Serve the World

SayingYes2Love means reaching out into the world in as many ways as possible. We truly seek to make disciples of all people and share with them the love of Christ. We have had our lives changed because of Him, and we want to share that with the world. There are several ways we seek to make a difference in the world. One of those ways is by sending our people into the world to say Yes2Love. 

From the Blog

Season of Caring Project - Hannah Center
Oct 15, 2018

Please join us volunteering for the Hannah Center!

Invite your friends and small groups. We could also use donations for the materials required. If anyone can’t make this event but would like to help, please contact Brian before the event or Angie after the event.

When: November 3, 8:00am=12:00pm

Tasks include:

  1. Yard work (weeding, trimming/leaf removal/mulching),
  2. Sorting clothes,
  3. Cleaning,
  4. Administration (e.g. mailings), and
  5. Repairs and maintenance activities inside and outside of their two buildings.

Who: 40 helpers - young and old, skilled and unskilled. Children welcome, but no childcare provided.

Where: 808 N. College Ave. – Please park on the street or north of Hannah Center, except trucks to haul away debris. You may want to carpool. Meet inside the Hannah Maternity Home (north building) at 8:00am sharp for the kickoff.

Food: Water, Coffee and donuts provided.

How to Sign-up:  Contact the project lead, Brian Oeding at or 812.929.3287 and let him know what primary and secondary tasks you prefer to work on: Lawn Care, Repairs, Cleaning, Sorting Clothes or Administration (Mailings, etc).

What to Bring: Whatever you can, such as: gloves, water bottle, leaf blowers, shovels and rakes for mulch and leaves, pruners/trimmers for bushes and tree limbs, brooms, wheelbarrows, hammers, screwdrivers, power washers, cleaning supplies, food and drinks to share, trucks to hall leaves and yard debris away, etc.

Weather Forecast: Mostly sunny High 58F, but we are on rain or shine.

Donations: Checks made out to “Hannah Center” or cash for supplies can be and given to Brian Oeding.

Why: Hannah Center & Hannah House Maternity Home (see www.hannahcenter.org) does great pro-life work in Bloomington helping young ladies with crisis pregnancies and families with parenting support and resources for God’s glory. For questions about Hannah Center contact Angie Grooms at or (812) 334-2662.

From the Blog

Expand Your World in 2018
Feb 08, 2018

One of our values here at Sherwood Oaks is to think like everyday missionaries, looking outside yourself and expanding your world! We know there are a lot of ways to do that, but we want you to consider a 2018 Global Outreach trip! Here are the next three coming up!

Men's Trip to Honduras

  • February 24-March 2
  • Work with His Eyes, our Ministry Partners in Honduras on construction projects, food distribution, and clothing distribution
  • Cost: $1450, including airfare, lodging, food, and transportation

Mexico Family Camp

  • June 16-22
  • Join us as we partner with Amor Ministries to build a house for a Mexican family!
  • Kids ages 5 years and older are welcome!
  • Cost: $700 for adults; $600 for kids, including food, lodging, constructions supplies, safe water, and vbs supplies. Airfare not included.

Wind River Rez Camp (Wyoming)

  • July 14-21
  • Wind River is the 7th largest reservation in the US, home to over 12,000 First Nations people.
  • Work includes construction in neighborhoods and on the mission grounds
  • Children ages 5 and older are welcome
  • Cost: $700 for adults, $600 for kids, includes food, lodging and ground transportation. Airfare not included.

To get more information about any of these groups, go here.

Or, contact Norma.

From the Blog

Brad & Gail Pontius Visit Kurdistan
May 18, 2017



Kurdistan is a region in Northern Iraq with limited self-governance. The Kurdistan Regional Government or the KRG includes the larger cities of Mosul on the Tigris River and Erbil to the East. Mosul is the ancient city of Nineveh.  The Kurds are proud decedents of the Medes, spread over Turkey, Syria, Iran and Iraq. 

Throughout the history the Kurds have pushed back against the Turks, Arabs and the Persians to establish an independent state - but have always been defeated. Most recently the Iraqi Kurds were victims of genocide by chemical weapons unleashed on them by Saddam Husain in 1988 killing over 5,000 with poison gas.

In their struggle for independence, they have grown a strong sense of empathy for the oppressed. They are now hosting over two million displaced people from the occupation of the Islamic State in their region and beyond.

During Easter, we visited several Christian villages that had been occupied by ISIS. Some houses were flattened by mortars and air strikes.  Centrally located churches were used as ISIS headquarters, sniper towers and shooting galleries.  Graffiti disrespected the cross and our faith.  Books and musical instruments were burned.  Hatred and violence hung in the air.

The village of Telleskof had over 7000 inhabitants before ISIS arrived.  In the middle of the night, fleeing members of the neighboring village warned them that ISIS was moving quickly in their direction.  They grabbed what they could and ran for their lives.  Fortunately, the Christians of Tellesckof escaped with few casualties. 

We were able to survey some of the damage around Telleskof and visit with a few of the 400 brave residents who have returned. They know that it will be a long time until the village establishes a “new normal” – but they are thankful to be there to help make that happen.  They couldn’t stop praising their neighbors from Batnia who fled a fierce attack to warn Telleskof that ISIS was coming – saving their lives.

The majority of the villagers of Telleskof are living in IDP camps. They left their productive land, their properties and their family savings in the houses that ISIS occupied.  Their lives had been very much like ours in middle class America.  It’s been 3 years now, and they are still living day to day in tent cities with hope of returning someday.

Resettlement priorities begin with clean water, electric power and medical care. This village of Telleskof is the place where our funds were used restore water lines and a back-up generator for the medical clinic. Phase 2 of our project is to dig a well to provide clean water for the village.

We hope to continue to help the Telleskof community - maybe even go there to help rebuild homes, clean up rubble and patch bullet holes. We have been given a God-shaped opportunity to come along side these Christian brothers and sisters – to assist them during their time of need.

Please keep the people of Kurdistan in your prayers. And ask God what role you can play in their resettlement.  And if you’re interested, stay tuned for a more thorough report on our time in Kurdistan – coming soon.

From the Blog

The Empowered to Connect simulcast was a success!
Apr 19, 2017


This experience brought together individuals, as well as two couples from southern Indiana who are considering foster care, are currently fostering children or have adopted children. Participants came from different walks of life, have children from infant to adult, and have experienced the power of God's love as he works within our families. 

We received encouragement and instruction from researchers and therapists who practice Truth Based Relational Intervention strategies to help parents effectively connect with and raise up children who have come from hard places (i.e., abuse, neglect, etc.). It can be so easy to see a child act out or respond in a way that is inappropriate and draw the conclusion that he is expressing willful disobedience. We learned through this training to consider a different perspective:  the child is living in survival mode, responding the only way he knows how.  This shift allows you to see the hurt and the need being expressed that your love, God's love through you, can offer the child alternatives.

Please pray for our ministry and for God's direction as we seek outreach opportunities such as this simulcast to support families. 

Julia Rademacher
On Target – Adoption & Foster Care

From the Blog

Child Rescue
Apr 04, 2017

The Pourhouse Café According to UNICEF, and estimated 150 million children world wide are engaged in child labor. Millions are sold into slavery with the promise of a better life. CICM is committed to "buying children back" and providing opportunity for them to live a purposeful life in Central India. PHC is proud to be partners with CICM. Thank you for your support

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Sherwood Oaks is proud to sponsor over 35 missionaries and mission organizations around the world.

Meet Our Mission Partners

Outreach Staff

Brad Pontius

Brad Pontius

Local & Global Outreach Ministeroffice: 812.334.0206, x214
Norma Landgraff

Norma Landgraff

Global&Local Outreach Assistant/Iglesia Hispana Coordinator.office: 812.334.0206 x254

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