Jun 1, 2016

Praise be unto Jesus!!
May He receive all the glory, honor, power and praise through our yielded lives unto Him. What a great Fundraiser we just had. Thanking all of you who helped to make it the most successful one to date… This year we were able to put together a video through the awesome work of Bob Jensen and Roy Oishi of Chronicles Video Productions, Inc. We highly recommend them and what an answer to prayer they are. The Video is on the Home page of our website at www.hopeministriesflorida.org Check it out!!
Summer is fast approaching and the heat is on, so please be careful and let your fruit be accessible to all who would partake of it. Yes, the Fruit of the Holy Spirit; Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Gentleness, Faithfulness, Goodness, and Self Control. Remember, it is God’s desire to share all that He is with those He brings to receive and in so doing they might find His fruit desirous and to be sought after. Blessings and Life In Christ, Joe

Today I sit and wait for the phone to ring from an earlier voicemail I left. Isn’t it amazing how in this high tech and fast paced world people can just ignore a voicemail or a text when they want just because the options are there?
Years ago we were very happy to have a single party line phone attached to the wall in our home. When the phone rang, it was for you. Then we progressed to a phone you could take into another room to talk. You didn’t know who was calling (no caller ID) and you felt important thinking someone wanted to talk to you about something. They couldn’t leave a message and therefore would have to call you back to have a personal conversation with you.
Lives now are full of doubt, anger, envy, and jealousy due to these communicative inventions. With the addition of computers and texting, we talk through our fingers. Now frustration, debt, and miscommunication are added and complicate our lives as well.
Are you all tensed up and stressed because it’s true and waiting for an answer from a voice or a finger, so you can make a decision, make a date, an appointment and you feel held hostage?
This world gives you many choices. Today, why don’t you go back to the basics? Our Heavenly Father created this world and He is the peacemaker to our life. Connect to Jesus. In the bible, Jeremiah 33:3 says “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” He will listen day or night.

I am proud to announce that Hope Ministries 6th Annual Dinner and Fundraiser was a total success. Thanks to all who supported and came out for a fun filled evening. Every year I walk away from the evening and think that it just can’t get any better, but God always prevails and it is better. May our God and Father bless each and every one that has joined us here at Hope Ministries.
We are already in the planning stages for our Ryan’s Hope 5k run/walk, The date is set for October 15, 2016, to register early you can do so at; runsignup.com/race/fl/palmbay/ryanshope5kPB.
At the current time I am having a codependency class with a group of people that are growing and healing together with God’s help. I invite you to join us Monday evenings at 5:30 it is never too late to receive what God has for you.

Our current study of “Classic Christianity” by Bob George will be over in two weeks. What a wonderful journey into the world of “Grace”. I have done several book studies basically back to back over the last year and a half; therefore I am taking a break this summer from the classes. I will do another in September. Check our website www.hopeministriesflorida.org under “Support Groups” for more information, and you can look at the Staff page and click on my picture it will take you to my web page and from there to my newsletter page. I am considering doing a study of “The Resilient Self”, which is about how we handle adversity; dysfunction etc. or “When Women Walk Alone” the title is self-explanatory. What do you think? Let me know by email or by telephone (shown at the top of this page). I will still be counseling on Monday, Wednesday, & Friday each week.


Addictions…addictions everywhere!
Here are some staggering statistics I recently heard on the opiate crisis plaguing our nation.
•   The United States makes up only 5% of the world’s population, but we use over 80% of all the pain pills manufactured.
•   Over 1000 people enter our ER every day for an opiate overdose.
•   78 people die from opiate overdoses every single day in the United States.
•   There are more people dying from opiate overdoses then die from traffic accidents.
•   In 2014 there were 29,467 people who died from opiate overdoses, and the problem is still escalating every month.
Last week there was a local fatality due to the heroin epidemic in our country. It was someone I knew for a few years. She was found dead with a needle stuck in her arm in an abandoned building. She was sober for a year or more then relapsed. She made the fatal mistake that many make when they relapse. She tried to inject the same amount of heroin that she was using before she quit a year earlier and that amount proved to be fatal because her tolerance went way down when she stopped using for that year that she was sober. Many addicts make that same mistake which in most cases will cause an overdose, and many times death.
The question I often ask is why? Why is this problem so prevalent here in the United States? The only sensible answer I have is this: We as Americans have been accustomed to taking medicine to eliminate any feelings or pain we might experience. It doesn’t matter if it is due to stress, or anxiety or emotional pain. We as Americans have become uncomfortable with any feelings that are leaning on the negative side of the scale. We run to the doctor to medicate all of it away. The problem today is that the medicines doctors are dishing out are extremely powerful, not to mention addictive.
Whenever someone starts a regiment of pain medication it causes the brain to stop producing its own pain fighting chemicals and that makes the patient more sensitive to pain which causes them to use more opiates. This is a slippery slope that many unsuspecting people slide down without realizing what is happening till it is way too late. When someone goes into recovery it takes months before the brain starts producing its own pain fighting chemicals again, this makes relapse a high risk for anyone. One thing I try to do is to help the person in recovery to learn how to live with pain as their ally instead of seeing it as their enemy. They have to become comfortable with all the negative feelings that might accompany that pain. God won’t necessarily take away someone’s pain but He will help them learn how to live with it. If there was a magic button I could push that would fix them I would push it. The reality is that there is no quick fix for an addiction. Changes take time, and that is why I ask you to continue to pray for those caught in addiction.

Gateway to Life/ Hope Administrative Ministry Tom & Barbara Murgatroyd
Even though Barbara and I are no longer active in the prisons, we continue to provide counseling for released inmates and all their families. We also provide Anger Management counseling. We are still very committed to our work with Prison Fellowship Angel Tree. Barbara and I take care of the financial and administrative duties. Bookkeeping, Grant writing, monthly contribution letters/receipts, and whatever else lands on our desk.
As with all Hope Missionary Staff, ours is not a paid position. We rely on donations and mainly on God to provide for us. Blessings, Tom & Barbara

I am in the process of evaluating every area of my life and ministry. My back issues brought me to a near standstill, but my back is improving with physical therapy. I am accepting this as a season of prayer.

S.O.L.A.C.E. (Soldiers Overcoming Life After Combat Ends) the Hub, Inc. and Hope Ministries have come together to bring healing to those who struggle with combat trauma PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome). Support groups using the Combat Trauma Healing Manual, a faith based curriculum, are held on Thursdays from 6:30-8:30PM at Hope Ministries 1805 Canova St SE Ste1, Palm Bay, Fl 32909.
For more information contact Julia Craft at 321-795-4490