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RHM Newsletter 39: Looking Back at 2021

  • Looking Back on 2021 from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo.

    Thank you for being a part of Refreshing Hope Ministries and taking time out of your day to read or watch this message. I hope this finds you blessed, warm, safe, and happy, wherever you happen to be. This is our year-end newsletter, and I wanted to take some time to update you on what has been happening behind the scenes here at Refreshing Hope during 2021.

    (Deuteronomy 8:4–10 NKJV) Your garments did not wear out on you, nor did your foot swell these forty years. You should know in your heart that as a man chastens his son, so the LORD your God chastens you. "Therefore you shall keep the commandments of the LORD your God, to walk in His ways and to fear Him.

    For the LORD your God is bringing you into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and springs, that flow out of valleys and hills; a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive oil and honey; a land in which you will eat bread without scarcity, in which you will lack nothing; a land whose stones are iron and out of whose hills you can dig copper. When you have eaten and are full, then you shall bless the LORD your God for the good land which He has given you.

    When the Israelites came out of Egypt, they spent forty years in the wilderness before entering the Promised Land. During this time, the Lord provided everything they had need of, but not necessarily their wants. When they were hungry, He gave them manna from heaven. In time, they grew tired of eating manna (Numbers 11:6). When they were thirsty, He gave them water from a rock (Exodus 17:5). Their clothes and sandals never wore out. Yet, they grew bored of wearing the same garment for 40 years.

    The Israelites had all they needed, but not all they wanted. One day, they were going to have it all in the Promised Land. But first, the Lord wanted to teach them to depend on Him in the wilderness. How many of us are in that holding state? We have come out of the bondage in Egypt, but we are not yet living in the land overflowing with milk and honey. That's Refreshing Hope in a nutshell.

    Before we began Refreshing Hope, the Lord gave me a very vivid dream where He took me to a seven-acre field He wanted me to work. It was neglected, overgrown with weeds, and badly needed care. He explained to me that He really needed the harvest from this particular field. The fruit He was seeking could only be grown here, and if we worked it for Him, He would provide everything we needed. I happily accepted His offer to take care of it.

    Soon we found ourselves in ministry and surrounded by those who had fallen through the cracks through church hurt, disabilities, or various reasons. It was easy to see that the Lord was going after His scattered flock and reaching them right where they were. It was the beginning of something beautiful He is doing: providing a family to those who don't have one.

    As with the Israelites, the Lord has provided for our every need, but not necessarily for our wants along the way. We do the work, and He provides whatever we need to accomplish it. That is about all you can ask for and is considered prospering in the Bible. To be successful in whatever He gives you to do.

    For example, when we decided to start an online church, we calculated we needed $2,500 to get started. I pulled an old Dell server out of our closet, put it on our kitchen table, and began formatting it. Without us telling anyone, within 30 minutes, someone came to our website and donated exactly $2,500. He has taken care of us like that ever since.

    We are not yet living in the Promised Land overflowing with milk and honey, but we have our needs met as they come due. In the Bible, an abundance means having enough to cover your immediate needs and a little leftover to help someone else. In that light, He has given us an abundance, and we are extremely grateful.

    Don't give up when you are between Egypt and the Promised land. Keep a positive attitude. Remember, each time Israel whined and complained, they had to take another lap around that mountain!

    We put together a slideshow for you. Now, we have done many things over the year like upgrading our camera to a new high-definition Canon with a prime lens. Upgrading the audio system for better sound. Swapping out our network firewall and switches for faster versions so we have better Internet for streaming our videos and a speedier website, as well as many other small improvements.

    Yet, this video is mostly a quick overview of life here at RHM after hours. I felt it would be meaningful to share our life here with you. When the writing, programming, and computer work is done for the day, we work on other things like wiring, air conditioning, plumbing, electrical, carpentry, and landscaping. We enjoy cooking good food, smoking meats and cheese, crafting, reading, and playing with the puppies. It's been a busy but happy year for us here. 

    Year-End Giving:

    The Lord has faithfully taken care of us here, and each time we have had a need, He has provided for it somehow. We have to do the actual work, which I am ok with, but He gives us what we need to accomplish it and the strength and skills to do it. I am happy to say that we aren't driven by financial needs, but I do want to mention this:

    As a supporter of RHM, you may have plans to contribute at the year's end. If that's the case, then we welcome your support. We would be glad to receive your year-end donation, which may allow you to "render a little less to Caesar and a little more to the Lord." RHM is a non-profit organization, and your donations here are tax-deductible. So if you wish to send a year-end contribution, please be sure that your gift is made by December 31 to be credited in 2021. You can donate securely online here.

    Thank you:

    I just want to say thank you so much for those that take a moment out of their day to encourage us, send us a card or a gift, and support us. We couldn't make it without you. I know that God has great things in store for RHM, and we so appreciate each of you that has stood by us through the hard times. Our prayer wall is covered with your cards and letters.

    If you need prayer, 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.

    We pray for each of you daily and are very grateful for the group of people God has put here. We love you. God loves you. Thank you for being a part of Refreshing Hope!

    Pastor Dion


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Dan Remley
Dan Remley Thank you so much for all you do Pastor Dion and Sylvia.What a blessing you both are.
December 20, 2021
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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Thank you for listening to the Lord to start RHM program……. So many of us needed this ! Thank you for all you do… May the Lord bless you all! ❤️ You Dion and Sylvia! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
December 20, 2021
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Chris Dibbern
Chris Dibbern

Thanks for the interesting behind-the-scenes, Pastor Dion, Sylvia, and Jasmine! Your home reminds me a little of my time growing up in Maynard, Massachusetts. Our driveway was quite long and reached back into the woods where I often spent time in imagination land playing with frogs, turtles, garter snakes, and our dog Schatzi (german for sweetheart). :)

December 19, 2021
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Brad Schmitt
Brad Schmitt

Thank you so much for taking the time to make this video and allowing us into your home/ lives! I thorouhly enjoyed it. I have to admit that I have taking RHM for granted at times. Seing this video was a great reminder of all the time and effort it takes to make this happen and how grateful I am to be a part of it. With that said I am commiting to be a much grater contributor to my RHM family! THANK YOU pastor Dion and Sylvia for all your time, talent and faithfulness.

December 19, 2021
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Thank you Pastor Dion and Sylvia for all you both do here at RHM! It is always fun to see your photos and videos of your life there with your doggies and all the many projects you have completed! 2021 has been a busy year for you and I hope you get some much needed rest and relaxation as we near the end of the year! I am so grateful to be a member of RHM and be surrounded by like-minded Christians that pray and support me through life's ups and downs. It is truly a blessing and I look forward to going through 2022 with you all!

December 19, 2021
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Brenda F
Brenda F

Wow what a wonderful blessing that you and Sylvia have the skills to handle your construction needs. Thank you for sharing the "behind the scenes" and for your truly honest and straightforward teaching of God's word 

May you both have a wonderful Christmas!

 

God's blessings!

 

Brenda

December 19, 2021
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Thank you Pastor Dion and Sylvia for RHM.Gods blessings and a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all with love ,peace and happiness. Amen 

December 19, 2021
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Narciso Salas
Narciso Salas

God bless you and your entire family Pastor.

December 19, 2021
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Sherri McGraw
Sherri McGraw

Thank you Pastor Dion & Sylvia for all you do.  You've both done an outstanding job on the upgrading.  We may have to talk about you bringing that tractor to my house with the bucket so I can paint my 3 peaks on my house this spring. Hahahaha.  Wishing you both a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

With love from your sister in Christ

Sherri McGraw

December 19, 2021
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Thankyou!!

December 20, 2021
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Bella Colliander
Bella Colliander

Thank you Pastor Dion and Sylvia for taking the time to share all that God has provided for you to be successful and bring His word, fellowship and be of such encourgement to His flock. May our Lord continue to meet all your needs so you may continue to share His truth. You are deeply appreciated. We love you, Jasman and your family. Have a very Merry Christmas filled with lots of love, happiness and peace. Always in my prayers, your sister in Christ, Bella

December 20, 2021
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Thank you Pastor & Sylvia for RHM and all the work you do.  Have a Blessed Christmas and a Blessed New Year. God Bless.Bless you both. 

December 20, 2021
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Roseanne Braverman
Roseanne Braverman

Thank you for all you do.  You and Sylvia have accomplished a tremendous amount if work.  May the Lord continue to bless your health and strength.  Have a wonderful snd blessed Christmas.

December 20, 2021
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza

PRAISE THE LORD. TO GOD BE THE GLORY. Thank you and MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR PAST DION AND SYLVIA. 

December 20, 2021
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Sherry McCosh
Sherry McCosh

I pray for God to richly bless Refreshing Hopes Ministries and everyone that is a part of this ministry. This ministry has been a huge blessing to me, especially during the Covid lockdown when we were not able to go to our regular church and worship. I thank God for this ministry and I look forward to the devotions every day. I would really like to see more chapters of the Bible study, as that was a huge blessing to me as well and helped me to grow in the Lord. Blessings for a Merry Christmas to everyone who reads this message.

December 20, 2021
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Theresa Bright
Theresa Bright

What a busy, blessed year you have had. Thank you for sharing, and for being a part of my daily life. You and Sylvia can't even imagine how grateful I am. You have comforted me, giuded me, and brought me through some hard times.  I thank the Lord for your presence in my life. 

Have a restful holiday season. Bless you.

Love, Theresa

December 21, 2021
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

I thank God for you both, pastor Dion and Mrs. Sylvia and all you both do to reach the hurting,lonely and lost sheep. Thank y'all for doing His will. May Father Yahweh continue to bless this ministry and every one here. 

December 21, 2021
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardleedited: December 23, 2021

Oh, dear Pastor Dion and dear Sylvia, words cannot express how I feel (also speaking for my husband, daughter, grandson and his wife) about you both, your ministry, your outreach, and your faithfulness!!! I cannot fathom where I would be if I hadn't found you years ago, and I cannot wait for the time that I can actually giveyou both a Big Bear HUG! My husband and I had at one point, forget when exactly, maybe a year ago, made plans to come and visit you and present our love gift to you personally, but then things started happening . . .! It is our solemn prayer that the Lord would continue to meet all of your needs in this new year to come, bless you and yours abundantly, may your cup run over until He comes again to take us home to live with Him forever and ever!!! Have a very merry CHRISTmas!!! Love, hugs and prayers from Liesel, Tom, Yvonne, Alexander  and Kathleen, his young wife!  PS: One can see that the Lord is working in Kathleen's heart!! And, all I can say is regardless how it all started out, "The Lord works in mysterious ways", and He hears our prayers, praise His Holy Name!!! (h5) (L)

December 23, 2021
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

   Finally taking the time to read and watch your year-end newsletter, Dion and Sylvia. Thanks so much for all the work you put into making videos, modeling focus and stewardship, and sharing God's Word so faithfully. The slide show is such a wonderful way to bring us together as an RHM family and provide a glimpse into the many tasks it takes to serve the Lord! Praising God for His provision and blessing over RHM. Praying for His continued direction for this important work!

Jan 3