The following was one of the final comments from our last prayer email and it certainly proved true.
"Lastly, the next several months look like they are going to be intense and full and we would all appreciate your prayers for strength and peace."
Thank you for those prayers and support.
Linsey definitely had an intense last quarter although she has recently enjoyed a week's rest(!) from her studies and now starts back with a vengeance. After this section she gets to have the summer off and just concentrate on being a mum again. One brilliant blessing is that Fuller has given Linsey a scholarship for this quarter that covers all tuition fees. It's been superb to see how God has used people, situations and the miraculous to help Linsey journey through her time at Fuller.
Charys has battled well through the early part of the year but now has a heavy last few weeks as she looks to finish middle school and give herself to her end of year music/drama events. She is taking part in a major school music presentation on "Evita" and has separate singing presentations with the Blair IB Singing ensemble and her final year exams. She is also doing a great job of organizing and chasing some personal dreams and we would appreciate your prayers as she tests the waters as to their viability.
Josh is in the run up to his IB finals and would enthusiastically appreciate all the prayer he can get as he focuses towards this major intersection in his life. There's been a little bit of a change in direction for his GAP year. He is now looking to spend most of the time in Uganda, hopefully with Oasis Uganda and, if appropriate, Cherish Uganda. He has also been accepted for NY University to study Civil Engineering, although this is just one of a couple of places that he is looking at. All of which will need a significant move of God to implement.
The Musicians Institute, where Ben would like to study begins its next semester this Wednesday, when Ben should be registering to start in April. He and we would appreciate your prayers for provision and wisdom regarding the decisions that need to be made over the next couple of days. Ben has enjoyed working at Jameson Brown and at his various other jobs, singularly saving with but one focus in mind. During these last several months interesting musical contacts and networks have also opened up to him, which he hopes will develop further and he wants to thank you for your prayers. These last six months have encompassed much of what he had hoped and envisioned for last fall.
So! Those comments at the start of this email definitely represent the last few months for us and OasisUSA. Oasis has travailed through finding stability, whilst at the same time working at developing resources and avenues of intervention to meet the rising crisis of people who are being trafficked around the country and being bought and sold.
At a recent Oasis TFC (Traffic Free Community) gathering in Pasadena, Kevin was talking with an LA County Director of Probation and she passionately expressed how in her 30 years of working, this current situation is the worst she has seen it. Young people are being branded by gangs/pimps and she said "you can track the gangs by the brands that the girls carry".
Our communities are impacted by drugs and by guns - the first and third most profitable industry for criminals. We would be remiss to think that the second most profitable criminal industry is not also surreptitiously infecting our societies and people's lives. Praise God that Jesus and was given a mandate to set the captives free. Please pray with us for an overflowing of a whole range of resources so that the Kingdom of God may actively overcome and impact the challenges ahead. Pray for the OasisUSA board as it develops an appropriate longterm strategy for the rising challenges and looks for a new Executive Director. Also for Kevin and his colleague as they juggle a multiplicity of organizational issues that affect the local and international dimensions of the work and seek to keep things moving forward. Kevin is also liaising with the USA board and the Oasis global office trying bring stability to a very fluid, complex and critical situation.
Last thought -
Jesus came with the very nature of a servant. We would like to pray for all of us, so that, in these tough days, our lives may boldly illustrate something of that servant nature and be reflected into the various places we are situated. Looking at our times our family is challenged, perhaps more than ever before, that what we do and don't do, what we buy, how we interrelate, care and respect people and our surrounding society has a continuous unfolding impact.
We hope and pray that God gives us all strength so that your and our impact brings hope, love and freedom.
Thanks again for your prayers and support.
Loads of love from the Potter