The heart of The Oasis Church, Howick has always been to be an Oasis - a place where people can come in and be trained, refreshed and then released into the fullness of what God has for them, being equipped in every area of life. We have seen the outworking of this in many different ministries where mostly adults have been trained up in the ways of the Lord, taught to walk in the paths He has set for them, and encounter His plan for their life.
God began stirring in our hearts for a very long time to establish a school in which children have this same opportunity, but with a greater advantage because they are starting with a clean slate - they don't have to "unlearn" the ways of the world first. It is in these formative years that the foundations are set for the rest of a child's life.
In Matthew 19:14 Jesus says "suffer the little children to come unto me and do not hinder them, for such is the Kingdom of heaven." He knew the importance of the children, those under the age of accountability being in the presence of Jesus. He even went to great lengths to say that the kingdom of heaven will belong to children who had been with Jesus. We believe that children first need to be trained up in the presence of Jesus under the covering of their parents before they are sent out into the world around the age of accountability.
We have realised that there is a tremendous need for this kind of education in Howick and the surrounding areas and so with great faith we launched out to establish Oasis Preparatory School in February 2008.
- Founders Matt & Doni Hogarty
THE BEGINNINGS: Oasis Preparatory School opened its doors on 4 February 2008 with 22 excited students, faith-filled parents and a total of 6 staff members. These 22 students ranged in ages but had one common trait – a desire to see God becoming real in their life. The early days of the school were characterised by many great testimonies where God overwhelmed us with supplying all our needs richly and confirming the call on this school to become a LIGHT for this community. We honour the faithful families that dared to believe the education could look different and gave themselves wholeheartedly to the vision of building a quality Christian school in the KZN Midlands. We also had many courageous teachers joining us in the early days without certainty of a pay cheque at the end of the month but with a conviction for Biblical education.