by Jackie Storer
The Oasis program is aimed at teaching children the love of God from infancy, which is much more possible than it may seem at first.
"The kids are surprisingly perceptive about spiritual things," said Oasis Director Jeff Risley. Risley reports the kids in the program gain a deep care for others who are hurting and the need to do something about it. Kids in the program recently raised $1,000 for Harambee Christian School to help pay for scholarships.
Anne Trader began going to Oasis when she was still a baby. "Oasis is where I became a believer and where I [eventually] learned to serve," Trader said. Now in the adult group with a baby of her own in the program, Anne continues to serve in the program that originally taught her about a relationship with God.
Trader began serving in Oasis when she was in middle school and out of the Oasis program, and says she's learned about communicating God's Word through her time as a volunteer. "When you're talking to three-year-olds...it's a good way to practice talking about your faith [and] prepare to teach," she said.
Risley said that even though the kids can start in the Oasis program at a very young age, it's not a fruitless ministry or babysitting, "The biggest goal of the program is to graduate the kids into a another ministry already thinking about making a decision for God to create an eternal impact for God at a young age."