If the answer is “yes” to any of the above, when was the last time you read all of the New Testament, or any of the New Testament? Did you understand what you read?
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In the Lord Jesus Christ,
A message from the board of Oasis Books
February 29, 2012
Oasis Books is a local ministry actively communicating the gospel to the community in Cache Valley. Campus preaching, fair outreaches, evangelism training, and providing a bookstore as a gathering place for discussion are just part of how the ministry does this. For Oasis Books to operate, it must be funded, and the bookstore only in a small part funds the ministry. Because of this, we need like-minded saints to partner with us in this mission.
Outreach in a Mormon community is unique. Like Islam, Mormonism is part of a larger cultural structure. Presenting the gospel in a way that penetrates the heart and crosses cultural barriers requires understanding, perseverance and sacrifice. Public evangelism can and does result in persecution both for the missionary and for those Mormons interested in hearing more of the freeing grace of the true gospel. While some may not feel free or able to proclaim this truth, we should rally behind those leading this work and equipping others to do the same. Community Christian Ministries by request of the saints in the Cache Valley established a literature mission called Oasis Books, in Logan, in 1983. Brad Scheelke has been serving there since 1983 and Eli joined the ministry in 2008. Early in the days of the ministry, the sale of Christian literature and donations from outside Utah were sufficient to keep the bookstore open and care for the staff. However, the decline in book sales and in donations has resulted in the ministry being significantly underfunded.
In several places, Paul reminds us that those who labor in the gospel should live by the gospel. That means those blessed by those labors and those desirous to obey the Lord’s command to disciple the nations should participate in the support of our advance troops. The Oasis literature mission and specifically Brad and Eli need such support. Eli’s upcoming marriage in June makes this especially important in his case.
Brad and Eli give away books and preach all day at USU or Weber State on about 40 days yearly, they speak with 500+ Mormons, many of whom they have ongoing relationships with. Some have found Christ and joined them in sharing with students. During the Cache County fair, with the help of local Christians, they have significant gospel conversations with 500+ people. They also witness and encourage people in the bookstore, and occasionally door to door. Oasis looks like a typical bookstore that does financially well, but it is a literature mission – a place of witness and encouragement – and struggles financially. Because of looks, the following is not always obvious.
Eli Brayley – $25,000 ($2080/mo.) $10,000 ($830/mo.) $1250
Community Christian Ministries (CCM) is a small not-for-profit organization, that promotes locally led and funded literature missions focused on evangelism, edification and unity. Designated donations fund the local staff and facility with no administrative fees deducted, with those funds going solely to the staff or facility indicated. For example, Oasis receives 100% of gifts designated to it and Eli receives 100% of what is designated to him—no more, no less. Gifts designated to Oasis do not go to staff salaries. CCM does not have money to give to Oasis. Therefore the mission and staff must be supported by the Body of Christ at large. The combined monthly deficit for the mission and staff is on the order of $5,000, assuming the very frugal staff budgets noted. Donations for the facility costs have been sporadic with a handful of regular supporters totaling about $1000. There are a few occasional donors and two people have given to fill the gaps over the years. This tells us that we need financial partners for this ministry for an additional $4000/month:
Oasis needs an additional $1500/month.
Brad needs an additional $1150/month.
Eli needs an additional $1250/month.
Would you consider committing to support this ministry monthly?
A card is enclosed with the address for mission support and with options for designating support.
The Oasis board has reviewed these budgets and past expenses and fully endorses the work of the ministry, the need for additional funds and also requests you to prayerfully consider financially supporting this ministry.