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The Oasis

The Oasis is an outreach ministry that serves those in the early to mid stages of Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. For the past two and a half years, we have provided a safe refuge for the person diagnosed with dementia while providing their caregiver a well-deserved break from their normal routine. In our time together each week, we have fellowship, fun, food, games, music therapy, and much more. While their loved ones are enjoying themselves at The Oasis, each caregiver is provided a four-hour window to attend to their personal needs with the assurance their loved one is safe and well cared for. 

The Oasis has served 28 families in the Denton County area. This program runs smoothly because of our 22 dedicated volunteers who devote their time and energy to this valuable ministry week in and week out. Watching them serve this wonderful group of individuals with joy and dignity is seeing a living example of Christ’s love. 

I was led to create this ministry after my father’s journey with early onset Alzheimer’s disease. While taking care of my dad was an honor and a privilege, it was also the hardest experience of my life. God taught me many valuable lessons during this difficult period. In Romans 5:3-5, the Bible tells us we should also rejoice in our sufferings because suffering produces perseverance, perseverance produces character, and character provides hope. Honestly, there were times when I thought, “OK … I’ve had enough of the suffering and perseverance thing!” But even through the toughest times, I knew God did not leave my side. He would make something beautiful out of it all. I could either let my sufferings destroy me or I could try to use my experiences to help others. 

2 Corinthians 1:3-4 says: “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.” 

God calls us to comfort others in the same way we were comforted during our trials.

I received a letter from one of our Oasis participants who is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. She said, “I cannot express into words how much The Oasis means to me. I look forward to this time every week … I love The Oasis! It truly is the one for me!” Receiving messages like this and seeing the smiles each week at The Oasis make all the suffering and perseverance truly turn to HOPE! Thank you, Jesus! 

What has God taught you through the rough patches of life? How can you help others through your experiences? What is God challenging you to do today?  

If you feel led to serve through The Oasis, we are happy to have you! Our ministry is doubling starting September 7. We have a new volunteer training scheduled on August 31 from 10:30am-12:30pm. We can use volunteers who are able to serve every week or every other week. Contact me if you are interested at bronwen_zilmer@yahoo.com or 214-394-4721.