Oasis Media
by Michael Klimov, Shavei Tzion Messianic Center, Tents of Mercy Network

Leon in the studio
Until recently, Oasis was a small Russian language publication - both a messenger of the Messianic movement in Israel and the newspaper of the Return to Zion congregation. Being a pioneer in this field, Oasis revealed opportunities for evangelism in a difficult environment, sometimes even dealing with negative reactions. Some ultra-orthodox religious Jews used to tear up copies of Oasis that we would distribute and throw them away. Leon Mazin, the main initiator and publisher of the Oasis-Newspaper, was harassed. Pictures of Leon and his family were posted publicly around the city with warnings that these are "traitors of the faith," but at the same time, the newspaper's format was copied by others as a useful way to pass on information.

Despite all the obstacles, the Messianic movement and Return to Zion Congregation grew, and Oasis grew alongside, turning from an information leaflet into a serious media platform. More and more news and unique materials were published online on the Return to Zion website.

The Oasis-Newspaper moved into virtual media cyberspace, with our open YouTube channel ranking first among our media efforts. Today, not only material and seminars of Messianic teachers are being published, but also live video streaming from the Oasis Media studio in Haifa, and live broadcasts of Return to Zion congregational meetings. Currently the Oasis-Media-TV YouTube channel has several thousand subscribers and about one and a half million views. The benefit of modern media platforms (for example, You Tube, Facebook, and Twitter) is the two-way communication it enables. Our subscribers are not passive viewers, but active partakers in the discussions: their questions are raised in the live broadcasts, and they find answers within our internet sites.

The year 2017 was a year of development and distribution. Having gained a lot of useful and unique materials in the field of Messianic ministry, the emphasis has been shifting from production, which is constantly increasing, to expanding the audience. This year, broadcasting on the social media network Facebook was launched, and a YouTube English channel was started.

Theologians Dan Juster and Walter Kaiser
After exchange visits from and to Taiwan it became evident that there is a huge potential audience in Asia. With the help of Chinese speaking believers, translation of materials into the Mandarin dialect of the Chinese language is underway. Thus, the Good News about Yeshua the Messiah will also reach those regions that have in the past rejected the "Western" way of thinking. In our modern world of information and information technology, Oasis Media has become a reliable flagship of the Messianic movement in Israel and abroad.

Oasis-Media is no longer a small, local congregational project, but an international faith project that will grow and improve with assistance and additional financial resources. Please prayerfully consider supporting the educational and broadcasting projects of Return to Zion Ministry.

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