Terynn shares meals with the Oasis Café community on Monday evenings. Meet: Terynn.
When and how did you first come across Oasis Café?
After completing my graduate studies in the US, I moved back home to Vancouver and to Tenth Church in 2019. I was looking for ways to get involved at church and had recently participated in several community outreach health programs at my school. I felt that Oasis was a great place to see what needs existed in the community around Tenth Church. Since Fall 2019, I have been volunteering as much as my schedule allows.
What are some things that you do at Oasis Café?
During my time at Oasis Café, I have washed dishes, helped with take-out meals and the plating and serving team, and simply enjoying talking and eating with guests. It is a joy for me filling in with whatever role is needed, and I have enjoyed all the positions at Oasis.
What keeps you coming back?
I keep coming back to Oasis because of the people! Building community with guests and volunteers over the years has led to many meaningful conversations and friendships. Whenever I come to Oasis, I feel so welcomed. It's like going to one of my own family gatherings! It is nice being able to practically meet the needs of our guests with a meal, and to lend a listening ear to someone who wants to be heard. Plus, the yummy meals are always a bonus!
How have you seen God at work in your own life through the ministry of Oasis Café?
God is always challenging me to expand my grace and care for those who are different from me. Growing up in Vancouver, it has been easy to surround myself with people that are similar to me and who I am comfortable with. Coming to Oasis has forced me to meet people from all different walks of life and to see God’s love at work in each person.
What do you want to say to someone who is interested in serving at Oasis Café?
Definitely come out and see what Oasis is all about! Don’t be afraid of having a conversation with someone who is different than you! You may feel uncomfortable or awkward trying to connect but there is so much to be learned from people with different backgrounds and perspectives.