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RHM January 2017 Newsletter

  • January Newsletter - 2017


    Thank you for being a part of Refreshing Hope Ministries. This is an update on what has been happening here during the last month and I thank you for taking time to read it.

    Welcome to the year of 2017. The cold war was going to incinerate us all, but it didn’t. Y2K was going to start the apocalypse, but it didn’t. Jesus was going to return at least four times during my life, but He hasn’t yet. Yes, I do believe that He will return, but I have learned to not put a date on it.

    As I was preparing my message for last Sunday, I did some research into Internet speeds. In the early 90s, when we used dialup modems at 1200 baud, it would have taken just over 80 days to download one of our current video teachings. Now you can just click play. Never before has there been such a time as this.

    See, the Lord prepares us in advance, and while He is doing that, it often does not seem to make sense. When I was young, He told me that I would be in ministry one day and to prepare myself. Then I ended up working on a whole lot of computers.

    As I built web servers, networked data centers, designed websites and worked my way through seminary, I had no idea that it was all part of His plan. Many times I just thought that I had missed Him, or made enough mistakes that He finally got someone else. Now here we are, and using the skills that we learned along the way for His kingdom.

    We are now here for such a time as this. Never before has a generation had this opportunity. Anyone with an Internet connection now has more information available to them than a library contains. Information is no longer just for the scholars, but now open to all.

    Twenty years ago, technology was not advanced enough to run an online church, and we would not have known how. When you are walking with Jesus, the things that you are doing today, are always preparing you for tomorrow. We are at the beginning of a new era of the church, one without walls, and it is exciting to be here.

    Online Church News: www.refreshinghope.org - We have grown to 3,606 members and 16,462 friendships. We have had 77 prayer requests and sent 305 replies to them. A big thanks to our ministry team, who faithfully visit the prayer page and lift up the needs of our members.

    Black RHM Polo Shirt

    During one of our live meetings, I happened to wear an RHM prototype shirt that I have and several people wanted one. So at the request of some of our members, we are looking into creating an RHM store online where you will be able to buy Refreshing Hope shirts, coffee mugs, mouse pads, phone covers and other things. There will be more to come on this.

    The Refreshing Hope live meetings are happening each Sunday morning at 11 AM Eastern Time. The attendance usually runs between 30 to 50 people. For those that cannot attend, the messages are recorded and placed on the website at refreshinghope.org. Click “Watch” on the menu and “Watch Previous Services”. Many thanks to all those who have been participating in the live meetings. It has been a great experience and the whole group, praying together for each other is making a difference for many.

    New Videos Are Available:
    We completed our seven part video series on the end times called “What Time Is It?” and have also added three other messages:

    * What time is it? Part 6: The Dark Ages

    * What time is it? Part 7: The Restoration of the Church
    * A Fresh Start
    * Christmas Message: Who is Jesus?
    * Abiding in the Vine

    Click here to watch them:
    http://www.refreshinghope.org/blogs?owner_id=1&category=20

    Group and Member News:
    New Technical Group: “Fun With Electronics” I am launching a new technical group to discuss, well, anything to do with computers, electronics, programming, websites and such. It has always been a passion of mine, and I plan to share things that I have learned, my experience, and to answer questions. Maybe we can help each other. Feel free to join. Technical knowledge is not a requirement and everyone is welcome.

    New Group for Musicians: “Make a Joyful Noise” We have many musicians and singers at Refreshing Hope and I have had some requests to bring them together. I am starting a group for the musically inclined to meet and help each other. Many of us are in worship teams, or just play solo, but we all have experience to share. Also we are just moving into an area of recording music at RHM. It would be great to discuss it with others. All are welcome to join, the only requirement is a love of music. I would be happy to find someone to lead this group if anyone is interested.

    Help Wanted: Calling All Quiz Masters: It would be great if we had some people that would help us create Bible Quizzes for the website. Some of my quizzes make peoples eyes glaze over. I think that it is a great and fun way for people to learn about the Bible in an interactive way. If you are interested in helping out, contact us.  

    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). Also, 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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Sarah Scott
Sarah Scott

I try to pray for our members each day,  I feel humble doing it, thanks for this, website.  

February 3, 2017
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd

Thank you Sarah! We covet your prayers here. Every day we face a new obstacle that we need to overcome. Your prayers help us do that. 

February 3, 2017
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

I am glad to hear about the Fun with Electronics group, I do believe that electronic media is the church of today. If we are going to reach the generations behind us, it will be done through media. The organized church on the corner has outlived it's purpose it seems in their eyes. It does seem that they all have or want the latest in smart phone technoligy. Let the Gospel of Salvation go around the world quickly followed by the Gospel of the Kingdom!

 

February 3, 2017
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd

Yes, who would have thought that God will use the Internet to spread His word at the speed of light (Fiber optics). But like all new movements, the old will resist it until the bitter end.   :)

February 3, 2017
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Doug Campbell
Doug Campbell

I think a store would be wonderful. I like the look of the shirt. Thanks! I have a shirt I like to wear, and I have been ordering it from one of those design-it-yourself online stores. I think stores like this one are a great idea. Thanks!

February 3, 2017
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd

Thank you Doug, I appreciate the feedback. We hope to weigh the interest against the effort and expense. 

February 3, 2017
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Debbie Bible
Debbie Bible

This has been a wonderful ministry for me. Many thanks to all involved and may God continue to bless it.

February 3, 2017
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd

Thank you for being a part of RHM Debbie.

February 3, 2017
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Victor Lozano Jr
Victor Lozano Jr

I would purchase one!

February 3, 2017
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd

Thank you for your feedback Victor!

February 3, 2017
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John Smith
John Smith

I like the logo on shirt and think the store is a great ide.

February 3, 2017
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd

Thank you John!

February 4, 2017
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Thank you. I pray your ministry grows and grows and blesses many as it has blessed me. Amen. 

February 3, 2017
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd

Thank you Mari!

February 4, 2017
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Linda Filderman
Linda Filderman

Thank you Dion and Sylvia for your faithfulness!

 

February 3, 2017
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd

Thank you Linda!

February 4, 2017
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝

Thank you for all you two do. We are all blessed to have RHM and you two running it. It's nice  we can have a relationship with God and meet others who are children of God too. Amen

 I really like the shirt and it would look nice in other colors. I like white shirts in the summer because of the heart. I  wear any light color shirts and I think it would be nice in a few other colors. Ones that would maych the logo. Good work and I'll be looking forward to see the new store. Thank You! <3

February 4, 2017
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd

They will be available in several colors, styles, and sizes including white and t-shirts.

February 4, 2017
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Gloria Nebarez
Gloria Nebarez

I just love reading about how far RHM has come, the work that Jesus has done in your life to get you prepared for where you are now is awesom to hear. I thank Jesus for this ministry,  thank you Pastor's for sharing the word. 

February 4, 2017
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler

What else could be included.  Well rounded Christ & people program.  Love newsletter!  Blessings!

February 4, 2017
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Alexious Kakwedza
Alexious Kakwedza

This ministry has been a blessing to me spiritually.

February 5, 2017
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Mark Duell
Mark Duelledited: February 5, 2017

Awesome, awesome, awesome. I've been waiting for some shirts, hats and etc. Now I can change up my wardrobe and not keep wearing the same things over and over. It bugs my one daughter in law enough she will go out and buy me something just to see me in something different! LOL. Thank you Pastor Dion. Pretty amazing what has taken place in a short time. Keep listening and looking up brother.

February 5, 2017
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Thank you Pastor Dion & Sylvia for all that you do here. I have been with you from the beginning and  love how you have reached so many folks!! I'm Grateful I have a place to learn of Gods word, pray & receive prayers. The on line store will be a sure win win!! A wonderful way to show our love of the Lord & RHM. Please keep up the Great Work!!

February 5, 2017
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Tracy Carroll
Tracy Carroll

I looooove the idea of having stuff with a Refreshing Hope logo on it!!!  Count me in on the T-shirts and mouse pads and coffee mugs  <3 <3 <3

February 6, 2017