Twelve years ago Return to Zion
Congregation in Haifa started publishing a Russian language news magazine
called "Oasis." The magazine started out as a small, informal bulletin for
the congregation, but quickly gained popularity and was soon being
distributed within the Russian speaking communities in Haifa and beyond.
It became clear that there was a great need for Messianic teaching and
news in Russian. Traditionally, Russian Christians of all denominations
have had very little, if any, knowledge of the Jewish roots of their New
Testament faith. We are seeing a growing interest in this kind of teaching
in many Russian speaking congregations. The vision of Oasis Media is:
To provide sound Messianic teaching from Israel to Russian speaking
believers throughout the world, whether they be of Jewish or non-Jewish
To draw Russian speaking secular Jews closer to Biblical spirituality.
Now, in the age of widespread internet usage, a greater emphasis has been
placed on the internet version of "Oasis," hence the new name "Oasis
Media." Our internet site, http://oasis-media.info/en,
is dedicated to Messianic video teachings, whereas the
site concentrates more on written teachings and news articles in Russian.
Since its establishment in January 2013 the media site has attracted
roughly 10,000 views per month.
Oasis Media has a huge potential for reaching out to Russian speaking Jews
and Gentiles in Israel, in countries of the former Soviet Union and in
Russian speaking communities throughout the world. We are particularly
excited about our many viewers in Central Asian countries such as
Kazakhstan, where Islam is quickly gaining ground. It is important for
believers to understand the role of Israel in God's plan and to learn
of the Jewish roots of their faith. One of our secondary goals is to
defend Israel from misinformation and anti-Israel bias that are rampant in
the secular media.
Please pray with us for Oasis to continue to grow as an influential voice
of God's Word from Zion.