Meet Our Two New R2S Interns Sharice and LaDerika

February 26, 2017

R2S-interns2-web800 “Readers become Leaders”, is one of our mottos at Read2Succeed (R2S)! Sharice Johnson and LaDerika were selected back in November to be our first student interns to help with Read2Succeed. Sharice is in 7th grade and LaDerika is in 8th grade at KIPP Academy. Currently both attend Oasis of Hope Pathfinders & Middle School Club. They started as Read2Succeed students in 2nd grade and attended through 5th grade. Besides involvement with Oasis of Hope they were selected because of their eagerness to learn & willingness to help others.

The student internship positions were created, to not only help R2S coordinators, but to also encourage Sharice & LaDerika to become disciples of Christ. Learning more about God & applying their leadership skills to help others in their community is an Oasis mission. Both girls roles are that of assistant to the Youth Coordinator & R2S-interns-web800Volunteer Coordinator. Frequently, tutors will be absent and interns fill in for them. Sharice and LaDerika have been trained how to teach sight words & follow “Team Read” tutoring steps. They also help students memorize scripture and read Bible stories together. The importance of arriving on time, following a “duties” check list, problem solving & organizational skills promote job skills. The younger R2S students get to see older students in a leadership role as well.

When asked what they like best about being a R2S Student Intern, LaDerika stated, “It helps improve my reading skills.” Sharice says she “likes to help organize & set up.”

They are a huge asset to the success of our program & are a blessing to me”, states coordinator, Kathleen McDonald.

Since both interns are younger than 16-years-old we are not allowed to pay them for their positions, however, we can honor their help by awarding them with Family Dollar gift cards (their favorite). If you would like to support the work of our interns, gift cards accepted!

To volunteer or for more information about this ministry, contact Kathleen. Stay up-to-date by liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter and Instagram, and checking our website for detailed information.

Join us for The Easter Experience April 16 at Noon

February 20, 2017

oasis-easter-egg-hunt300We are thrilled to once again partner with Hope City! Pastor Cooper 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, April 16th
Location: Caldwell-Guthrie Elementary School, 951 Chelsea Ave.
Time: 12:00pm

test-100x116Get 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 The Easter Experience, contact Jasmine.

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.

Sign Up with Amazon Smile and Re-Enroll Your Kroger Card

February 08, 2017

kroger 275x303Kroger Requires You to Re-Enroll Your Desired Non-Profit Each January: Shop at Kroger and Donate 3-5% without writing a check!

Each January 1st, all Kroger Community Reward Participants are required to renew their organization of choice to receive Kroger reward payments. We are hoping you will choose Oasis of Hope!

It may seem like a small act, but it’s a huge help! Designating Oasis of Hope on your Kroger card allows you to donate to our ministry each time you shop for groceries or buy gas!

For example, if 2,500 people spent $100, Oasis could receive a total of $7,500!

We can do a lot of ministry with that!

It takes about 3 minutes and registering your Kroger Plus Card is easier than ever:

If you already have an existing Kroger account:

  1. Sign in to your Kroger account at www.kroger.com/communityrewards
  2. Click ‘View Your Rewards Details,’ edit your Community Rewards, and search for ‘Oasis of Hope’ (or 80469). Click ‘enroll’

If you are registering your Kroger account for the first time:

  1. Creat an account at www.kroger.com/communityrewards
  2. Follow the prompts to enter your email, password, & address.
  3. Click ‘View Your Rewards Details’ and designate Oasis of Hope as your Community Rewards recipient by typing ‘Oasis of Hope’ in the Search box (or #80469). Click ‘enroll’

That’s it!

amazon-smile-logo110x116AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of eligible purchases to Oasis of Hope! Same products, same service!

To designate your existing Amazon account:

  1. Go to www.smile.amazon.com (email/password); click ‘Sign In’
  2. Type “Oasis of Hope” in the search field (Cordova, TN) & select … then Start Shopping! From then on Amazon will remind you to sign in with using the ‘Smile’ site every time you log on.

Shop online via Smile.Amazon.com rather than Amazon.com. Smile.Amazon.com has the same products, prices, and service as Amazon.com, and Oasis of Hope will receive a donation from Amazon equal to .5% of your purchases placed through Smile.Amazon.com.

Invite family and friends from across the country to support Oasis of Hope by designating Oasis of Hope, Inc. on their Amazon account and shop through Smile.Amazon.com.

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.

Attend Hope City Church…A New Way To Do Church!

February 06, 2017

logo-web215x215Last week we watched a years-long dream come to fruition as Pastor Colley Cooper took the stage and welcomed North Memphis to Hope City’s first official church service!

Hope City is here to offer the unchurched, the dechurched and the rechurched a New Way To Do Church!

Everyone is welcome at Hope City and there are no dress codes, no inner circles, and no churchy languages. This is just a church with a passion to be relevant and real for our neighborhood.

Hope City’s Vision:

We are a place where the unchurched can find meaning and purpose through Christ-centered living and love-centered outreach!

Hope City’s Mission:

- Evangelize the lost
- Equip the believer
- Empower the community

Join Pastor Colley and team on Sundays at noon in the Caldwell-Guthrie Elementary School (951 Chelsea Ave) for an uplifting message and spiritual connection. Children’s ministry provided.

Be sure to following Hope City on Facebook and Twitter!

For more information about this exciting and growing ministry, or to learn more about how you can get involved, email Pastor Colley  or call him at 901-881-5877.

Resolve to Grow Your Disciple Making at the Downline Summit

December 30, 2016

downline summit logo 2017Did you resolve to grow your faith in 2017? We highly recommend you attend the Downline Summit at Hope Church on Feb. 3-4! Read on to learn more:

Downline Ministries is on a mission to restore biblical disciple-making. They equip Christ-followers in and through the local church to make disciples in their homes, churches and communities.

The 2017 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.

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 and invite others to come with you!

When: February 3-4, 2017
Where: Hope Presbyterian Church, 8500 Walnut Grove Road

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3

12 PM – 2 PM – Church Leaders Lunch
5:30 PM – Doors Open
6:30 PM – Main Stage 1
8:20 PM – Main Stage 2
9:30 PM – Dismiss

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4

8:30 AM – Main Stage 3
10:15 AM – Workshop 1
11:30 AM – Lunch Break
1:00 PM – Workshop 2
2:30 PM – Main Stage 4
4:00 PM – Dismiss

As a Hope attender, you receive a discounted general admission ticket by using the promo code ‘downlinefriends.’ For more information and registration, click here.

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, they 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.

For more information visit Downline.

Teens From SLA Program Get Offered Part-Time Jobs!

September 01, 2016

SLA-web500I am very proud to say that this year’s Summer Leadership program was a huge success! Summer Leadership Academy (or SLA) is an 8 week leadership development program aimed at high school youth. SLA is designed to help teens grow in their leadership capacity, biblical worldview, workplace competency, and in their social capital. This is achieved through training sessions, exposure outings, and work internships. A recent study out of Chicago showed that that an 8 week paid summer jobs programs for at-risk youth reduced violent crime arrests by 43% over a 16-month period. So we decided to create a space where teens could learn and develop skills called Summer Leadership Academy. This is extremely important because without this type of investment kids who grow up in generational poverty will have a hard time successfully transitioning into the “real world.”

It’s been strange, however, to talk to my teens about the challenges of the “real world.” I know many of the youth I mentor have experienced more trauma in their short lives than most people twice their age. They understand what it means to be poor and to struggle. They know what it means to experience significant loss. They are not afraid of the uncertainties of life, but in fact, they are quite adapted to disappointment. They do however, have many fears. Ironically, my student leaders are often afraid of success. After navigating through life with very little affirmation concerning their ability to impact the world around them, they struggle to believe that their choices can actually lead to significant success in life. They have learned simply to be resilient and to survive.

It’s easy for me to relate to my student leaders. Growing up I didn’t know many successful people. That is why success seemed so unrealistic for me as a teen. It was not until God placed mentors in my life that I made a change. It was the first time I understood that I had talents and gifts that people needed. My mentors helped me to see how I could make an impact on the world around me. They took the time to affirm my gifts and talents. They also leveraged their influence to help me gain opportunities and gave guidance concerning what it took to become successful. In short, my mentors gave me hope regarding what I could achieve in life. I developed a new perspective that allowed me to dream beyond what my underprivileged community had to offer.

SLA has been a way for me to give back to youth in at-risk community much like the one I grew up in. We have sought out partnerships with local businesses like Chick-Fil-A and Oasis Appliance & Home Furnishings to host our teens as summer interns as we provide training and accountability for their work ethic and character. We have raised money from people who believe in what we do to provide work stipends for the teens, so that our student leaders can learn the value earning an honest dollar. We also took the teens on college tours and other exposure trips to help our young leaders discover what they want out of life.

One of the student leaders told me that after our long summer experience that I had become like a father to her and the SLA teens. She said she understood what I was trying to do for them and that she appreciated it.

I could only think how my mentors supported me as a teen and had become father figures in my life. Nothing is more fulfilling than being able to pay forward the gift God gave me in my time of need. I am more convinced than ever that programs don’t change people, but it’s people who change people. Our decisions to invest in the lives of others will bring healing to our communities and also to the world around us. We’d love to have you join us; we need more mentors.

– Martell Hixson, High School Youth Developer

To volunteer or for more information about this ministry, contact Martell. Stay up-to-date by liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter and Instagram, and checking our website for detailed information.

Hope’s North Memphis Church Plant – HOPE CITY!

August 30, 2016

church-plant4-web215x215For the last 15 years, Hope has had a dedicated commitment and constant presence in North Memphis and the surrounding communities with the creation of Oasis of Hope. In 2014, Hope’s investment in North Memphis became even deeper when they decided to plant a new type of church – contextualized and relevant to the community – to include those who have given up on traditional church but not given up on God. The time has officially come to welcome the community into this new church, Hope City. We ask that you continue to partner with us through prayer as we begin the exciting countdown to Hope City’s first worship experience this September.

Join us as we pray for…

• the strength and well-being for Pastor Colley Cooper, his wife Sheri and their sons.

• the immediate sale of the Cooper’s home in Cordova as they prepare to relocate to North Memphis.

• the core launch team’s development and preparation.

• the indigenous residents becoming charter members of the new church.

• the hiring part-time staff members (musical worship leader, children’s ministry director and audio/video technician).

• God’s divine protection against all evil.

• the continual generosity and blessings of monetary gifts and givers.

• successfully launching the church on Sunday, September 11.

Stay tuned for more information here.

Tylon Won the Prestigious I’M THIRD Award!! WooHoo!!

July 24, 2016

camp-web215x215Every year for the past eight years, Oasis of Hope has taken our students to Kids Across America (KAA) Bible camp. This privilege is available for any student, ages 9-18, who actively participates in our weekly programs. KAA is a camp that seeks to transform urban youth to impact their communities for Christ. Students have the opportunity to experience camping, tubing, team building, climbing tree tops, learning the value of serving others, and some for the first time feel the Lord stirring their hearts to pursue Him.

Kids Across America (KAA) 2016
Theme: F.O.C.U.S – Fixed on Christ’s Ultimate Sacrifice
Verse: John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”

KAA camp is truly a mountain top experience. The staff and counselors are very intentional about ushering in the Holy Spirit on those grounds even before the students arrive. Throughout the week of camp the counselors are saturating the minds and hearts of the kids with the word of God. All of this leads to one of the major highlights of camp: CROSSTALK. Crosstalk is when the staff of KAA does a reenactment of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. This is such a powerful night and several students make the decision to accept God as their personal Savior and Lord. Oh what a joyful and freeing commitment!!

2016-tylon-walkerAnother highlight of camp is Vespers, which is an award ceremony. On this night the campers are awarded for their hard work and excellence throughout the week. The highest and most prestigious award that is given is the “I’m Third” award. This award is based on the life of a pilot who made the decision to sacrifice his life to save the lives of thousands in a fatal plane crash. When his coworkers were gathering the things from his work locker they became aware of the personal oath that the pilot made to himself.

The pilot vowed to keep God 1st, others 2nd, and self 3rd.

So throughout the week at camp the directors, counselors, and staff seek students who exhibit this kind of sacrificial giving and servant leadership. Out of hundreds of campers, our student Tylon Walker was the only student to receive this honor! Tylon has participated in our Read2Succeed program since he was in the 2nd grade; through this program he learned Bible stories, memorized verses, and established a personal relationship with Christ! We are beyond proud of the leader and young man of God that Tylon is becoming. This year Tylon will be heading to middle school and joining our Pathfinders program. We can’t wait to continue to nurture and foster a relationship with Tylon. We will continue to help him realize who God wants him to be and develop skills in him so that he is an asset to his community, city, and nation.

-Jasmine Martin, Middle School Developer

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

Summer Leadership Academy…Teen Internships

July 22, 2016

2015-martell-web800As a teen, I craved attention. I wanted to know that my life had significance. Yet, the message I received from the world around me said that I was at best a nuisance. I remember dreaming of doing something significant, but never really thinking it was possible. All that changed when I experienced leadership training from a childhood mentor one summer. I felt I was able to achieve anything after that summer experience.

Summer Leadership Academy (SLA) is a program inspired by my own story. The development I received as a teen must be given to a new generation of student leaders. Some of our youth experienced similar dream crushing upbringings. SLA is designed to encourage hope for the future and to give confidence building exposure through role models and opportunities. Much of SLA is based off of the Great Commandment to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments” (Matt 22:37-40).  Our passion for the Great Commandment has lead us to focus on the foundational values, 1) spiritual formation, 2) servanthood/acts of love, and 3) love for neighbors/strangers.

With these core values in place, the goal for SLA is to provide cultural exposure, leadership development and service opportunities for students in order to promote longevity and sustainability in Oasis of Hope’s youth development processes:

  • Cultural Exposure – We are providing strategic opportunities to enlarge the worldview and perspective of our student leaders. We want to help our youth see what’s possible when motivated by love and faith. For example, youth will attend a diversity training at Bridges as well as experience racial & economic diversity by attending St. Jude, Slavehaven, art shows and cross cultural service projects.
  • Leadership Development – We seek to provide spiritual, character and vocational training to enlarge the understanding and competencies of our youth. We want to help our student leaders become more functional in their faith.  For example, our business professional mentors are teaching the students many of the business essentials to succeed in the workforce.
  • Service Opportunities – Our students are experiencing the workplace in an on-the-job setting serving as interns at Chick-fil-A and Oasis Appliance. In addition, many served as volunteer leaders at our Summer VBS program and other outreaches designed to stretch their leadership muscles and grow in this essential aspect of their lives.

2015-summer-leadership-acadThe six week curriculum is based around:

  • Love for God (acknowledging the creator)
  • Love for Self (knowing one’s value)
  • Love for Others (engaging community)
  • Acts of Love (the importance of service)
  • Love for the City (stewardship)
  • Social justice and Community Development (equity for all)

One of our teens involved in SLA told me that it’s time for them to give back to their own community. She was so encouraged by her leadership training that she couldn’t wait to find a way to invest in others. The teens are learning the power of Gospel to give them purpose and confidence. Every lesson learned and every time they serve, our student leaders grow in many unanticipated ways. One student even told me that he wanted my job. It was then that I knew our leadership training was working.

“And what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” – 2 Timothy 2:2

We are really thankful for Chick-fil-A and Oasis Appliance and furnishing for hosting interns from SLA last year! Their partnership has provided the opportunity for three of our student leaders to have part time work and the ability to develop work history as they move towards adulthood. While we are able to train student leader to develop professionalism and character for the workforce, without strategic partnerships with local businesses we could not fulfill the vision of Summer Leadership Academy. If you are able to host an SLA student intern for 6 weeks at your local business next summer, we can deliver a highly motivated and accountable young leader to your team! Partner with us by making an impact on our city’s youth!

Martell Hixson, High School Youth Developer, Oasis of Hope

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

Batter Batter Batter Swing! It’s Time to Play Baseball!

July 04, 2016

oasis-summer-baseball-100x1Spring always makes us think of showers, flowers … and baseball! We are geared up and ready to play ball with your kids!

How Can Your Child Get Involved:

Practices: Mon-Fri, 4:00-5:45pm at the Bickford Community Center, now until school starts
Ages: 5-14
Enrollment Procedure: Just show up at the field and parents can sign a permission form
Fees: None
Games Played at: Will Carruthers Park, 3880 Neely Road, Field #1

Join Coach Barry (a leader from the neighborhood) as he heads up summer baseball for the 9th year in a row! We are also excited to have KIPP’s PE administrator, Coach Cleo co-coordinating again for his 3rd year. In addition, another local young man, Dante, has joined the coaching staff and is currently playing baseball at Lane College!

Offering a healthy alternative and providing kids a positive activity provides the following:
1: Keeps kids out of trouble when they have ample free time
2: Brings baseball back to the inner city
3: Provides a potential means for a college scholarship
4: Brings our community together

How Can You Help?

We need more coaches. If you love baseball and kids, we’d love to have you join our volunteer coaching staff! We are especially needing a pitching coach and a t-ball coach.

We need donations. We purchase team uniforms, cover all program fees, provide transportation to games, and offer snacks. If you would like to support this ministry, we’d truly appreciate your donations.

Game Schedule for 10 and under (watch website/social media for additional games to be posted):
April 23, 1:00pm
April 26, 7:30pm
April 30, 11:30am
May 3, 7:30pm
May 7, 11:30am
May 10, 6:00pm
May 14, 11:30am

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

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