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RHM August 2016 Newsletter

  • August Newsletter - 2016

    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 thank you for taking time to read it.

    Sylvia and I spent the month of August fasting and praying for fresh direction in RHM. We prefer to fast in the hotter months because it is yucky to be cold and hungry for extended periods. Today is the 31st and I am a happy man. We have a dream of chocolate fondu that is going to become a reality soon.

    Guideposts has invited us to speak at their national conference in Scottsdale Arizona this November and we will be adding a new booklet from them on the website soon called: “Living Longer, Living Better”. We will let you know when it is live.

    Technically and spiritually it has been a busy month at RHM. We have an old Dell 2950 backup server in our office that we are working to replace with a much quieter and cooler NAS setup. The current one heats the entire room and the noise level makes it difficult to hear anything, though we sit only four feet apart from one another. As we work with more and more videos, storage space is becoming a factor.

    We have been adding video teachings to refreshinghope.org. Click “Watch” on the main menu. We just completed a video teaching series on “When you pray (Talk to Me)”, “When you fast (Fasting: A lost art of the church”, and “When you give (Giving: The key to the cell door)”.

    We will be working on a new video teaching series covering the Holy Spirit over the next few weeks. The first one is titled “Who is The Holy Spirit?” and is on the website now. We will be covering the baptism of the Holy Spirit and Spiritual gifts in the coming weeks, Lord willing.

    We are working on improving the live streaming and getting it to be more compatible with all the devices out there today. Pray for us! We will testing something new this coming Sunday using our own chat room. You will need a website account at www.refreshinghope.org to participate.

    I am working on completing my next book, “Forty Days of Love”. It will be a forty day devotional based on God’s love for us and I hope to have it completed soon.

    Online Church News: www.refreshinghope.org - We have grown to 3,407 members and 15,071 friendships. We have had 124 prayer requests and sent 378 replies to them. A big thanks to our ministry team.

    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 top menu. Many thanks to all those who have been participating in the live meetings. It has been an experience and the whole group, praying together for each other is great.

    We have created a mailing list for the live meetings to keep you updated on what is going on. You can sign up here if you are interested:  https://refreshinghope.leadpages.co/rhm-live-announcements/

    New things added:

    The Healthful Living group’s August event was “A Month of Fasting”, focused on building spiritual health and helping our members to achieve life breakthroughs through fasting. In the same vein, each week the Spiritually Single group hosts a “Fast & Pray Friday” to contend for loved ones who are not yet in the family of Christ. We are so blessed by the daily love that all of our group leaders bring to RHM!

    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.

    Thank you so much for being part of Refreshing Hope Ministries. We are so humbled to have each of you as part of the RHM family. I pray that the Lord blesses you and your loved ones, and that He guides your steps each day!

    Pastor Dion


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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝

Chocolate Fondu!!! I'm in on that for sure. I didn't fast but gave up chocolate I never really knew how much I loved chocolate until I gave it up for one month. We are at the lake a lot and there are many ice cream places around that we always go to one of them once a week. My husband would always get something with chocolate and of course I always did too. This past Saturday he wanted to go to Caseys at 9:30 p.m. I was not sure because I get ready for bed around 10:00 p.m. I knew I really wanted chocolate and my husband could tell it was geting to me. I said yes i'll fo because he does so much for me I just could not say no. I didn'y really know what I wanted they ahve so many flavors many with my chocolate. So I look and look and I saw my husband ordered his already. So I saw a vanilla ice creamwith fresh blueberries, rasberries, and blackberries. I said I would have that in a cup. Really didn't want to look at my husbands. Here he ordered vanilla ice cream with caramel and he knows I don't like caramel. We went to the truck and sat down to eat our ice cream. I ask him how was his he said really good he loves caramel too. He ask me how I liked mine and I said it's good and it was but a taste would have been good for me. He said Di you've really done well not eating any chocolate. He said they had the ice fest ar the civic club on the beach. That's always in August. I didn't get anything at the ice fest and we we many times to Caseys or Hanks  for ice cream. I would get a orange sherbet at Hanks. Hanks is well known al the way threw Ohio too for the best frozen custard. August, was a hard month too because many events go on at the beach on the weekend and always have Caseys ice cream and they make theie ice cream right at their ice cream shop. So I have to say it was something I always took for granted and never gave it up and I did it for one month. Hanks closes after Labor Day weekend so maybe i'll get a Hanks this weekend and maybe not. Christmas I make my dummy fudge with walnuts think i'll make a tray for me and hide it from everyone... LOL Well Father thanks for letting me see that I could do something that I didn't really think had a hold of me. I thought that potato chips and I only eat them in the summer on the weekend. I missed a couple weekends and didn't eat any. So Father I feel I really did give up the one that I loved the most when it comes to flavors. If I would have gave the chips up I think t would have been easier on me. Father, i'm so blessed that I picked that one that really did get to me it made me think a lot about things that we never go with out. I pray for all your children in the world that go with out more than I do. I pray Father that one day all your chidren will be blessed and have all they need with some extra's aaded. I pray in Jesus, name. Amen <3 I thank You Father and I love You Father for all you do for me daily. Thank You!! <3

August 31, 2016
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Allie Ponzo
Allie Ponzo

Thank you for the newsleter and keeping us up to date.  Thank you and Sylvia for your steadfast love and commitment.

I have a church that I go to and love but need to get into some your messages just to hear them:)

 

August 31, 2016
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Marie Hall
Marie Hall

Thank you I never realized there was so much I can learn from on here I have just now got to where I can get around in here lol sorry I'm slow but I want to know more about the Fasting have not really understand what and how it works but hopefully I can get some understanding from here now. Again Thank you very much God bless Y'all !!

August 31, 2016
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Chinye Kwentua
Chinye Kwentua

Bless God for the end of August and the beginning of September. I pray that the presence of the Almighty God will go with us this month and abide with us in the name of Jesus Christ amen. 

September 1, 2016
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Lissy Verghese
Lissy Verghese

Thank you dear Pastor, for everything you are doing for us! I consider myself blessed to be a member here. I will try my level best to join you every Sunday.

September 13, 2016