HOPE MINISTRIES NEWSLETTER
September 2018 NEWSLETTER

 

     I’m so blessed to write once again.  The news of the day is a great big “Thank You All” for your prayers and support, which resulted in us having a wonderful and successful, “25th Anniversary, 9th Annual Fundraiser.” Blessings and Life to all, TO GOD BE THE GLORY, AMEN!

     We at Hope Ministries are not licensed counselors; we are Christians who have walked in the reality of “2Corinthians 1:3-4”.  Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God….We at Hope have all come through trials of great loss and pain, but we have also learned to receive from the comfort of GOD: to this we are called to share the comfort to those who come to Hope. In Matthew 11: 28-30 (red letter, Jesus speaking) it is put another way.. Come to me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart and “You Will” find rest for your souls, for my yoke is easy and my burden is light.

     So, if you are a Christian, then you have the “Holy Spirit” of Christ Jesus within you.  If any of these circumstances of life are overtaking you and /or your family, then take the first step and I promise you God will be there to meet you…through the help of our staff, who have all come to trials and learned to receive the comfort of God. We are here for you! Blessings and Life in Christ, Joe

LINDA DIXON, BIBLICAL COUNSELOR ~ FACILITATOR

LOVE IS A CHOICE” THE DEFINITIVE BOOK ON LETTING GO OF UNHEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS. 

Codependency(in its broadest sense) can be defined as "an addiction to people, behaviors, or things.”Codependency is the fallacy of trying to control interior feelings by controlling people, things, and events on the outside.  To the codependent, control or the lack of it is central to every aspect of life. God wants us to have healthy relationships with a balance between being dependent and independent.  The most effective means for overcoming codependent relationships is to establish a relationship with Christ HimselfLadies, let’s take this healing journey together from Codependency to interdependence with God the one with the power to bring it about. Call Linda Dixon at Hope Ministries at 321-676-5588 to make an appointment.

SHELTER FROM THE STORM ~ HOPE FOR SURVIVORS OF SEXUAL ABUSE

Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. 
This I declare of the LORD: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; He is my God, and I am trusting Him, for He will rescue you from every trap, and protect you from the fatal plague.  He will shield you with His wings.  He will shelter you with His feathers.  His faithful promises are your armor and protection.  PSALM 91; 1-4          Every fourth woman you see may have experienced sexual abuse as a child. In addition to the children who are sexually abused; many adults have been assaulted by an acquaintance or stranger. The book is designed to help you grow from a survivor to an over comer and even thrive.  Recognize old coping skills that no longer work and help you learn new life skills. As you seek recovery from the effects of sexual abuse you learn to put your faith and trust in God through Christ to restore your spiritual and emotional healthCall Linda at Hope Ministries, 321-676-5588 to make an appointment. 

THE SEARCH for SIGNIFICANCE, (Seeing your TRUE WORTH through GOD’S EYES)  

This study will focus on how our thoughts affect our emotional, relational and spiritual development. Our feelings, behavior, and beliefs all interact to shape our lives. The goal is to enable a wide range of people to apply the Scriptures specifically and deeply to real issues in their lives. There are two possible options we can choose to determine our self-worth. The world’s system: is

Self-Worth=Performance (what you do + Other’s Opinions), (what others think or say about you).  God’s System: is Self-Worth = God’s Truth about You. God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes.  EPHESIANS 1: 3-4.
Call Linda Dixon at Hope Ministries 321-676-5588 to make an appointment.
 I am considering having a weekly Codependency Meeting at Hope Ministries on Monday’s at 5:30PM  I would appreciate your feedback and if anyone would be interested in attending such a Call me at 
321-676-5588

TOM & BARBARA MURGATROYD, HOPE OFFICE MINISTRY
PRISON AFTER CARE & FAMILY MINISTRY

Reaching out to inmates and their families, letting them know that we’ve lived it and that there’s a possibility of a full and happy life. Anger Management Classes and individual counseling are also available. 
Call 321-676-5588 for appointment.

PEGGY BRIEDE, DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT
COMPASSION MINISTRY~BIBLICALCOUNSELOR

     Hope Ministries would like to thank you for supporting our 25th Anniversary 9th Annual Fundraiser. Were it not for God, you, and the community we would not be here.  Your generosity has totally overwhelmed us.  I am proud to announce that this was the best year ever!  YOU have met 50% of our needs, making it possible to keep our doors open for another year.  We Praise God and thank our community! It never ceases to amaze me seeing Him at work, not only at the fundraiser but inside these walls, all year.  Lives have been transformed through Gods’ Holy Spirit and your support of Hope Ministries. God makes it possible for us to give Hope to those who have lost Hope! I am truly blessed to be a part in Gods’ work for our community.

     I am proud to announce that next April 18, 2020 is our 10 Annual Fundraiser, it will be fun to see what God has in store for us, I can’t wait to see you!

LEW GERVAIS, ADDICTIONS ~ PASTORAL COUNSELOR
LEW’S CORNER

      Two weekends ago I got a call from a friend (Cindy) who volunteers at Love Inc. in Melbourne. She had found a lady in the parking lot of her church the week before that had been living in her car for the past three months. I told Cindy to bring her to Hope on Tuesday because Monday was Memorial Day and we were closed. Cindy showed up at Hope with her friend early Tuesday morning.  I didn’t have to spend much time with Cindy’s new friend to see that she had some serious psychological problems. We found out that she left her home in Ohio three months ago without her phone or spare clothing. She pawned her wedding ringsand proceeded to drive south. Within a few days she made her way down to Florida and lived in her car until Cindy found and befriended her. Cindy connected her with several of our local resources for homeless people. Cindy saw to it that she had her first bath in three months, clean clothes, and a hot meal. Cindy’s church put her in a hotel for a few nights so that she could get some restful sleep on a bed. The lady had a husband and two grown kids but she didn’t remember their phone numbers. After doing some internet searches I was able to make contact with her family. Cindy ran with it from there and the next day the women’s brother flew to Orlando to take his sister back home. This is what happens when someone abruptly stops taking their meds. I am glad God brought all this together in a matter of a few days. 

      Last week I had someone walk into my office, off the street…literally. This guy has been living on the streets for the past 15 years and he said he was ready to get help for his drug and alcohol addiction. He spent almost an hour in my office trying to convince me that he was ready to quit using drugs and turn his life around. After praying together, I gave him my phone number along with a handful of phone numbers for the Christ-centered programs I usually send people to. I promised him that if he can get accepted in one of the programs that I would personally give him a ride down there. Well, that was only one week ago. Yesterday after buying him lunch I drove 90 minutes south to Okeechobee so that he can start his ten month program at Dunklin. I love it when things come together like that.

     Of course things don’t always work out that way. Today I went to the hospital to visit a young mother who overdosed on fentanyl laced heroin about a month ago, she was home for two weeks recovering well when she experienced what doctors think was a stroke. Last week we were sitting in her living room having a conversation and now she is in ICU. Doctors say that only time will tell if she comes out of it or not. Pray for a miracle for this young mother.

     With fentanyl on the streets nobody is safe anymore. I have seen marijuana, opiate, heroin, and even CBD oil laced with fentanyl creating a deadly concoction for unexpected naïve people just looking for a fun night on the town, only they often end up in ICU or in

the morgue before the night ends. I am afraid we are only seeing the beginning of the destruction this will have on future generations. We need to go to war with prayer for this generation. Where sin abounds Grace abounds much more my bible tells me. Let’s pray.  Lew Gervais

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