Webster defines compassion as "a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken bymisfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering." Compassion is a core piece of Live Oak's DNA. From the very beginning we have been committed to loving people locally and globally in tangible ways, creating new partnerships along the way. Partners are supported in various ways including financial gifts, volunteerism, and support trips. This month we wanted to highlight 3 of our Global Partners and let you know what is happening in the organizations.
Island Christian Church was planted by Savannah Compassion church in the Ukraine the same time as Live Oak. We consider them our sister church and support them in various ways. On February 3rd Oleg and Ghenna, along with Ghenna's wife Natasha, will be visiting Live Oak to share what is happening at Island Christian Church. If you are interested in meeting with our visitors, contact the church office. They arrive on Saturday, February 3rd and head to Savannah on Tuesday, February 6th.
We recently received an email letting us know that as a church they started a project - 7 weeks of Evangelism. The slogan is 7 weeks - 7 people. They invited the church members to visit one person a week and tell them the Christmas story. Every Wednesday they have a prayer meeting in the church, bringing up the names of people they are going to visit and pray for their needs.
On Saturday, December 23rd they had a Christmas service for children. Besides the Sunday school they invited children from the neighborhood. It was a 2 hour program with many activities and the Christmas story. There were 33 children at the program, Half of them are not a part of the church yet and some of them were with parents or grandparents. At the end of the program all of them received some gifts..
Outpour Movement - Thailand (Tana Turner)
Hopefully you have had a chance to see Tana since she has been home for the holidays! So much has been happening in Thailand and it's always good to hear it directly from Tana. Outpour Movement had to revamp some of their missions for Burmese refugees. In December they re-opened the training center, Braverly cafe, and Famous Ray's Cuisine. All of the staff went through cross training to ensure they understand and can help as needed. Tana will be taking on new responsibilities this year as the Training Center Event Coordinator and helping with product development at the Braverly cafe. Please keep her in prayer.
The Miles Family - Nigeria
Lenny and Patrice Miles, along with their 2 children, partnered with Samaritan’s Purse for a large construction project to rebuild parts of the Egbe Hospital in Nigeria, West Africa. For 3 1/2 years Lenny managed the project while Patrice managed the office, guesthouse, Spring of Life HIV/AIDS clinic and started a ministry called C.A.R.E. Africa. God started another chapter in their lives as they transitioned to Jos, Nigeria in August 2017 so Cason and Jolie can attend Hillcrest International School. Lenny will be the new Communications Specialist for SIM Nigeria while Patrice will continue to be the project manager for C.A.R.E. Africa and Spring of Life HIV/AIDS clinic.
CARE Africa is currently in negotiations with Foundations Academy Jos to open a branch in Egbe so the kids in Egbe can attend elementary school. Keep these negotiations in prayer. Lenny is recruiting missionaries. He is working on marketing and media advertisements, so keep this in prayer as well!
If you are new to Live Oak, the best way to get connected is through our Engagement Pathway. The first step on the pathway is our Guest Lunch! We are hosting a lunch on Sunday, February 4th, at 1:00, at the Ministry Center (14 Palmetto Way). This is a fun, relaxing afternoon of food and fellowship. It gives you a chance to get to know some our leadership over a meal. It also gives us a chance to get to know you a little better too! Families are welcomed! You can register below.
Ladies Bible Study
We’ve all got our issues! Maybe you feel like life just isn’t going your way, or you’re afraid that you don’t measure up to other people’s expectations. Perhaps you have a hard time managing your temper or have someone in your life you just can’t forgive. We deal with our “issues” every day in one form or another; the problem is, after a while, they start to feel . . . normal. Unchanging. Just part of who we are. And we forget that we have access to the power of Christ―a power that can transform our everyday weaknesses into our greatest strengths and gifts.
Join us for this 6 week study starting Tuesday, February 6th at 6:30pm at the Ministry Center. Register below. You do need to order a book for this study. It is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.