The experiences these students have while at Oakdale and what it does for them changes their lives and the lives of those around them!!!! Last weekend our students provided a Fall Festival for 70 children from the community who are served through our Happy Church connection. The Beacon Center was a lively place as students ran a zip line, target games, bumper vests, a magic show, balloon art, face painting, and fun food!
This is where new life happens as Oakdale students find within themselves an awakened sense of serving others. As the Happy Church children’s buddies, pals and tutors, Oakdale students have an opportunity to express God’s love for them.
As Andy Wills prayed at the meal just before Fall Festival began (and I’m paraphrasing), “Lord you tell us that when we do to the least of these, we do unto you. Help us to love you in an extraordinary way tonight as we serve the Happy Church kids.” And that’s what happened!