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HOLIDAY

Dec 25, 2007

HOPE MINSITRIES NEWSLETTER
“A RAY OF HOPE”

Greetings from Joe Pellizze,
President
Well, here we are almost a year later and it is Christmas
time!
As we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus
Christ, may we be willing, this coming year
to stand firm in our faith; that our Jesus was born of a
virgin, crucified, and resurrected.
He is now seated at the right hand of the Father
interceding for us.
Oh, how we love Jesus and oh, how the Father loves us!

I would like to thank all the great, generous, and giving
staff at Hope Ministries this year. Thank you all from the
bottom of my heart. To all who have silently given to us at
Hope, whether in prayer or financially, “Merry Christmas
may our God continue to bless us all”
In Christ, Joe

MINISTRY FOCUS
Gateway to Life
Tom and Barbara Murgatroyd
A ministry dedicated to bringing hope to the lives of men
and women incarcerated in prisons and their families.
Although our main focus has turned toward the after-care of
inmates and their families, during most of November and all
of December, our energy and prayers have been directed
toward Angel Tree. Through Angel Tree, an inmate can
request gifts for their children, send Christmas messages
to them, and know that the gifts will be delivered to the
children in their name. This maintains the continuity of
the family and reassures the child that Mom or Dad still
loves them and hasn’t forgotten them.
Being responsible for assigning children to the entire
county of Brevard is a monumental task, but one which
brings more blessings that we can relate. Thanks to all who
have given to these often forgotten children through Angel
Tree, because of you they will receive Christmas gifts just
like other children whose families are not torn apart by
incarceration.
If you, or your church are interested in participating in
the 2008 season; call us at Hope Ministries 321-676-5588

YEAR IN REVIEW
BE A PARTNER IN HOPE TO “HELP HEARTS HEAL”
At Hope Ministries 2007 will be a year remembered, as a
year of change.
A new and worthy President, Joe Pellizze. Joe is led by
God and lovingly leads his staff. As Director of
Development, I have seen the “Development” of a new full
scale interactive website, a regular newsletter,
fundraising efforts and amazing dedicated volunteers. The
results we have experienced can only be attributed to God’s
creative work in action and He alone receives the Glory and
Praise. This work and its’ results comes with a cost that
includes a monetary cost! Hope Ministries has been “Helping
Hearts Heal” since 1994 and we need your financial help, if
we are going to continue this much needed work. Please
consider sending a Christmas gift to hope Ministries and
help us keep “Hope" alive! I pray God will bless and keep
you and make his face shine upon you and be gracious unto
you in 2008. Thank you for helping us heal hurting hearts!
“Merry Christmas”!
You may mail your gift to: 2020 Palm Bay Rd, Ste 1, Palm
Bay, Fl 32905, or you can give online at
www.hopeministriesflorida.org (go to the Help us Heal
Hearts button & follow the links)

COUNSELOR’S CORNER
Louis Verini
I began to minister to others soon after I received Christ
as my Savior forty five years ago. I shared with others
what happened to me and it ministered life and healing to
them. Along the way opportunities came and I grew in
stature and grace. As I freely received from God I freely
gave to others.
To acquire more knowledge, I started taking Christian and
secular training courses. The information was helpful in
many ways. Although the response was good, it was not the
same and the results didn’t always measure up to the effort
expended. Recently I was prompted by a scripture in II
Timothy 1:6, to “stir up the gift that is in me.” I
believe this gift, of the Holy Spirit is to be stirred by
“Him” in me daily. Remarkably counselees have been
responding, in almost supernatural ways, to the simple
biblical truth of Gods’ word spoken to them by me, under
the power of the Holy Spirit.
God is reminding me that the healing the counselees are
receiving is not by my might and effort but “By My Spirit
sayeth the Lord.” Seekers don’t need to be coddled,
criticized or condemned! They do need to be told God’s
truth in love. As they respond to the “Word of Life”, God
restores them to health and wholeness. As Biblical
Counselors we must seek the wisdom that comes from God;
combined with the knowledge he has given us and trust the
results completely to him. After all, he promises to do
more than we could ever do, ask or think!
We wish you a life changing Christmas and New Year!

CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD CLOSING COMMENTS
Many wonderful things have happened at Hope Ministries in
2007.
Most notably was the succession to President by Joe
Pellizze, who has taken the reigns of leadership from me
and has done very well. Under Joe’s leadership the good
work of ministry has continued in our four distinct
ministry areas, as we continue “Helping Hearts Heal”.
Another significant achievement has been the emergence, of
the Development Department under the guidance of Diana
Sivadon, with the
accomplishment of our first annual luncheon and a new web
page.

OUR VALUABLE VOLUNTEERS
I would like to thank all the great, generous, and giving
volunteers at
Hope Ministries, this year. Thank you all from the bottom
of my heart.
To all who have silently given to us at Hope, whether in
prayer or financially,
“Merry Christmas may our God continue to bless us all”
In Christ, Joe

Hope Ministries Prayer Requests
We have suffered physically, as staff and volunteers. Most
of us have had real physical struggles.
Please keep us in your prayers as we continue to purpose,
in our hearts to serve the Lord.