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RHM Newsletter 29

  • RHM Newsletter 29 - 04 / 2017


    Thank you for reading our devotional and being a part of Refreshing Hope Ministries. This is an update on what has been happening here during the last couple of months and I thank you for taking time to read it. The last couple of months have been more of Jesus, and less of me. We are working towards being more flexible for the Spirit here and less scripted, in all areas, so newsletters will come when we have something to say, and not necessarily at the first of the month.

    To Restore Hope: While praying about the focus of this ministry, that is what comes to me. I feel that we are put here to restore hope to those that may have lost it. Those that are beginning to falter, to help them hold on for another day. That is what originally came to us when we began this ministry. We prayed together over a name and “Refreshing Hope” came to us, and if there is one thing people need today, it is a refreshed hope in the Lord. Yes, He is still there.

    An anointed word spoken in season changes everything. The anointing is what it is all about. It is like reverb on dry vocals, it adds depth and power to what would be bland. It carries with it the very power of God. The word of the Lord will always accomplish what it was meant to do (Isaiah 55:11) and the yoke is destroyed because of the anointing (Isaiah 10:27).

    That is what we work for here: to bring you an anointed word, in the right season. To refresh your hope when you need it most. To encourage you to hold on for another day until God comes through, or back.

    Jesus stood up in the temple and read from from the scroll of Isaiah: Luke 4:18–19 (NKJV) — 18 “The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed; 19 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD.”

    At Refreshing Hope, we seek the poor, the brokenhearted, the captives, the spiritually blind, and the oppressed. Those that lay outside of the church walls. That is who Jesus went after. Jesus said in Matthew 9:12 — “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick.”

    Refreshing Hope started with a daily devotional, then a prayer network, then added an online church website, then live meetings over the Internet, with the goal of reaching those that no one else is seeking. So many were connected to us, but not to each other. We want to network them together and to the Lord.

    When the Lord first put me into ministry, Ezekiel chapter 34 kept coming to me. A month before, I could not tell you what it said. Then suddenly after becoming a pastor, it was everywhere. People emailed it to me… I printed one of the emails out and thumb tacked to the wall beside me to think about later. The next morning when I came into work, it had come loose and was laying in my chair, like it was my assignment for the day. This kept happening. Especially this section:

    Ezekiel 34:1–6 (NKJV) — 1 And the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 2 “Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy and say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD to the shepherds: “Woe to the shepherds of Israel who feed themselves! Should not the shepherds feed the flocks? 3 You eat the fat and clothe yourselves with the wool; you slaughter the fatlings, but you do not feed the flock. 4 The weak you have not strengthened, nor have you healed those who were sick, nor bound up the broken, nor brought back what was driven away, nor sought what was lost; but with force and cruelty you have ruled them. 5 So they were scattered because there was no shepherd; and they became food for all the beasts of the field when they were scattered. 6 My sheep wandered through all the mountains, and on every high hill; yes, My flock was scattered over the whole face of the earth, and no one was seeking or searching for them.”

    The Holy Spirit impressed on me that this is what I am called to do: to seek those that the church overall does not want, the broken, the lost, the weak, the sick. Those that have suffered church abuse and have been driven away. Many of them will never set foot back in church, but we will go after them and they will encounter Jesus right where they are, and it wasn’t my idea. It was His from the beginning. He has called me to be a different kind of shepherd, a broken one.

    RHM is having live interactive church meetings over the Internet twice a week, Sunday mornings at 11AM EST, and Wednesday evenings at 7:00 PM EST. We have recently moved from a traditional format of a lengthy message to something with a more interactive and flexible feel, that includes worship, prayer, and perhaps a short message, throughout the service. We believe this type of service better fits the strengths of this ministry and leaves more room for the Holy Spirit to work. Just go to the website and click “Watch” to join us and we can pray for you in real time, and you can fellowship with others right where you are. We have started including praise and worship during the meetings and the Lord began giving me original songs. It is an exciting time. I am no singer, but Amos was no prophet (Amos 7:14) - He was just a man that God told to go, and he went. That is all that I am, a man under authority. He says: “Do this, and I do it” (Matthew 8:9).  

    Something New:  Something that we feel that the Lord has put on our heart over the last year, and it seems way out there financially, but if He is in it, then He will bring it to pass, is this: A Pop-up Church, which is essentially a mobile church that can be set up in different locations. We already have an online church where everyone meets, and we can live stream from anywhere that we have a decent Internet connection. What if we could visit areas of the country and hold live meetings, and broadcast live from there as well. We could meet many of you, anoint people, lay hands on them, baptize them, pray for them - possibly even visit people in their homes or in the hospital. It will depend entirely on God. Our current vehicles are a 1997 truck with 240k miles and an 2002 car with 170k, so we won’t be doing all that much traveling until He changes it. One day, we would like to have either an RV, or a truck and a small camper for traveling. If He wants it to happen, He is more than able to supply our needs. We will update you on this if it develops further.

    New Books: I have gone back through most of my devotionals over the past year, updated them, clarified things, proofed them, added prayers, fun facts, and adjusted the Bible scriptures and translation used in them. Thanks for your patience while I have done this. I know that some of the stories have been repetitive while I worked on it. Now I am done and we have enough content ready to release ten new forty day devotionals. We will be rolling them out over the next year. The first will probably be: “Forty Days of Love” which will be a forty day devotional on the different aspects of God’s love for us.

    RHM T-Shirt Store: I wore one of our RHM shirts that Sylvia designed for me during one of our live meetings, and several of the people there asked how they could get one. So… being that Sylvia already had experience designing shirts for PBWU, we decided to put some shirts together for RHM and launch a web store where you can buy ministry shirts, coffee mugs and maybe some other things. We are only doing this as a service to you and really make no profit off of it. In fact, it will probably cost us money to keep it up there, but hopefully the sales will make us break even and it will add to our sense of community and being a part of something. Here are some notes about that: Refreshing Hope Shirts

    * The shirts are fairly pricey to me (around $20) because they are print on demand. Meaning that you order one, they print just that one and then ship it to you. That is just the way it is. We cannot buy in bulk and are not willing to turn our home into a warehouse.

    * Be sure that you actually want one before you before you order it… If you return a non-defective item, then it is shipped back to us, the money is taken from our account, and we take a 100% loss on the item. A few times of that and it will probably end the web store experience. I would say get them while it is there…

    * There is currently only the RHM Cross design in various style options at the store, because it takes quite a bit of time to create images for every style and color option. If it looks like there is interest, we will work on adding more!



    With all of that said, here is the link to the new RHM Web Store:  
    http://webstore.refreshinghope.org

     

     


    Audio and Video Recordings: RHM has its own Vimeo channel with all of our video teachings on it in one place. Now we also have audio recordings of the live meetings available. These are automated recordings of the entire service and are converted to small mp3 files. The quality is not that high, but they are small enough to stream on any internet connection. This was added by request and is good for those that get an encouraging word during the ministry time and want to go back and listen to it again later, or to catch up on the service while on the road or working. You can also find all of these under the “Multimedia” menu on the site:

    The Videos are here (Teaching Only):
    Videos only: https://vimeo.com/refreshinghope
    Blog and Video: http://www.refreshinghope.org/blogs?owner_id=1&category=21

    The Audio is here (Entire service start to finish):
    http://www.refreshinghope.org/pages/audio-archive

    Online Church News: www.refreshinghope.org - We have grown to 3,681 members and 17,080 friendships. We have had 117 prayer requests and sent 629 replies to them. A big thanks to our ministry team, who faithfully visit the prayer page and lift up the needs of our members.

    Group and Member News:
    We have started four new groups since the last newsletter, which we encourage you to check out: “Fun with Electronics” (a tech group), “Make a Joyful Noise” (a music group), “Overcomers: Addiction Support Group (encouragement and support for all types addictions), and “Broken Families” (support for those alienated from family members). You can find all of the groups by using the Groups link at the site menu, or at the link here: http://www.refreshinghope.org/groups.

    We have also recently started up the Wednesday FAAD (Fight Against Anxiety & Depression) chats again. They start at 7:30pm EST, immediately following the RHM Live mid-week service at 7pm EST. One of our FAAD members, Jim Jarrell has been providing video teachings to kick them off, followed by questions, discussion and fellowship! Additionally, each week the Creation Photographers group brings a fun new theme for us to focus our eyes on God’s beauty, and the Spiritually Single group focuses on our pre-believer loved ones with “Fast & Pray Friday”. We invite you to have a look!

    For those who are not aware, we have also added some new folks to our member bloggers list: http://www.refreshinghope.org/pages/bloggers, and our member authors: http://www.refreshinghope.org/pages/memberauthors. These are RHM members who contribute with their articles, or have published books. We encourage you to take a look and encourage them with your feedback!

    If you are in need of prayer, we are here for you! Just click on the Prayer link on the website menu (you will need to be logged in). Here also is the direct link: http://www.refreshinghope.org/pages/prayer. For our prayer warriors, if you are interested in joining our prayer team, please do contact us.

    Many thanks to each of you for being part of Refreshing Hope Ministries. We pray for each of you daily, and are grateful for your encouragement, prayers and support!

    Pastor Dion


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35 comments
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Evan Force
Evan Force

Thank you for the updates!  I appreciate everything you and Syvia are doing!!!

April 7
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Thank you so much, Evan! Long time no hear, how have you been? Any improvements at your workplace?

April 7
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Thank you, Helena, we so appreciate your thoughts, and you :)!

April 7
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Wendy Bixler
Wendy Bixler

Thank you for all the information in the news letter. Thank you for the devotionals daily. You truly are an inspiration and a blessing. May God bless you and thie wonderful group of people helping to make this a sucess for God.

 

April 7
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Perry Robertson
Perry Robertsonedited: April 7

Great to hear the updates, I hope we can all meet and have church from our house sometime in the future, Karen and I wouldnt know what to do without our church. I may not chat much online, Its just the way I am. But its very important to us and we appreciate all that you Pastor Dion and Sylvia do, for everything you guys do for us and more impotantly for God.We Love You both keep up the good work.!

April 7
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Rebecca Adkins
Rebecca Adkins

Agreed and Amen.

April 8
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Rose Sicilia
Rose Sicilia

I have learned so very much from your teachings of God's word and especially through your own life how God worked. I felt like a misfit to go to any church I tried a few times. So Thank you both for letting God lead the way for we are his sheep and know and hear his voice. Thanks for helping to gather God's sheep us!! May God bless and protect you both always Sincerely Rose Sicilia 

April 7
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LaDonne Lenzini
LaDonne Lenzini

I look forward to getting your messages everyday and I share them with others. Thank you so much. LaDonne.

 

April 7
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Rebecca Adkins
Rebecca Adkins

So do I.

April 8
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Thank you for all the info and updates in the newletter. It is exciting to hear your future plans ... the pop up church would be awesome! How nice it would be to meet in person. I appreciate all you do in this ministry. I am encouraged every morning with the devotionals and enjoy mid week and FAAD group. God bless you both for all your hard work and sacrifices and I pray daily for you both and the ministry to grow and God's will be done!

April 7
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Lisa Mathson
Lisa Mathson

I just want to say how very thankful I am for this ministry. I began reading RHM just before Pastor Dion took over as Pastor. From the first devotional God has spoken to me through each posting. Each day he lifted my spirits and revealed to me what I needed to know to get me through the day. I know many are like me busy with children and life but today I wanted to take time to simply say thank you for sharing your life experiences and God's Word with us. It has really been something I look forward to each day. God bless you Pastor Dion and Sylvia. You are truly loved. 

April 7
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Rebecca Adkins
Rebecca Adkins

Yes yes yes.  Thank you both

April 8
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Thanks so much for all your hard work for us to be spiritually filled with his words I love the new format​ it gives more time for the spirit to guide us I can't wait to see what he has in store for RHM next sincerely Scott Riegelmann.

April 8
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Rebecca Adkins
Rebecca Adkins

I couldn't agree more.

April 8
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler

Truly REFRESHING!!  Love every word...The realization it is God's , under God's Lordship, and His Heart is in this!!  Agree about the description of all you meet and help for many reasons of their needs & Hurst...To find H O P E and receive Hope again in their lives.  I personally have experienced all this and benefited from all that RHM is.  I is alive as Jesus is!!  Thank You Lord for what You have done, are doing and will continue to be Doing!!!

April 8
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Rebecca Adkins
Rebecca Adkins

Well said.

April 8
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler

PS...Love the shirts!! Plan to order soon as I got it into budget

April 8
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Leslie McLea
Leslie McLea

My heart sings at how God is working with this ministry. Reading this news letter brought tears to my eyes as I have seen God through out the writing. My hope has been all but gone, and my pain is so gripping at times that I have longed for Heaven to be free from it. Yet I know God still has a plan for me and I will do my best to hang on till He Himself takes me home. I love being a part of RHM and I love brining encouragement to others, and I love the encouragement others bring to me. I really feel like I belong here. It has been many years now, since I began reading just your daily devotionals, I am so glad and praise God for His letting me find you. I am one of those sheep that no one wanted to come after to find me. I am one of the broken and lonely, but in RHM I feel like you are my family, as a matter of fact, I am more in touch with you all than my own family and I am very thankful. I see God's hand all over this ministry and I am so blessed to be a part of it. 

Leslie, Roanoke, VA

April 8
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Rebecca Adkins
Rebecca Adkins

Leslie, your story is so much like my own. Its so hard for me to type all I want to say due to a failed hand surgery back in November. So thanks so much for all you wrote..expressing my thoughts. Im so grateful for this ministry. The first one I read each day. Love In Christ. Rebecca

April 8
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Leslie McLea
Leslie McLea

You are so very welcome Rebecca. I am sorry about your hand. Little is much when God is in it. Use Word pad and write little lines daily, like you did here, take all week if you need to, then by then of the week you will have expressed all you want to then you could post what is on your heart. Be encouraged sweet sister, you are not alone on this journey, and that is a great feeling. Love in Christ, Leslie

April 9
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Rebecca, so sorry about your hand surgery - I know that can affect your day in so many ways :(. Praying for His divine healing, sister, love you <3!

April 14
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Thank you so much, Leslie, we are blessed and honored to have you here. It is people like you, who felt like that had no place, that were most on our hearts when we initiated RHM. We love you <3! (((HUGS)))

April 14
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Leslie McLea
Leslie McLea

Oh thank you Syliva, I have reflected on how much RHM has helped me over the years and my discovery was/is very awesome indeed. I was feeling down about not being apart of a church and being involved , and I found I am in involved with two groups of my own, helping others with things I am very much intune with. I was down about not having women in my life to share things with, and discovered here on RHM I have a lot in commen with a lot of women here. Why here, even the Pastors wife is a very pleasent and caring person to speak with . I am blessed indeed, and RHM has made my interaction with fellow believers a reality when there were none before. I love you all. 

April 14
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

That makes me so happy to hear this, Leslie, and agree that it is indeed a wonderful community to be part of, and you are an important part of what makes it so <3!

April 14
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles

Thanks for all you do! I hope I can budget in a shirt while they are here! This is the first church i have felt truly at home in and I praise God daily for leading me here *♡*

April 8
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Dianna, I am so glad to hear that you have felt at home here, and you are one of the people who have made it so <3! We love you <3! (((HUGS)))

April 14
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Pastor Marty Pena
Pastor Marty Pena

When the Lord led me to make my daily small post it was made with everything that needs to be said, thanking you for what you do for the Kingdom of God. As the song says....thank you for giving to the Lord I was a life that was changed.....and so many are changed daily here on RHM. I pray that the Lord continues to lead you to where He needs you the most. I am very thankful unto the Lord for leading me into Refreshing Hope Ministries through a friend one day. It is truly a daily blessing. All my love with much gratitude sent to you Pastor Todd and Sylvia this day and always. Shalom.

April 8
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Thank you so much, Marty, we are blessed that God led you here, and love having you as part of this little family <3! (((HUGS)))

April 14
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Loriann Riley
Loriann Riley

Thank Pastor Dion for all the updates of Refreshing Hope.  It sure brings blessings to my heart and soul.  I hope and pray that God will continue to use you to reach the lost and hopeless souls out there. God bless you and thank you.  Hope the Lord continue to guide, protect,  strengthen and gives you wisdom to continue working for the kingdom. Have a bless day. 

April 8
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Amen, thank you so much for your love and blessings, Loriann, we love you <3! (((HUGS)))

April 14
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Rosemary Marsh
Rosemary Marsh

Thank you Pastor Dion. For this up date of Refreshing Hope.For your Love and Devotion to us all and the Ministry.God is certainly moving and Blessing yours ( His ) Ministry over there,and your out reach which was so badly needed for so many people.all over the place.I know God will continue to Bless your Ministry and all the people who are so devoted in the Ministry.It is a Blessing having a Ministry like yours as there are many who Unable to even go to a church or find the one where they are able to grow or understand the language.I am forever grateful to God and to you and your Ministry for all that you are doing.

April 9
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Thank you so much, Rosemary, we know the feeling during times in life when we have not had a church that was right for us, with no fellowship to connect with. We are blessed that God allowed us to provide such a place and so glad that He led you here, sister <3! (((HUGS)))

April 14
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Rosemary Marsh
Rosemary Marsh

I just want to say Thank you Heavenly Father for you are always so Faithful,and your Love does endure forever. Thank you for answered prayer,and for all you have done and doing. In all our lives.We Love You With grateful hearts.

April 9
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Amen, thank you, Lord!

April 14
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler

 Re-reading all the newsletter I looked more Ezxekiel 34 wording.  What a loving caring passage into Hope, Love & Care it describes.  And to put it into action is as having Jesus visit in my deep places of cares I'll or need for encouragement!  Hosea 2:15.. mentions the valley of Achor and door of hope.  I day to me the Valley of Aches whatever they may be.  Arms of Jesus reaching out in that valley to hug and hold with care of our hearts.  Lived long in that book.  Refreshing Hope is drink for the thirsty, tired sick and a need to feel loved/accepted.  My God is an awesome God!!  PS.love my shirt!

May 23