It’s sure a great thing that God has promised us that all things work together for good (Romans 8:28)! We are absolutely counting on such promises and are waiting to see God’s handiwork, because on August 28, 2016, Oasis Appliance and Home Furnishings and the Oasis Bike Shop experienced a store fire immediately following our big week partnering with Habitat for Humanity!
We are sincerely grateful to the Memphis Fire Department who arrived within about two minutes of our 911 call, & contained the fire quickly! Due to this however, they needed to bore holes through the brick exterior to get in, and there is relatively minor fire and water damage, but there is extensive smoke damage. This means that a layer of smokey soot has covered everything in the store and even things you wouldn’t imagine … every wall, every nook, and every cranny!
We also want to send a special thank you to all of our friends in North Memphis who saw the fire and were concerned and came to assist, support and provide help in any way!
We are now in the process of having our staff and volunteers work painstakingly through the damages, and having the entire building professional cleaned. All of our showroom products (appliances, furniture, bikes) have been contaminated and will need to now either be disposed of or professionally cleaned.
The good news is that we have an off-site warehouse where we store donations and overstock, and our vehicles were not damaged! Therefore, we are still picking up donations daily; so please keep them coming!! If you have a gently used appliance or home decor item to donate, we are ready and willing to pick them up! Please call us at 901.577.0013 to make arrangements, or continue to fill out our online pick-up form. Thank you for continued faithfulness in supporting us during this especially trying time!!
In the meantime, please join us in praying for the following needs:
-pray for Dana Driver, Strategic Store Manager, as he leads the ministry through this challenging time
-protection over our volunteers and employees as they clean the store amidst the smokey atmosphere
-that we would be able to open the store in a temporary format … whatever that looks like
-favorable results of the insurance settlement
-that we wouldn’t lose our customer base during our temporary closure
-that God would use something outwardly appearing negative for our good … even a devastating fire (Romans 8:28)
-that in the meantime, donations would continue to pour in daily
-that the fire won’t delay our plans for the Oasis Toy Store in December (we began buying toys in July)
We deeply cherish your prayers and support during this very difficult time as we continue to pay out salaries to local employees while only being able to bring in minimal income. We absolutely are confident that God has a bigger plan for this so will continue to be faithful in the day to day tasks before us.
Oasis Appliance & Home Furnishings Management