Since he was a young child, Elmer struggled with extreme social anxiety. His mom would often pick him up from school early because he was having panic attacks and just wanted to be home. He’d sit in his bed and not talk to anyone. As his mom, I worried about him. She’s a single mom working several jobs and felt helpless because she didn’t have the means to get him the help she felt he needed.
However, in early 2022, one of Elmer’s classmates invited him to a place called “Kidz Klub” that he could go to on Wednesday’s after school. Elmer nervously accepted the invitation. When he showed up at Kidz Klub, he was greeted with a hot meal, lots of high fives from Oasis leaders, and a sense of “welcome” and “belonging” that he had never felt before. He started coming to Kidz Klub every week. When we learned that he was in 6th grade, we told him that he could also come to Oasis Youth on Friday’s and Encounter on Tuesday’s. His response touched our hearts: “I can do this 3 times a week??” Since that first Wednesday Elmer attended Kidz Klub, we have watched him blossom into a social butterfly!
We watch him run around, playing tag with his friends, laughing & watching movies, volunteering at special events, and playing games at youth and think to ourselves “only God.” His mom now shares, “I cannot tell you how thankful i am for Oasis. I’m happy for him. He’s not the same kid as he was at the beginning of the year. He seems happy now and always has something to look forward to with Oasis.” What a difference a year can make!
We ask that you please join us in prayer for the Oasis kids, teenagers, and families in Hollywood. We are believing that the spiritual darkness (depression, anxiety, perversion, and confusion) in Hollywood would be pushed back and instead be replaced with God’s Spirit of love, joy, light, peace, and healing. We are believing for families to be restored & united in 2023! We speak that the enemy has no hold on their lives.
This is the spiritual battleground that God has entrusted to us, and we claim this city for Jesus! Your prayers and partnership is the ammunition we need to keep battling for the lives of these kids.
1. We got to share the Gospel with 91 kids
2. Kidz Klub Day Camp hosted 44 inner-city children for a week of lots of games, fun, and laughter, while also learning what it means to worship God and how “life is better with God!”
1. 101 teenagers come through our doors for Oasis Youth on Friday nights & Encounter on Tuesday nights
2. We started the year with WINTER CAMP!
3. We got too take 52 teens to Summer Camp up in the mountains for a weekend of soaking in God’s Presence through worship, messages, and small groups, as well as, rock climbing, lots of games, and even more laughter! We’re excited that we’ll be able to attend camp for a FULL WEEK in 2023!
4. Oasis Youth leadership students got to attend SoCal Students Conference in San Diego. They learned valuable leadership skills, and got to hear from dynamic speakers on how to better live for Christ.
Throughout the year, we served 3,887 hot meals to hungry kids & teens, traveled approximately 4,715 miles to bring them to Kidz Klub & Oasis Youth (thank you Lord for dependable vehicles!), and shared the life-saving message of Jesus with 547 souls through outreaches, events, and weekly programs.
The LA Dodgers have been terrific partners for the Oasis. This year, they gifted us 150 free tickets to take Oasis teens to a game. Plus, the LA Galaxy soccer team gave us front FRONT ROW tickets — students even got to high-five players as they came out of the tunnel. We even got to rent out an entire theatre for Kidz Klub to go to the movies! The best trip of them all was getting to take students to the Maverick City Worship Night! We also had lots of beach trips and pool days at Ron and Judy’s. The trips are essential because they allow the children & teenagers to see a “different world” — it allows them to dream & have a vision for what their future could look like.
We hosted 5 Hollywood Mission Trip teams this year! These teams shared their stories on Hollywood BLVD, shared the Gospel with people in Skid Row, Venice Beach, Santa Monica, Universal Studios, and more. They also served at Oasis Youth, Kidz Klub and our Back To School Outreach. Spots are starting to Fill up for 2023— get your group signed up today
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