History: The project was started by Margaret Jans, a Dutch missionary who arrived in Serbia in 1994. God gave her a heart for the very marginalised and discriminated against Roma people and she realised that they were trapped in a cycle of illiteracy, poverty and petty crime.
The OAZA Centre: In 2003, a half finished three story building was bought and named Romski Centar Oaza ("Oasis"). The basement is used as a church for the local Roma and the Serbian fellowship and Miki Kamberovic is the Pastor.
Vision: Outreach: To reach out with the Good News of Jesus Christ and enable the local community to experience the love of God in action. Education: Free pre-school education for Roma children (age: 2 to 6) To enable them to keep up with their peers when starting
their formal education. Humanitarion Aid: These families are so desperately poor it has to be seen to be believed. Oaza gives out monthly food parcels which literally help some families stay alive.
Our Involvement: For several years we have sent small teams over in the summer to help out in whatever way is needed. Our teenagers have helped at Oaza's summer camps for Roma children.
Staff: Miki & Suzana, Milja, Mira, Sanja, Bozidar & Alika, Fatima, Dragana. Serbian Nationals, loyal Christian servants, who have been giving all their time in aid of the Centre and the Children since the official opening in 2003.
Prayer: For the team members - for spiritual gifts - wisdom and their well-being.
As a Church, we send out teams to Romania several times a year. There are plenty of ways to get involved with this mission!
History: Our mission to Romania began in 2007 when we went to Chiselet, south east Romania. We helped in the rebuilding of homes for Roma families whose houses had been totally destroyed when the River Danube flooded very badly the previous year. 2014 saw us taking a new direction as we looked to form new partnerships for our work in Romania. We spent the year visiting several organisations who were already well established and working in the country to see where we could best “fit in” and where our resources and expertise would be most effective. During this time we built a communal shower/toilet block for a community in Rapa and a house for a needy family in Apalina and sent several people over various weeks throughout the summer to help Little John's House with their summer camp.
By the end of the year, after much prayer and discussion, the decision had been made to Partner with Phoneo, a Dutch organisation working in the region in and around Reghin.
John and Sian have been working in Japan for many years.
This picture is of their church ukulele group.
We exist because nobody should be held hostage by debt and poverty. But the truth is that this is rife in the UK. In a society where people live behind closed doors, thousands are desperately poor. Unable to feed their children, incapable of paying to heat their homes in winter, the grip of poverty is relentless. It breaks families apart and drives many to think that suicide is the only solution.
We are passionate about releasing people in our nation from a life sentence of debt, poverty and their causes. Through our services, which are all run through local churches, we are tackling poverty head on. Our vision is to bring freedom and good news to people in every community through 1,000 CAP projects by 2021.
Routes to Roots
Routes to Roots is founded on Christian principles and seeks to help all homeless, newly homed and vulnerably housed adults in Poole regardless of their faith.
We provide basic necessities, such as hot food, clothing and sleeping bags. At drop-ins; we organise indoor and outdoor motivational activities; and we assist those who are placed in accommodation to remain in their tenancy.
We aim to achieve long-term outcomes for our clients through participation in motivational and well-being projects which boost self-confidence and self-worth, expand and develop skills, promote a sense of belonging and encourage integration into the local community.
From November 2015 we have provided supported accommodation to three of Poole’s homeless. We were first registered as a charity in 2002 and became a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) in 2014. In July 2015 the Bishop of Sherborne, Karen Gorham agreed to become our Patron.
Marriage Week is a great annual focus for couples to take time to pause and learn some new skills to take their marriages from good to very good! We believe that the wedding day is only the start and that all marriages can get better and better with each passing year.
Marriage Week UK is coordinated by Marriage Foundation – the national champion for marriage. It is widely supported by charities and individuals who believe that healthy marriages bring benefits for all of society and should be encouraged and supported wherever possible.
Marriage Week is a primary preventative campaign which seeks to highlight the benefits of healthy marriage to society, media and governments, whilst seeking to educate and inform couples regarding the benefits of an ever improving relationship, through national and local media coverage and events.
And Much more...
There are many more local causes and community projects that we support such as our local Foodbank and through the Lantern Love Fund, meeting local needs with kindness and generosity where we can.