Bingo Players, Crocheters, and Big Hearts Needed!

November 30, 2012

Did you know that Oasis of Hope runs a daily Senior Citizens Program at the Bickford Community Center Monday-Friday? We do! And we have approximately 65 seniors who faithfully attend the planned activities, exercise, Bible studies, meals and socializing! Currently we are looking to add in more volunteers to the fun!

If you are interested or know someone who is, we need assistance anytime between Mon-Fri 8:30a-1:00pm; we are especially looking for volunteers to help with Bible Study, Recreational Activities (arts & crafts, games, bingo, etc), and Chaperones for weekly field trips.

Do you have a heart for these sweet seniors? They will LOVE you! Join us! For more information contact Terrice.


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New Youth Developer Makes Big Impact on Inner City Youth

November 29, 2012

Pathfinders middle school group and Ambassadors high school group are in full swing! Our new Youth Developer, Martell Hixson, along with Andre Manning, Brenda Lampela and Jasmine Martin, meet weekly with the young people for food, fun, fellowship and awesome Bible studies and discussions. Martell is already making a big impact on the students!

We are excited about continuing to grow these groups and reach even more youth, but we need more volunteers! You can dramatically impact the lives of these young people in the pivotal teenage stage of life simply by showing up to provide encouragement, support and spiritual guidance. Not only will their life change, but so will yours! If this sounds intriguing to you, and you would like to find out more, you can contact Martell at 901-246-6010.

The Pathfinders middle school group meets every Tuesday from 5-6 at the Green House, 245 Guthrie Ave., and the Ambassadors high school group meets every Thursday from 5-7 at In the Cut, 932 N. 6th St. Come and make a difference!

Incredible Pizza Teams Up With You and the Oasis Toy Store!

November 26, 2012

The Oasis of Hope Toy Store has been chosen as the recipient of a pizza promotion from America’s Incredible Pizza!

Through the month of December, Incredible Pizza is graciously offering the customer a $5.00 gift card with the purchase of a pizza and the donation of an unwrapped toy to benefit the Oasis Toy Store! Check out more details on the Incredible Pizza facebook page.

A win win deal for all!

Following is a suggested toy list to assist you in shopping for the Toy Store:
– Board Games
– Action Figures
– Mega Bloks
– Footballs
– Basketballs
– Toddler Toys

Join us in helping families give toys to their children with dignity this Christmas!

Attention Shoppers: Toys Needed for the Oasis Toy Store!

November 25, 2012

Help parents in need provide Christmas for their families – donate to the Oasis annual toy store!

This outreach empowers under-resourced families to buy their own presents and offers dignity along with grace.

What a great way to celebrate the season!

Drop off any new, unwrapped toys from the following wish list now through December 9th at Hope Church. Drop boxes are located in the North, South and Main Foyers.

Gifts Needed for Boys and Girls:

– Learning Toys
– Dora the Explorer
– Books
– Mega Blocks

– Action Figures
– Lego Sets
– Jigsaw Puzzles
– Board Games
– Sports Balls

– MP3 Players
– Itunes Gift Cards
– Board Games
– AA Batteries

Or, if you’d rather, we’ll shop for you! Make checks payable to ‘Oasis of Hope’ (write ‘Toy Store’ in the memo) or donate online. For volunteer opportunities, contact Tom Capon.

Also … something you may not realize, is that we hire local adults to run and manage the Toy Store, which provides job experience and connections between our Hope Volunteers and families who live in North Memphis!

Turkey Baskets Distributed to Over 2,600 People!

November 24, 2012

Praise God for the generous giving of Hope volunteers! You allowed 2,600 people to cook a wonderful Thanksgiving meal for their families! Hope collected 664 Turkeys and 770 boxes of Thanksgiving food! They were distributed to families in need in North Memphis and all over. We even game First Baptist Broad approximately 2,400 canned goods to use for their Thanksgiving buffet! Oasis of Hope received 319 of these donations for our neighborhood, helping families afford a full thanksgiving dinner. Each meal fed 5 to 6 family members with of course some leftovers. Oasis had 13 volunteers involved from Hope and the neighborhood, thank you. We could not have done this without you!

Read-2-Succeed Celebrates Fall Holidays

November 09, 2012

Along with reading, we also love to celebrate the holidays at Read-2-Succeed! For Halloween we had lots of tasty treats, and for Thanksgiving we shared the “Five Kernels of Corn” story. As the story goes, once Thanksgiving became a holiday, the Pilgrims would start their meal with five kernels of corn on their plate to remind them of the winter that they nearly starved because of lack of food. Like the pilgrims, each one of our students will be given five kernels of corn and the opportunity to share five things they are thankful for.

Read-2-Succeed meets on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, from 4:30 – 6:00 at In the Cut, our ministry house at 932 N. 6th St., and this year Donna Young, one of our veteran R2S volunteers and former teacher, has stepped up to coordinate the program and reading curriculum. If you’re interested in learning more about Read-2-Succeed, or would just like to come and visit, please contact Brenda Lampela at 901-496-5516, or


Thank You For Cheering For the Manassas Tigers With Us!

November 06, 2012

The Manassas Tigers lost in the first round of playoffs last week to Milan, 44-6. Despite another season’s end that was earlier than desired, the Tigers had a good year and the Hope supporters can feel good about the investment in these young men’s lives. A huge thank you to the volunteers that helped with the football camp, the weekly meals provided by Hope’s Kitchen ministry, the volunteer coaching, the special tailgate times and messages, the cheering from the stands, and the encouragement given all along the way. Many of these young men will be graduating and moving on to the next phase God has for them in life and need your prayers to continue with them for the decisions they will make in the months ahead.


NOTE: ‘Undefeated’ – an emmy award winning documentary on the Manassas Tigers from the 2009 season will be released in January 2013. Buy it and see what our ministry is doing!


Check out photos from Football Camp held in early August

WON 34-6 / August 17 Manassas vs. Booker T Washington at Raleigh Eqypt Stadium, 7pm

LOST 17-6 / August 24 Manassas vs. Mitchell High School at J.P. Freeman Stadium, 7pm

WON 42-12 / August 30 Manassas vs. Kingsbury High School at Melrose Stadium, 7pm

WON 58-0 (game was called at half time due to inclement weather) / September 6 Manassas vs- . Northside High School at Booker T Washington Stadium, 7pm

WON 18-0 / September 14 Manassas vs. Frayser High School (Homecoming) at Crump Stadium, 7pm

LOST 24-30 / September 28 Manassas vs. Trezevent High School at Melrose Stadium, 7pm

LOST 24-40 / October 4 Manassas vs. Central High School at the Bookier T Washington Stadium, 7pm

WON 19-8 / October 11 Manassas vs. Douglass High School, at Melrose Stadium, 7pm

WON 52-18 / October 18 Manassas vs. MAHS at Crump Stadium, 7pm

LOST 6-44 / October 26 Manassas vs. Raleigh Egypt High School at Booker T Washington Stadium, 7pm


October 26th: Thank you to all our FAITHFUL supporters who were there for the boys this season!!


October 8th Message from Coach’s wife, Margo Germany:

The Tigers (3 A) lost to Central (6 A) in a heartbreaker Thursday night, 40-24. We put ourselves behind the 8 ball to start off with an opening kickoff return for a TD by Central. We just couldn’t get it together fast enough to pull out the win. We looked a little sluggish and the boys confirmed they were wiped out from the Trezevant game. Hopefully, we can re-group this week.

Speaking of this week…..We play Douglass in the SOUL BOWL Wednesday night! The game will be at Melrose at 7 PM. They usually sell T shirts, so be ready to come out and support the Tigers!

Hope to see you then!


October 2nd Message from Coach’s wife, Margo Germany

We had a wonderful Tailgating with the Tigers last Thursday. After a great and inspirational talk from Patrick Wrenn, the boys and fans enjoyed another wonderful tailgate extravaganza put on by Hope and a Small Group from Hope. The boys loved it! Thanks for all who contributed.

Friday, Hope also provided a wonderful pre-game meal with some BBQ from Hope’s Beast Feast, thanks to Christy Bianchi.

We played our cross-town rival, Trezevant last Friday. We lost a close game in overtime. The boys played their hearts out and really looked like a team. Trezevant is ranked in the CA Dandy Dozen. We are not in the same (size) district as they are and we still played them like we were evenly matched. On a side note, as the boys watched the game film over the weekend, it was noted that our first two point conversion was really a score, the ref did not signal, so we didn’t get the points. Another ref even commented to Jeff that he thought it was good…Oh, well….Hopefully we will get them next time!

The best thing about our game was seeing both teams on the field after the game praying together. This is the same team that in the movie “Undefeated” was told not to shake hands on the field after the game because of threats of violence. I was very proud of both teams.

Manassas plays Central THURSDAY at Booker T. Washington Stadium (off Thomas). The game will begin at 7 PM. Hope to see you there!

Next week, due to Fall Break, we will play Douglass on WEDNESDAY! Mark your calendars. That game is scheduled to be played at Melrose Stadium.

Have a great week! Thanks for being such wonderful supporters!


Sept. 18 Message from Coach’s wife, Margo Germany:

Dear Manassas Tigers Supporters,

We had a wonderful week last week and many of you were a part of it. Thanks to all who participated in Tailgating with the Tigers. It was fantastic! I will send photos with a later email. Lionel Hollins, head coach of the Memphis Grizzlies, came out and spoke to the boys after practice last Thursday. He was so unassuming. He talked to the boys as if they were his own sons. He shared about his faith and how that got him through a lot of things he had to deal with growing up. He grew up in a similar background as many of our boys. He was not wealthy growing up. He did not have a father. His mother died when he was just 13. He had a rough life, but made good choices. He told the boys that sometimes life throws you a knife. You have to decide if you’re going to catch it by the blade or the handle…..He also talked about how when he was their age, he had several awards, championship rings, etc. and how they are all put away somewhere….he emphasized that right now, they may think that this is as good as it gets, but they should strive to have a future full of hope and promise. At any rate, he was awesome!

After Coach Hollins spoke with the guys, we were all treated to a FABULOUS FEAST presented by Hope Church and several of our volunteers. Hope brought two HUGE grills and meat to feed an army(100)! The talk of the tailgate was the chicken wings….the burgers, hot dogs, nachos, baked beans, chicken nuggets, cakes, cookies, chips, cole slaw and other sides were delicious as well. A BIG thank you to all who made that possible. The tailgate was decorated with signs, football plates and napkins, footballs, balloons and a “Believe Street” banner (read Kyle Veazey’s article9/2/12 in the CA for explanation). One volunteer made a special goodie bag for each boy filled with things every guy needs……

Friday, Hope provided the pre-game meal which the boys LOVED as well (tacos, salad, mac and cheese, hot dogs, desserts, and more!). Montrail Brown (from the movie, “Undefeated”) gave the pre-game devotional to the boys. He talked about David and Goliath. He told the team he would share more before they play Trezvant (cross-town rival) next week.

So, as a reminder, we will have NO GAME this week….Rest up, because we need you all in FULL FORCE next week!

Speaking of next week, we will have our second tailgate party on Thursday, September 27th from 4:30-6p at Manassas High School parking lot (1111 Manassas Street). We need food for an army (100), so please let me know if you can help out in any way. Next week’s speaker has a martial arts background and is one of Coach Jason Johnson’s favorite speakers. He came and spoke to the Memphis Tigers when Coach Jason played for them and was VERY motivational, to say the least. You will be entertained if you get a chance to come see him speak to the boys.

I assume the format will be the same as the last tailgate. The speaker will speak to the team around 5 on the field, weather permitting. We will begin tailgating right after that (5:15-5:30). If you can come, we will be set up in the Manassas parking lot near the football field (last time we were closer to the baseball field). If you can’t find us, just drive around until you do.

Here are some things we need and we really need all the help we can get because many of our volunteers are involved at the Hope Market Square that day and will be unable to participate:



Boombox with good tailgating music





Ice chests

Bottled Water

Soft Drinks

Side dishes

Meat(?) * working on this one….

Any tailgate food (pizza, little smokies, BBQ, wings, veggie tray, sub sandwiches,hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken tenders

Trash bags



I am not the tailgate queen, so please help with any suggestions…

If you bring something that requires electricity, you may want to bring an extension cord.

Thanks for supporting the Manassas Tigers! Our game next week will be against Trezvant, a very good team.

Thanks again! Hope to hear from you soon!

‘Getting Ahead’ Concludes with Another Group of Graduates!

November 06, 2012

Oasis of Hope had the graduation for our second class of “Getting Ahead in A Just Getting by World” on Nov. 1st at the Bickford Community Center.

During the seven week course, the students learned how to examine the effects of poverty on their lives and in their community. They also learned how to set personal goals and successfully achieve them.

Martell Hixson spoke to the group about the importance of having positive, supportive role models in their lives to help them stay on the right track.

Congrats to all the graduates!

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Suburbanites have Girl Scouts; We Have Warrior Princesses!

November 06, 2012

Rather than girls getting badges for learning skills such as camping, starting fires and sewing, Warrior Princesses learn skills that are more relevant to their actual life experiences.

For example, Warrior Princesses would learn safety skills, both for in the home and for going to and from school and around the neighborhood. Warrior Princesses would also learn basic cooking skills and nutritional skills, like learning how to read nutrition labels on food, and how to apply that knowledge. The Warrior Princesses program would help girls understand potential risks for abuse, and learn how to try to avoid being a victim.

In the worst case scenarios, the program would help the girls understand that they are survivors and can still thrive. Girls in our communities face many challenges with crime, violence, and other forms of negativity all around, we desperately want to equip girls with the skills they need to be self-sufficient & to fight back.

We feel the Warrior Princess Curriculum does just that.

If you would like to get involved, contact Brenda.

1st Black Friday Then Cyber Monday; Now #GivingTuesday!!

November 06, 2012

We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. This year help create #GivingTuesday™, the giving season’s opening day. On Tuesday November 27, 2012 charities, families, businesses and individuals are coming together to transform the way people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season. It’s a simple idea. Find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to join in acts of giving. Tell everyone you can about what you are doing and why it matters. Join a national celebration of our great tradition of generosity. And together we’ll create ways to give more, give better and give smarter.

If you believe that Oasis of Hope is making a difference to families living in North Memphis, we invite you to give to our ministry.

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