Play Ball! Cheer on the Manassas Baseball Team

March 30, 2013

You have probably heard that Oasis of Hope provides volunteer coaches for the Manassas Football Team (we hope you have seen the Oscar Winning ‘Undefeated’ movie by now!), but did you know that we provide the same support for the Manassas Baseball Team? Coaching is one of the best ways to get to know the team and to coach the players not only on the field, but in their personal lives as well. In addition, Oasis volunteers came together a few years ago to fund, build and maintain the beautiful ball diamond that Manassas High School now calls their own!

One of our most long-standing volunteer coaches, Michael Timmons, who has been working with the team for at least seven years, has been working with the boys since they were 10 years old! When asked why he’s hung in there so long he said, “It’s because of the bond with these young men and the love they have shown me. My family continues to grow and there are not enough hours in the day between family, work, and baseball, but the relationships I have formed with these young men will be forever part of the lives of me and my family.  I feel strongly that God has put me in the lives of our players and that he uses the game of baseball to bring me and our players closer to him.”

In addition to providing volunteer coaches, a spring training camp, and occasional team meals, we want to fill the stands with cheering fans! Check out the game schedule below and join us!

Manassas High Baseball Schedule 2012-2013

web-fav-IMG_3720WON! 3:2 – 3/18/13         4:00     East High @ East

Lost 16:1 – 3/20/13         4:00     Whitehaven @ Whitehaven

Rained Out – 3/21/13(1)     3:00     Douglass @ Manassas

Rained Out – 3/21/13(2)     4:15     Douglass @ Manassas

Rained Out – 3/22/13         4:00     Ridgeway @ Ridgeway

WON! 5:1 – 3/25/13         4:00     Raleigh-Egypt @ Manassas

WON! 5:4 – 4/01/13         4:00     Middle College @ Manassas

Rained Out –  4/04/13         4:15     Kingsbury @ Kingsbury

Lost 15:13 – 4/08/13         4:15     Kingsbury @ Manassas

Lost 13:3 4/09/13         4:00     Kingsbury @ Kingsbury

4/10/13         4:00     Raleigh-Egypt @ Raleigh-Egypt

Rained Out – 4/11/13      4:00     Ridgeway @ Ridgeway

4/15/13         4:00     Westwood @ Manassas

4/17/13(1)     3:00     BTW @ Manassas

4/17/13(2)     4:15     BTW @ Manassas

4/18/13          4:15     Mitchell @ Mitchell

4/22/13         4:00     Whitehaven @ Whitehaven

4/23/13         4:00     Melrose @ Melrose

4/24/13(1)     3:00     Frayser @ Manassas

4/24/13(2)     4:15     Frayser @ Manassas

4/28/13          4:00     Middle College @ Manassas

Training Camp Update (March 2013): The spring training camp at Hope was a success. Seventeen young players participated. They spent time in classroom settings, batting cages, in-field scenarios, out-field practice and general fundamentals. Volunteers not only helped with these key components, but also provided meals, guest speakers and encouragement. This week’s camp and season is dedicated to the memory of Karen Durham, Oasis’ founding staff member who has poured her life into our youth & adults for the past decade. Eric McCreight, Coach Mac, gave a powerful message to the boys about the fundamentals of the faith… “to live justly, love mercy and walk humbly with your God” from Micah 6:8.


Not Rain Nor Tigers Basketball Kept the Kids From Their Eggs!

March 20, 2013

test-100x116Apparently not much can keep the kids away from a good Egg Hunt thankfully!

Our annual Egg Extravaganza was still a big success despite all of the deterrences! Over 200 were in attendance, including 21 awesome volunteers! After the big egg search we moved inside the Bickford Community Center to extend the fun with snow cones, basketball, moon bounces, and a moving message about the true meaning of Easter taught by Oasis staffer, Martell Hixson, Youth Developer.

Check out our Oasis Egg Hunt Slideshow! Feel free to share pics on your Facebook pages; just tag Oasis of Hope!

Whew … it was another successful year!

Thank you everyone!

From Gang-Led Apartments to Safe Family Homes – Look!

March 18, 2013

Now that the outside shells are complete, our contractors from Pro-Site Construction are now focusing on the interior and siding of the first ten homes. Bearwater Park is quickly taking shape! Eight, large-scale willow oak trees have also been planted giving a glimpse of the beautiful tree-lined street that many local residents will call home as early as mid-April! The application process has begun and we have quickly accumulated a waiting list of willing families.

How Can You Get Involved?

Watch our website for the dates of upcoming volunteer projects as we will need help landscaping around the homes and doing various light construction in mid-April. No experience necessary! If you just want to get in on the excitement, we’d love to have you join us in providing the gift of a safe, clean home to deserving families.

As of March, we are still trying to raise the last $50,000 to complete Phase I debt free. If you have a heart for providing a roof over a family’s head, please donate here.

For more information to watch our progress video, see Bearwater Park.

Read-2-Succeed Students and Mentors Celebrate Spring Break

March 16, 2013

Our Oasis of Hope Read-2-Succeed students had a fun outing during Spring Break week! It was a beautiful day, so first the students, parents and volunteers had a picnic lunch outside on the tables behind “The Cut,” then we went to see the movie “To Fly” at the IMAX Theater, and spent the rest of the afternoon visiting the “Titans of the Ice Age” exhibit in the Pink Palace museum. The children were so curious about everything, and really enjoyed seeing and touching specimens and casts of some of the large animals found in the Mid-South during the Ice Age, which began approximately 1.6 million years ago! What an awesome day!


Shop For a Cause: Hope Again’s Grand Opening-April 16

March 14, 2013

Hope Again (Second Chance Boutique) is rounding the final curve to open to the public!

Volunteers have been in the store (1140 N Germantown Pkwy) constantly over the past couple of weeks – painting, installing equipment, building fixtures, laying floors, etc. Diane Raburn, our newly hired full-time Store Manager, is in place organizing and preparing for opening. Check out our progress; view the Hope Again Slideshow.

We have scheduled our Grand Opening for April 16th, 10:00am – Join us!

We still need you to get us over the hump however. Volunteers are needed in the receiving/sorting area, as well as, on the show room floor/sales area. In addition, if you are doing any spring cleaning, please send us your good stuff. Drop off donations at the large, white trailer in the Hope Pres parking lot or let us know if you have large items needing picked up.

Once the store is open, one of the biggest challenges we will face is having enough product to keep the store viable and contributing to the Global, Urban and Oasis of Hope ministries at Hope. Please keep us in mind when you are upgrading your home and looking for a place for your discards!

For more information on this venture, see our Hope Again webpage. To volunteer contact Terrice Thomas. To give financially to this ministry, donate here.

Expand Your Interest in Urban Issues this Saturday

March 13, 2013


The Urban Summit is the Mid-South’s premiere experience for Urban Ministry Training from some of the nation’s most proven leaders in the field. Join Dr. John M. Perkins, Matthew Soerens, Nicole Baker Fulgham, and Memphis’ own Rick Donlon will join us to discuss the issues of biblical justice in immigration, health care, education reform, community development and the criminal justice system.

When: Saturday, April 6th

Where: Christ United Methodist Church, 4488 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN 38117

Time: 8:00am to 2:00pm

Tickets: Regularly $59 but can be purchased for a special price of $25 if you use the Code: HOPE25 (register online)

Hosted in Memphis by the Memphis Leadership Foundation, MCUTS, & City Leadership.

Halfway and We’ve Saved People a Quarter of a Million!

March 12, 2013

We are now halfway through the tax season and have 92 returns filed for free

with an economic impact of $267,714 so far!

As we look forward to the last few weeks, our final Tuesday for doing tax returns will be April 9 and our last Saturday will be April 6th.

Thanks again to all our volunteers for your help and efforts this year in saving North Memphis residents thousands of dollars! Once we have got past the initial struggle with the IRS being swamped, things have gone smoothly the past few weeks.

– Doug Edwards, VITA Coordinator


We Gathered to Remember and to Look Forward with Hope

March 10, 2013

Honoring Ms. Karen: On Wednesday, February 27, we hosted a dinner for our Oasis families in honor of Karen Durham, who went home to be with the Lord. It also gave our families the opportunity to know more about what Oasis of Hope is all about. The dinner was held at Bickford Community Center, and we had about 150 people in attendance for what turned out to be a very special evening. Please continue to pray for Karen’s family and loved ones!

Men’s Group Enlarges Youth Room for Growing Numbers

March 04, 2013

We had a great Bible study session recently with our PATHFINDERS middle school group … in our newly enlarged room at the Green House!!

Creating a larger space in the Green House has been something we’ve been wanting to do for a long time, and with our new Youth Developer, Martell, on board this year, our numbers have increased to the point where we have literally been “bursting at the seams!”

Once again, the Hope Men’s Group came to our aid. Robert Peppers, one of the group’s members, enlisted the services of his brother-in-law Wayne, who took down one of the walls for us – free of charge! The men’s group donated all the necessary supplies, and we are up and running!

This is just another beautiful example of God’s people at work in the lives of our North Memphis youth! Thank you so much, Robert Peppers & the Hope Men’s Group!

Urban Plungers Conclude Mission Trip to the Inner City

March 04, 2013

Missed the current Plunge but are interested in catching the next one? Plan to attend our next Plunge September 2013!

Join us to see parts of Memphis you may not even know exist and be encouraged by all of the partnering ministries working alongside of Oasis and Hope Urban to make Memphis’ inner city even better. Join Eli and the Urban Staff as they lead the group through our own inner-city and to cultural landmarks famous in Memphis’ rich civil rights history.

Some of the places we visit are:

- Streets Ministries
- Oasis of Hope (The Green House, In the Cut, Bickford Community Center, Oasis Appliance, The Bike Shop, Sweet Shirts, & KIPP Memphis School)
- Youth United with Senior Citizens
- National Civil Rights Museum
- Memphis Leadership Foundation
- Eikon Ministries
- Economic Opportunities
- Luke 4:18 Ministries
- Slave Haven
- First Baptist Church Broad

We have two Plunges a year, one in March and the other in September. The cost is $200 but we feel this is such an important experience that we subsidize part of the expenses and only charge $100 per person (members and long-time attendees) or $175 (non-members). Overnight lodging, meals and snacks are provided. We like to keep our groups small for a more personal experience so we limit our roster to no more than 32.

Trip Details:

The Plungers’ schedule is to leave Thursday evening and return to Hope on the following Sunday afternoon. While away we stay at one of our ministry partners in a dorm style fashion; all the women in one room and all the men in the other. We provide beds but you must bring your own linens or a sleeping bag, toiletries, clothes and a pillow.

All your meals are provided along with beverages and snacks. We have speakers come in, panel discussions, visit approximately 10 of our ministry partners, tour the National Civil Rights Museum and Slave Haven, eat lunch on Friday in one of our many urban, home cooking restaurants, eat Saturday dinner in Eli’s home, have a work project on Saturday from 8am to 1pm in North Memphis, and end the weekend by attending First Baptist Church on Broad Avenue. We do a lot in a couple days and the whole experience will stretch your mind, heart and beliefs in a way you never imagined.

You will be changed by this three day journey and moved to view our city in a new way.

For more information about how you can attend our next Plunge, contact Di.

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