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Oakseed Ministries International

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Christianity, International, International Development, Job Training, Religion, Vocational Rehabilitation

Mission: Since 1992, our mission has been for Oakseed Ministries to assist indigenous ministries who serve abandoned children and the poor in the developing world’s largest cities, bringing the good news of Jesus in word and action. Our strategy is to empower ministry partners through prayer, capacity building, training, counseling, and financial support.

Target demographics: Abandoned Children and the Poor.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 25 Ministries in 13 Countries, Blessing 285,000 People Worldwide.

Geographic areas served: The Largest Cities of the Developing World.

Programs: Alleviation of extreme poverty, intervention with street kids, assisting women-at-risk, work with youth women and men in prison, health care, job training, microenterprise development, drug rehabilitation, orphan care, and providing literacy education for the poor.

Community Stories

27 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

Oakseed is a wonderful Christian ministry that assists and provides support for many indigenous Christian ministries around the world which support poor and needy people (including but not limited to needy children and orphans, prisoners, abused women.) They are extremely careful to manage donations carefully and responsibly and with minimal overhead costs. What a heart for God-honoring, biblical ministry in fulfillment of the Great Commission! I have followed Oakseed for many years and I appreciate their ministry so much. I support them financially and with prayer and hope many others will too.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Oakseed was my introduction to indigenous missions work. It makes so much sense to come alongside those who understand the language/culture and have a passion to share the gospel with their community. Oakseed has been a steady presence for decades serving worldwide ministries that come alongside the poorest of the poor. They provide pastoral and financial support in a unique way. The overhead is low, so dollars go straight to critical needs (water, food, clothing, Bibles, education,etc). And the pastoral support is so appreciated by those on the front lines, with regular email/phone contact, periodic in-person visits, and sharing of ideas between ministries across the globe.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We have donated to Oakseed for years, and the integrity and commitment of the staff is amazing. We have received prompt and personal responses to every communication we have sent, and we are kept regularly informed about updates and prayer needs of the various ministries via (optional) emails and mailings. Oakseed works exclusively with existing ministries in developing countries and provides annual opportunities to hear from a ministry representative in person. Each ministry location has a personal liaison in the US and receives regular phone calls and an annual visit, to foster a true caring relationship, plus personal and financial accountability. Support of a specific ministry (we donate to Love Link, which provides nutrition and medical care to malnourished babies), child sponsorship, and one-time gifts through the "Bazaar Catalog" are all wonderful & easy ways to support Oakseed. We recommend this ministry 100%.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

My husband and I have known Oakseed nearly 30 years, and its leaders have earned our utmost respect. I am now privileged to serve on its Board of Directors, where seeing the inside workings of the ministry has only increased that regard. I see Oakseed Ministries International as the epitome of what a helping organization should be. Its mission is to assist the neediest and most vulnerable of the world’s urban poor, especially children. It does this, not by creating dependency, but by coming alongside indigenous ministries to encourage, train, pray for, and give financial support. Oakseed keeps its own expenses remarkably low through excellent management and hard work. An exemplary 85% of donations go to their partner ministries (and 100% of the Bazaar catalog gifts!). Oversight of partner ministries is personal, caring, regular and consistent. Oakseed’s integrity and financial responsibility have earned the highest seals from charity assessment groups. For all these reasons, I recommend Oakseed without reservation. Its work is being used to change lives.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have known of and donated to Oakseed Ministries for over ten years. I have been consistently impressed with the mission and vision of the organization, the impact it has had on many communities around the globe, and for the transparent financial reports - which gives me confidence that my donations are being well used. I am proud to have joined the Board this year and find new ways to increase the impact of this ministry.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Oakseed Ministries International provides support for indigenous ministries serving the poor around the globe. As a former board member and current donor, I have seen up close the impact that this organization has had in South America and India and other parts of the world. The organization is led by the founder's daughter who has honored her father 's legacy of service and commitment to bring the good news of the Gospel to the most underserved communities of the world. I have been a donor to this organization since its inception (some 30 or so years ago) and intend to continue investing in the work of this very worthy non-profit, small in size, but quite large in reach and impact.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been involved with Oakseed for more than 20 years, and I continue to be amazed at the impact such a small, agile organization can have on this world.

Oakseed doesn't follow the traditional "big American, we're here to fix you" model of assistance. Instead, Oakseed is built on a model of partnerships - coming alongside existing indigenous ministries to assist them in meeting the physical and spiritual needs of the people they serve. Oakseed partners with those serving some of the most neglected, marginalized, and exploited people in our world. Orphans, widows, the blind, malnourished babies - these are just some of the people who depend on Oakseed and its partners.

If you're looking to make a difference in this world, you should be looking at Oakseed Ministries.

1 Tom B.8

Board Member

Rating: 5

My family and I have been partnering with Oakseed Ministries International as donors for over 15 years, and I've been serving as a board member for about four years. We've always been impressed with the thoughtful, intentional way that Oakseed seeks to accomplish its mission, which is by assisting existing indigenous ministries through prayer, financial donations, pastoral encouragement, training, and other means. Those indigenous ministries are often in the best positions to see the mercy needs and most effective ways of meeting those needs. Oakseed limits the amount of financial support to those individual ministries so that they do not become over-dependent on Oakseed's donations as their sole source. There are many ways that we are able to maintain personal relationships with the people serving in those ministries. Oakseed maintains a very low overhead, so that a very high percentage of our financial support goes directly to the ministry.

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Donor

Rating: 5

For almost 30 years Oakseed Ministries International has supported nationals around the world who diligently and sacrificially serve people of all ages—the poor, the blind, the addicted, the orphan, the widow, the outcast, the malnourished and sick. The staff seeks to meet both physical and spiritual (and sometimes educational) needs, while trying to do and say everything with the love and joy of Jesus. Oakseed provides specific prayer requests and updates for their donors, and has regional directors who are in regular communication with each Oakseed partner. I knew the founder of the ministry and attest to his great love for the lost and hurting, and wanting them to know Jesus and His great love and care for them. The Oakseed Partners have been called by God to be Jesus’s hands and feet, already having the same culture and language! This is a very worthy ministry to support, both financially and with prayer.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Oakseed is an amazing ministry that the Lord has blessed for so many years. Oakseed serves and assists serving children and the poor by having partnerships with Ministry Partners in some of the largest cities in the world. After serving as Chairman of the Oakseed Board for the past four years, I can attest to the impact that this ministry is having in so many different ways -- bringing spiritual, physical and emotional support for so many that are in need of the love of Christ. Oakseed has also established ministry liaisons to further the relationships on the ground and be an encouragement to the ministry partners and provide support in various ways.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My wife and I have been donors to Oakseed for more than 25 years. At first we were small givers, but also volunteered frequently in their office nearby. That was a good opportunity to talk with Oakseed's founder about the work being done by their partners. The office has moved away; but our contributions increased while we were away for a work assignment, and have been second only to our support to our own church, since our return 20 years ago.
We have been impressed with Oakseed's partners: not "branches" or "subsidiaries" of Oakseed, but local organizations who do ALL the work, in 3rd-world urban communities that have myriad needs and no resources. Oakseed's contribution is a share of the outside financial resources allowing the partners to function, plus constant prayer support, and time-to-time advisory counsel. Oakseed has also been willing to cut ties to "partners" who seemed more interested in helping themselves than those in need.
We are also happy to support Oakseed in the name of Holiday gifts to our nearest and dearest.
William N., McLean, VA

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Donor

Rating: 5

I love the focus of Oakseed Ministries International, which is to support Gospel-centered indigenous ministries in major urban areas in the developing world. I have had the opportunity to visit some of the supported ministries and can testify that they are faithfully working to alleviate suffering and sharing the Good News of Jesus. Oakseed is also a very faithful steward of the resources of the ministry, ensuring that these resources are used toward building the kingdom of God.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Oakseed’s founder Ed Bradley was a Godly servant with a vision to serve the poor. Ed was called home and is dearly missed. His daughter Tiffany now is running Oakseed in a manner her father would approve. Godly and responsible. The organization has regional directors who care for their flock. Prayer undergirds the day to day operations. Each in country partner has a prayer cell which supports it. This organization is serious about taking the Good News Gospel to the poor.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Since its onset in 1992 I have been a financial supporter of Oakseed Ministries International.
I appreciate that it helps to support indigenous ministries especially to women and children in the poorest areas of the world. Having served on the board for 6 years I was able to observe that the program is so efficiently run that over 90% of donations go to the partners who are visited regularly to insure accountability.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

We have gladly supported Oakseed for almost 30 years. Rather than reinventing the wheel, Oakseed partners with existing successful indigenous ministries to ensure effective and efficient local delivery of services to children and the most needy poor living in or near the world's large cities.

1 Mariela F.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Oakseed Ministries International have been supporting Love Link Inc El Salvador, either economic and spiritually, helping us to recover babies with malnutrition, giving hope to the most vulnerable families in El Salvador. They are a close partner for us working together.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Oakseed has been a tremendous confidence builder because all of the organizations that it partners with are carefully vetted. It looks for ministries that are trustworthy and are doing a job very faithfully with sound accountability measures in place. It’s been a pleasure to donate to Oakseed and know that all the funds that are donated go to the ministries that are helping people in developing nations. No administrative fees are deducted from my donations.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have followed the progress of Oakseed Ministries from its founding. It was the determination of the founder to have a ministry that international partners and donors knew had transparency and integrity. In recent years I have been invited to serve as a member of the board and I have been impressed to see that the conviction of the founder has been honored by the current staff. Donors can be sure that their contributions will be used exactly as intended with a minimal amount going for administrative costs. I am happy to commend this ministry as one worthy of full support. Stephen E. Smallman (Retired pastor, former mission CEO)

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Oakseed is unique! I don't know any other partner that operates in the way Oakseed Ministries International does. They act promptly not tied down by bureaucratic hurdles yet they remain professional. Their responses are need driven. Oakseed has demonstrated a great deal of empathy and love that has helped to restore hope where there was non at all, and transformed lives among the most vulnerable grandmother's and AIDS orphans in our communities in Uganda.
It is a unique partnership that has
nurtured trust and triggered motivation, earned High respect and confidence from us.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

Oakseed is a Christian ministry that comes alongside indigenous ministries in other countries in order to help them fulfill their missions. Their concern is not to make the ministry dependent solely on Oakseed, so they only fund a portion of their budget, encouraging the ministry to seek funds from other sources. For a ministry to qualify for support, they undergo a year of review to make sure they meet qualifications for assistance. At the end of that year, a decision is made by the board regarding partnership. Liaisons from Oakseed make an in-person visit twice a year to learn firsthand the needs and challenges as well as observe the ministries in action. Financial accountability is extremely important so that the funds given by donors are used for the purposes designated, so Oakseed requires financial reports from each ministry once a year. Prayer letters are sent out to supporters so that they can see and pray for the successes and setbacks of workers in the field. Additional support is given where special needs are made known by each ministry.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My family has supported Oakseed Ministries International for over 15 years. Their careful governance practices and policies ensure a commitment to financial excellence and accountability. Their very balanced program expense ratio ensures that they provide optimum funding to the partner organizations that they support around the world. With Oakseed's focus on assisting indigenous ministries and serving and the poorest of the poor in the world's largest cities, they are very effective in bringing the good news of Jesus to children and families in word and deed.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Am so much proud of oakseed ministry international. Through oakseed Many Children all over the world have been inspired a smile on their faces .Here in Uganda Bombo over 25 children have two meals a day because of oakseed , kids have got to know about God through the help of oakseed ministry.
Oakseed has for sure improved our lives in so many ways besides having good meals and knowing God .we now Able to have clean source of water, children have gained sewing skills, children are able to sleep well through the help of oakseed ministry,Glory be to God .thanks so much Oakseed May God continue to richly bless you our family

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Oakseed has been helping & supporting us for 21 years in every way of their capacity. Our mutual trust is such a great asset. Their understanding to the different cultures is unprecedented. We as an organization could see that Oakseed has a strong foundation of integrity and transparency. Thank you so much for standing with us all these years.

1 Martha J.1

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a long time supporter of Oakseed Ministries International and could not be more excited about the work they are doing. I am confident that my financial support for this ministry is being used well and reaching the poorest of the poor and abandonded children around the world. Oakseed began in 1992 and now serves 25 ministry partners in 14 countries. They have a unique approach to carrying out this ministry. Oakseed comes along side indigenous ministries supporting, educating and encouraging them in their work to help break the chains of poverty with the power of the Gospel, as well as an accountability structure through visits from Oakseed's Liasion members. I also support two children through Oakseed's Child Sponsorship program and receive regular updates about the children as well as notes and pictures from the children theselves through email communication.

1 Matt L.3

Donor

Rating: 5

Our organization has partnered with Oakseed for several years, and I have been blown away with how they have connected our people with tangible needs all across the world. I have appreciated their transparency as an organization and their communication about how our efforts really do impact things on the ground. Oakseed is doing incredible work and we are grateful to partner with them.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Our family has been familiar with Oakseed Ministries International since its inception in 1992. We have financially and prayerfully supported the ministry for decades. We appreciate the fact that Oakseed comes alongside indigenous Christian ministries that are sharing the gospel while providing mercy outreach to the poorest of the poor throughout the world. Oakseed provides prayer support, training, capacity building and a some financial support to each of its ministry partners.

1 Charlene Sorby A.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been involved with this ministry for the past 10 years and feel so privileged to do so. There are so many opportunities to be the hands and feet of Christ on a small scale for a larger purpose that I would never know about on my own. I love getting a prayer guide in the mail and email updates. Such a phenomenal ministry that I love being a part of. Praise God