Apr 2, 2008

“Spring of Hope 2008"

Once again I sit, with pen in hand, asking for the guidance
of the Holy Spirit to give me the message for this
newsletter. First of all, I desire for our Lord and
Savior to receive all the Glory, all the Honor, and all the
Praise through our Surrendered lives unto Him, in the form
of Hope Ministries. All of us at Hope pray that we would
become an extension of our Father’s heart to all of his
children; as He directs them
through our threshold, regardless of their financial
condition. This is a Season of Thanksgiving for “He is
Risen”! I believe our Father will continue to bless us,
through your prayers and financial support because all
sustenance comes solely from Him to everyone!
For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a Spirit
of Power, of Love, and of Self-discipline.” 2Timothy 1:7
May I close with a reminder from Philippians 4:4-7;
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again; Rejoice!
Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by
prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your request
unto God.
And the peace of God which transcends all understanding
will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Finally; “May the God of Hope fill you with all Joy and
Peace as you trust in Him, so that we may overflow with
Hope by the Power of the Holy Spirit! Romans15:13
Love in Christ, Joe

Our classes provide training in counseling, addictions,
prevention and recovery support ministry using sound
curriculum that is both Christ-centered as well as state
certified for CEU's. These classes can be used to
strengthen organizations by enhancing leadership training,
improving and honing skills and improving the level of
ministry by helping leaders to become Certified Addictions
Professionals by the Florida Certification Board (FCB).
This program equips individuals to be compassionate,
confident & competent as Lay/Peer Counselors, Youth
Workers, Support Group Facilitators, Home-Group Leaders,
HIV/AIDS & Substance Abuse Outreach Workers, Missionaries,
Prison Ministers & Chaplains.
Individuals will be empowered with the fundamental
knowledge and skills to enter the fields of counseling,
addiction treatment behavioral health work, social work
activities, and recovery support services.
Addiction Studies offer comprehensive course work in
Addiction, Counseling, Recovery Support Services and
professional ethics
from a faith based and clinical perspective.

“DRUGS OF ABUSE” is our next class being held at Hope
Ministries ~ 2020 Palm Bay Rd., Ste 3, Palm Bay, Fl 32905
Beginning May, 1, 2008 ~ Thursday ~ 5:30PM – 7:00PM ~ For
more information about our classes you may contact
Lew Gervais directly at (321) 727-3871 or on our Website
www.hopeministriesflorida.org on the Education page.

Growing up with an absent mother and an angry controlling
father wasn’t easy. My circumstances ingrained in me a lot
of bad relationship patterns and sinful ways to cope with
life. I viewed God as one who punishes severely like my
father and one who would not forgive. Boy was I wrong, I
thought that if I avoided God he wouldn’t deal with me;
that I could escape God, so I ran to drugs, alcohol and
sex. I went down a very rebellious and sinful path, but
God was persistent. He had to get me to where I lost
everything, for me to see how I really needed Him! I don’t
believe God did this to be cruel, but so I could become
stronger in Him. God had to strip from me every ounce of
security I had. My dad moved to another state; I broke up
with my fiancé; I lost my job; I became an alcoholic; was
raped; lost my place to sleep and ended up living in my
car. I had nothing, and no one to turn to, until one
Sunday I returned to church and my pastor, who cared about
me. I rededicated my life to Christ and I wanted to make a
change. I knew if I continued my sinful life I would be
dead. Everything was sort of a blur until I realized that
in my sinful life I had lost who I really was. I found who
God was and why he sent his only Son! His ONLY SON to die
for ME! My sins are forgiven, that was a new concept for
me…...AMAZING! In the world I had lost my joy. God not
only gave back my joy he also gave me a new identity in
Christ. I am pure now. I love life and rejoice for the
life I am now living here. I see God now, as the father
who would never leave me. He loves me more than any human
being ever could. He is the perfect father, brother,
husband and provider. HE IS MY LIFE!

Hope’s PR & Development Department

The first quarter of 2008 at Hope Ministries has truly been

“In Development.” We have already experienced some new and
exciting things this year. We held our first Informational
and Inspirational Luncheon. What a pleasure it was to have
guest from the community attend to learn about the services
Hope offers and enjoy friendly fellowship. Our next
luncheon is scheduled for Tuesday, June 10th at 11:45 –
1:00 PM.
We completed Phase I of our “Facilities Face Lift” project
that included repainting and decorating our three
restrooms. It has been a joy for me to see how pleased our
staff is with the newly decorated restrooms. Phase II of
the project is to repaint and decorate the Reception Room;
scheduled for the end of April. Special thanks to our
Board of Directors who personally funded Phase I.
I am very pleased to announce that the first of several
grant applications scheduled for the year is “in the mail.”
Please join us in prayer for God’s guidance in choosing the
Granter’s, whom He has designed to help us “Help Hearts
I want to invite and strongly encourage all Counselors,
Pastors, Physicians and Emergency Care workers to attend a
very important workshop/luncheon we are offering called:
“Suffering in Silence” Hidden Head and Brain Injury,
resulting from Domestic Violence. At this workshop you will
learn the red flags that will enable the care taker to spot
a client who may have a hidden head or brain injury.
“Suffering in Silence” will be held at The Hilton Rialto in
Melbourne on Friday, April 11, 2008; 10AM -2PM(only 50
seats). The cost is only $45.00 of which $ 20.00 is tax
Please call Linda or me today for your reservation
@321-676-5588, or email us @
Thank you all, who support us monthly. We pray that God
returns your investment as stated in his word; Luke 6:38.
Your Sister In Christ, Diana Sivadon / Director of PR &


Hope Ministries would like to shine a friendly spotlight on

Our Father’s House Church. At Our Father’s House many
people have found a place to call home and a place to find
God. Under the leadership of Pastor Larry Booth, this
church family is growing in grace and knowledge; as they
walk together and individually through their amazing
journey toward a mature and abundant relationship in

Our Father’s House has also been a faithful supporter and
friend of Hope Ministries. On behalf of Hope Ministries’
Board of Directors, the President and the staff, we honor
God by spotlighting Our Father’s House Church this month.
We pray that God will continue to bless the work of your
hands, as you direct many more people to “Our Father’s

If you do not have a church home and live in the Melbourne
or Satellite Beach area we invite to visit Our Father’s
House located at 535 Cassia Blvd., Satellite Beach,
Florida. For more information: call 321-777- 0057 or visit
Our Father’s House
“We exist to glorify God and make Him known.”


Hope Ministries is alive and functioning in a time of
economic distress. As with most ministries, Hope is
experiencing financial distress, of a serious nature.
However, the Board of Directors, the President and Staff
are all moving forward in faith that God will provide for
His Ministry.
Your Servant in Christ,
Dick Phelps


He is a dependable, dedicated and respected volunteer for
Hope Ministries.
He is at the front desk every Monday and Friday greeting
those who come in, answering
question, taking messages, deciphering and routing
telephone calls.
He has done excellent work for us gathering Resource
information for the staff and our website.
We love and appreciate Ted and all our faithful
Thank you all for all you do!

You may mail your gift to: 2020 Palm Bay Rd, Ste 1, Palm
Bay, Fl 32905,or you can give online at