Oasis of Hope’s Message About Charlottesville

September 02, 2017

To Our Oasis of Hope family,

It seems ridiculous in 2017 to have to make this statement, but to be silent denies us the sacred opportunity to call for biblical justice and renewal. The staff and the board of directors of Oasis of Hope condemn in the strongest manner any hate-filled actions or words from any white supremacist, neo-Nazi, KKK, or alt-right group or individual. We as Christians and as members of the human race are sickened by the events of Charlottesville and hold those groups solely responsible for the mayhem that occurred. We stand in unity with those whom these groups strive to intimidate and destroy. Our prayers are with the people of Charlottesville, most especially with the family of Heather Heyer and the many who were injured. May the love of God overwhelm the hate and pain of this time.

As we have tried to do for sixteen years, Oasis of Hope will strive to love and serve those who come across our path.

Eli Morris
Board Chairperson

Terry Hoff
Executive Director

Meet Our Newest Oasis Family Member, Rev. Neko Sharkey

July 26, 2017

neko-sharkey-215x215 We have extremely exciting news!!

When Oasis of Hope began in 2004 we had one employee.

Fourteen years later, we are adding our ninth staffer to join our team (in addition to our real heavy hitters —-> our many volunteers!)!

Please help Terry (Executive Director) & staff in welcoming our newest Oasis of Hope addition, Rev. Neko Sharkey, our Ministry Director!

We are thrilled to welcome Neko and his family to our team due to our continual growth and need for assistance in overseeing our youth staff, but also ministering to community folks, in addition to developing a more concentrated arm for adult ministries coming soon!

neko-and-girls-web215x215As we have grown, we have continually felt the need for these additional programs, but have lacked capacity to add them! Neko will allow us to expand what we are already doing and create additional adult-focused services.

Also, everything we do from this point forward will be a team effort in cooperation with our ministry partners, Hope City Church. Due to this, we have so much growth potential as we mutually work together, but so many logistical and strategic details to figure out as we identify exactly what this cooperation looks like.

So in addition to seeing Neko around, please also give a warm, North Memphis, hug to his sweet wife, Catrice, and his three beautiful little ladies – Kelsi, Bailee & Trinity – who have already been actively involved in Vacation Bible School, so you might already recognize them.

Neko joins our staff officially full time beginning July 22nd. Until then, he will be working part-time so if you catch him, please say hello!

catrice-web215x215Welcome to the Oasis family!!

To volunteer or for more information about this ministry, contact Neko. 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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We Are Hiring A Ministry Director to Join Our Team!

April 28, 2017

Blackboard with the text We want youWe are *more than excited* to announce we are ready to hire additional staffing to enhance our staff and outreaches!

We are hiring a Ministry Director!

Following are the details of the job. If you are interested or know someone who is, please contact Terry Hoff, our Executive Director with your resume (contact information below). For our prayer warriors, please be in faithful prayer about bringing on the person God knows is the perfect fit! Details are:

Department/Ministry: Oasis of Hope
Job Title:
Ministry Director
Reports to: Executive Director of Oasis of Hope
Salary Range: Commensurate with Experience
Type of Position: Full-Time

General Description: This position will be an essential part of Oasis of Hope with the overall responsibility to: Oversee the ministries coordinated by the staff, including ministry direction, evaluation, and staff/volunteer relations; with an emphasis on making disciples. In addition, adult outreach will be a main responsibility (discipleship, life/skills, connection with Hope City Church).

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Love and be a follower of Jesus Christ
  • Adhere to the Core Values and ministry philosophy of Oasis of Hope
  • Be a Servant Leader – the main responsibility is to serve the staff so they can succeed
  • Provide leadership to the staff, in area of ministry impact, making sure our energy/resources are utilized to their potential
  • Conduct program evaluations (in conjunction with the responsible staff person), offering suggestions for improvement and assisting them in making the necessary changes
  • Lead weekly staff meetings (in partnership with Executive Director), providing Biblical motivation and making sure staff are on the same page and ministry calendar
  • Run ministry outreaches for adults in the community, including discipleship & life-skills
  • Correspond and work with various departments of Hope Church & Hope City Church
  • Respond clearly and promptly to all calls and emails
  • Organize and prioritize work flow
  • Have a “whatever it takes” attitude and a passion for urban ministry

Skills and experience requirements:

  • Have a working knowledge of Microsoft Office products (Outlook, Word).
  • Strong written communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision, handle multiple tasks, and reassess priorities as necessary.
  • Energetic, exceptional organizational skills and a positive outlook.

Education Requirements:

  • Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree in a related field is preferred. Minimum of 5 years of related experience. . Church ministry experience is preferred.

Other:

  • Participate in weekend ministry assignments, as needed
  • Compile/maintain basic ministry schedule/calendar from all departments
  • Have a working knowledge of Facebook, Twitter & Instagram and post as assigned
  • Others duties as necessary

To Apply: Send a resume & references to: Terry Hoff, Executive Director, terry@oasis-of-hope.com, 901/438-6600, fax 901/527-0053; 8500 Walnut Grove Road, Memphis, TN 38018.

Download a PDF of the job description: Oasis of Hope Ministry Director 2017 3

For more information about our ministries, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and check out our website for detailed information.

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.

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

Summer Leadership Academy; A Ministry From the Heart

July 25, 2015

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

Martell Hixson, High School Youth Developer, Oasis of Hope

Mentors, Mentees, and Neighbors Doing Life Together

June 16, 2015

2015-ben-and-jessica100x116Ben and Jessica are just volunteers from Christ City Church with a passion for North Memphis and two VERY BIG hearts.

A few years ago they got involved with the Oasis Bike Shop ministry and since then have made it their mission to connect inner city kids from Oasis of Hope with volunteers ever since. Recently, they have been holding a bi-weekly potluck to encourage fellowship together between our middle school Life Builders kids and mentors, as well as Bike Shop volunteers and the kids they mentor as well. Anyone who is interested in becoming a mentor is welcome to join in on the fun:

We would love other folks from Oasis or from Hope join us if they are ready to love and engage these kids.  We have been praying for more folks; we could love them more effectively if we love them together.

WHO: You … just bring a dish … but contact me (Jessica) to make sure we are still on schedule
WHAT: Mentors/Mentees/Neighbors doing life together
WHEN: We meet the 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month at 1pm-ish
WHERE: 225 Angelus Street, please RSVP to Jessica
WHY: Our purpose is to “follow Jesus in a genuine, mutually transforming love of our neighbors.” (Sherman Restorers of Hope) The potlucks on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month have given us another opportunity to develop deeper life-on-life relationships.  The young people have opened up, asked profound questions, and shared a part of their stories and personalities that we hadn’t known before.  Folks from Oasis ministries and from our church and neighborhood have gathered to share love and time and support to the youth and it’s been wonderful.  We’d love to have more folks join in. The kids need all the love they can get. Contact Jessica@oasisbikeshop.com for details.

-Jessica

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.

Plunge Into Inner City Memphis at Urban Plunge-Sept 10-13

June 08, 2015

urban-plunge-100x116Pack your bags and experience life in the inner city with Eli, Terry, and Sharon during this year’s Urban Plunge September 10-13, 2013.

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.

Oasis Family Dinner is this Wednesday, April 15th

March 29, 2015

you're-invited-110x116Who: Families of youth participating in any Oasis of Hope program, mentors and Oasis & Bickford staff
What: Dinner for your whole family on us (it’s free)!
When: NEW DATE is Wednesday, April 15th from 6-7:30pm
Where: Bickford Community Center
Why: To enjoy community fellowship, to honor our participants, and to showcase Oasis programs that can encourage community growth

Families of the youth currently involved in our programs are invited to attend the 3rd Annual Oasis Family Dinner! We would love to treat the whole family to a delicious meal and an entertaining program to celebrate how special you are to us! Mark your calendars and plan to enjoy the sounds of the Angel Street choir, hear a rousing word from staffer Martell, and listen to personal testimonials from students & families who have been involved themselves.

We are looking forward to a fun night of fellowship and mingling, and to inform families of additional upcoming programs/volunteer opportunities we have to invest in more families in North Memphis!

We know that by working together, we will all have a much more profound impact on our community!

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

Bittersweet Changes to the Oasis Staff Roster

December 02, 2014

We are so excited to introduce to you two new members to the Oasis staff. However…they are not new to our ministry. Actually they have been involved with Oasis of Hope since the very beginning. First, Jasmine Martin was a young girl in elementary school when Oasis of 2014-11-oasis-staff-changesHope came into her neighborhood. She has been involved with us for more than a decade, first as a student, then as a volunteer, and finally as a coordinator. After graduating from the University of Memphis Jasmine has felt the Lord’s call to join the staff of Oasis of Hope in the role of our Middle School Developer. To have a passionate young lady who loves the Lord and her community like Jasmine does is a huge blessing to the ministry! Jasmine officially joined the team on November 17. Welcome Jasmine – we’re so glad you’re here!

Second is Kathleen McDonald. Like Jasmine, Kathleen has been with the ministry from the beginning, first as a volunteer, then as our first Youth/Education Coordinator, then back to being a volunteer again for a number of years. Now the Lord has led full circle to allow Kathleen to join us again as our Youth Ministry Manager. Her skills, experience, relationships in the neighborhood, and passion for God’s Word are what makes her an amazing gift to the ministry. We feel so blessed to have her back on staff and are looking forward to what the Lord is going to do in the lives of our young people in the coming year(s). Kathleen rejoined the team on November 10, welcome back All-Star!

All this good news doesn’t come without a cost, however. It is with HUGE sadness that we announce that Brenda Lampela, the current head of our youth department, is leaving for a new call. She and her husband Eric will be moving to Indianapolis at the end of the year. Brenda has beyond a doubt loved like Christ loves, served like Christ serves, and has been a HUGE reason for the growth in our youth ministry. Her organization, passion, and encouragement have often times been the glue that held the ministry together. Her deep friendship with staff, volunteers, students and parents will be missed maybe most of all. I can’t tell you how much her humble, joyful spirit has meant to me over the years. It is so hard to imagine ministry without this great soldier and dear friend! Brenda won’t be leaving until December 19th, so please take some time between now and then to tell her thanks for ALL she has done for the ministry here in North Memphis. Our lives are so much richer for having known her!

-Terry Hoff, Director

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