September 2018

Oct 2, 2018

Praise Be Unto Our Jesus!!!
I am glad to report Hope is doing well and I am so glad to be part of what God is doing through her. Our lives become very dry and self absorbed as we go from day to day, we need some nourishment from God to help us along. This is where Hope comes into action helping others regain the premise of “life unto God”. People come usually because they are fighting a battle within themselves or with others… We at Hope try to gently help to restore their true identity as
Christians and awaken their “Hearts” once again to the promises of God.
Galatians 2:20 comes to my mind… “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” As the realization of life through the Holy Spirit encompasses us, we are able to walk through the battles of life that we become part of.
I so love Philippians 1:6, “Being confident of this, (and I pray that we at Hope are Confidence builders) that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Thanking God and you all for the opportunity to be a Servant in Christ, Joe

In the past thirty days three people that I know lost their battle with drug addiction. No parent anticipates having to bury their twenty something year old daughter or son; yet this scenario is played out every day in America. In fact, over 175 people die in America from an opiate overdose daily. That adds up to over 1200 people every week. Opiate addiction is nothing to play with. However the real danger from accidental drug overdoses is the person who has successfully quit for six or more months and then relapses again. Often that person will mistakenly try to shoot-up the same amount they were using before they quit. The problem is that while they were using daily their body had built up a tolerance; so they had to keep shooting more and more to avoid the withdrawals and to receive the high. However after not using drugs for six or more months their tolerance level had returned to normal again. When they relapse many will mistakenly think they need to shoot-up the same amount they were using prior to quitting; however that amount will often cause them to overdose and die. Most of the opiate deaths are the result of an accidental overdose. They underestimated how much their body had changed after they stopped using drugs. So the first time they shoot-up again ends up being their last time.
Many of the people I see started out taking pain pills for a legitimate medical problem, but ended up abusing the medications in the end. When they can no longer get their supply from their doctor they turn to the street to buy them. Before long they change from pills, which are measured and predictable, but expensive; to heroin which varies in strength from week to week, but is much cheaper than prescription pain pills. Street heroin can end up being anywhere from 5 to 50 times stronger than the pain pills the addict was accustomed to using. When I was in my early twenties I would usually let one of my friends shoot up first, especially when we had a new batch of drugs. If that person didn’t go into convulsions, seizures, or become unresponsive I would then shoot-up. I know that I avoided a hospital visit or possible death by not going first.
Three months ago a guy came into my office after receiving a DUI. His probation officer sent him to me for counseling. The first few times we met he was continuing to drink. He had switched from vodka to beer thinking he could handle it better. It took about four more weeks for him to see that he was playing with fire. He leveled with me that he enjoyed drinking and didn’t want to quit. About six weeks ago I had the privilege of leading him to faith in Christ. He has been sober since then and recently admitted that he no longer has any desire to drink alcohol. My job is so much easier when God touches someone and changes them from the inside-out. I covet your prayers as I minister to hurting people. If God doesn’t intervene I sometimes get the feeling that I am simply spinning my wheels. I ask you to pray that the power of the Gospel touches everyone coming to Hope Ministries for help. Many people when they first come are not ready, and only Christ can make them ready. That is why we ask you to hold us up in prayer as we minister to hurting people.
In His service, Lew Gervais

Although it seems early, we are gearing up for Prison Fellowship Angel Tree Christmas 2018! As the county coordinators, we are responsible for all participating churches in Brevard. Unfortunately, we lost two churches in a particularly critical area; North Brevard. If you or your church feels led by the Holy Spirit to get involved, please call Hope Ministries at 321-676-5588 and ask for Tom.

This is my favorite season of the year, I am waiting patiently for the weather to follow the season; the year has flown by again. We just finished our 8th annual dinner and auction three months ago. I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support in attendance and your financial support to Hope Ministries.
I am excited to announce that we have a date for our 9th fundraiser; it will be April 13th 2019, so please save the date. God has great things in store as we go into 2019. Hope Ministries will also be celebrating our Silver 25 years of service. I am so blessed to be a part of Hopes’ family, there is true love of God in our family, as we share it with all that come here through classes, counseling, etc. Thank you again for your continued support in spreading God’s love to our community.

I will begin a “Love Is A Choice” class; October 1, 2018, Monday’s, 5:30PM~7:00PM
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 Himself. Ladies, 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 for more information at Hope Ministries at 321-676-5588.
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 overcomer 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 health. Call Linda at Hope Ministries, 321-676-5588 to make an appointment.
THE SEARCH for SIGNIFICANCE, by Robert S. McGee (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 on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday, 9-4 PM

As the season of thanksgiving, restoration and celebration begins, may we be aware of those around us who may be in need of all. May the Lord of all renew our hearts and minds to be aware of those we may provide sustenance, either physically or spiritually!