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Oct 9, 2013
Praise Be Unto Our Jesus!!!
How grateful and thankful we are to be called Son’s of God, for that is what we are. We are born again of Jesus’ Holy Spirit a people born not of natural descent neither of human decision nor a husband’s will, but born of God. “HOW AWESOME IS THAT”?
I pray that everyone can get excited and joyful waling in the knowledge of the Son of God as life by Faith. As everyone knows we are not overflowing in money at Hope Ministries, but we always have more than enough. I was reminded of a scripture from a new Christian that I would like to share with you, so you may receive the joy that I did. “Two things I ask of you, Lord; do not refuse me before I die: keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, “Who is the Lord?” Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God. Proverbs 30: 7-9
What wisdom to live by, thanking God right where we are at. In Matthew 6: he reminds us to seek His Kingdom and His Righteousness and then all the other things will be added to us. There is a pattern for us to live by Faith, putting God first in our natural lives. Bless you all and remember 1Thessalonians 5: 16-18 as our “WAY FOR THE DAY”. Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances,
FOR THIS IS GOD’S’ WILL FOR US. Blessings and Life, Joe
Fall is very much looked forward to in Florida after months of continual heat and humidity. The time of year when the night air is cooler and we begin to experience the change of the season. If you’re new here, you won’t notice the subtle hint of colors of the leaves changing. God is good and if you look closely you’ll see, it does occur in Florida also.
Before you realize it the air is cool and crisp, for me a sweater becomes a constant companion.
In our lives, situations can heat up and become insurmountable to us. We let them continue way to long. We forget that we have a Faithful Good God, who is always there for us to give the situation to. These burdens we hold onto are his to handle. We must relinquish our will to His Will. Guess what? He then wraps us in His Peace as a cool breeze of relief and relaxation to bring His Joy back into our life again. God is in control of everything in Heaven and on Earth.
If we count on Him for the seasons of Nature, we can count on Him to handle the seasons of Us.
SHELTER FROM THE STORM
Did you know? Every fourth woman you see may have experienced sexual abuse as a child.
One in every five women suffered child sexual abuse by a family member.
In addition to the children who are sexually abused, many adults have been assaulted by an acquaintance or stranger.
The book the group will cover is designed to help you grow from a survivor to an over comer – even a thriver.
Recognize old coping skills that no longer work and help you learn new life skills.
Experience the support of compassionate and caring women, as you seek recovery from the effects of sexual abuse,
to put your faith and trust in God through Christ to restore your spiritual and emotional health.
I will begin a Sexual Abuse Recovery Support Group, “Shelter from the Storm” on September 25, 2013.
It will be held at Hope Ministries located at 1805 Canova St SE, Palm Bay, Fl 32909 on Wednesday’s from 5:30~7:00PM.
Child Care Not Provided. Book is $ 20.00, which have to be ordered so call Linda at Hope 321~676~5588
.I said, “Oh, that I had the wings of a dove! I would fly away and be at rest ~ I would flee far away and stay in the desert; I would hurry to my place of shelter, far from the tempest and storm.” Psalm 55:6-8
Why am I uncomfortable?
We sometimes worry when we begin to feel uncomfortable. That familiar uneasy feeling sometimes comes just before an illness clobbers us. In the same way when we are feeling a little off emotionally, it may be an indication that God is trying to get our attention. The answer to our dis-ease is both quite simple and at the same time often difficult. The solution is hearing what God is saying to us. He loves us more than we even understand and is speaking truth into our lives all the time.
All of us have areas in our lives where we find it difficult to hear God's voice. For those times and in those areas, our Heavenly Father has given us brothers and sisters to help share our burden. If you find yourself at a place where you need a spiritual friend to come along side you for encouragement, give us a call.
DICK PHELPS ~~ CHAPLAINCY
Progress is being made toward the new ministry to Fire & Rescue workers. I recently visited with eight Fire Chiefs in New England. They all encouraged me to develop a training program that would inform and inspire. The website www.firefightersweightloss.com is in the final stages of preparation. We need your prayers for this new initiative.
LEW GERVAIS, ADDICTION/PASTORAL COUNSELOR
Awhile ago I was helping a young mother of three children, who had secured a bed at His Mansion, to get help for her pain pill addiction. She had been living with a drug dealer since she was 16 years old. With both of them addicted to drugs their relationship become violently abusive so she ran away to another state with the children to save their lives. He found her and after two years convinced her to come back to him, but his drug addiction, violence and drug dealing made it impossible for her to stay.
When I met her she had been free from drugs for about a month, had reconnected with her Savior, and was living in her car with her children. She was hiding from her abusive boyfriend so I was able to help her and the children get into a temporary shelter. In May I mentioned that she had to go back to court in another state to face some old charges. She had total peace when she left to face the demons of her past. She hoped the state would let her go to the His Mansion program, but if she had to go to prison for 2~5 years she was ok with that also. She told me, leaving her three children in the care of friends, was going to be the most difficult thing for her. Before she left to drop off her children and then face the judge we prayed together. We asked God to open the right door for
this young mother and we put her and her children in God’s hands and then parted company.
My plan and desire was for this young mother to go to His Mansion…but God had other plans. A few days later in court she was sentenced to a year and a half in prison. She was arrested and processed right then. This week I received a letter thanking me for believing in her when she and the whole world had stopped believing in her. She said that my faith in her is what gave her hope and kept her from throwing in the towel and going back to her abusive drug dealing boyfriend. She is doing great. She quit smoking over five months ago, and has been getting in shape physically by exercising. She said that Jesus is making all the difference in her life. She is involved in several bible studies and is reading every Christian book she can get her hands on. She is also working on getting her high school diploma and plans to go to a Christ centered halfway house when finishing her prison sentence. She quoted Jeremiah 29:11-14 about God having wonderful plans for her future. She said, “The sisters say I am the most joyful person in the prison.”
“My kids are doing great. They miss their mommy but God is taking such great care of them I can’t complain.” They are all in a private school and have joined a bible study called the “Truth Chaser’s club.” I stand amazed at what God is doing in this family. He is healing and maturing the mother and the children and preparing them to one day become a family again. Before she left to face her charges I had arranged for her to stay a week with an older couple, who happened to be good friends of mine. Here is what she says about her short stay with them. “Thank you and I love you both. I miss the peace and love you have at your family dinners. I experienced something living with y’all I never experienced before. Thank you cause I now know I want a peaceful home and I can have it if I put God first.” God used this couple to show this young mother what a real home could be, and now she wants that for her family. We never know how God will use a word we speak, the way we live, or the way we treat each other. God’s love expressed through this couple has made a huge difference will have an effect in at least the next two generations for this family.
I am always looking for people who will open up their home short term for people who are trying to change the course of their lives. My prayer is that more people will open up their home for this kind of hospitality ministry. If you would like to have a short term ministry in someone’s life, by opening up a room in your home just let me know. I would screen the people and it will be your decision as to whether or not you open your home to the individual. I would never put anyone in a dangerous situation. If God has been speaking to you concerning this kind of ministry, please give me a call at Hope so we can talk about it together.
GATEWAY TO LIFE TOM & BARBARA MURGATROYD
It is that time of year again! Christmas is coming sooner than you think, and as the Brevard County Coordinators for Prison Fellowship Angel Tree, we once again find ourselves in desperate need of churches with the heart for this unique ministry. If your church feels led to helping provide Christmas gifts for children who have one or both parents in prison we can give you all the information that you need to join 19 other churches in reaping this blessing.
Contact Tom Murgatroyd at Hope Ministries, or email us at email@example.com
URGENT PRAYER REQUEST
One of our staff members, Tom Murgatroyd is facing a major health issue: the strong possibility of lung cancer. He has been diagnosed with Emphysema and COPD as well. He and his wife Barbara (also on staff) asking please pray for full healing and strength to get through whatever may come.
In Memoriam of Louis A.Verini
August 18, 1926 ~ September 10, 2013
Our Beloved Louis Verini though Absent From This “Body”
He’s Now Present With His LORD, An His Beloved "Lili"
The Reverend Louis A. Verini, 87 of Melbourne went to be with the Lord on September 10, 2013. He joins his beloved wife, Lili Mae Thornton, who died 11 years ago after 41 years of marriage.
Louie was born in Hastings, England and served in the British Merchant Navy during WWII. He eventually made his way to America. He was a Chaplain for the Gideon’s and involved imprison ministry in Marion, Ohio. He entered the Ministry being ordained by the Holy Orthodox Catholic Church diocese of New England. Later he became a Certified Behavioral Counselor in Thomaston Maine.
In 1992 Louie and Lili moved to Melbourne where he was a Pastoral Counselor at Hope Ministries. He taught Bible studies at Prince of Peace and People of Destiny Church.
His life’s work was measured in lives touched.
He Loved Well and He Was Well Loved