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

April 30, 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.

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.

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.

Bible Camp is Over-Real Life is Back! Prayers Still Needed!

July 27, 2015

2015-KAA-web500Summer Bible Camp – Kids Across America (KAA) 2015
-By Jasmine Martin, Oasis of Hope Middle School Youth Developer

  • The week of June 7th-13th, 35 Oasis of Hope youth and staff attended a week long camp at Kids Across America outside Branson, MO. 14 campers ages 9-12; 7 campers ages 13-14; 9 campers ages 15-18; 5 adult staffers attended.

For seven days the campers attended daily Bible study, church services, & Christian faith building sessions. They found that Christians not only have fun, but have the MOST fun!! Each night they danced to Christian Hip Hop & during the day scaled tree top obstacle courses, played putt-putt, went tubing, shot archery, made art, played sports like basketball, baseball, & swimming, climbed treetops, zip lined, & had endless fun!! The excitement of fun & friends was just part of the experience. Impacting their lives for Christ is where the reward was truly found.

Although camp is so much fun, it is also so much more. KAA is such holy ground, it truly is a “mountain top” experience. We all were able to experience God more deeply and see how we can honor God in everything they do.

Cross Talk:
The most important event at camp is Cross Talk night; Cross Talk is when the counselors do a reenactment of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. This is the most powerful night at camp and the presence of God is definitely felt during this time. This is a highlight for us, because it is the night some of our children accepted Christ into their lives.

This year at KAA three of our students accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior!

One of the students who accepted Christ said she felt as if a dark cloud had been removed from over her life; her heart has been transformed. This transformation is what it’s all about!

We do what we do as staff at Oasis for the moment when a person turns their life over to God and allows him to take control. Building up leaders for the kingdom of God is our ultimate purpose and KAA is just a resource that helps catapult the transformation in the lives of all who attend.

My request to all those reading this article is that you may continue to pray with us for all the kids who attended KAA. It’s easy to do the right thing when you are around the right people, but things get a little more difficult when your surroundings change. Please pray that these children will cling to the word of God and hold on to His unchanging hand in the midst of the difficulties in their lives.

“Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love. God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. This is real love – not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.”

– 1 John 4:7-10

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.

Our Youth Are Counting Down to Summer Bible Camp!

April 04, 2015

KAA-camp-web100x116Spring has arrived, which in Memphis means two things: that temperatures skip directly into summer-like temps and youth camps are being planned!!  Oasis of Hope has already registered 35 students, ages 9-18 years old, to attend Kids Across America (KAA) June 7th-13th!! KAA, located in Branson, Missouri is celebrating their 25th year of serving urban youth.  Their mission is to build Christian leaders by encouraging, equipping, and empowering through camp & education.

This year’s theme for camp is: True or False- Matt 16:25 “But who do you say that I am?”

Summer Bible camps, such as KAA, truly are a highlight in our students’ lives!  It’s an opportunity for them to experience a time away from their everyday surroundings, try new things, and conquer challenges that they didn’t think they could ever accomplish!  More importantly, it’s a time for them to grow in their relationship with Christ.

Each year, we have faithful sponsors who make it their summer tradition to pray for and/or to financially sponsor a child to attend one week at summer camp.  Please pray for their safety, protection and for them to grow in the Lord.  We also humbly ask that you might consider sponsoring one of them. $215 will cover their registration, transportation fees, & snacks.  If you can’t sponsor the full amount, any amount would be greatly appreciated.  Checks may be made out to Oasis of Hope with “Camp sponsorship” noted in the memo and mailed to 8500 Walnut Grove, Memphis, TN 38018 or you may donate on line.  Thank you for your love and support!

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.

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

God Made a Way for a Last Minute Fill-in to Attend Camp

June 30, 2014

kaa-summer-bible-camp-2014-2014 KAA (Kids Across America) Bible Camp Theme – “Redeemed”

“Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has visited and redeemed his people.” – Luke 1:68

View Camp Photo Album

June 29, 2014 - It’s hard to believe a week ago today we were just arriving at Kids Across America. Our time on the mountain seemed to fly by, and yet in some ways because of all we experienced over the past seven days, it feels like longer ago. This year we were blessed to be able to bring 28 young people and 6 adults, and for many of them, this was their first time going to KAA.

Kids Across America is a Christian sports camp for urban youth located far from civilization in the Ozark Mountains near Branson, Missouri – but the place itself is anything but dull and quiet! The camp is literally filled with sounds of Christian hip-hop music, laughter, dancing and cheers. Eating in the dining hall alone is a unique experience (see video). As one KAA staffer explained, “It’s definitely not your grandma’s kitchen!”

At KAA the kids get to participate in lots of fun activities like archery, art, basketball, baseball, cheer, dance, football, golf, gospel rap, ski tubing, spoken word, swimming, tree-tops, zip-line, and more. Many of these activities also challenge the kids and help them overcome fears and anxieties. It’s awesome to see the look of amazement and pride on their faces when they accomplish something that they thought was too hard for them.

The best part about KAA, though, is the way the kids are loved on and poured into spiritually by their counselors – young Christian college students who are on fire for Jesus. The theme this year was “Redeemed,” based on Luke 1:68, and the campers learned that with Christ in their life they can be set free from the guilt and shame of sin. Our challenge going forward will be to help these young people learn how to “walk this out” as they return to their everyday lives.

Just one of the many highlights for me this week was seeing how God worked in the life of a 17-year-old boy who came along with us. You see, this boy was literally a last minute fill-in. In fact, two people had to drop out before he was able to get the spot. But God knew all along that Mario was supposed to be with our group because of the seven teens we took to KAA 3, he was the only one who stepped forward and committed his life to Christ for the very first time. God is so good!

Thank you so much to our many faithful sponsors and prayer warriors for your continued love and support. With your help, lives are being transformed!

KAA Camp Reflections, Part 2; July 1, 2014 - Now that I’ve been home from camp for a couple days, I am continuing to process all that happened during the week for our young people. There were so many “God moments.” It is always special to witness a camper making the decision to ring the camp bell as a sign that they are accepting Jesus as their Lord and Savior, and in addition to 17-year-old Mario, we had several of our young people who did this last week. But what was also encouraging was seeing the number of our youth who rededicated themselves as a personal commitment to continue working on their Christian walk.

One particularly emotional “God moment” for me happened on the night of “Cross Talk.” This is a special evening when the campers gather outside to watch a dramatic reenactment of the crucifixion and hear a message about what this means for them. Each camp has its own presentation geared for the age group of the campers there, and towards the end they are given the opportunity to step forward to dedicate their lives to Christ if they feel they’re ready. In KAA 1, where the younger kids are, campers are usually taken to their cabins right after this so that the counselors can talk to them and answer their questions. This year for the first time, though, the campers were able to pray with their adult leaders before they went to their cabins. I will forever remember and treasure in my heart that moment when 10 of our 12 kids came running up to us to cry and hug and pray. It was so special to have the opportunity to be a part of this important milestone in these young peoples’ lives. And how exciting it will be to walk with them and help them grow in their faith in the upcoming years! Just another reason why I am extremely thankful for our volunteers and donors who make it possible for us to take our young people to KAA each summer.

Brenda Lampela, Youth Director

Pray for our Teens This Week at KAA Summer Bible Camp

June 01, 2014

It’s hard to believe, but June is almost here, and the school year is beginning to wind down, and we are gearing up for our summer Bible camp season! In fact, we’ve been making our plans and praying about the children that God would have us include this year, and have our reservations set for 2 camps coming up soon:

UYI Student Leadership Camp – May 30-June 1 at For The Kingdom Camp, Memphis, TN; Theme: “Road to Riches” – Matt. 6:33

Kids Across America – June 22-28 in Golden, Missouri near Branson; Theme: “Redeemed” – Luke 1:68

Last year I received a letter from one of the KAA camp counselors. It really touched my heart, and I want to share just a portion of it:

“I have greatly enjoyed getting to know Marquisha & Mykah the past 2 summers, and I continue to pray for them, as well as the other campers you’ll be bringing this summer. Camp has changed my life and I hope it’s doing the same for them. Thank you for all you do. In Christ’s love, Miss Gil – Galatians 6:10”

That’s the kind of positive role model behavior and Christian love that our children get to experience when we take them to camp, and you all are a vital part of that!

This year we are planning to take a total of 36 young people, and 6 adults, and we humbly ask that you might consider sponsoring a child. $200 will cover their registration and transportation fees ($7,200), but any amount would be greatly appreciated (donate online). In addition, we are asking for prayers for the children.

KAA-camp-web100x116Here are some of the students that are going:

Kayla
Shunterria
Talisha
Tyra
Laderika
Jamie
LaJerrica
Asia
Derrick
Martavious
Robert
Tryon
Exzavier
Montegus
Marshall
Kesherion
Marquisha
Alexus
Mya
Teyanna
Monise
Jeffery
Kevin
Travis
Mario
Daniel
Quanterrius
Octavious
Tillisia
Tonya
Imani
Jada

 

Thank you for all you do to support these children and their families!
Very sincerely, Brenda (Children’s Developer)

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

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