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O Holy Night DZ 600 x 600Dear friends,

Merry Christmas to all. I love this time of year, it truly is one of my favourite. I love the sights, the sounds and all things Christmas. I am busy preparing for a great day with family and friends, the tree is decorated, gifts are bought, carols are echoing through our home and it really is beginning to feel a lot like Christmas. That being said, I have my Christmas cakes yet to bake and I love making them.

Today, I’d like to share a special gift with you. This is one of my favourite Christmas songs ever. I love hearing it and when I get the opportunity to sing it, it truly touches my heart.

Click HERE and you will be lead you to a space to download and I pray that this song blesses you as you go about this beautiful season.

All glory to God for ever and ever.

Darls xo

Happy New Year and Much Love

happy new yearPsalm 33: 18 – 22
‘Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him.. on those who HOPE is His mercy, to deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine.’

Hope you have had a beautiful Christmas time with those you love. We are taking a little holiday to have our souls refreshed for the glorious season ahead.
On the Eve of what I believe will be an outstanding year, I am taking a moment to reflect on this year, on the goodness of God, on the wonder of family, on the beauty which is the local church, on the strength of tried
and true friendship, and on the unfailing power of HOPE.
As I read Psalm 33 today, I am fully aware that His eyes are on us, and His heart is toward us, whether walking valiantly over mountains or crawling through valleys, The HOPE that we have in Christ is astonishing. As I lean into and learn from God’s presence, I am reminded again, that His faithfulness towards us is more than we can ever comprehend.

So, as we enter 2015 with a grateful heart, rich in the things in life that truly matter and with a heart that is fully alive!

I KNOW, that as I rest in His finished work, He will not only continue to heal me, but He will make me FULLY awake to His ultimate plans and purpose.
I KNOW, that waiting on Him is a huge part of the future, that in the waiting, I will learn more of Gods nature and heart for others.
I KNOW, that rejoicing will be taken to a whole new level, and powerful faith, worship, love and intimacy will be the fruit of all going on in the spirit.
I KNOW, that the name of Jesus will mean even more as I stand in stronger authority as we speak His name over all.
I KNOW, that His love rests upon me like a warm, thick blanket that makes me feel SO comforted and safe no matter what is happening. As I put my HOPE in Him, His love will engulf me, and I will be stolen away to a place no one else can go, because its a place reserved for Him and me. There is a place in Christ designed just for you too.
I KNOW, that by His grace I can encourage others to seek first the Kingdom of God, with all they are, for evermore. Every day matters.

So, be safe wherever you are today, bring the new year in well, keep Jesus at the centre, this year of GRACE is outstretched before us to be lived well, one Holy Spirit fuelled day at a time .

With all my heart,
Darlene..

Hope Global One Day Christmas Sale

Dear Friend,

Here we are at the end of yet another year. 2014 has been phenomenal in so many ways. The Midsummer Nights Ball kicking of the year raising over $10,000 for the Village of Hope in Rwanda. The 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, resulting in a team over nearly 30 volunteers from Australia and beyond converging on Rwanda for the Walk of Hope, celebrating the resilience, hope and life of Rwandan people. Around 80 volunteers across the entire year serving the nations on our volunteer teams. We launched our first ever HOPE: Global calendar (purchase yours here) with stunning photographs from the countries we work with. New friendships. New partnerships. Memories made and lives transformed.The mission and mandate continues in 2015 as we seek to serve the poor, restore hope and empower people everywhere. We look forward to the year with anticipation and excitement, and expectation for many more lives to be impacted. Thank you for being part of the journey thus far and we pray that we can continue to serve those in need together.Wishing you all a blessed, safe and happy Christmas and New Year.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS IN 2015

WALK OF HOPE

Taking place on Saturday 28th February we invite you to be part of this event as we raise awareness for those in need, funds for the Education Program and declare HOPE for the hopeless.

Two NSW locations to choose from, or walk wherever you are in the world! Full details and registrations here.

VOLUNTEER TRIPS

Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Cambodia…where will you go? Join one of our volunteer teams for an incredible experience serving those in need. Find out all the details here.

First team meetings will be held in the new year so make sure to get your applications in!

ONE DAY CHRISTMAS SALE!$10 OFFRwanda: Speak, I’m Listening & 2015 Calendars

SAVE FOR ONE DAY ONLY! ENDS MIDNIGHT TONIGHT!

TUESDAY 16th DECEMBER

SHOP HERE

Hope Global Office Hours – Christmas 

The Hope Global office will close from Wednesday 24th December 2014 and re-open Monday 5th January 2015. Have a fantastic and safe Christmas break and we look forward to seeing you in the new year.
Hope Global Recovery
PO Box 674 Gosford NSW 2250
P: +61 2 9659 2553
Hope Global is a signatory to the ACFID Code of Conduct and ACFID Member. Click here for further details.

Thanksgiving

Dearest friends,

My heart is filled to overflowing as I write to you today. It is our ‘Thanksgiving weekend’ at church, and rather than feasting around turkey and pumpkin pie ( even though i LOVE them!!), I feel like it is my heart that is feasting this year on the goodness of God.

Psalm 23 from the Message translation says it like this..

1-3 God, my shepherd!

I don’t need a thing.

You have bedded me down in lush meadows,

you find me quiet pools to drink from.

True to your word,

you let me catch my breath

and send me in the right direction.

4 Even when the way goes through Death Valley,

I’m not afraid when you walk at my side.

Your trusty shepherd’s crook

makes me feel secure.

5 You serve me a six-course dinner

right in front of my enemies.

You revive my drooping head;

my cup brims with blessing.

6 Your beauty and love chase after me

every day of my life.

I’m back home in the house of God

for the rest of my life.

Yes, He has set a table before me in the presence of my enemies.. SO GREAT!

The last two weeks have been momentous in our household. Our middlest daughter Chloe became engaged to our awesome son in love to be Hosanna, and wedding prep has begun! At the same time, I’ve been  going to doctors for the first round of my checkups/ scans since surgery and treatment.

SO last wednesday, as Mark and I sat down in the surgeons office, expecting a good report, but to be honest, I knew I was holding back a piece of myself ‘just in case’. The last time I sat in his office was not one of my favourite days.

But we are SO blessed to report that there is no sign of cancer in this body!!!!! In the good Dr’s very South African accent he said ‘this is quite miraculous Darlene’!!.

We have wept, danced, hugged our arms out, and have literally just said THANK YOU to Jesus as many times as one can.

Again, I thank each and every one of you for your relentless prayers, I have felt the effects of them a million times over, and I just sit here today, one very grateful woman.

Life will never be the same, I believe it will be SO much better. Even though I will have checkups every four months, and will be on medication for ten years, I feel I have been given an official ‘second half’.. one which is dedicated to the things of God like never before.

SO, I am heading downstairs now to rehearse for our THANKSGIVING worship and prayer night.. and seriously.. I am busting to sing Gods praise!! LET THE FUTURE BEGIN!!

Love you all SO very much…

WOOHOOOOOOO!!!!!!! xxx

Darls…