For the past sixteen years, Pastor Les and Georgie Hook have lived and served in the town of Boggabilla (border of NSW & QLD), answering a call from God to dedicate their lives to the people in that community. Twelve years ago God gave them a vision for a new church and community hall which would be place of worship, unity, care and friendship.
Redeemer students alongside staff and volunteer licensed builders spent a week during the July 2016 school holidays in the town of Boggabilla working on the ‘Oasis Community Centre’.
They shared fellowship together on Sunday morning inside the new centre, for the very first time!.
The wall painting was done by staff and students of Redeemer Baptist School. The three images portray hope. The anchor and dove are both familiar symbols of hope. The third image is a blossoming gum flower symbolising new life and hope. This is part of the symbol of their church.
This Community Service Project was made possible by the funds raised from our Gala Day, including the generous support of parents and local businesses.
In July 2017, Redeemer students worked alongside staff and volunteer licensed builders during a week in the school holidays on the ‘Oasis Community Centre’ in the town of Boggabilla.
Much time was spent with the churches in the area and a wall painting was completed by the students and presented to the Goondiwindi Presbyterian Church and the Assemblies of God church also located in Goondiwindi. Redeemer Baptist School was extremely thankful for the accommodation these churches provided the staff and students to support the mission in their neighbouring town of Boggabilla.
The week allowed all present to enjoy fellowship together and experience the joy of Christ in the work that was completed on the site.
In July 2019, Year 10 Redeemer students once again worked on the ‘Oasis Ministries Centre’ in the town of Boggabilla for a week as part of our Gala Day program.
The week included painting, paving, laying vinyl flooring, carpeting and landscaping. Year 11 Construction students also worked alongside staff and volunteer licensed builders for a week gaining invaluable skills.
During the week in Boggabilla, the students were given a farm experience where they watched a sheering session and saw how farmers struggled to make their farms productive during the current drought.
The staff and students developed relationships with local churches including Goondiwindi Presbyterian and Assemblies of God churches, and also the Oasis Family & Community Church. On Sunday at the Oasis Centre, many locals joined to thank God for the fulfilment of His promise and asked for His blessing on the Centre in the years to come.
The Centre was completed in the week that the students were at Boggabilla.