1. How did you first get involved with The Oasis Band?
Growing up, music has always been a huge part of my life. Whether I am singing or playing a musical instrument, I know that God has given me a desire to lead other people into His presence. I first got involved with The Oasis Band after I graduated from the University at Buffalo in May 2013.
2. What is your favorite song that you sing with The Oasis Band?
It is hard to pick one favorite song. However, I like Strong God by Meredith Andrews and God With Us by Leslie Jordan and Jason Ingram. Whenever I sing these songs, it helps me reflect on how good our God is and how He longs to fill us with his peace and strength, each and every day.
3. Besides music, what other things do you do here at FPCB?
Although my current ministry is in Buffalo, NY, I am so blessed to be an active part of our FPCB community. Campus Ambassadors hosted a tailgating outreach event at the University at Buffalo before our homecoming football game. We were able to engage over 250 college students. Thank you FPCB for sending a group from our church to the University at Buffalo to be a part of this experience!
I love serving and staying involved.
- Volunteered with the Missions Department and Communications Department
- Help out with our Youth: Middle School and High School Mission Trip Leader, Mentor for a high school student through the Youth Inquirers’ Membership class
- Taught Sunday School
4. When did you know you were called into ministry at Buffalo?
God has given me a passion for reaching out to those who need guidance, love, and support. As a campus minister at the University at Buffalo, I have the opportunity to build personal relationships with those around me and mentor students through their daily college struggles.
I started developing a heart for missions during my high school years. From a young age, I participated in several mission trips inside the U.S. and abroad to China and Ethiopia, through FPCB. Seeking nonbelievers and sharing the Gospel all around the world is something I love doing.
In 2009, I started attending the University at Buffalo. Between adjusting to university life and looking for a church, my years in college have certainly tested my faith. I quickly realized how important it is to be connected to the body of Christ. I then joined a campus ministry called Campus Ambassadors. Campus Ambassadors gave me the opportunity to grow in my personal relationship with God and pour out to others through leading worship, leading Bible studies, and planting and directing Campus Ambassadors’ first Women’s Ministry House.
After witnessing several friends fall away from their faith in college, I felt like I had to do something about it. College is an important season in a young person’s life, where gaining independence and making choices is a serious endeavor. Students are choosing majors and questioning their purpose in life. Through my ministry, I am determined, through God’s wisdom and strength, to steer college students in the direction that points to Jesus Christ.
If you would like to hear more about my ministry, feel free to email me: Sallyhen@buffalo.edu and check out this link. http://www.missionsdoor.org/missionaries/henien-sally
5. How can we pray for you?
Students are eager to read the Bible and wrestle through their hard questions regarding faith and life. Please pray that God will continue to use our ministry to reach out to those who are seeking the truth.
Pray that God gives us wisdom and direction as we prepare and facilitate our events for the Spring Semester.
Pray that God will continue building a team of partners who feel called to invest in my ministry through both prayers and finances.
6. What’s currently on your playlist?
I enjoy listening to Elevation Worship, All Sons and Daughters, Chris Tomlin, Hillsong, Tenth Avenue North, Kari Jobe, Jesus Culture, Jeremy Camp and many more…
7. What makes you move?
Seeing people’s lives transformed by Jesus Christ makes me move! As the students finished up their Fall Semester, we had a particular exciting event happen. One of our girls who just graduated this December from the University at Buffalo came to church with the intention to make her decision to follow Jesus "official." As the invitation came, she stood up to signal her desire to be a Christian.