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 just need to say that this group has been amazing for me. Until now, even with professional help, I have felt very alone in my healing. Thank you again for all that you do to keep the group going and for the lessons!
At the same time, 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.
In April of 2019, after many years of prayer, a 501c3 nonprofit status was secured and an amazing board established with a passion to reach more women across the country through the Oasis Bible Study. Raising awareness within the faith community continues to be part of our purpose and mission. This is accomplished through speaking engagements, training seminars, and educational communications.
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.
The Living Waters of Hope Board (left to right):
Karen Fahsholz – Christian Counselor; Pastor for Women, Children, and Families for nine years at Canby Alliance Church, Bible study leader; teaching degree; Master’s degree in Biblical counseling from George Fox University.
Diane Schnickels (see above)
Pam King – Christian Counselor, previous Oasis Bible Study Leader, Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from George Fox University; Certification in Trauma Response from the Trauma Response Institute at George Fox University.
Liz McCoury – Volunteer Chaplain with Love Your Neighbor Ministries, Co-Owner and Regional Developer for Patrice & Associates; BA in Technical Journalism from Colorado State University.
Andy Kauffman – Legal counsel for LWOH – Attorney at law for estate planning, probate & trust administration (including guardianships and conservatorships), business (including nonprofit & tax exempt), real estate, and some personal injury. Graduate of Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland. ThM from Dallas Theological Seminary.
Ray Schnickels – Business and board coach for LWOH – Owner and CEO of Strategic Executive Tools consulting for nonprofit organizations after many years in Christian conference center ministry; speaker, pastor (five years); Ministry Coach to Christian retreat centers in Brazil; Board Coach for Thriving Boards; MABS from Dallas Theological Seminary.