Invest in the Next Generation; Sponsor a Kid to Attend Camp

May 27, 2015

octavious-and-sharice-110x116 of 34 kids have been sponsored ($215/ea) as of 5/27/2015! Camp starts June 7th.

Are you frustrated about our youth dropping out of school, broken teenage families, drug use, and gang violence defining our city?

We are encouraged to be working towards a solution to these heartaches … an investment that is offering our inner city kids a new, Biblical model that they are affected by and listening to. We are prayerfully planting visions in their minds of believing that they can truly BE the next generation of indigenous leaders who return to North Memphis and demonstrate leadership, Godly living, and hope for the next generation.

This process involves a ton of time, love, investment and relational trust that is slowly built over many years. Oasis of Hope has been in the neighborhood now for 14 years. We’ve had the chance to work with kids from childhood to adulthood and are now listening to their ideas for change and leadership.

One of the things these new leaders, like Octavious Johnson, are saying is this: Send our youth to Bible Camp: Offer them this powerful opportunity & exposure!

Octavious was hesitant when Oasis went with him to camp for the first time in 2009. He even tried to back out at the last minute, but ended up experiencing the life-changing urban camp with a mission of “building urban leaders by encouraging, equipping and empowering urban youth and their mentors through camping and education.”

He had never gone to a camp of any kind, never zip-lined, and didn’t know how to swim. He loved tubing on the lake and sitting around the bon fire and making friends from other states! These were all new experiences that he conquered over the next four years as he returned and grew both spiritually and emotionally. He remembers during a scavenger hunt event he carried other kids through the obstacle course and was later selected as their leader! From this experience, it sparked leadership qualities in him which he has continued to grow and develop.

But Octavious’ most memorable camp moment was when he surrendered his life to Christ! His camp counselors shared the Gospel with him which sparked an “aha moment” in his life motivating him to return to Memphis and live differently.

Today, Octavious is a leader amongst his peers in North Memphis and just completed his first year at Lane University (YAY OCTAVIOUS!!!). He encouraged his family to rearrange their summer schedule to make sure his younger sister, Sharice would be able to attend camp this summer like he had as a teen.

And now Octavious wants to give back … and eventually be an Adult Counselor at camp himself.

HOW EXCITING!!!

But it costs each student $215 to attend.

We have 34 kids that we have built relationships with, have worked with through various Oasis programs, feel they will benefit from camp, and are willing to send our staff and volunteers to counsel them through the awesome emotional process of the overload of the amazing experience of camp, but we need financial sponsors to help us pay each youth’s camp cost.

North Memphis is an ‘under-resourced’ community in our city. This means that families and kids living here aren’t offered the same opportunities as other kids around town. There are zero expectations that they will be taking a trip to the ocean, or Yellowstone, or experiencing a month – or even a week – of fun at a camp of any kind.

Being gifted a chance to attend camp … BIBLE camp … in another city, and even more exciting in another state, is a VERY big deal to kids who have most likely barely even left their own neighborhood.

We are interested in transforming urban youth in our city to impact their communities for Christ. We are interested in developing leaders like Octavious … and Shirice!

If you believe in this mission too, we’d love your support and prayers. Campers leave June 7th and return June 13th.

Donate online or send us a check. THANK YOU for being part of this movement to transform!

Make Summer Meaningful and Dive In to Many Opportunities

May 20, 2015

2013-6-vbs-shelby-farms-100Summer Opportunities for Involvement:

– Assist during VBS, June 29-July 1
– Repair bikes and mentor youth at the same time by joining the Oasis Bike Shop team
Youth Service Projects with Hope & Oasis youth
– Volunteer time at the Hope Again Boutique or Oasis Appliance stores
– Build friendships with our senior citizens during their daily program
– Teach our Warrior Princess middle school girls a life skill
– Participate in one of our many fall youth programs
– Coach local youth during Summer Baseball

Current Opportunities to Give:

– Sponsor 1 of 34 youth to attend Summer Bible Camp ($215/each)
– Give financially without writing a check; Designate Oasis of Hope on your Kroger Community Rewards or AmazonSmile accounts
– Donate items to Hope Again Boutique, Oasis Appliance, and the Oasis Bike Shop

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.

Go See Selma…Then Sign Up for the Justice Tour June 12-14

May 18, 2015

justice-tour-ella-miller-10Grab your friends, your kids (13 and older), your small group or your spouse and hit the theaters! SELMA is a must see! Here’s what it’s about:

SELMA is the story of a movement. The film chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The epic march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Johnson (Tom Wilkinson) signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement. Director Ava DuVernays tells the real story of how the revered leader and visionary Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (David Oyelowo) and his brothers and sisters in the movement prompted change that forever altered history. View the trailer here.

Then after the movie, make plans to join us on the annual Justice Tour, June 12-14 where Pastor Eli and Hope Urban have been walking people over the infamous Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, AL for years to literally and metaphorically give us a glimpse of what African-Americans have gone through to bridge the gap to equal rights, beginning with their fight to be allowed to vote.

Can you imagine what it feels like to walk under the actual arch where Bloody Sunday occurred on March 7, 1965 … and hearing how African Americans peacefully marched to gain voting rights but were brutally attacked by police with billy clubs to break up the protest killing men, women and children, ultimately hospitalizing over 50 people … and then crossing that bridge yourself next to unified friends who are both black and white?

1st-baptist-church2-100x116This is just one of the many stops on the Justice Tour as we attempt to walk the same paths as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and others did in the late 50s and 60s during turbulent times in our country as they fought for equal rights for all. It is a powerful history lesson listening to the stories of that day from many first-hand witnesses as we visit Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church, the Civil Rights Memorial, Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Kelly Ingram Park, the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church (which was bombed in September of 1963, resulting in the death of 4 young girls – as is seen in the movie), attend services at Sixteenth Street Baptist Church and more.

Elle Miller (in the above picture), Oasis of Hope leader, volunteer, and North Memphis resident attended the Tour in recent years. “I really enjoyed everything. I learned a lot of history in such a little amount of time. Everyone should go on this trip! ” – Elle Miller

Eli and urban staff will escort you on this unforgettable journey. We leave Friday morning, from Hope at 6am on a charter bus, and return Sunday at approximately 6pm.

While on the bus we view some movies (Selma included!), have discussions, and get more historical background on the Civil Rights march to freedom from Eli. This is an informative tour about the struggle for equal rights, but also packed with fun as we fellowship and make friends with a lot of Hope members we never knew before! Your transportation, snacks, most meals, hotel accommodations (based on double occupancy), and tour fees are covered by the $225 fee; ($325 fee for non Hope members). You will need money to purchase a couple of lunches and possibly souvenirs.

If you are interested in joining us or would like more information about the trip, contact Di. If you would like to register, click here. Space is limited to 35.

Who: Adults interested in a 3-day Journey of Civil Rights Heritage
When: June 12-14, 2015
Where: Selma, Montgomery & Birmingham
Click here to view Justice Tour Photos

If you would like more information regarding our ministry, email us. Stay up-to-date by liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter and checking our website for pictures, videos and current information.

Save the Date for Oasis VBS! Join the Fun! June 29-July 1!

May 01, 2015

2013-6-vbs-shelby-farms-100ARE YOU READY to jump in on an exciting adventure with inner city kids as we explore God’s Word, play games, sing songs and make crafts together during Oasis of Hope’s Vacation Bible School?

As an extra special conclusion on the last day (Wednesday) we will take all the kids to our 4th annual “Day of Fun in the Sun” at Shelby Farms! We will need lots of help as we station groups through paddle-boating, playing in the new playground, and biking the trails (thanks to the Oasis Bike Shop!). This trip is often many of the kids’ first time visiting Shelby Farms and enjoying new experiences like riding horses! Check out last year’s Photo Gallery!

The kids look forward to VBS every year and it’s impossible to not be moved as you work side-by-side with them! We’d love to have you join in on the crazy fun!

Event: Oasis of Hope VBS
Date/Time: June 29-July 1st (Mon/Tues 5-7pm and Wed 2-5pm)
Location on June 29, 30: Multinational Ministries, 1548 Poplar Ave, Memphis
Location on July 1: Shelby Farms

We need volunteers to help throughout VBS week
We need donations of individually wrapped snacks & drinks

Kids are hungry! We will need LOTS of SNACKS!! If you can help in this way, here’s what we need (carts will be in the main foyers at Hope Church to place your donations):

- Fruit snacks/fruit roll-ups
- Rice krispie treats
- Chips (1 oz serving bags)
- Cookies
- Cheese Its
- Capri Sun Pouch Drinks
- Monetary Donations (donation info here)

If you would like more information regarding this ministry, contact us. Stay up-to-date by liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter and checking our website for pictures, videos and current information.