Construction on The Oasis Academy is officially underway! Samantha Lingamfelter, program administrator for 18ten, traveled to Nicaragua at last week to represent 18ten at the Oasis of Grace Christian Academy groundbreaking ceremony.
Pastor Jason Rogers, a key partner in the Oasis of Grace ministry since its beginning four years ago, led the ceremony. He reminded everyone present–pastors, investors, construction workers, teachers, and students–of the primary purpose of this school by reading from Matthew 18. Pointing to the children at his side, he said, “This is why we are doing this ministry. For the kids. They do not have the resources to attend a private school. That is why we are doing this.” We also participated in a Nicaraguan tradition of laying the first stone, and closed the ceremony with a prayer from Pastor Ramón Zerón, the pastor who will eventually be the school chaplain.
Pastor Jason’s words unite all of us–18ten, Lindenwald Baptist Church, Grace of God Baptist Ministries, and you. Any measure of prayer or financial support you have given has helped Oasis get to this point. We invite you to continue to partner with us in fervent prayer for the remaining steps and resources needed to see this dream become a reality.
Construction crews have already flattened the dirt for the foundation, and are currently building the septic tanks and main wall separating the school from its neighboring properties.