Support Our Local Schools by Serving as TCAP Proctors

April 22, 2015

student-taking-test-100x116 One of the best ways we can help our North Memphis students succeed is by supporting our neighborhood schools!

The following two partnering schools are asking for volunteers to be present in each classroom while they administer TCAP and SAT tests:

Caldwell-Guthrie Elementary, April 28-30 & May 5-8. Just 2 hours in the morning is all it takes (show up at 845a … monitor from about 9:00-11:00am).

Humes Middle School, April 27-May 8. Choose time slots that are convenient for you (show up as early as 7:15am…monitor slots between 8:00am-12:00pm). Contact Jasmine for details.

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Urban and Suburban Youth Unite Monthly to Serve Others

April 08, 2015

high-five-175x175Throughout the existence of Oasis of Hope we have made it a tradition to take our urban youth groups to the services at Hope Church so that they can experience and encounter God in a way that they might not be accustomed to, as well as to begin bridging the gap between Hope Church in the suburbs, and Oasis of Hope in the inner city.

Now that our youth are getting to know each other, we thought it was time for our combined teens to go out and serve Memphis together in hopes of increasing awareness at the needs everywhere around our city, and also to encourage deeper relationships between the students in both urban/suburban groups.

So, starting in April, we are scheduling monthly youth service projects to partnering organizations like Habitat for Humanity, S.O.S., Mid-South Food Bank, and serving the homeless in North Memphis.

For this month’s service project, on April 11th, we will go to Morris Park and hand out lunches and personal care products to the homeless. If you would like to donate to this project, we will need the following items:

-toothbrush/holder
-toothpaste
-lotion
-shampoo/conditioner
-soap
-face towel/wash cloths

Eventually, the relationship between our two groups will be more than just service projects; hopefully, each group can attend the other’s weekly program a couple times throughout the year. Our ultimate goal is that the students will form lasting relationships that transcend stereotypes.

PARTICIPANTS: Jr. High Youth from Oasis or Hope Church
DATE: Various Saturdays
TIME: 11am-12:30pm
PLACE: Various locations to be announced each month
REASON: To bond urban/suburban youth groups and focus on a common denominator of serving others

If you believe in what we are doing in inner city Memphis, this is a valuable way to support us. If you’d like more information about our programs, please check out our website, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter.

Our Tax Volunteers Have Saved N Memphis Almost $3 Million!

April 08, 2015

2015 VITA (3)God is Good – and so are our faithful VITA Volunteers!

Oasis just wrapped up its tax filing outreach for the year…another great year of very tangible impact in families lives! This year the team filed 112 tax returns, requiring 203 volunteer man-hours, and saved people $242,204 this year alone in tax credits and filing fees! That means donating a lot of Saturdays to faithfully show up week after week to file taxes!

This team is a humble/faithful group that has been serving the community for 9 years … NINE years! Their wonderful leader over that time has been Doug Edwards. His commitment, faithfulness, and servant’s heart has been a powerful witness for Christ proving that helping people with their taxes is way more than a love of numbers … it’s a ministry of love. This year Vikki Coker helped to share the 2015 VITA (1)load and her service has been greatly appreciated!

Over the past 9 years this awesome team has filed a total of 1,572 returns and saved low income families approximately $2,713,000 to date!

We do have a prayer request: that God will provide good leaders to take this outreach into the future, as Doug looks forward to new opportunities going forward.

We are so thankful for this ministry affecting people’s lives personally and economically…and for the wonderful people God has used to make it happen!

-Terry

Oasis Bike Shop Helps Kids Earn Bikes, Teaches Mechanics

April 08, 2015

oasis-bike-shop-collage-500Oasis Bike Shop is expanding! This growing ministry is now offering the following opportunities to get involved:

Tuesdays 10a-2p Open Shop
Wednesdays 4-6p After-School Bike Program
Thursdays 10a-2p Open Shop
Mechanics Training – Hours vary

Check out the Bike Shop page for a current list of upcoming events and get involved with us!

Come be a part of the good things happening here! We need more safety instructors, mentors, and mechanics. Instructors and mechanics both require training. Mentors are interviewed prior to start. Contact Jessica to get involved!

Currently, the Oasis Bike Shop has seven young men from the inner city currently working through the Apprentice Mechanics Program where they are being trained in bicycle repair, safety and mechanics … all skills that may come in handy for either their personal health, or a possible career path someday.

In addition to learning the how-to mechanics of bike repair, local youth can also get involved in the Oasis Bike Shop Earn-a-Bike program by volunteering, learning, and helping out in the Bike Shop with the end result of earning and selecting their very own bike. While logging their 24 hours, they are learning how to run a small business, being taught how to fix, revive and recycle used bikes, and perhaps most importantly, they are being mentored by a caring adult who is interested in investing in not only their physical health, but also their emotional and spiritual well-being.

Group events are frequently planned to further bonding and to demonstrate what healthy living looks like. Thanks to the exciting growth in Memphis regarding the Greenline and the Hampline, there is a lot of buzz in the biking industry, and specifically in North Memphis.

Additionally, the Bike Shop is partnering with Memphis Leadership Foundation and Community Bikes to help empower the neighborhood biking community through education, safety and training. By working together, we hope to offer more services and to create a buzz about this healthy and fun activity and to make our shop a sustainable ministry that the North Memphis biking community is proud to call their own.

Currently we are open two days a week, but hope to expand our hours in the future. If you would like more information regarding this growing ministry check out the Oasis Bike Shop webpage, or if you would like to get involved, please contact us!

Carry the Light with Angel Street at Their Spring Concert

April 06, 2015
2014-9-angelstreet110x116What began as an inner city choir performance, featuring girls from the under-resourced community of North Memphis, has evolved through Jill Dyson Ministries to be an official subsidiary under Oasis of Hope.

MISSION:

Angel Street focuses on mentoring individuals, team building, and uniting fellowship through collaborations with other youth ministries.

The Angel Street experience is an outlet of creativity that strives to invest in young artists to encourage, nurture, and develop deep desires for furthering education.

Angel Street is available to girls ages 10-18 from several schools in the North Memphis. Auditions were held at the beginning of the fall semester, as there are only a certain number of available spots in the program, and 19 girls showed up.

Just as sports teams instill confidence and discipline for many youth in our city, Angel Street has a desire to do the same through music.

Studies cited in the Journal of Research in Music Education show that students in quality music programs scored 22% higher in English and 20% higher in math in comparison to students in deficient music programs. Furthermore, according to the same journal, studies have shown that the proportion of minority students with a music teacher role model was larger than any other discipline, including English, elementary school, and physical education.

Participation in quality music programs has been proven to improve academic performance in students.

In December 2013, the Angel Street Choir had the opportunity to open for Sarah Simmons, of NBC’s “The Voice,” at Hope Church Women’s Ministry Christmas Dinner. The fall of 2014 will bring more opportunities to perform at Hope Church and the Cannon Center, as well as a CD recording of “Carry the Light.”

DETAILS:

Meetings take place at least once a week, on Thursdays from 5-6:30pm, at Bickford Community Center (12 weeks each semester). The meetings and curriculum includes, but are not limited to the following:

  • Basic music education
  • Songwriting
  • Team Building
  • Fun Activities
  • Creative Art Projects
  • Performance Opportunities
  • Live studio recording

ANGEL STREET CREW:

Jill Dyson, Mary Jo Green, Ruth Abigail Smith, Jasmine Martin, Kristin Funston, Jackie Bass, & Terrian Bass.

We Need Your Help!

HERE ARE SOME WAYS YOU CAN GET INVOLVED:

  • Attend one of our Angel Street Concerts
    Watch HERE to see where Angel Street will be performing next! Then come out, enjoy the music, and cheer the girls on with your presence!
  • Sponsor our Choir by Supporting us Financially
    Since there is no fee to the girls for participating or travel with Angel Street, donations are always appreciated! You can donate online through Oasis of Hope, and designate Angel Street.

If you are interested in getting involved or would like more information, please contact Jill.

Our Youth Are Counting Down to Summer Bible Camp!

April 04, 2015

KAA-camp-web100x116Spring has arrived, which in Memphis means two things: that temperatures skip directly into summer-like temps and youth camps are being planned!!  Oasis of Hope has already registered 35 students, ages 9-18 years old, to attend Kids Across America (KAA) June 7th-13th!! KAA, located in Branson, Missouri is celebrating their 25th year of serving urban youth.  Their mission is to build Christian leaders by encouraging, equipping, and empowering through camp & education.

This year’s theme for camp is: True or False- Matt 16:25 “But who do you say that I am?”

Summer Bible camps, such as KAA, truly are a highlight in our students’ lives!  It’s an opportunity for them to experience a time away from their everyday surroundings, try new things, and conquer challenges that they didn’t think they could ever accomplish!  More importantly, it’s a time for them to grow in their relationship with Christ.

Each year, we have faithful sponsors who make it their summer tradition to pray for and/or to financially sponsor a child to attend one week at summer camp.  Please pray for their safety, protection and for them to grow in the Lord.  We also humbly ask that you might consider sponsoring one of them. $215 will cover their registration, transportation fees, & snacks.  If you can’t sponsor the full amount, any amount would be greatly appreciated.  Checks may be made out to Oasis of Hope with “Camp sponsorship” noted in the memo and mailed to 8500 Walnut Grove, Memphis, TN 38018 or you may donate on line.  Thank you for your love and support!

If you believe in what we are doing in inner city Memphis, this is a valuable way to support us. If you’d like more information about our programs, please check out our website, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter.

We Often Ask: Are we making an impact? Let’s Ask Nisha …

April 04, 2015

neshiaGalatians 6:9 – Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

1 Corinthians 15:58- Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

Questioning the Work

Doing youth outreach ministry can be a very difficult work, but doing youth outreach ministry in “the Hood” can be like a triathlon! There are many things that make it a very heavy and demanding work. I have days when families call me because they have no lights, out of work dads asking for help making job resumes, kids asking for advice for their “friend” who often cut themselves and they don’t know if their lives are worth it. Some days I’ve spent taking care of teens that got kicked out of their homes. I spend so much time planning trips, running programs, writing lessons, training volunteers, visiting parents, working with the community schools, and having endless amounts of meetings, that I begin to wonder if all this being busy is worth it? There is nothing heavier than the question, “Are we making an impact for Jesus?” I’ve struggled with if we are really helping people to come to know the Lord and to live out their faith.

Unexpected Encouragement from ‘Nisha

After a long Thursday, we were dropping kids off from our Life Builders mentoring program. As we arrived at a young lady’s home named Antwanisha, she became hesitant to leave the van. She began to say that things that I didn’t anticipate. I expected her usual “bye, Coach!” But I saw she had something on her mind.

‘Nisha opened her mouth to say that her life began to change since she began attending our programs.

She told me that she now reads her bible and prays more than she ever has before. I asked her what made her change. She answered me by saying “ You guys.” She went on to say being around everyone at Life Builders has shown her that she can live different. She said that her new friends and mentors are teaching her how to live for God. She then hoped out the van and said “bye, Coach!” just like nothing happened. Her words of encouragement breathed new life into me in an instant! God used her to remind me that work in the Lord is never in vain! I’m so thankful for the calling God has given me! God has been very kind to give me the encouragement I need to not give up on the youth and families I serve.

-Martell Hixson, Oasis Youth Developer

If you believe in what we are doing in inner city Memphis, this is a valuable way to support us. If you’d like more information about our programs, please check out our website, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter.

Put your Faith in Action with the City of Memphis April 25th!

April 01, 2015

faith-in-action-100x116Join Mayor Wharton and Oasis volunteers as we make history a second year in a row by participating in the largest city clean up in the country on Saturday, April 25th together! Our team will focus on the Bickford/Caldwell area in N Memphis. Read on to see how to register!

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Something exciting is happening in Memphis on Saturday, April 25th! Join in and be a part of history!!

Faith in Action: Memphis Cleanup 2015 is a project initiated by Mayor Wharton to help clean up the City of Memphis. Years ago, Memphis was always being recognized for its cleanliness and always held an annual event called CleanUP, PaintUP, FixUP in which volunteers and school kids from all over the city came together to clean up the city. This Faith in Action Event this year is similar but with a different name.

The Mayor is hoping to have the largest ever clean up project for a second year in a row … not just in Memphis, but in the country!

He is hoping that at least 300 organizations will sign up and that more than 15,000 volunteers will participate some time during the project week to help. Teams and individuals can register here to get involved. Hope Church will have two teams:

1) Oasis of Hope, which will focus around the Bickford Community Center, and
2) Hope Presbyterian–Urban Ministry–will focus around the Firehouse at Faxon/Decatur2014-4-faith-in-action2-web

If you would like to participate, please register here and let us know you’re coming. You can choose between two time slots: 10-12pm or 12:30-2:30pm. Lunch for all will be served at 12:30pm. Then, you just need to show up on Saturday, April 25th! Note – light refreshments will be served.

If you would like more information regarding this ministry please call at 654-2863 or email Tori. Stay up-to-date by liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter and checking our website for pictures, videos and current information.