Make an Impact in 2016; Attend Urban Plunge Feb. 25-28

January 20, 2016

memphis-neon-sign-web110x11Spend 3 1/2 days with Eli and Hope’s Urban Staff on our upcoming Plunge where you will hear the heart of our urban leaders and have your eyes opened to the many great things taking place in our city. You will leave changed and with a new outlook on the City of Memphis as you experience life in the inner city as well as cultural landmarks famous to Memphis’ civil rights history.

We do a lot in a couple days, and the whole experience will stretch your mind, heart, and beliefs in a way you’d never imagine!

We leave Hope on Thursday evening and return to Hope Sunday afternoon. We have speakers come in, panel discussions about racism, 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, soul food restaurants, eat Saturday dinner at Eli’s home, have a work project on Saturday from 8a-1p in North Memphis, and end the entire weekend by attending First Baptist Church on Broad Avenue.

Are you ready to Plunge???

Housekeeping: We sleep 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 and you bring your own linens or a sleeping bag, toiletries, clothes, and a pillow. All your meals are provided along with beverages and snacks. The cost for members is $100 and $175 for non-members.

Space is limited, so register today! For more information and to register contact Megan.

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.

Easter Extravaganza! Egg Hunt and Worship Service March 27

January 15, 2016

oasis-easter-egg-hunt300Something extra special will be happening this year during the Annual Oasis of Hope Easter Egg Hunt!

We are thrilled that Colley Cooper, Pastor of the North Memphis Church Plant, will be providing an inspirational Easter message during a time of teaching and worship, including special music, and even door prizes and a raffle drawing! Parents can sit back and enjoy a time for adults, while we watch the kids, teach them a Bible lesson, and take them on a quest to fill their baskets with eggs and candy.

Bring your friends and neighbors and come out to celebrate the meaning of Easter, have fun with the kids, and get to know Community Pastor Colley and his family.

Date: Easter Sunday, March 27th
test-100x116Location: Caldwell-Guthrie Elementary School, 951 Chelsea Ave.
Time: 12:00-2:00pm

Get Involved: If you would like to be involved in helping, we can use your help! You can either volunteer your time, or donate items for the hunt:

  • Volunteer your time to help with the kids
  • Donate baskets, plastic eggs, candy (no chocolate please; it melts), or stuffed eggs taped shut (Look for drop-off bins at Hope Church)

This is going to be a great community building event and we’d love to have you help us spread the word and join us Easter Sunday! If you would like more details about the Easter Extravaganza, contact Terry.

If you’d like more information about our other many programs, please check out our website, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter or Instagram.

Hope Again: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle…and Re-purpose

January 06, 2016

hope-again-second-hand-boutHope Again has been a monumental endeavor and we want to thank all of you who have lugged your donations to the store, who have worked tirelessly as a volunteer, and who have shared the vision and helped spread the word! However, after much consideration, our Executive Committee has decided we need to re-purpose and re-evaluate the store to make it as profitable for the less-advantaged as possible.

Three years ago we created Hope Again for three reasons:

  • To provide ‘gently used’ items to those who need them most
  • Be financially self-sustaining
  • Donate profits to give to local and global missions

Although we have done a good work and helped many people, after evaluation, regrettably we have not satisfactorily fulfilled these three reasons to a level we are comfortable with. The current location costs and business model is proving to be too expensive and unsustainable; a new business model remaining in Germantown-Cordova would necessitate over $100,000 in capital as well as operation costs, which is just not economically doable.

appliance-store-sign-web500Therefore, we have come to a decision to “re-purpose” this outreach ministry and relocate some (not all) of its functions to North Memphis. A Steering Team from Hope Church has investigated securing space in the Oasis of Hope Appliance Store, and have conducted a feasibility study and determined that “gently used” furnishings would be a value-added commodity in this neighborhood that would assist under-resourced families and would be financially self-sustaining.

What does this mean for you?

First of all – PRAY: please pray that the Lord will give us wisdom, and that we would be wise stewards of His resources. Also pray for the transitioning from East to North Memphis, and that people would remain passionate about continuing to support this missional cause.

Secondly – KEEP DONATING: please continue to bring your gently-used items to Hope Church (everything except for clothing); look for the ‘Oasis Appliance’ trailer (Entrance 3/upper parking lot/near Noah’s Ark), or for larger items, fill out the large item pick-up form.

Thirdly – KEEP VOLUNTEERING: consider volunteering your time at our North Memphis location, 1294 Thomas Street (contact Terry for more information).

Our plan will be for Hope Again to remain open through November 14. Be sure to stop by for the moving sale!

Thank you for all of your support and encouragement as we continue our goal of helping those less-advantaged by purging our closets.

The Executive Team, Hope Church

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.

Small Business Saturday Support is Actually HUGE!

January 04, 2016

New logoEffective ministry often begins by providing a practical, physical solution to someone who is struggling.

The idea of Oasis Appliance began as we tried to bridge the gap between families we worked with in North Memphis who needed help finding basic, affordable appliances/furniture and Hope Church members who had used items to pass on. Initially this process took up a lot of time on our already-taxed small staff to coordinate picking up items, identifying families to receive them, and then making the deliveries.

We definitely realized this was a huge need, however, there was way more demand than there was supply … until companies like Mid-America Apartment Communities and Extended Stay Hotels generously contacted us with amazing offers to donate their used appliances and hotel furniture when they were upgrading entire apartment/hotel properties!

2015-1-staff-176x176This solution of corporate donations set into motion the creation of a business plan, securing a store-front, and with much anticipation, opening the doors to the public in 2009. Our mission reached far beyond the goal of simply starting a new business, but rather providing a needed product at an affordable price with a warranty, as well as providing job training, employment and to further our reach to people living in the neighborhood. We had already developed relationships with many families who trusted us, and now we had a more dependable way to solve the need for these homes to have reliable appliances.

We quickly outgrew our initial location and were offered a great deal through Belz Enterprises to move into a much bigger space at our present location, 1294 North Thomas Street. Since opening our doors six years ago, Oasis Appliance has been a self-sustaining ministry that currently provides part-time employment for several local men who are learning appliance repair, customer service, and truck delivery. Gratefully we have expanded our corporate donations and currently receive used appliances from the following apartment companies: Mid-America Apartment Communities, Alco Management, Wesley Senior Housing, Fogelman Properties, Estates at River Pointe, Island Park & Harbor Town Square, and Extended Stay America in addition to Hope members.

A few years ago we reorganized the appliance showroom and expanded our furniture show room in order to accommodate additional furniture, household items and electronics as well. This allowed us to not only offer a larger variety of low cost items to people in the neighborhood, but also to utilize furniture items that were donated in addition to merging with Hope Again-Second Chance Boutique in order to provide a relevant ministry directly to the families we are ministering to.

If you are interested in supporting this ministry, there are 3 ways to get involved:

1) Donate your used appliance.

Although we have expanded our product stream, there is still more demand than supply and we are always looking for more partnerships willing to donate to our non-profit (tax receipts provided)! We are especially in need of washers and dryers. If you or anyone you know might be interested in making a donation, please email Dana. We generally arrange pick-ups on Tuesdays/Thursdays/Saturdays. Simply provide us your address and phone number and we’ll gladly remove your unwanted item.

2) Shop in our store.

We are open Tues-Sat 10am-4pm. We are located in North Memphis at 1294 North Thomas Street (click for directions). Phone 901.577.0013.

3) Volunteer in our store.

There is always work to be done! We could use help selling in our showroom, picking up donations or cleaning appliances.

Oasis Appliance is just one of the many ministries through Oasis of Hope. If you would like more information regarding this ministry or to get involved, email Dana. Stay up-to-date by liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter and checking our website for pictures, videos and current information.


Oasis Toy Store 2015; Annnnnnd That’s a Wrap!

January 02, 2016

oasis-toy-store2014-110x116Another year another wonderful Oasis Toy Store experience! 252 families shopped for 1,097 children. Now that will equate to MANY smiling faces Christmas morning! Mary Susan and Tom Capon, along with Melissa Orr did an awesome job coordinating all aspects of the store (and boy there are many).

The 3 neighborhood employees – Danielle, Joshua and Brandon served their customers with a smile that couldn’t help but bring some Christmas cheer…along with retail experience for them and great deals for the shoppers!

Hope Church members and others gave hundreds of toys to line the shelves; Thank You! The Oasis Appliance staff helped with much of the cashier sales logistics this year. It was a team effort and we believe God will be glorified when the kids open their presents this Christmas. Thank you to all who gave toys or help in any way at this year’s Oasis Toy Store. We couldn’t do it without you. Merry Christmas!!!

Jasmine Went From Oasis Participant to Oasis Staffer!

January 01, 2016

God doe2015-jasmine-web500s amazing things when you submit yourself to His will!

At the inception of Oasis of Hope, I was in the 7th grade at Humes Middle School. My life would be forever changed by the existence of “The Green House” which was a safe haven for all the children of the neighborhood run by Oasis. We were able to go there to hang out and just be kids!

Eventually, we started having Bible studies and other events and the staff and volunteers willingly shared their lives with me and gave me a whole new perspective of the world! At some point in my Jr. High years a shift happened in my mind, and I started taking ownership of my community. From that point on I knew I would be a part of the good changes that would happen in my neighborhood!

In the Fall of 2009 I went away to Union University for college, but due to unfortunate circumstances I had to return to Memphis. I immediately got re-involved with the Oasis programs; everything from Bible Studies to Vacation Bible School, and in the Fall of 2010, I enrolled in classes at the University of Memphis and I received a scholarship from Oasis of Hope to pursue my higher education. I graduated from the U of M in May 2014 with a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Supply Chain Management.

My desire was to continue to be involved with Oasis just as a volunteer and pursue a career in business, however, God had His own plans and my time to do my part for God’s Kingdom had come. Through the transition of several different staff members, God was calling me to accept a staff position with Oasis. It took me a moment to reflect over my life to see how God had equipped me for what He was calling me to. In November 2014, I said “yes” to God’s calling for me and obeyed His command. I am now the Middle School Youth Developer! I am willingly sharing my life with the youth in the same community I grew up in, so that God can use me to ignite a fire in their hearts for Jesus! It has been a surreal feeling to see all this come full circle, but it’s only because I chose to submit to God’s will.

Jasmin Martin, Oasis of Hope Middle School Youth Developer

North Memphis Church Plant – What’s Happening Now

January 01, 2016

colley-cooper-175x175Watch the video.

In 2004 Hope Church followed through on their mission statement “to engage our unchurched neighbors of every age and ethnicity to experience Jesus” by committing to invest in families in an under-resourced area of North Memphis by developing Oasis of Hope and being a daily presence in an area where crime rates, economic decline and infant mortality are among the highest in the country … education, employment and annual income, among the lowest in the city.

In 2014, Hope committed to the natural next step of going even deeper by starting a new, vibrant, relevant, holistic, God-based community church that would leverage the work of Hope’s Urban and Oasis Ministries to comprehensively serve the 38107 neighborhood residents to experience Jesus in an even greater way. Check out Pastor Eli’s sermon addressing this issue from 11/16/2014.

Since this announcement, much has been happening behind the scenes and Hope has hired Reverend Colley S. Cooper to serve as the North Memphis Church Planting Pastor. In May of 2015, Pastor Colley began the process of developing the church from the ground up, by strategically aligning himself with families, schools, businesses and other churches to build intentional relationships within 38107. Pastor Colley, a native of Memphis, has extensive experience working with disenfranchised persons and especially youth. He is a visionary desiring to motivate others to “do common things in an uncommon way.”

bearwater-construction-julyPastor Colley, his wife Sheri, and two sons, Kofi and Cohen, are fully committing to live out true life-on-life relationships with those they will serve by residing within the 38107 zip code or 1-3 miles outside of the targeted area. Colley says, “I am moving my family into this neighborhood and will be planting ‘a new kind of church’ to reach those who do not currently go to anybody’s church…. We believe this will compliment (not compete) with the other good neighborhood churches and para-churches as TOGETHER we seek the peace and prosperity of 38107.’”

What’s Happening Now?

– Seeking out 15-20 leaders who will serve as the core launch team
– Determining the church name/logo
– Building relationships with community members who will potentially commit to attend the church
– Starting weekly adult Bible studies to encourage relational and spiritual growth
– Planning community events such as the Resurrection Easter Sunday Service and Oasis Easter Egg Hunt
– Hiring a bi-vocational, part-time Assistant Pastor or Music Leader
– Continuing the search to either purchase a building or to consider building on the land that was purchased in 2015
– Launching the church in September 2016

Ways You Can Get Involved:

PRAY for God to lead in all areas of this endeavor, for Pastor Colley & his family, and for the above tasks to be done
DONATE financially to support the church plant
VOLUNTEER your time, skills, and passions if you’d like to be a part of the launch team
ATTEND the upcoming Bible Studies and community events
COMMIT to being a part of the church family as they launch in the Fall of 2016

Contact Info:

– Office Phone: 901/881-5877
– Email:

Don’t give glory to us, O Lord. Don’t give glory to us. Instead, give glory to your name because of your mercy and faithfulness. –Psalm 115:1 (GW)

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.

Join the Mission to Restore Biblical Disciple-Making

January 01, 2016

downline-300x167 Downline Ministries equips Christ-followers in and through the local church to make disciples in their homes, churches and communities.

But that’s easier said than done.

The 2016 Downline Summit will be here before you know it, and we are so excited to be a part of what the Lord is doing with such a powerful weekend of full of shared insight, equipping and connection. The Downline Summit is a time for church members and churches to join together, fanning the flame of disciple-making—and renew their commitment to live out the great commission.

Downline Ministries exists to restore biblical discipleship in and through the local church.  It is our desire to serve the local church by equipping students with a clear vision and definition of what Jesus meant when He said, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations” and providing them with resources, including the Downline Institute, Downline Builder, and Downline Summit Series to assist them in living a Great Commission lifestyle for a lifetime.

At Downline, we define discipleship as “truth and life transference in the context of authentic relationship” based on Paul’s description of his relationship with the Thessalonians (I Thess. 2:8). Paul’s love for the Thessalonians compelled him to give them the Truth of God and his life for their good and God’s glory. Our hope is that wherever you are in your journey toward making disciples in the home, church, and community, that this weekend would compel you to respond to the gospel by loving someone else to the point of sharing the Truth of God and your life with them, so he or she can in turn do the same with others.

The Summit speaking team consists of passionate, experienced and faithful Christ followers, such as Dr. K.P. Yohannan, Jen Wilkin, Robby Gallaty and Dr. Robert Coleman. Between main stage sessions and breakout workshops, we have no doubt you will leave the 2016 Downline Summit encouraged, inspired and refreshed to stay the course and continue investing your life into others for the sake of Christ.

It is our sincere hope that this weekend will refresh your relationship with Jesus and renew your passion for the mission He has entrusted you with and gifted you for. Please make plans to join us on February 5 and 6 at Hope Church in Memphis, TN, and invite others to come with you!

When: February 5-6, 2016
Where: Hope Presbyterian Church

As a Hope attender, you receive $20 off a general admission ticket. For more information and registration, click here.

In addition to the Summit conference, we are also co-hosting a Church Leadership luncheon and a Summit After Party! The Church Leadership luncheon will be a great early preview of the amazing Summit weekend ahead. As a pastor or church leader, you will have the opportunity to hear from main stage Summit speakers, including Dr. Kennon Vaughan, Dr. K.P. Yohannan, Dr. Robby Gallaty and led by Bobby Harrington of The panel will discuss how to make discipleship a core principle in churches, including why discipleship is lacking today, how leaders can turn it around and what practically matters most. The Church Leadership lunch costs $10 and will be at Hope Church 8500 Walnut Grove Rd, Memphis, TN 38018 on February 5 from noon to 1:30 p.m. To register, click here.

Thanks to Choose901, the Summit After Party will be an awesome opportunity to rehash everything you just learned at the Summit! With live music, dancing and and food vendors from all around the city, this will be a great way to get a little taste of Memphis! Best of all, it’s free with a Summit ticket! The After Party will be held on February 6 at 7:30 p.m. at 409 S. Main St. Memphis, TN 38103. Remember to RSVP when you purchase your Summit ticket.

– Susan Occhipinti, Downline Ministries

For more information visit Downline.