Oceans Ministries 2017 Thanksgiving Report
“O LORD, you are my God; I will exalt you and praise your name for in perfect faithfulness You have done marvelous things.” Isaiah 25:1
Praise for The Father’s “Perfect Faithfulness and Marvelous Things.”
These words best describe the passion of Oceans-which is to make the love of the Father known to physical and spiritual orphans around the world! We have witnessed the Father’s “perfect faithfulness” by which He has “done marvelous things” this past year through People, Partner Ministries, Publications, Provision, and Prayer.
Encountering Jesus – Weekly we get the privilege of seeing Jesus through sharing the Father’s love to the homeless in downtown Denver, seminars in jails and prisons, speaking in schools and churches, retreats, individual counseling and bringing teams to Lesotho Africa.
Mike & Dawn Verkaik – We praise the God for Mike and Dawn jumping into the “Ocean” with us this September. God has already used Mike in amazing ways to raise up a new generation of disciples that will radically live the Kingdom of God through trips to Africa. Mike will oversee the work of the teams that go to Lesotho, Africa as well as representing Oceans Ministries in the Midwest and the East Coast.
Michelle Bennett – We praise God for Michelle’s step of faith to move to Lesotho, Africa and serve at Beautiful Gate Care Center. It is Oceans privilege to be her spiritual covering and support.
Lerato Motsiane – Lerato is a young man, orphaned at an early age in Lesotho whom we have had the privilege of working alongside at Beautiful Gate. We believe God has a calling on his life to do missions in Africa. We praise God that we can help provide for his education at the Youth with a Mission training center in South Africa.
Beautiful Gate Care Center – We have been so blessed to walk along side of BG with teams from the US, support, and work projects. The staff and the children continually teach us what the Kingdom of God looks like. We have the privilege of providing a leadership conference and vision trip at BG in January 2018 as well as exposing other high school teams to this God ordained center in March and June.
Bountiful Hope – We praise our Father for this ministry that continues to educate 80 orphan high school students in Lesotho each year. Oceans’ has been blessed to provide pizza parties, mini retreats, and watch these young people with broken lives impact our teams in powerful ways as Christ shines through their brokenness.
Somonkong Children’s Center – We have been asked by Beautiful Gate to partner with them in helping this struggling orphanage in the mountains of Lesotho. The needs are great, however we have already been amazed how our Good Father has moved in the hearts of those in the states to come alongside this vital work.
Jesus on Colfax/Parker Task Force – It has been a rich blessing each week to team up with these ministries to provide food and the Good news of God’s love to the homeless in hotels on Colfax St. in Aurora, Colorado.
Climbing Prayer Mountain – We are so thankful for how God put this devotional together and the how it is being used in churches, small groups, and individual lives.
Journey to the Father’s Heart – God continues to open doors for this book to be used in prison ministries, small groups and individuals seeking healing from the Father’s love. We are happy to announce the Spanish version is almost complete.
Weekly Blogs & Podcast –
We stand in awe of how God has used many of you to help fund Oceans Ministries. Month after month He has showed Himself “perfect in faithfulness.” This truly is a testimony to the marvelous work of our Father, all glory to His name and thank you for being His vessel to bring the Father’s love to the nations.
Prayer for the Father’s Vision to be Unleashed
We are so thankful for all the prayers brought to the Father on behalf of Oceans Ministries. We know that none of the above could have happened without the Father’s hand moving through the prayers of His people. We ask you to continue to lift this ministry up so that we can continue to let the Father’s glorious love be made known to the ends of the earth.
Sincerely the Oceans Ministries Board
Tim Spykstra, Danell Czarnecki, Steve Dykstra, Curt Spykstra
P0 Box 461024
Aurora, CO 80046
I also wanted to add a thank you to all of you who gave a memorial gift on behalf of my mom, Jan Vander Molen. Today marks six months since she has entered her eternal home in heaven! Our family misses her dearly, but obviously my dad does the most Yet, I am so proud of his heart for others as he has Tyler and Emily staying in his basement while they are on furlough from Beautiful Gate. The family of God is such a blessing!