19 years ago, Ray and Laura Pittman felt the call of the Lord to go to Fiji, a country with many local communities suffering from broken homes, poverty, and lack of access to healthcare. The Pittmans have a heart for the poor and lost, and a heart to equip young people to go out into the world and empower others.
When the Pittmans moved to Fiji, they saw the need for long term investment for long term change. This idea spurred them to create the Oasis Farm, a place that serves as a community center, study abroad center for students, camp for children, training center, and farm. The goal of the Oasis Farm is to show the love of Christ to others while empowering students to go out into the world and help others.
With the help of Capernwray Bible School from New Zealand and The Anchor Church youth group, the Pittmans have begun growing seedlings for a "miracle tree" called Moringa. Moringa grows well in Fiji and is known to be a cure for many illnesses such as diabetes, thyroid disorders, heart disease, anemia, and many other chronic illnesses. The goal of growing these plants is to provide healthy food for the people in Fiji, while also giving the seeds for other ministries and communities to grow so they can provide their own income.
The Oasis Farm is funded as a nonprofit, so many of proceeds made from the plants sold go into helping Island Encounters fund themselves as well as fund other ministries. Their business was created in hopes of supporting long term ministry without having to depend on donations.
Laura and Ray Pittman have been able to scale Island Encounters through growing the Kingdom of God in their children’s ministry, student ministry, while growing their impact on Fijian communities through their Moringa plant seedlings. The project not only provides healthy food for the local community but also empowers other ministries and communities to grow their own income and build a sustainable future.
Through the Oasis Farm, the Pittmans are providing smart, sustainable, and scalable solutions for long term missions in Fiji. Their dedication to empowering young people and promoting sustainable living is making a significant impact in the local community and beyond.