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from Elize

English Translation:
If I could …. If I could I would catch a tiny little Blue Breasted Nightingale, place him in a cage & hang the cage in a tree at your front door. I would place his melody together with some good luck in a brown bag & tie the bag with a big white ribbon so that you can receive all the good luck from the bag. I will carve a large heart on the tree trunk & paint the inside with Crimson paint so that you will remember me forever.

Standing in the Gap

Hi Oscar.

When I was in New York recently (I am from Somerset West, Cape) I was astounded by the way God drew my attention to pray for you – from NY! We were driving along in the tourist, red, hop on hop off double decker bus and as we stopped at a traffic light, I noticed that the yellow cab next to us had, on his roof where the advertising board is, an advert for a medical company called OSCAR. This made me immediately think of you, obviously. Then the next evening we were driving again on this same bus and on a massive billboard near the Brooklyn Bridge was a photo of a woman who is a double amputee (like you) with blades on, doing the splits, advertising something. Again I thought of you. Then I said, ‘Ok, Lord, You are wanting me to pray for Oscar’, which I did. Soon after returning to SA, we heard the press release of how you had been moved up in the category of your prison sentence, resulting in more visits, privileges, etc. I was elated! Praise the Lord! He is good! I am not saying it was my prayers only but I know for a fact there are MANY out there – around the world – praying for you! It also showed me that God has not forgotten you and He is looking for those who will ‘stand in the gap’ for you. Even to the point of ‘interrupting’ my holiday in NYC to draw my attention to you for prayer! This is your Heavenly Father, Oscar. He loves you with an everlasting love. He will never leave you nor forsake you. God bless. We will now be praying for the pending appeal and Barry Roux’s team.

Much love in Jesus Christ our Lord,

Cathy Offer

Hebrews 13:5

Dear beloved Oscar

Hebrews 13:5 (Amplified Bible) God has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. I will not, I will not, I will not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let you down nor relax my hold on you! Assuredly not! – God does not intend to fail you. – God does not intend to give you up. – God does not intend to leave you. – God will not leave you helpless. Absolutely not! Lord, to know You is the greatest joy. Thank You for Your faithfulness.

GOD bless you Oscar, as always stay connected to GOD ❤ 

Isabel F Giliomee
Hazyview S.A

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If I Had Words

“If I had words to make a day for you,
I’d sing you a morning golden and new.
I would make this day last for all time,
Give you a night deep in moonshine.”
– Scott Fitzgerald, If I Had Words

Darling Oscar, if I could make a day for you, I would! Although you probably wouldn’t want me to sing it to you… Nevertheless, soppy and sentimental as this seems, I think there are many of us that would want to make a day for you, a perfect day, filled with whatever you wanted, peopled by whoever you wanted, and make it last for as long as you wished it to.

Look after yourself, dear one.

Love and blessings,

Laura
(olcpfriends)

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A Child Of The Spirit

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Dear Oscar,

From my sitting room window I can see many trees.  As it is winter now in UK most of the trees are bare.  In some ways they appear dead.  Their branches stretch upwards, devoid of their  green covering.  But while I love their leaves, particularly in spring when the fresh green of new growth is so precious after the starkness of winter, I also appreciate the beauty and strength that is revealed when the softness of the leaves is gone.  Now I can see what makes up the tree, the strong, ancient trunk rising gracefully, apparently effortlessly supporting the spreading branches above.  These branches stretch and search for the sky, growing ever slimmer, more slender, until they end in the finest of twigs, so fine that they often appear as no more that a grey haze.

At first glance the wintering tree might appear little different from its dead neighbour.  But while one succumbs, gradually, to the elements and the action of insects and rodents, much is going on out of sight in the other.  As the sap retreats to the roots the tree rests and recovers the reserves of strength it will need for the coming spring, when it sends a massive surge of sap up the trunk to push forth the budding shoots.

I’m told the roots that hold a large tree upright are one and a half times the height of the tree.   An incredible thought.  There is more growth beneath the ground than above it.  Those roots, strong, tapering, extend through the ground for many metres, sending out hair-like filaments in search of essential water.  While the dead tree, with it shrivelled, rotting roots, is likely to succumb to a heavy wind, the living tree will not.  Its roots are living, strong, extending deep into nourishing earth, invisibly supporting the weight of growth above.

Oscar, much that you have valued in your life has been lost.  Sadly, that cannot be changed.  However, I believe there is much of promise and potential in you still.  Time, for you, must pass unbearably slowly, but it does pass, and, like the dormant tree, you too have roots that go down deep into the soil.

Jer. 17, 7-9

“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,
    whose confidence is in him.
8 They will be like a tree planted by the water
    that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
    its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
    and never fails to bear fruit.”

Wherever you are you will be fruitful.  Maybe you cannot see that yet, but I know that you love The Lord, and have put your life in His hands.  Therefore these verses must be true of you!  As you rest in Him, and allow Him to heal your heart, and your spirit, God will show you your potential.  For you are a Child of the Promise.

Romans 9,8

“It is not the children by physical descent who are God’s children, but it is the children of the promise who are regarded as Abraham’s offspring.”

You are a child of the Spirit, as am I.  As such, we wait for the working out of God in our lives, and we don’t take matters into our own hands as did Sarah and Abraham. 

Just as the dormant tree carries with it the buds of its new growth so it is with you.  When the time is right, those buds will swell and burst, and you will see once again God’s blessings and mercies in your life. Allow The Lord to do His work in you.  Lift your face to receive it.

I continue to pray and seek God for you.  I pray for miracles of provision and encircling love.  I pray for a relationship with Him such as you have never known before.  I ask God to vindicate you and release you to your family.  Bless you, Oscar.

With love, and faith in you and Him,

Julia, UK
(Olcpfriends)