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Oaks Indian Mission has entered into the Feeding America contest by Walmart. In 2010, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation made a historic $2 billion commitment to fight hunger in America through cash and in-kind donations. The Fighting Hunger Together leverages Walmart and the Walmart Foundation’s size and scale to provide nutritious food and funding to nonprofits that are committed to finding solutions for this important issue. Unfortunately we came short around 500 votes but we appreciate everyone that helped support our entry!
OAKS — A little-known American Indian children’s home that’s nestled in oak trees near the Illinois River is commemorating its heritage today with the 1801 Society Event.
The 1801 Society Event honors the date the Moravian Church sent missionaries to Springplace, Ga., to provide educational and religious training for the Cherokee people.
The history of Oaks Indian Mission can be traced to the 1838 Trail of Tears journey, when three Moravian missionaries traveled ahead of the Indians in search of an ideal place to settle. They chose a site north of present-day Tahlequah and named it for their former home back in Georgia. Later, it was renamed Oaks.
The sixth annual festival begins at 10 a.m. and concludes at 2 p.m. Included in the festivities are historical tours through the Eben Ezer Lutheran Church, the original site where New Springplace was founded, to the cemetery where some of the founding missionaries are buried.
“A tour guide will also share the history as guests are allowed to experience what the founding fathers did as they walked down the original steps to the spring,” said David Schachle, Oaks Indian Mission executive director.
Guests can interact with the children as they walk through the dorms, activity center, cafeteria and pottery building and the future site of the Native American Museum.
Other activities will include music by the Cherokee Gospel Group and a free meal with deep-fried hog meat, fry bread, wild onions and eggs.
After lunch, Deana Ward will provide Cherokee storytelling, and children from the Oaks Indian Mission choir will recite the Lord’s Prayer in Cherokee and English.
The 152-acre campus is in southern Delaware County, about 70 miles east of Tulsa.
In 1902, the mission became a Lutheran ministry and today is a ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
HOW TO HELP
The Oaks Indian Mission is a shelter for children who need a home and is funded solely through donations. A decrease in donations during the past year has left the mission well short of its $1 million annual budget and since it is faith-based, it does not receive government funding. If you would like more information about the mission or would like to make a donation, call (918) 868-2196 or send donations to Oaks Indian Mission at P.O. Box 130, Oaks, OK 74359.
In partnership with the Siloam Springs Chamber of Commerce, the Oaks Indian Mission hopes to expand the awareness of both who we are and the services we provide. Oaks Indian Mission is a gift-supported ministry in the heart of the Cherokee Nation. Being grounded in community and culture, we proclaim the Gospel by responding to the needs of children and families.
Oaks Indian Mission is proud to be a Bronze Member for 2012 & 2013!
Pictured left to Right, David Schachle, Leigh Brill & Gary Comiskey. To learn more about the Siloam Springs Chamber of Commerce visit siloamchamber.com
The Oaks Indian Mission relies 98% upon the generosity of our donors. We have had a strong history with the Bethany Lutheran Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma. For many years the congregation has made a dramatic impact on the lives of our children. Recently, we were extremely blessed to have committee member, Howard Seigfreid, represent the congregation in giving a sizable donation to the Mission. The legacy between Bethany and Oaks will continue to serve the children of the Oaks Indian Mission for many more years to come. If not for the generosity of donors like Bethany Lutheran Church we would not be able to continue our important work here at the Mission. We would like to express our sincere appreciation to the entire congregation of Bethany Lutheran Church for blessing the children at the Oaks Indian Mission. Learn more about Bethany Lutheran Church by clicking here
Pictured, Howard Seigfreid presenting the donation to Mr. David Schachle the Executive Director of Oaks Indian Mission.
“May the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge, reward you fully for what you have done.”