Remember ‘Undefeated’? Football Camp Wraps Up

July 28, 2012

Our partnership with the Manassas Football Team is going strong and we’re excited for a VERY good season this year! Once again Oasis of Hope is teaming up with ManRise and will jointly host the Manassas Football Camp August 2-4, 2012 at Hope Church. We are looking for donors to sponsor a player for $75 to allow each of the boys to attend Football Camp (donation information), or volunteers to get involved by helping to coach, feed, cheer or encourage the boys during their 3-day training camp held at Hope Presbyterian Church August 2-4! We would love to have 20-25 volunteers join us!

Players will experience guest speakers, dynamic worship times, practices, scrimmages, Hope’s delicious food from Jennifer & the kitchen staff, and sleeping in the Youth Building (entrance 6). Watch here for the daily camp schedule and feel free to pop in and out as you are able. Then of course when the season starts, let’s fill the stands in support for the team and possibly cheer them on all the way to the State Championships! View the ManRise Football Camp 2012 Slideshow.

Give the Gift of a New Uniform

July 26, 2012

The new school year is right around the corner and many inner-city kids need uniforms! Some children only have one uniform and therefore wear it every day, and sometimes weekends, and sometimes through the summer. If the thought of wrapping a child in a brand new uniform – and your heartfelt love – warms your heart, then we would cherish your monetary donations so that we can pass on your gift to a deserving child! We partner with Caldwell-Guthrie Elementary, KIPP Diamond Academy, Humes Middle, and Manassas High Schools.  Visit our Donate page to give online or mail us a check.

Pens, Pencils, Paper, Books!

July 25, 2012

Here is the perfect chance to shop for a cause! While you’re out buying school supplies for your own children, pick up a few more items to be passed on to a less fortunate student from one of our many partnering inner city schools who have helped us formulate the following school supply lists for various age groups.  It takes a little effort but makes a big impact! Backpacks of supplies can be dropped off at Hope Presbyterian Church anytime between now and July 31st; look for the bins/carts that say ‘Urban School Supplies.’

 

 

Grades 3, 4, 5

Backpack
24 – #2 pencils (wood only)
2 glue sticks
1 box colored pencils, 24 count
1 pair scissors, Fiskar
1 box crayons, 24 count
1 pkg red ink pens
1 pkg blue ink pens
1 pkg black ink pens
1 pkg washable markers
3 spiral notebooks
2 pkgs notebook paper, wide rule
8 folders with pockets & brads
1 ruler with inches & centimeters
2 composition books
1 box Kleenex
1 bottle antibacterial hand sanitizer
1 box Ziploc bags (gallon or quart size)

Grades 6, 7, 8

Backpack
24 – #2 pencils (wood only)
1 pkg red ink pens
1 pkg blue ink pens
1 pkg black ink pens
1 box colored pencils, 24 count
1 pkg colored markers
3 ring binder
College ruled notebook paper
6 folders with pockets & brads
1 bottle glue
2 glue sticks
Handheld pencil sharpener
1 pack of subject dividers
Highlighter
1 box Kleenex
1 bottle hand sanitizer
1 ruler with inches & centimeters

Grades 9, 10, 11, 12

Draw string backpack or regular backpack
24 – #2 pencils (wood only)
1 eraser
6 spiral notebooks, 1 subject, college rule
8 folders with pockets & brads
1 box colored pencils, 24 count
2 yellow highlighters
1 protractor
1 pkg red ink pens
1 pkg blue ink pens
1 pkg black ink pens
1 pkg colored markers
2 pkgs notebook paper, college rule
1 ruler with inches & centimeters
1 steno pad
1 – 2” 3 ring binder
2 pkgs dividers

Will You Invest In A Student?

July 25, 2012

School has arrived and there are so are many ways to get involved with students! If you have a heart for kids and are interested in joining us during these structured activities, we would LOVE to have you be a part of our awesome Education team! The more volunteers we have, the more kids we can invite into our program! Following are our school-related opportunities:

Read 2 Succeed:  Read one-on-one with elementary students in ‘The Cut’ on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday from 4:30-6:00pm

In-School Tutoring:  Spend time helping elementary or middle school students with their studies throughout the week at KIPP Middle School (230 Henry Ave) & Caldwell-Guthrie Elementary (951 Chelsea Ave); various times

Pathfinders Middle-School Bible Study:  Join us in providing encouragement, support and spiritual guidance to middle students through Bible studies at ‘The Green House‘ on Thursday afternoons from 2:30-4:00pm

Ambassadors High-School Bible Study:  Join us in providing encouragement, support and spiritual guidance to high school students through Bible studies at ‘The Cut‘ on Thursday afternoons from 4:30-6:00pm

Sports Coach:  Help us mentor, encourage and pass on a love of the sport by volunteering to coach with our football, basketball or baseball teams (various times & locations)

If you would like to support any of the above programs through your financial resources, please click here to donate to any of the above outreaches. We always appreciate support in this form too!

Watch our website for more details to be posted, including the date of a Fall quick off planning meeting, or for more information contact Brenda.

Bible Camp Changes Lives; Thank You Sponsors!

July 22, 2012

KAA REFLECTIONS ~ In Brenda’s Words:  Before we headed to Golden, Missouri, last Sunday for Kids Across America Kamp, Andre Manning, Jasmine Martin & I challenged our group of 20 kids that if everyone stayed off the discipline list for the entire week, we would take them for an outing to Incredible Pizza when we returned home. You see, as fun as KAA is, they take discipline & good behavior very seriously there. Plus, temperatures were right at the 100° mark all week, and there isn’t any air-conditioning anywhere for the campers. So my hope was that the Incredible Pizza incentive would at least help prevent any of the kids from falling into discipline level #5, a.k.a. The Fire Zone, but I honestly never expected to have to make good on our proposition. Well … I was wrong. Not one of our campers even landed in the 1st discipline level, so this Friday we will be taking 20 kids to Incredible Pizza!

To say I’m proud of this group of young people, many of whom had never been to camp before or even away from home, for that matter, is an understatement. We all had an amazing week – laughing, singing, dancing, playing and learning more about Jesus.  Several of our young people recommitted themselves to Christ last week, and a couple gave their lives to Christ for the very 1st time.  Also, Oasis of Hope was proudly represented this year with several of our children winning special achievement awards. And one of our young ladies, Miss Mykah Moody, 10 years old and a first time camper, won THE highest award that is given at camp – the “I’m Third Award.  This award is given to the camper who best lives out the attitude of always keeping God first, and putting friends and others’ needs above their own.

Every year I usually have quite a bit of anxiety in the weeks leading up to camp, for lots of different reasons; however, what I find is that I always come home refreshed, spiritually recharged and filled with even more love and admiration for the children entrusted to go with us. This year was no exception. In fact, I truly believe this has been one of our best years ever. Thank you so much to everyone who helped us get to camp and have this awesome Christ-filled experience.  We know that it would not have happened without your prayers and support.

Check out our KAA Camp Slideshow!

Thank you Hope 5K Runners!

July 06, 2012

After Race Report: Thank you to our 325 walkers and runners and 88 volunteers who risked the weather on Saturday and came out to run for a cause! Oasis of Hope is truly grateful for your support! We’ll see you back out on the track next year!

Have a passion for inner city ministry?  Have a passion for exercising?  Then how about combining the two and helping to raise money for Oasis of Hope by running in the Hope 5K on July 14th at 8am?  Proceeds from the race will go toward our Bearwater Park affordable housing project in addition to various other needs.  We are looking for sponsors, door prizes, vendors for the expo after the race, volunteers, runners and walkers!  Contact Di for more information (507-1920).

Registration:  Online  <HERE> ends 7-9-2012; Breakaway Running, 1997 Union Avenue; Breakaway Running, 1223 Germantown Parkway.  Cost:  $18/pre-register, $16/pre-register (MRTC members), $25/late registration (after 6-22-2012), and day of race registrations. Packet Pick-up and registrations (packets will not be mailed):  Thursday, July 12th – Hope Church South Foyer from 5-6pm; and Saturday, July 7th (race day) from 7-7:45am.

Race Benefits:  Oasis of Hope Ministry: a non-profit, community based Christian organization that encourages life-on-life relationships. It is a ministry of partnerships connecting people across racial and socioeconomic boundaries in the North Memphis neighborhood, 38107 zip code.
 
Divisions – Male & Female:  9 & under, 10-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+. Awards will be presented to the:  Overall male and female winners, overall male and female master’s winners (40-49), overall male and female grand master’s winners (50 and over), overall male and female wheelchair winners, and three deep to the mail and female winners in the age division. Overall winners are not eligible to win their age divisions. There will be no duplication of awards among the Open, Master’s and Grandmaster’s winners.
 
For the safety of all participants, NO rollerblades, skates, bicycles or pets are allowed in the race.  Walkers may use strollers, but must start at the back so competing runners will not be impeded.
 

Are You Wrestling with Memphis’ Urban Issues?

July 06, 2012

Do you struggle with questions like Does it help or hurt to give a homeless man $5 … or … Why do inner city schools have so much less than county schools … or … Is it even possible to mend hard feelings between black and white in our city? If you wrestle these questions & would like a safe place to work through them, please join us for a 4-week class at Hope called TRANSFORMING OUR CITY: BEYOND CHARITY TO DEVELOPMENT, beginning Wednesday, July 11th from 6:30-7:30pm and continues through August 1st; Room 227.  Eli Morris, Rufus Smith, Sharon Avery-Fields and Terry Hoff will bring real-life perspective to these questions & more.