Oasis for Refugees

If you’re ready to roll your up your shirt-sleeves and get busy serving refugees, look no further than South St. Louis. Over 400 Syrians have been relocated in our city since October, 2015 alone, and we are personally seeing what appears to be an equal number of Iraqi refugees in our work here. Numerous other nationalities are represented as well. St. Louis is home to the largest Bosnian community in the world outside of Bosnia!

Refugees are frequently closed off from the physical community that surrounds around them by the struggle of learning a complex language, adapting to a new culture, and now a polarized political landscape that has caused many to voice outrage over their presence here. Arriving here already traumatized and cut off from family and friends, they live isolated by their circumstances and in poverty.  Nonetheless, we consistently find them some of the most hospitable, hard working and hopeful people to spend time with.

The opportunity to meet felt needs is seemingly endless, but here is where we have begun:

Prayer – At Cornerstone, Tuesdays, 8:30 amimg_0264

Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) or Driver’s Education (car required); assisting in childcare during ESL classes; and sorting & organizing donations. At Oasis InternationalTuesdays, 10:00 – 12:30

Moving and delivering furniture & home visits – Various times, contact us

Serving as a volunteer for events or horse therapy for refugees with PTSD here at Cornerstone – coming in the Spring

We partner with Oasis International for many of these things. Please contact them directly if you have cars, clothing, furniture, household goods of fine quality, or time you would consider donating.

Do for the one…

“Do for the one what you wish you could do for everyone.”

It’s a good word. Sometimes we don’t do anything because we’re so overwhelmed by the needs that surround us, it can seem like what we have to offer can’t possibly make a difference. Our experience has taught us that it almost always can, if we start in the lives of just one or two people.

We have that opportunity before us this week. There’s a homeless couple that one of our students is doing life with. Here’s a list of their needs we can meet:

From SAM’s Club:

  • Heavy Winter Socks
  • Distilled Water
  • Diaper Wipes
  • Men’s and Women’s Deoderant
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrushes
  • Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Dryer Sheets

They also need:

  • Three Large Laundry Bags
  • Rolls of Quarters for the Laundromat

If you can purchase any of the above items, or take care of the cost to do so, please contact Melissa by calling or texting at 618-973-6625 or email her at penguinjoy4life@gmail.com. Items can be brought to church on Sunday evening or dropped at Cornerstone.

Let’s be praying for Jordan and Zeke that God will bless them and keep them. That He’ll make His face shine upon them. That He’ll turn His full countenance upon them and give them peace. (from Numbers 6:24-26)

For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me….Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.  —  Jesus   (Matthew 25:35,40)

Harvest Festival for Refugees

October 22nd, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm at Cornerstone Farms in St. Jacob, IL

  • Pony Rides for children
  • Hay Rides
  • Pumpkin Painting
  • Face Painting
  • Chicken Races
  • Lunch
  • Fishing
  • Horseshoes & Cornhole Toss
  • Soccer, Basketball & Frisbee
  • Cornerstone commemorative photo
  • Live Music

If you have a desire to help support this free event through the sacrifice of your time or resources,  please contact David at 618-980-8300 or Cortland at 980-8303 or cstonefarms@gmail.com for more information.

Drivers will be picking up at 10:45 at Oasis International in South City St. Louis.