What’s actively happening that you might want to know about.
We completed our new staff training in June to onboard Alicia (on staff leading marketing and group administration), Dani (as a coach) and Leah (as a group facilitator).
We are refining the processes of ZoHo (our CRM software) and Acuity (our scheduling software) to best serve the needs of coaches, clients and staff.
Our website is updated!
We are currently receiving about $3,000 in monthly donations from partners.
Scholarship fund is being used for retreat needs, coaching, and group support registrations.
We held the 2022 Virtual Fundraiser “Journey Together” on June 23. We also launched the Redeemed Hope Retreat Earring Fundraiser again and that has been successful. The fundraiser brought in over $2500, and we secured a new monthly donor.
Client Support: (groups, coaching, retreat, and Hope Online)
June groups are underway and are FULL!! Lyschel will be facilitating a Post Disclosure group for 4 women starting July 8. This is something we don’t have as a regular offering, it is up to Lyschel if she wants to offer it if she has capacity and enough women navigating disclosures at the same time.
We have September groups open for Registration. Evening Finding Hope is full, Daytime still has availability. Seeking Hope, Boundaries and HILL are also open and have space.
We dropped membership to $16.99 for a monthly membership on June 1. We have to workshops coming up. The first is for members of Hope Online ONLY and will be around identity in Christ. The date is July 14. The second is open to anyone and will be a relapse plan workshop held over two Saturdays, July 23 and July 30.
Our October retreat registration opened on May 2. The retreat is FULL, with 13 women registered. We have had such an incredible response from women wanting to serve on team that we are opening 3 more spots to be able to take 16 participants! If all the spots fill, this will be our largest retreat!
Please pray for:
Our October Retreat is coming. Pray for leaders as this will be the largest we have run. Pray for the volunteers to work together with unity and peace and pray for the participants’ safety, health, and peace as they prepare.
The women in our active groups to hear the Lord calling them in their particular season to a greater place of freedom. So may are still unsure how God and their betrayal can go together. The struggle to put them together and let Him be a part of the healing process.
Hawk’s Rest – We have officially been given a name for the retreat space and Garren is excited to begin forming the nonprofit. Please continue to pray for conversations, networking and next steps for this adventure.
Hope Redefined staff and leadership. We are growing and it is exciting to bring new hands and feet into this work with us. Please pray for wisdom and guidance as we bring on new support.
I cannot tell you how much this retreat meant to me. I love how you leave room for the Holy Spirit to speak to each of us individually. Please, please, please…never stop doing that.
This retreat has brought so much peace to me- body, soul and spirit. God spoke to me, and is continuing to unpack “penguin” for me.
So, I shared my “Egypt” story with you all on Sunday. Sunday night I stayed in Maryville with my “bonus mom” who moved there 6 months ago. It was a rough night of sleep. I probably slept the most last night then I have in a week, but I woke up a lot and prayed in my half awake/half asleep state. I was having some pretty dark dreams, so when I woke up from them, in a twilight sleep, I was casting them out and any dark demonic force associated with them, and asking God to give me a visual that He wanted me to have instead, in Jesus name.
Well, today I had to fly home. Lindsey from the retreat can attest to you how afraid of flying I am. I was texting with her on the way out and she was walking me through some guided breathing.
But all of yesterday and last night before bed, I was at peace and very calm regarding my flights. (Laura, Lindsey and I did some soul-tie breaking in terms of airplanes and always going to worst case scenario thinking, praise God.)
So the last dream I had before I woke up this morning was a snake dream. Now, I have a lot of those. Probably 6ish a year…thats a lot for me, because I’ve been told that having a dream about a snake represents the enemy in your life…and if the snake bites you…look out! He will attack you. And there’s pretty much nothing you can do about it so pray…and pray in fear.
So, as you said, the enemy isn’t creative. He knew I was relaxed, at peace and surrendered toward my flights today…so what does he do? He throws in a snake dream. Im really afraid of having snake dreams. I am afraid what that means in my waking life and I’m afraid the enemy is going to attack….and in this dream…for the first time in a long time…the snake bit me. So the night before getting on a plane…boom! Snake dream. Not very creative.
I woke up in a panic. The birds were chirping, the sun was starting to rise…and my heart was thumping out of my chest.
I immediately pulled out my workbook and prayed the miscellaneous unhealthy attachments prayer and repented for believing the lie of the enemy and coming into agreement that a snake dream is something to fear. This was about a half hour of my time. And as I was reading the prayer, my mind wandered to “penguin” again.
And then He spoke….penguins and snakes don’t co-exist. Literally, the environment a penguin lives in is too harsh for a snake (snakes, I’ve learned, burrow in the ground…if the ground is frozen most of the year, snakes cannot live there).
So I frantically pulled up Google and typed in “Are there any snakes in Antarctica?” …desperately hoping there wasn’t some weird “arctic snow snake” that somehow could survive there. And you know what? Snakes. Can’t. Live. In. Antarctica.
And as I pressed in more to this, He led me further – a penguin doesn’t fear a snake. It has no reason to. A snake can’t even get close to a penguin in it’s natural environment.
And there it was. Peace, again.
Im excited to get into the after care group because I have a feeling God is…weirdly…calling me into accepting a “penguin” as my new identity. ….hm…I wonder if you can actually “identify” as a penguin…though I have to say, while I can waddle quite well (You and I know we’re experts in this thanks to carrying so many children) a beak instead of a nose would crowd my face….
Anyway, I just wanted to tell you how much this retreat has impacted my life and to tell you that I am so thankful for Hope Redefined. God has reminded me through this retreat that I am His…and He never meant for me to live in my other marriage the way it was, unchanging. This is huge because I have carried a lot of shame surrounding me ending that marriage. But this weekend, the reproach of Egypt has been wiped away.
If there is anything I can do both now and in the future to come alongside this ministry, please let me know. I plan on setting up a recurring monthly donation, but I would also like to be actively involved more o in helping other women like me and lead them to the Lord.
“It’s amazing what God can do in a weekend!”
March 2022 Retreat
Anyone who’s ever served on a Redeemed Hope Retreat will say that, whether it’s their first retreat or seventh. Every retreat is the same, at least in one aspect. If Jesus doesn’t show up we’re toast. And yet every retreat has a different feel or theme, if you will. This retreat was spiritually hard to prep for. The story of Gideon was referred to often. There were 12 participants with hard stories and we felt lacking as a team in numbers. Even so, over the coming weeks God would continue to dwindle our team. The participants were locked in. Plane tickets were purchased. We were moving forward.
Redeemed Hope is a retreat for which no one wants to qualify. So many women come in skeptical but desperate for healing. So many have spent untold hours and dollars in counseling and still find themselves with gaping wounds and questions. So again here we are, a Gideon-esque team, that is aware we are toast without Jesus. Because, the truth is, there is no counsel that can fix these pains in a weekend. Maybe even a lifetime. But God.
Isaiah 61 has always been a lighthouse for the Redeemed Hope Team and participants but this weekend the scripture was particularly highlighted. The power of the “instead “. Jesus reminded us that his own calling would be fulfilled in this scripture as he quoted it himself in synagogue over 2000 years ago. As we walked out our calling as “little Christ’s” we were called to release the captives so they could receive from God the great insteads:
Beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, a garment of praise instead of spirit of despair, a double portion instead of shame, a joyful inheritance instead of disgrace.
Our calling as priests and servants was to walk our sisters down a path towards these “insteads”. We did so by walking them into the light and sharing our stories, by praising and worshiping God, by acknowledging hard truths, through grieving and tears, through spiritual housecleaning, forgiveness work, breaking unhealthy attachments, through celebration and testimonies, through laughter, rollicking laughter, and a whole lot of scripture and prayer.
When Jesus honored our meager offering of a few fish and loaves he multiplied our efforts beyond what we thought would be possible! He does it every time! Countenances were changed, hope was given, perspectives were shifted from worldly to godly, soul weights were lifted, some people shared their stories or aspects of their stories for the very first time because they felt safe, friendships were made, worship was restored and godly tools and weapons were given to each participant to take back into their world. Our weapons are not of this world as scripture tells us. Of the many spiritual weapons God can give us there were several that were highlighted this weekend: The word of God, joy, humility, laughter and words of grace.
Lastly, these 12 ladies received reminders of God‘s lavish love over them on Sunday, reminding them that they are beloved, holy, righteous, made clean, redeemed, adorned and bought by the most precious gift ever given -Christ’s own Blood – which sealed these truths and the work that was done.
A quote from Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien is so fitting for this retreat, “ I wish it need not happened in my time. “Said Frodo. “So do I,” Said Gandalf “ And so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time given us. “ And that is where the journey for these ladies continues. They look forward with Hope and the knowledge that Jesus can “make everything beautiful in its time”, as they surrender it to Him.
Join us this month as we continue to connect as coaches and talk about coaching hurdles.
If a client expresses a need for scholarship, please start and email and include KK.
Submit your invoices to Kristen at KK@hoperedefined.org by the 15th of the month.
Update your Coaching Tracker by the 15th of the month. If you need help from KK (following up with a client, etc.) leave a note in the column for her.
Our monthly Coaches Meeting is scheduled for the 2nd Tues of each month from 11:00 – 12:30pm est.