SPRINGFIELD — This November, Oasis-Church-NJ.com, a new Springfield area Christian church, is doing the same things that other New Jersey churches are doing: They are collecting food for the hungry and sending teams of Hurricane Sandy volunteers down the Jersey Shore to help clean up debris and minister to those stricken by the storm.
However, Oasis has also been doing something else quite unique to help bring hope to the area…they have been using the internet to attract hundreds of Hurricane Sandy volunteers from all across the country to help make the Thanksgiving holiday season a little brighter for those who lost it all in the super storm.
Oasis Lead Pastor Dave Butler said, “We wanted to do all we could to help the folks and beach towns that line the NJ coast and Staten Island, but we knew our resources would be limited. Then we got the idea to use our knowledge of search engine optimization (SEO) along with our church website and affiliated church blogs to get the word out about the great needs in our communities.”
Butler, a professional web designer and SEO expert at TJB Web Media, said, “I’m grateful for our sites, that combined, attracts well over 100,000 monthly visitors, and I was so amazed at the good heart of the people across our land. In the last week alone, we referred over 100 Hurricane Sandy Relief volunteers who found us through Google, Yahoo and Bing from such diverse places as California, North Carolina, Vermont, Texas and Missouri. From there we have been funneling people to the wonderful organizations we are partnering with like Samaritan’s Purse, Christ in Action, SandyThanksgiving.com and the C&MA Metro District Disaster Relief.”
Butler went on to exclaim, “Just because the storm has been over for two weeks, much work still needs to be done. If folks are interested in volunteering up through Thanksgiving, they can volunteer directly through contacting these excellent non-profit ministries. We believe in these ministries and that is why Oasis is trying to get the word out about them.”
Oasis-Church-NJ.com is a two-year-old New Jersey church currently meeting Sundays at 10:30 a.m. at Hotel 304 West on Route 22 in Springfield. Oasis is also launching a second site of weekly church services in South Plainfield at the Regal Hadley Cinema Theater Stadium in Fall 2013. On Sunday Dec. 9, at 10 a.m., Oasis will be celebrating worship services at this location for only the second time. For more information about Oasis go to www.Oasis-Church-NJ.com.
Oasis-Church-NJ.com volunteers helping the needy with Hurricane Sandy clean up (Photos courtesy of Oasis-Church-NJ.com)
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