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
Leon in the studio
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.
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.
Theologians Dan Juster and Walter Kaiser
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.