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RHM Newsletter 31

  • For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be on his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 WEB

     

    Hi everyone,

     

    Thank you for reading our devotional and for being a part of Refreshing Hope Ministries. This is our update on what has been happening here during the last couple of months and I hope that you will take the time to read it. There are a lot of exciting things going on at Refreshing Hope. 

     

    Jesus is the reason for all seasons and we should stay close to Him all year, but we especially love the Christmas season. Yes, I know there are those that hate Christmas, as if they were the offspring of Mr. Grinch. But at our house, we celebrate Christmas as the birthday of Jesus. He was born on the earth, and none of us know exactly when, so one day is as good as the next. My wife Sylvia was born on Saint Patrick’s day. When that day rolls around, I am not concerned about Saint Patrick, for it has now been overwritten by my wife’s birthday. Likewise, we celebrate Christmas as the birthday of Jesus here, whether it is or not. 

     

    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. Suddenly, after becoming a pastor, it was everywhere. When a person emailed it to me, I printed it out and 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 I am called to reach those that the church overall does not want: the broken, the lost, the weak, the sick, the ones who have suffered church abuse, have been driven away, and forgotten. 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. It wasn’t my idea, but His from the beginning. He has called me to be a different kind of shepherd, a broken one, from a broken family. I had nine stepdads and understand the dysfunctional side of life. 

     

    Now Refreshing Hope is working to spread the good news of Jesus around the world, and we have readers in many nations. We are here for such a time as this. Never before has a generation been able to send a message around the entire world instantly, but now we can. We are able to reach people right in their homes, people who are disabled, hurting, lonely…broken people, like me. We are creating a place for them to belong, a safe place where no one will condemn them. We are able to bring live, interactive church to those who don’t have one, right where they are.

     

    Interactive Bible Study: Each week we are going through a chapter of the Bible, one book at a time. I try and bring out who is speaking, who they are speaking to, what are they speaking about, and where are they, detailed with maps, pictures, and as much historical information as I can gather. Then I prepare a quiz with twenty questions taken from the chapter and put it on the site for you to take. We are currently in Luke and plan to go through Acts next. You can join in by clicking “Bible Study” on the top menu.

     

    Live Meeting Changes: We have been meeting on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons for our live services for the last several months, after the first of the year, we are going to be changing that to one live meeting a week on Sunday morning at 10 AM EST beginning January 7th 2018. You can join us by clicking “Watch” on the top menu. The Bible Study, which has been presented live during our meetings will continue, just on Sunday instead of Saturday.

     

    T-Shirt Store: We set up a shirt store early this year so members could buy a Refreshing Hope shirt like the ones I have. We priced them all at cost, which was already high enough because they were “print on demand” items. It costs us every month for it to remain up and no one has purchased shirts in a while, so we are assuming that everyone that wants one, has one. After the first of the year, we are going to take that down. If you do want one, get it before January 1st, but don’t buy them just to support us because we make nothing off of them.  

     

    Network Upgrades: Starting this month, I began upgrading our network infrastructure here. We have been running on 2008 model Dell R900s, which have been a great blessing, but are really power hungry machines and beginning to have mechanical problems. Machines like that are very expensive to buy, cool, and to maintain, so I began to look around at alternatives. Technology has greatly changed over the last decade, and even in the last couple of years, and a modern smart phone now has more power than a ten year old computer. So after a good bit of research and testing, we are going to micro-size the network here. The existing servers cost about $77 a month each to run in electricity, the new ones should cost around $.75 cent. The old ones weigh about 85 pounds each, the new ones you can hold in one hand. They are small but mighty. The new one in the picture has an 8 core processor, 2GB of RAM, mirrored SSDs and it is faster than the older R900. Web servers no longer have to be large to be fast. 

     

    Year End Giving:

    The Lord has again faithfully taken care of us this year and each time that we have had a need, He has provided for it - no matter how impossible it looked, though sometimes the path goes a different direction than we think. I am happy to say that RHM is a debt-free ministry and that we are not driven by financial needs, but I do want to mention this: 

     

    As a supporter of RHM, you may have plans to contribute at year’s end. If that is the case, then we welcome your support. We would be glad to receive your year-end donation, which will 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. If you wish to send a year-end contribution, please be sure that your gift is made by December 31 to be credited in 2017. You can donate securely online here:

     

    http://www.refreshinghope.org/pages/giving

     

    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 those that support us. We could not do any of this without you. I know that God has great things in store for RHM and we so appreciate each of you that have stood by us through the hard times. Our prayer wall is covered with your cards and letters: 

     

    If you do 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.

     

    Many thanks to each of you for being part of Refreshing Hope Ministries. We pray for each of you daily, and are very grateful for the group of people that God has put here.

     

    Pastor Dion


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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Thank you Pastor Dion and Sylvia as you carry on with your ministry through all the up's and down's, times of testing and lots of trials, but you keep going!!! You are being blessed as your ministry and outreach is growing by leaps and bounds, and so is your "worldwide" membership - thinking about the Great Commission in the word of God! May you be abundantly blessed by the Lord God Almighty as you finish this year and begin another year with the Lord!!! May you have a wonderful and blessed Christmas!!! Thank you for everything from the bottom of my heart, I love you <3

December 20, 2017
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Due to my schedule as you can see, when I sign on now - time permitting - that I've shifts now which do not permit me to participate in your life meetings on Wed. & Sat.

December 20, 2017
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Doug Campbell
Doug Campbell

Thank you so much for what you are doing. I am so blessed and refershed to read about it, and so happy to be a small part of it. Merry Christmas! 

December 20, 2017
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Merry Christmas Dion and Sylvia! I do not know what the future looks like, but I can tell you that God has a way of blessing the works of your hands. Hands that are as busy as you guys, there is so much room for the blessings to come. I love you guys, we will see you in the New Year!

December 20, 2017
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen, Thank you Pastor Dion and Sylvia for all you do. I truly appreciate everything. Praying God's blessings on RHM. Merry Christmas!

December 20, 2017
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Faith Oglesby
Faith Oglesby

Thank you Pastor Dion and Sylvia for your wonderful, uplifting Online Christian ministries! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to your family and everyone who is part of RHM. May Jesus be the reason in everyones’ heart and life this season.

December 20, 2017
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Im so thankful I found RHM. I read it daily. I don’t know why but Sometimes it goes to the Junk mailbox and I retrieve it. Thank you for giving hope to my life. It’s brought me closer to God and built up my faith. Merry Christmas to you and your family and all my fellow members. 

December 20, 2017
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John Smith
John Smith

Thank you Dion and Sylvia.

Do the shirts say anything on the back?  

I see the mugs have website on bottom but I don't see website on front of the shirts.

Bumper stickers would be really good.

December 20, 2017
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd

Hi John. The shirts do not have anything on the back, just the front. We tried putting the website url in small letters underneath but it was not readable and did not look right. The coffee cups are smooth and the lettering comes out better on them. Bumper stickers would probably be something good to poke people's curiosity. Hope this helps answer your questions. Be blessed!

December 21, 2017
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Roseanne Braverman
Roseanne Braverman

Thank you for you service and dedication.  I wish you and Sylvia and beautiful and Blessed Christmas and New Year. Roseanne 

December 20, 2017
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Donald Woodard
Donald Woodard

God Bless you Dion and Sylvia. I am thankful for RHM and all you do. Have a Merry Christmas and A great New Year.

December 20, 2017
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd

Thank you everyone for taking a moment of your time to leave feedback. Merry Christmas!

December 21, 2017
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

December 21, 2017
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David &amp; Dianna Earlywine
David & Dianna Earlywine

My wife and I wish everyone a Merry Christmas and love you all.God bless.

December 21, 2017
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

Merry Christmas, Sylvia and Pastor Dion!

   Most excellent news about the new server technology. It’s astonishing the advancements made in the last few years. I’m excited to learn of the Sunday service! With the time difference, I’ll be able to participate as I get ready for my local church service—a double blessing on the Lord’s day.

    God is blessing your service. Thank you for working to bring in His harvest. Praying for you and the RHM family and looking forward to the Lord’s return!

December 21, 2017
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Thank you so much for this ministry!! My husband and I have come from various forms of church abuse and this devotional is like the healing warmth we need! I read this to him in the mornings* I also send it to my little sister and son and daughter in law. I am constantly amazed at the depth of your clear connection to the heart of God's Spirit. Thank you so much for your faithfulness *** May the dear sweet adorable Lord Creator of the Universe  High King of Heaven Bless you and dear Sylvia this Christmas *** with the merriest most snuggly happy Christmas  time you can ever have!

December 22, 2017
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Amen praise God for his love this site has been a blessing to me read it every day praise God for the word you do 

December 22, 2017
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

May Father God continue to bless you and Sylvia for being here and all you both do for this ministry. Holy Spirit through your devotionals and the prayer warriors here at RHM have helped me in a great way since you started with Peace Be With You website. Helping me get through the unbearable grief,hurt,depression,the lack of will to go on with out any hope for mine and my sons future. Y'all have been a source of learning and encouragement and from the innermost part of my heart I thank you. 

December 22, 2017
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler

What Blessings to read about in the ministry of Refreshing Hope!! Praise God!

December 22, 2017