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Long Term Missionaries

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Rick & Ann Smith

Kenya has been home for the Smith’s since 2010 when they moved there from the U.S. and began working with Oasis for Orphans.  As the Director of Oasis in Kenya, Rick especially enjoys seeking new partners and developing local leaders.  Ann finds joy working alongside the Kenyan staff at the centers to ensure that each of the Oasis children develops to their full potential. Three of the Smith children are connected to a life-giving community at the missionary school near their home, and their oldest is studying at Notre Dame University.

If you would like to read more about their adventures, please visit their blog.

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Bob & Deb Ruzga

Bob was an IT Executive for 30 years, and Deb a travel agent for 20 years.  They began traveling to Kenya on short-term mission teams in 2009.   It was then they fell in love with the people of Kenya. Their hearts were broken for the children living in poverty with no hope for a future.  In 2013 they felt God strongly calling them to come and help Oasis build the newest Children’s Home in Kenya, The Shelter. They sold their house and all their possessions, and they moved to Kenya.  They have two children living in the United States. Their son David is married to Michelle, and their daughter Ashley is soon to be married to Garret!

To read more about their life in Kenya, check out their blog!

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Matt Patch

Matt first became involved in missions in 2009 when he went on an 11-month, 11-country pilgrimage around the world.  Afterwards, he felt called to return to Kenya as a long-term missionary. Matt is passionate about discipleship and helping others step into their identity and calling. His dream is to empower Kenyans to minister to their own people. As of December 2015, he has become the newest member of the Oasis team. He will support Rick Smith in the development of our efforts in Kenya, as well as become the site mentor for The Valley.

If you would like to read more about his time in Kenya, please visit his blog.

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Elaine Filter

Before Oasis for Orphans, Elaine was a high school teacher for seven years.  She acknowledged God’s call to service in Kenya one morning on her front porch with her coffee and her Bible.  Her experience and training finally matched her passion for vulnerable children in Africa.  Elaine is excited to bring her teacher’s heart and background to help Oasis achieve their mission of rescuing and restoring every child in Southwest Kenya.

If you would like to read more about her time in Kenya, please visit her blog.

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