Toamasina, Madagascar :: Almost 200 local church workers in Madagascar came on board for a time to be encouraged and refreshed.
The literal meaning of oasis is a fertile spot in a desert where water is found. It can also be used to describe a peaceful area in our everyday lives. This is what Logos Hope strived to do for almost 200 local church workers at an onboard event named ‘Oasis' - providing a time and space for rest and renewal.
During the event, church workers were encouraged to take sufficient rest and come in quietness to God in the midst of their demanding work. Dan Wallis (Wales) who delivered the message called it the ‘Mark 6:32 Day’. The church workers were treated to a time of indulgence where they could visit six different stations offering services like hand massage, prayers, manicure, and the freedom to express themselves in art. “These church workers come from all over Madagascar, but mainly from the South where life is really tough there,” shared Bernadine Tan (Singapore), member of the advanced preparation team who planned the onboard event. “They have been serving God and their community faithfully, some for over 20 years. They deserve this time of rest.”
It was an encouraging sight to see church workers from different denominations and non-profit organisations coming together to connect with one another. “There are huge needs in Madagascar, church workers need to work together hand in hand to help this country,” explained Mr. Faly who organises a gathering for all local church workers annually and assisted in making the ‘Oasis’ event possible. “As long as you have a mission in your heart to share the love of God, you have that responsibility to care for His sheep.”
‘And they went away in the boat to a desolate place by themselves.’ Mark 6:32