Aug 13, 2012

Praise Be unto Jesus!!
As President of Hope Ministries I have to release Lucy Mundy as she goes to a higher call of care ministry to her family in Virginia. May the Lord bless her and keep her and may the Lord make His face to shine upon her and be gracious to her and may the Lord turn His face toward her and give her His peace. She is loved by all at Hope and will be missed. The Lord is so good to us at Hope. He closed one door and opened another.
Sheila, my wife of 43 years, and volunteer at Hope has decided to become a Staff member. She will be a great blessing to Hope and to all those that seek to see a special side of the Lord through her ministry. I pray the same blessing upon Sheila as she so boldly comes offering her gifts of God to all who receive them in His name. Thank you Lord and Thank you Sheila for saying yes to His call. I want to Thank all of You for partnering with us, especially in this economy we are facing. We know how difficult it is to give now and we are very grateful for all who have, in the past, present and future given, to the support of Hope Ministries!
I believe Thessalonians 5: 16-18 is very appropriate for these times.
Rejoice always, pray continually, and give thanks in all circumstances for this is God’s will for you!
In Christ, Joe

I am grateful and honored to become part of Hope Ministries Staff. The Lord opened a door here for me as Lucy Mundy moves on to her next work for the Lord. She has discipled hundreds of women since 1994 and will be greatly missed. I have been a Hope volunteer since 1998, and have witnessed the blessings of this ministry and the blessing of this community continual support of Hope’s purpose and vision. My life has been greatly impacted by this mission as my husband came on staff in 1998. Our lives were changed immeasurably. To walk by faith and not by sight is a lesson the Lord is working in us both daily. As Missionaries, the Lord is teaching us that He does a superb work supplying all our needs daily for 14 years. Our work is believe in Jesus and to be grateful and thankful in all things. I look forward to see how the Lord will use my presence at Hope Ministries. I am open to share His love, joy and peace to others, who are open to find that for themselves.

By the time you receive this newsletter Howard and I will be in Charlottesville, Va. God has called us to help our daughter, Jessica, to care for her three boys. Cody, the youngest was born with Spina Bifida and has many special needs.
Andrew, our Son-In-Law, has graduated from Medical school and is doing his Internship/Residency in Richmond, VA.
Due to the grueling long hours, he will be unable to commute.
Some of you have been praying and supporting us financially for many years. We are so grateful for all the love that has been poured out on us. It has been a great privilege and honor to have been allowed to serve at Hope Ministries. We ask that you would continue to pray for us during this time.

I feel that I have clarity of vision for a new work that the Lord is giving me. A few months ago thoughts of a detailed plan to establish a Web site where I could bring encouragement to Fire & Rescue workers struggling with weight and obesity issues.
There are approximately 1,300,000 Fire and Rescue workers nationally. A study conducted by a cooperative agreement between the National Volunteer Fire Council and the United States Fire Administration concluded that “rates of overweight and obese individuals in the fire service are higher than those found in the general public”. I will keep you informed as to the progression of this endeavor.

We sometimes emotionally separate from our current situation when it is too much for us to handle. This protection is called disassociation and at the time, it is a natural gift from God to protect us. This allows us to temporarily survive when the pain is beyond our ability to endure. When this temporary protection becomes a permanent part of our life, our ability to love and to be
loved is hindered. If you suspect that unprocessed pain from your PAST is hindering your TODAY,
give us a call at Hope Ministries to set up an appointment.

God can turn our biggest mistakes into a masterpiece.
Let me share a story I read last month. A group of Scottish fisherman were eating in a seaside inn when one of the men
gestured widely, illustrating how big the fish was that got away. His arm struck the waiter’s tray sending the contents all over the white wall, leaving an ugly brown stain. The innkeeper let out a sigh as he said; “Now the whole wall will have to be repainted.”
A stranger eating at the table nearby said, “Perhaps not. Let me work with it!” So the man pulled brushes and oil paints out of an
art box. He dabbed away at the ugly stain. People watched in amazement as an image of a stag with a great rack of antlers emerged. His signature at the bottom read: Sir Edwin Landseer. It turns out he was a famous painter of wildlife in the 1800’s. In his hands, one man’s mistake became a masterpiece!

Did you know that God is bigger than our worse mistake? In fact He is always in the business of turning our mistakes into masterpieces. You see, we are the pinnacle of His creation and even our blunders can not mess up God’s masterpiece. Romans 8:28 reminds us that God is still in charge. “And we know God works all things for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” A few verses down says, “If God is for us, who can be against us?”

If we belong to God then his finger print will be able to be seen throughout our lives. I am old enough to be able to look back and see God’s handiwork in my entire life. Even before I knew Him, His fingerprint was all over my life. I couldn’t see it then but it is obvious today. Not only is God bigger than my mistakes, it is better than that; He takes my mistakes and uses them to build my character. When God is done with my mistakes, He then allows me to use them to help others in my ministry. When I make a mistake or make a horribly bad decision, I realize that God is not shocked or discouraged. He knew I was going to do that even before I was born and already had His paints and brushes ready so He could turn my bad choices into masterpieces. When He is done I am able to use my mistakes to help people that I am ministering to. Of course, I have to be willing to own my mistakes and agree to share those mistakes with others to whom I minister.

Sometimes God has to sacrifice our reputation in order to build our character. In other words, He will protect our character but not our reputation. When someone gets arrested for drugs, prostitution, DUI or a sex crime, I can plainly see that incident as God’s Mercy for that individual. I don’t believe their arrest was God’s punishment, but rather His Mercy. Our part is to Trust God. He is still in charge, and He does have our best interests at heart. Our heavenly Father might hurt us in order to help us, but He will never harm us. After all, “If He is for us, who can be against us?”

Recycle your old computers at Hope Ministries
If you replaced your home or office computer, we would love to put your old computer to work.
We often have people come through our doors who could put a used desktop or laptop computer to good use.
If you drop them off you can be a blessing to someone. Hope Ministries is also in need of a computer!

Fire tests the purity of Silver and Gold, but the Lord tests the Heart. Proverbs 17: 3