The next outing for the Ambassadors will be to Hope Church for one of the Christmas Eve services, and then out for pizza afterwards. This has become a yearly tradition, thanks to a faithful group of Hope men who have followed these young people and been in their lives since they were in 5th grade at Caldwell Elementary – 6 years ago!! Also, our young women/young mothers will be attending the Hope Stirring Christmas service on Sunday, December 18th. This too, has become a tradition where about 20 of our young women and their children attend weekly church services at Hope!
Recently, reporter Marcova Reed from Channel 3 news highlighted the non-profit ministry of Oasis Appliance stating its value in providing both work to those in North Memphis, offering pre-owned appliances and more for a great price, and bringing economic revitalization to a neighborhood in need! If you would like to purchase or donate an appliance, please call 577-0013. Click here to see the report …
We are so excited about the growing interest in the Oasis Bike Ministry! Recently, reporter Andy Wise reviewed a local restaurant that donated bikes to our Bike Shop. Click here to see the video clip!
On Friday, November 11th only 60 turkeys had been donated despite committing to 600 under-resourced urban families that we would be supplying them with all the ingredients needed to make a delicious Thanksgiving meal. By noon on Sunday however, Hope members had donated enough supplies to compile *650* baskets which were distributed to families on Monday, November 21st despite the rain! THANK YOU SO MUCH to those of you who felt moved to share, contribute or volunteer hours to accomplish this huge undertaking!
Writer Jerome Wright, reporter for the Commercial Appeal, recently wrote a story on: Secular roots: Churches’ resources make a difference – More churches see the economic health of their communities as part of their spiritual mission where he detailed how the committment and ministry of Oasis of Hope are making a difference in the lives of those they employ as well as the community at large. If you would like to be involved in this ministry, we are always needing donated appliances or volunteers to assist in the store! Contact: Terrice.
Exciting things are going on through the ministries of Oasis of Hope! Volunteer Bill Jergens has started a program to teach inner city kids about bike repair and in doing so is allowing them the opportunity to earn their own bike, as well as be invited to participate in group bike rides and a healthier lifestyle. Recently the Commercial Appeal featured this ministry in the following article: Bike Shop Ministry Puts Inner-City Youngsters on wheels by learning repair and earning ride.
Our Read to Succeed program is an awesome way to develop a relationship with a child! Through this after-school program, kids not only get educational encouragement, but spiritual as well! Each time we meet with the kids we share a Bible story, memorize scripture and pray … and oh yes, READ! We are in need of ONE more volunteer to help pair up with a waiting child. CAN YOU HELP? If so, contact Brenda ASAP.
We had a beautiful Fall Festival on Saturday, October 15th. More than 300 community residents came out to enjoy food, fun and fellowship. The KIPP Academy Step Team and our local star Terrian Bass performed. Our faithful volunteers kept the kids moon bounces safe, the games fun, and the food hot and yummy! Special thanks to our community partner North Memphis Community Development Corporation for all their help! View pictures from the festival by clicking here.