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RHM October 2015 Newsletter

  • Peter said to them, “Repent, and be baptized, everyone of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For to you is the promise, and to your children, and to all who are far off, even as many as the Lord our God will call to himself.” With many other words he testified, and exhorted them, saying, “Save yourselves from this crooked generation!” Then those who gladly received his word were baptized. There were added that day about three thousand souls. They continued steadfastly in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and prayer.” Acts 2:38–42 WEB


    October Newsletter - 2015


    Hello there,

    Thank you for reading our devotional and being a part of Refreshing Hope Ministries. This is our monthly update on what has been happening here during the last month and I hope that you will take the time to read it. First, I am sorry for the lateness of this month’s newsletter. We have had an extremely busy month.

    Hurricane Joaquin came by and caused crazy flooding in the area. We had boards floating through our yard. Then the Waccamaw River rose above its banks, crossed the highway, and cut us off from town. So a 15-minute drive became 1 hour after detours. We managed to keep power and Internet the entire time, so our equipment and the website miraculously stayed up. I could see the telephone boxes along the road completely submerged in water though and have noticed that our speed is sporadic. That should clear up soon. The water is receding now and we are safe and dry here.

    While praying about the theme of the newsletter this month, I saw an image of a bicycle wheel and then this came to me. All the spokes on a bicycle wheel are connected to a central hub. That hub distributes the load to each spoke on the wheel as it turns. The spokes are connected to each other, but only when they are connected to the hub. A spoke on one side of the hub may not even know that there are spokes on the other side that are sharing the exact same load. When the spokes are all connected to the hub, everything runs smoothly. When enough spokes break away from the hub, everything collapses.

    God is the central hub. We are the spokes. Together we all make up the body of Christ. When we have a proper relationship with God and put Him first, we will walk in true unity for it is God that joins us all together. Our relationships with others need to run through Him. We also can feel that it is us carrying the entire load, when really everyone has their own part to play in this. We counterbalance each other. One spoke does not make a wheel. Also, a spoke can never be the hub.

    The word “Fellowship” in the verse above (Acts 2:42) is the greek word “Koinonia.” It means “sharing, joint participation, unity, close association, partnership, contributory help, a communion.” The first church began when the people began sharing things together in joint participation. It took all the spokes working together. As we put the Lord at the center of our lives, we will be connected to the others in the body in a proper way. If you are not already involved in a church, today I encourage you to participate in the online church at www.refreshinghope.org. We need each other. The simple act of sharing, participating, encouraging one another will help us all get where we are going. None of us are getting there alone.

    September marked the one-year anniversary of Refreshing Hope Ministries, and the seventh month since the launch of our online church. We have grown to 2,545 members and have many small groups led by people around the world. There are groups for cooking, crafts, dreams, photography, military, Bible study and more. We have a chance to fellowship with each other, and it will strengthen all of us as a whole.

    I want to thank all of those that support us and pray for us. We could not do any of this without you. Our video sermon project is underway and we are about two-thirds of the way there with the equipment. We are buying it one piece at a time as we can. It is all in God’s timing, we are in no hurry and when He provides the means we will be there.

    On the day after our forty-day fast, Guideposts Outreach / Magazine contacted us and we have worked out a partnership with them. It has been a work in progress, but the short version is that we will be helping them share somethings and they will be sharing our devotional. There will be more to come on that soon.

    We attended / worked at, a pastor’s conference last week where there were a couple of hundred pastors from around the world. It was part of Evangel Fellowship International, which we are ordained through and was held in Conway South Carolina. Other than the flooding, we had a good time, met some great people, and came home encouraged once again. We got some timely words from the Lord while we were there which can be summed up as “Well done, a bigger wave is coming so get ready.” So be it.

    Thank you so much for sticking with us, and for all who have supported us throughout the month with prayer, encouragement and financial resources. We could not do it without you. We are learning as we go and mistakes happen. When we fall, we just try and get back up and do it better next time.

    I pray that the Lord richly blesses you and that you are covered with His presence as you read these words. May He guide your every step and fan the flames within you. May the Lord lead us all into everything that He has for us as we follow Him one step at a time, in the name of Jesus I pray.

    Pastor Dion


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Deleted Member Thank you and Sylvia for being such an amazing blessing to all of us. Love y'all so much. 
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd Thank you Tammy!
October 17, 2015
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Kay Rushin
Kay Rushin My thanks and appreciation for you all!
October 15, 2015
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd Thank you Kay! Hope that you are doing well there.  :)
October 17, 2015
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Karen Fletcher
Karen Fletcheredited: October 15, 2015 God is so good!  In all the craziness of the weather and His protective hand is on you.  May He continue to bless you greatly as you continue to minister.   Dion, you and Sylvia are such a blessing.  Thank you for your faithfulness.
October 15, 2015
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd Thank you Karen!
October 17, 2015
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Thank you so much, Brian, you are a blessing to us!
October 16, 2015
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Iris Parlin
Iris Parlin Thank you and Sylvia for all you do. One day I pray that I may repay you both. God Bless!!
October 15, 2015
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd Thank you Iris for taking the time to encourage us. May you have a blessed week!
October 17, 2015
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Janet Marsh-Lord
Janet Marsh-Lord Thank you for your Ministry. God is with you supporting, guiding and protecting you. It was amazing to hear all the things that have been happening in September and wonderful to see Gods hand in it all. Happy Anniversary Refreshing Hope Ministries and many blessings to you both.
October 15, 2015
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd Thank you Janet!
October 17, 2015
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Barbara Koon
Barbara Koon I have been receiving your daily devotional for awhile now and it lifts me up and on some days it is really what I needed.  I share on FB with my friends on occasion also.  You have share with us your testimony and so has my local Pastor and it helps to know that those that teach and share the gospel with us have gone through tough times also and God was with them and lead them to better places through Faith and Trust. I have recently lost my husband and know this is not the end but the beginning of a new Season and God has special plans for me.  I seek God every day in my life, not just for the big things but for everything in my life.  As all of us I forget at times to turn to Him first but am getting better through Prayer. I just donated today because I know that if I am gaining truth through the words of God that you help us with God is truly using you and we are the help you need to keep going.   Thank you Pastor Dion.    Barbara 
October 15, 2015
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler I so agree with scripture to give to the one who feeds you.  Blessings in your new season!
October 15, 2015
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd Thank you Barbara, I pray that the Lord will lead you in to all that He has for you during this new phase of your life. May the Lord's presence cover you and His peace fill your house, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.
October 16, 2015
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Conchita Bowman
Conchita Bowman Loved your October letter!  Thank the Lord you and Sylvia made it through the hurriacane okay.  Thank you again for the wonderful messages each day.  May God greatly bless you and Sylvia in your ministry. Conchita Bowman 
October 15, 2015
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd Thank you Conchita. We are safe and dry here, and thank God. 
October 17, 2015
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Lissy Verghese
Lissy Verghese Thank you dear Pastor and Sylvia, for the amazing work you are doing for us!
October 15, 2015
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd Thank you Lissy!
October 17, 2015
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler It is a blessing to hear you all were kept from the damages of the storm.  I like the wheel & spokes vision.  All is true.  A knit together fellowship as described in scripture book of Acts.  We attend our churc.  The worship & praise are great.  Fellowship ping & feeling close knit together I don't experience.  First Mennonite church had it, then the second Mennonite church was even closer.  I Loved It!  The some " white horse riders I call them" look to desire mutiny.  Over through leadership.  Being a secretary I got pumped by some.  Closed my mouth & needed to move from there.  One time I was invited to a gathering at a home of one of the "horse riders".  They waited till all left & then pumping me about leadership people.  I said nothing because it was not called for & saw why I got called there.  Empty invitation to fellowship.  No fellowship of heart more of slaughter.  I believe the scriptures about fellowship.  In high school I was not one to hang with the upper class. I could not relate to them.  More with those that walked the same path as I an accepted no one & it was okay for those I was with were the same.  Home life was different.  Our Pastor who's wife was killed & he list a lot of his leg, is to be preaching.  We know media is already planning to flood the place.  Three services instead of two to accommodate everyone.  I will go early to second church time & Charlie will help in two services.  It will be good to see pastor Byran Koch.     The he combined work with the other ministery sounds great...PTL!  Blessings upon all yr hard endeavors!  
October 15, 2015
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd That's terrible the people there tried to use you like that, Cheryl :(. Very glad to have you here!
October 16, 2015
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Allie Ponzo
Allie Ponzo So glad you both are ok and thank you for this continued ministry.  God bless you both as He always does:)  
October 16, 2015
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd Thank you Allie, we are just trying to follow Him as best we can.
October 17, 2015
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Adrian Labuschagne
Adrian Labuschagne Hi Pastor Dion, I really enjoy using analogies to convey complex ideas. You have done so briliantly!! THANK YOU. This is an excellent exposition of the need for and power of UNITY in the church. God bless and keep building out the Kingdom.
October 16, 2015
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Dion Todd
Dion Toddedited: October 17, 2015 Thank you Adrian, I love it when the Lord shows me things like that :)
October 17, 2015
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Darla Bailey
Darla Bailey Your ministry is truly a blessing. Thank you for everything that you do!
October 16, 2015
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd Thank you Darla!
October 17, 2015
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Dorene Glaze
Dorene Glaze Norman and I love reading the devotionals as most of them relate to our lives as well ,we will enjoy the news letters as well . Glad you survived the flood ,we also had a flood in july , we live in a flood zone on a creek and some of our neighbors were rescued by the fire dept .as our street was under water,thankfully our home and our daughters home next door didnt get water in them, praise God for keeping us all and blessing us with this online ministry ,for all of us who want the fellowship without all the intrusion in our personal spaces ,this is just what we needed to not forsake the assembling or ourselves together with our spiritual family . God Blees you !
October 16, 2015
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd You and Norm are such a precious couple <3. Thank you for being here with us! That sounds rough with the creek! We are thankful that it doesn't happen very often here :).
October 16, 2015
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Debbie Bible
Debbie Bible I'm happy the hurricane didn't cause too much havoc for you. This is an amazing ministry and I believe God will be blesing it countless times because of what you bring to so many people. Every time I read a devotion, I relate to it and change a little bit for the better by trusting more. I appreciate you guys very much!
October 16, 2015
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd Thank you Debbie!
October 17, 2015
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Leslie McLea
Leslie McLea This was very encouraging Pastor Dion. Thank you so much, you bless my day and I feel very connected wth RHM. I have not had this much connection with others in many years. You and Syliva have become dear friends to me along with being a Pastor that I can confied in when I need to and I know that you will listen.And Syliva, you are the strength of a preachers wife, you too are someone I know that I can talk with. Your actions show your support of your husband and you too walk in the strength of the Lord. I thank you for looking out for me and sharing in my groups.  I pray the Lord continues to richely Bless all you do. One day we will be united at heavens gates and we can all get a great big hug from one another.
October 17, 2015
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd Thank you for being a part of it all Leslie. We are building a family here :)
October 17, 2015
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Thank you so much, Leslie, we are blessed to know you <3!
October 17, 2015
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Rosemary Marsh
Rosemary Marsh Thank you Pastor for all the time and devotion that you put in to sharing Gods word, with so many people.For all the encouragement and support that you and Syliva give so many.Heavenly Father ,thank you for your Faithfulness, and out pouring of The Holy Spirit.In Jesus Name I ask that they will be filled. A fresh by The Holy Spirit,and all their needs will be met. Thanks be to God,for He is doing in our lives.Amen
October 25, 2015