.  But I can tell you that what you get back from being a part of something bigger than yourself will humble you.  We all have a talent, even if we don’t know what it is.  God brings it out of us when someone is in need of it.  That is what The Oaks Ministry has done for me.  And I encourage anyone who wishes to be part of something far bigger than yourself to join The Oaks Ministry in whatever capacity you wish.  It is a life changing experience.”

Please visit our Volunteer Page on this website and complete and send in an application if you are interested in helping us help others. We would love to have you join our team.  And as always we “THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT”!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Gift of Salvation

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And she shall bring forth a son and thou shalt call His name Jesus for He shall save His people from their sins. – Matthew 1:21

In the early 60’s I attended Good News Club one day a week right after school let out. Good News Club was held in the home of a local Pastor and his family. They lived two doors up from us in the village of New London. Good News Club consisted of a Bible story, singing hymns and Bible memory.  Matthew 1:21 was my first memory verse.  Its deeply ingrained in my mind and in my heart.

Now that I am much older I have come to appreciate the reality of this verse as this gift of salvation has radically changed my life. This gift is the greatest gift ever given. The gift that keeps on giving into eternity.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life” John 3:16.  

This is our hope that every woman that enters our program will come to know Jesus as their Savior and make Him Lord of their lives. Its not enough just to know “about” Him but one must know Him “personally” in order for life change to happen. Christianity is more than just religion its a personal relationship that impacts your daily life. I have been told that the difference between religion and a relationship is that religion is man reaching up to God trying to earn His favor and a relationship is God coming down to man and accepting Him just as He is.  I am so thankful that Jesus accepted me just as I am but he loved me enough that he didn’t leave me there.  To know Him is to love him and to love Him is to obey Him. Its then that we see God in action and our faith becomes stronger. Please pray for us as we reach out with the love of Christ to women who need to experience Christ in a fresh new way as they work toward financial stability.

We again thank God for each one of you who continue to support this ministry. We raised over $2,500 at our Christmas at the Oaks Holiday Bazaar and many of you have sent in year end financial donations in which we are grateful for.

If you desire to donate supplies to our ministry this holiday season we are asking for you to consider Laundry Detergent, Fabric Softener, Bleach, Bathroom Tissue, Paper Towels, or Dusting spray.  We are currently well stocked on personal hygiene items. Thank you!!

We are still accepting resume’s for 2018 Residential House Managers. This is a wonderful opportunity to reside in a beautiful home and no cost to you.  We are trusting that God will reveal the right person at the right time. Please call Robin at 484-368-7268 or send your resume to info@oxfordoaksministry.com. Thank you!!

The Board of Directors of the Oaks Ministry wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas as together we celebrate the greatest gift ever given, the birth of Jesus Christ our Lord!!!

Robin Martin, President

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Does Time Really Fly?

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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.

 

 

 

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Two New Board Members

The Oaks Ministry wants to introduce to you John Wallace and Sheryl Hawk the newest members of our Board.  John is a long time member of Bethany Presbyterian Church and is excited to be part of our ministry. I often say it takes a special man to be part of a woman’s ministry and John is that man. He helps out with the “man” jobs around the houses and shares words of wisdom at our meetings. So thankful to have John on our team.

Sheryl Hawk attends Oxford Church of the Nazarene and has accepted the responsibility of the position of Treasurer of our organization. She brings with her a vast amount of knowledge and skills that we believe will help our ministry tremendously. Not only does she have banking experience but also has experience in fund raising and grant writing. We will keep Sheryl very busy with The Oaks Ministry. We are also thankful to  have Sheryl on our team.

Both of these Board Members are a reminder of the goodness of our God. He provides just what we need, just when we need it.  They both have hearts of compassion and wholeheartedly believe in our mission. We welcome them both and look forward to working along side of them for as long as the Lord allows.

Please keep our Board in your prayers.  We love the Lord and desire to run this ministry with integrity and transparency in order to honor God in every way.  We need His wisdom to know the best steps to take to move forward and when are we to take those steps? Our two homes will soon be full and then we’ll have to turn away women in need. At that time we will begin to pray, effectively and fervently for God to provide another home to meet our needs. Of course with every home comes more expenses.  We know that God will provide. If you wish to contribute to our cause, please send your tax exempt donation to:

Oxford Oaks Ministry                                                                                                                           290 Bethel Road                                                                                                                                     Oxford, Pa.  19363

We thank you in advance for your support. Together we can make a difference!!

 

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A Managers Message from Oaks 2

I had a very hard childhood and adult life.  I knew there was a God. I went to church every Sunday till my 2nd husband would not let me or the children go.  I started to forget about God till the Amish came into my life.  Yes I was working for the Amish for 15 years. The last year I worked for them I was always dizzy and started passing out.  It got to the point that I couldn’t drive or stand very long so we agreed that I must stop working. I had to move out of my apartment so I moved in with my sister and her boyfriend.  About three weeks after I moved in, I moved out because of things that they were doing.  I then moved in with my brother for about 6 months and he wanted me to move out so I went to a homeless shelter.  Six weeks later I had an interview with Robin and two other ladies.  When I stepped in the Oaks House, I felt the presence of God throughout the house.  It didn’t scare me or frighten me.  It was like God was welcoming me.  I knew right then and there that God would take care of me.  I know a lot of people are giving the Oaks Ministry the respect they deserve. I am so blessed now to be the manager of Oaks 2.  I have become so much closer to God and I want to walk in his footsteps forever. I want to thank the Oaks Ministry for everything they have done for me. – Vickie Chandler

The Oaks Ministry thanks Vickie for the work that she does for us at Oaks 2.  Our vision is for many houses to help women in need, and our plan is to use graduates from our program to manage each home the Lord provides.  Vickie can relate to the women in our program for it wasn’t long ago she was where many of them are.  She is a living testimony of the difference God makes in a person’s life when they take the program seriously and learn to trust God completely.

Someone recently asked me when will your 3rd house open? I stated when both houses are full and we are turning women away, I will begin to pray for God to meet the need according to His will.  I think it would be awesome if God continued to provide homes for our cause through the Body of Christ the church.  Something to ponder….and of course pray about.

We also thank Debbie Kinney for the wonderful job she did re-designing our website and creating a new logo. Our Board is thrilled with the work she did for us and we hope you like it!

The Oaks Ministry thanks all of you for your prayers and support of this ministry. We could not do it without the faithful men and women that God has called to partner with us.

PS:  The Oaks Ministry recently accepted two new members on our Board. The next update will be introducing them to you….stay tuned!!

 

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A Manager’s Message from Oaks 1

I will always be grateful to my God and Father for guiding me to this ministry.  He has blessed this ministry so much and has brought so many wonderful people to this ministry also.  I have been so blessed to be given this opportunity as House Manager.  All of the women that have come here I can very easily relate to since I had been through so many trials myself.  When I tell them about  my different trials they open up to me about theirs.  My Father has taught me to show grace, kindness and patience with the women.  I try to shine God’s Light through me so these women will follow my example.  It is so rewarding when the women grow spiritually and become more confident of themselves. With all of the different resources in this ministry the women are able to get back on their feet and become financially stable.  We have all remained sisters in Christ so they gain lifetime friends.  This ministry definitely gives most of these ladies a lasting change of life for the good. – Paula Swain

The Oaks Ministry Board of Directors appreciates all Paula does to help us help others.  She is a gift from God to us and to the women in our program.

We are still looking for a person to invite 6 friends to join them at a tea party on Saturday, June 17th from 1-3 PM.  If you are feeling the tug, “I can do that!”, please contact Robin at 484-368-7268. No charge for the tea and the fellowship. Free will donations are appreciated but not required.

Thanks you for your support!

Robin Martin, President and Founder of The Oaks Ministry

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