Dear partners in the ministry,
Today is November 10, 2017. Fall is here and Thanksgiving is in two weeks, so I wanted to give an update on what the Lord has been doing at Oasis and in our lives for these last few months as well as the last two years. We have so much to be thankful for! First, I am thankful that God has allowed me to be His servant in the start of Oasis Church. I am so thankful for the many people who have been a part of this new Kingdom work. For my wife Lisa, who is my love and co laborer in this endeavor and our sons Houston and Hunter, who are using their amazing gifts to serve the Lord alongside us. I am thankful for the people who God assembled together by His Spirit to immediately attend and serve with us from the beginning. Some have moved on and some are still with us. I am grateful for both! Also for those who came and helped clean, paint, build, and construct during the beginning and since.
I am thankful for the SBC network of churches and administration that cooperates together for ministry and missions. Through the work of the Southern Baptist Convention and their desire to plant new churches to reach lost and unchurched people, God has birthed Oasis Church. I am thankful that the North American Mission Board, the Alabama State Board of Missions, The Baldwin Baptist Association all worked together to search for men willing and led of the Spirit to do this work and for God working in my heart to give me this call. I am thankful for FBC Gulf Shores for being our sponsor church, East Pointe Baptist for being a supporting church, Spring Valley, FBC Pinson, for being a praying church and FBC Lillian, for supplying our need for equipment and chairs. I am so thankful for fellow believers, brothers and sisters in Christ who prayed and some sacrificially gave financially and materially to help us start when we had nothing but a command to go! Through you the Lord supplied a place to live, work, and financial gifts to pay the bills and buy groceries. I know I am leaving a church or someone out of this list because there are so many to thank. Please forgive me and THANK YOU! The Lord knows.
I am thankful to God for the work of the Holy Spirit and His word in the lives of thousands of people that we have been able to minister to in this special and unique location. Thankful for the seeds sown, the souls saved and the lives changed through the outreach ministries to vacationers and event attenders at the Wharf. I am thankful, so very thankful, for the local residents that God is sending to become faithful, growing, maturing and serving disciples of Jesus Christ at and through Oasis Church. It is because of Christ promise to “Build His Church,” and His work through you, His people, that we are becoming an established local church. Please pray for us as we continue to take the necessary and formal steps to become a fruitful and faithful local church at this time.
I am thankful to be a member of the church, the body of Christ and have seen over these last two years what these verses look like in the flesh.
For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. — 1 Cor 12:12 NKJV
Happy Thanksgiving and may God richly bless you with His grace and peace through Christ our Lord,
Barry, Lisa, Houston, and Hunter Britt
Here’s a short slide show looking back over the past year.