Mar 14, 2011

MARCH 2011

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world; but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Romans 12: 1-2
God is truly working and moving in our ministry. We have increased in numbers of staff and volunteers. We have two returning, two additional and are excited to have another join our ranks. John Maas comes to us with 42 years in Pastoral Ministry, the past 12 as Associate Pastor at Our Father’s House. He has experience in Divorce Recovery, Family and Marriage Counseling, Sexual Addiction counseling/support groups and Life coaching / mentoring for young men. We are truly blessed he has come alongside with Hope.
We have also been blessed by one of our Volunteers sharing her gift of fund raising. Her willingness to be obedient to God’s calling to do a fund raiser for Hope Ministries resulted in a tremendous success in so many ways. We are forever grateful for all her efforts and those who assisted in the successful outcome of support and dedication to Hope Ministries.
All Praise, Honor, Glory and Power are unto our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
He has set for us a new course, He is at the Helm and we are the Willing Vessel.
He is the Master of the Wind and Creator of the Sails.
He is the Captain of our Surrendered Lives, guiding us to Safe Harbor.
In that Knowledge we can sit back and enjoy the ride!
The Staff of Hope Ministries thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all that you have done and will do, because
we do realize that we are the servants of the Lord and there is no greater way for us.
Blessings and Life, Joe

Dear Hope Ministries Biblical Counselor,
Thank you for being there for me. No matter what’s going on in my life you always help me. Your wisdom, knowledge of
“The Word”, your sensitive caring heart, and your dedication to the work you do are just a few of the many gifts God has blessed you with. I am so blessed to have you in my life. May the joy, hope, and love you give come back to you.
I’m grateful to Hope Ministries, God Bless!


We are currently teaching Christ-centered Anger Management classes on Monday afternoons and evenings at the Main Unit and Work Camp of Brevard Correctional Institution in Sharpes. Anna Fetterman has been assisting us. She is an asset to our team, and a blessing. Lew Gervais, Pastoral Recovery Counselor at Hope Ministries, and Mark Swallow of Hope Community Fellowship, also teach a Bible Study on Tuesday at the Work Camp.

The new Hope Outreach Ministries Seminar Series started in December and January at His Place Ministries. I presented an Introduction and ten seminars over six weeks and offered a counseling assessment to several, who requested. I am now in the process of revising the seminar and planning to give the next series at several churches. Stay tuned, Dick


I received this picture and story as an email from a dear friend. Lew Gervais, Addictions-Pastoral Counselor

If you read a recent front page story of the San Francisco Chronicle, you would have read about a female humpback whale that had become entangled in a spider web of crab traps and lines. She was weighted down by hundreds of pounds of traps that caused her to struggle to stay afloat. She also had hundreds of yards of line rope wrapped around her body, her tail, her torso and a line tugging in her mouth.

A fisherman spotted her just east of the Farallon Islands (outside the Golden Gate) and radioed an environmental group for help. Within a few hours, the rescue team arrived and determined that she was so bad off, the only way to save her was to dive in and untangle her. They worked for hours with curved knives and eventually freed her.

When she was free, the divers say she swam in what seemed like joyous circles. She then came back to each and every diver, one at a time, and nudged them, pushed them gently around as she was thanking them. Some said it was the most incredibly beautiful experience of their lives. The guy who cut the rope out of her mouth said her eyes were following him the whole time, and he will never be the same.

When Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead in John 11 He said something very amazing. He said, "Take off the grave clothes and let him go." The people in the story above became excited about cutting some fishing line off a whale and letting it go. Well, my job is far more exciting and fulfilling than that. I get to watch God perform miracles right in front of my eyes. He brings new life to the addicted and downtrodden, and then I proceed to unravel them, so that the world can see the living miracle. There is nothing more exciting than to see God set people free from decades of drug or alcohol bondage. These miracles happen every week. To counsel with one who has no hope for a future and then to see the gleam in their eyes as God places Hope in their heart for a better tomorrow is so rewarding. Last week I a man was in my office who had attempted suicide by drinking automobile anti-freeze the previous week. We have met twice and witnessed such a change in his life that is simply incredible. We serve a powerful God, and are so blessed to witness miracles like the one in this gentleman’s life.

Several weeks ago I went to Dunklin (a Christ-centered rehab in central Florida) for their graduation ceremony. I have been to several of them in the past but this one was unique. Every one of the graduates shared that they had been addicted to prescription pain medication. Presently it seems that almost every call or counseling appointment is for a pill addiction versus a crack, meth or alcoholic addiction. The pill mills and pain management clinics in Florida is wreaking havoc in people’s lives and keeping me busy; these powerful pain pills are so easy to find and so cheap. Many of the people have been doctor shopping, end up selling half of their prescription and using the other half to feed their own growing addiction. This epidemic is worse than meth or crack ever was and I don’t see it getting any better in the near future. We at Hope Ministries covet your prayers. We always need people praying for us as we battle with the god of addiction. We thank you for being a part of our support army. Because of Christ, Lew Psalm 40: 1-3

We are always in need of volunteers. We would be happy to have you as part of our Hope Ministries team.
If you are interested, please contact us by email or telephone. We have the most caring and dedicated volunteers!
We are truly blessed by their service and their lives!