THE ROOTS OF THE OXFORD OAKS MINISTRY
June of 2012 God gave me a literal vision for this ministry. He led me to the scripture found in Isaiah 61:1-3. This scripture provided the Biblical confirmation to the revelation that His plan for my life was to work with hurting women.
Finally, in February 2015, after much prayer and waiting upon the Lord’s perfect timing, the Oaks Ministry was legally formed as a PA non-profit corporation in the state of Pennsylvania and has its own tax exempt status from the IRS. There are many stories I can share of God’s leading and providing over the few years as he prepared me and others for this much needed ministry. Here are just a few ways in which God has moved, lead, and provided:
- The Leadership Team, and congregation, at Media Mennonite Church (now Waterway Church) gave their blessing for the Oaks Ministry to rent an old, large, farmhouse on their property as the first Oaks house. The agreement made with the church is that the funds/materials needed to repair the farmhouse are the responsibility of the ministry, and in return MMC would lease the house to The Oaks Ministry for $1.00 per month. The lease was signed in September 2015.
- God amazingly supplied the funds for the restoration of this home. A complete restoration of the home was completed by January 2016 and our first residents entered this home on February 2016. God has revealed that the farmhouse is much like the women who will enter it, a bit tired and worn-down but both will be restored with His love and a helping hand. Both will become a “planting of the Lord for the display of His splendor” (Isaiah 61: 3b)
- With our first Oaks Home at capacity, God provided for us another home in September 2016 which we lovingly refer to as Oaks 2. We look forward to expanding as the Lord provides.
- God has provided a Board of Directors who all are Christians and have a heart for this ministry. They come from the local community and surrounding areas.
God has continued to provide for this ministry and we are so thankful to be in partnership with many in our community who support us so that we can do the work God has called us to do.
Robin Martin, President of the Oaks Ministry