This may not be exciting news to some, but for us it is BIG news! Why? You may ask. Because Fresh Oil Ministries is a community outreach ministry based 100% on donations. Right now, and for about the last 6 years, we have been serving a small congregation of homeless and transitioning into housing members. Some receive a small income amount, some work day labor when available, some rely on the prayer of “give us this day our daily bread…” just to survive from one day to the next.
But they are hungry for the Word of God, and a closer, more meaningful relationship with Christ. One that produces fruit in their lives, one that produces change! That they may say, “In ME first…” They truly come in wanting to hear a message that will uplift their spirits and go away changed. But they also come in physically hungry.
Even though our city provides plenty of meal programs, we just do not have the heart to preach a message and tell them to go eat somewhere else. Usually they will have missed a meal if they stay for church. We provide coffee, water, milk and chocolate milk before service. And for those who stay for service, we serve a light brunch following. And this takes money to provide. Plus we have the usual costs of utilities, heating and the necessities of running a church like paper products and cleaning supplies.
As Pastors, we never have and never will take an offering or salary from the ministry. On the contrary, through the years we have notably been the largest givers on the books. Why? So no one but God can tell us what we can or cannot do by threat of pulling their tithes. It was an old tactic of church members once upon a time, and we don’t fall prey to that device of the enemy today. If no one gives, God provides a way for the need to be met. Scripture says “My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in Glory.” And He does, every single time!
If the Lord should put it on your heart to contribute, we are a recognized 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation and donations are tax deductible. Please pray, and follow the leading of the Lord. Any gift, no matter how small or what you might think is insignificant, is greatly appreciated! God bless!