Country Oaks Mission
In early 2010, pastor Jon Daniels noticed a small mobile home community off of Highway 18. He pulled in and found a lady sitting outside of her home. She told him that there were several families with children living there and that the children needed something positive to be involved in. He also noticed that the mobile homes were older and many were in need of repair. That day, God put a desire in Jon’s heart for Country Woods to minister to the residents of this community. Jon later shared this new ministry opportunity with Chris Ayers. During the next semester of FAITH, Chris and his team were able to start reaching out to this community. Soon it became obvious that we were supposed share Jesus and be Jesus to these people. In January of 2011, we had our first service. Twelve residents attended that first Sunday. Nearly every Sunday afternoon for the last three years, we have held services at that little church.
We have come in contact with close to 200 people during that time. So many precious children have come and gone through the doors of that church. For many it is the most stable and secure place that they know. Most of the original residents have moved. An average of 15 meets there each Sunday. An estimated 25 people have given their life to Christ through the ministry of Country Oaks and two have been baptized. Numerous CWBC members have been a part of the ministry through teaching, leading worship or just being Jesus by loving on the people. We serve an annual Thanksgiving meal as well as host a Christmas party for the residents. Throughout the year we have community cookouts as well as VBS for the children. From time to time we meet physical needs with food and clothing or school supplies for the children.
Currently we are in the planning stages for a new church building. The land is being cleared and the plans have been drawn. We hope to enter the fundraising phase soon. The new church will be across the street and will be twice the size of our current worship center. It will have a multi-use area, kitchen and living quarters to house an on-site missionary that would be available to minister daily to the residents of Country Oaks and the surrounding area. We are excited about what God is going to continue doing through this ministry and believe it will serve as the model for similar church plants all throughout our community. There are many opportunities to serve at Country Oaks. We always need people willing to teach, play instruments or sing, provide snacks, serve as encouragers as well as go door to door and pray for the residents. Anyone interested in serving can talk to one of us on the leadership team. Chris/ Tanji/ Tessa Ayers, Todd/Marie Baker, Susan/Steve Toney. We would love to share more with you about the ministry.