How We Began and Who We Are

My heart broke as I saw women struggling and suffering from the damaging effects of domestic abuse, desperately looking for Biblical answers that were hard to find. Due to a lack of training, many (not all) church leaders responded with unbelief, harmful advice, and little if any support.

For the women urgently seeking help, this caused an even greater sense of powerlessness, helplessness, and even suicidal thoughts for some. God in His abundant grace called me to work alongside Him to help meet the significant needs of those silently crying out for help. Psalm 147:3 tells us that Jesus came to heal the broken hearted and bind up their wounds.

If I wanted to be like Jesus, this place of brokenness was for me. I began to write His words of truth, restoration, and healing intermixed with the truth about abuse. The first Oasis Bible Study lesson was taught in 2013 and has been very life-giving for the women who have attended the classes.

“... I was thankful to have the opportunity to begin to raise awareness for church leaders and the faith community through training seminars. This enabled them to gain a better understanding of domestic abuse, acquire some needed tools, and effectively support those seeking help.” - Stacy

Diane Schnickels, Founder and Executive Director

I am a certified counselor, a certified domestic abuse advocate, and a student of God’s Word. Continuing education is part of my routine through books, videos, and training seminars and webinars to name a few. I have led domestic abuse training seminars in three different states and speak for women’s groups teaching them how to walk with women in crisis.

My passion is to help restore hope and dignity to women who have been so wounded by domestic abuse. Previously, I had been involved with my husband in the areas of Christian conference center ministry as well as a pastor’s wife.

From Left to Right: Krysti Bellmore, Pam King, Diane Schnickels, Luanna Meuser

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