April 2017

For people serious about getting well!

Forever and Ever
When I was a girl decades ago, I believed that anxious, depressed, wounded and lost souls
it took “forever” to become older, smarter, for 20 years, which seems to me just incredi-
happier, richer and definitely more content ble. It went by so fast! Perhaps that is how it’s
than I was at that time. I know better now. going to be in eternity. God has promised us
Forever arrived and I became older, happier, that in His Presence there will be no more
richer and more content. However, I am still pain, sorrow, hatred or even death. And,
waiting to be smarter. forever has no beginning and no ending.
Most people want to believe that there is a
King David said hundreds of years ago: “The
forever time ahead of them that is free from
Lord is my Shepherd.; I shall not want. He
pain and sorrow. Fear of just the next day is
makes me to lie down in green pastures. He
an issue. Anxiety about the future is a way of
leads me beside still waters.
life for many who come to the
He restores my soul. He leads
Refuge for help. The thought
me in paths of righteousness
of anything lasting forever is
for His Name’s sake. Even
viewed as agony by those
though I walk through the
who are suffering from fears
valley of the shadow of death,
of the past as well as the
I will fear no evil for You are
future. We offer them hope
with me; Your rod and Your
and true freedom.
staff, they comfort me. You
The Women’s Refuge teaches prepare a table before me in
to all who come to our residential program, the presence of my enemies; You anoint my
community counseling and support groups for head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely good-
answers that there is relief from their pain ness and mercy shall follow me all the days of
and sorrows. We tell them that the answers my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the
come from the Lord who never changes. He Lord FOREVER.”
promises to be the same Yesterday, Today
I’m waiting on the Lord to
and Forever; and that He will never leave us
teach me more about eternity.
or forsake us. Forever takes on a whole differ-
How about you?
ent meaning when it is promised by the God
who created us. Forever is beyond our under- Praising and serving Him,
standing of time, but for the faithful we trust Donna Robart
His Word.
The Women’s Refuge has been serving the and Executive Director

The Women’s Refuge
Offers Hope for
Marissa’s Three month Testimony
Survivors of Sexual Abuse “When I first came to the refuge
Perhaps you have been hiding your feelings of I had no idea who I was or what
betrayal, shame, fear, guilt and loneliness. I was doing with my life. I had
You’ve tried to go on with life as though nothing no idea how to be a functional
happened. Unfortunately, those who have en- human being and could hardly
dured the trauma of sexual abuse wonder if leave the house. I was in such a
they can be free of the haunting memories of
fog of fear of running into
their past, or if they will ever feel physically,
spiritually, and emotionally whole again. people I knew or progressing
There’s hope for you! anywhere or having any expec-
tations put on me. The only
The Women’s Refuge offers a safe, confidential,
thing I was truly sure about was
caring environment to work through the
effects sexual abuse with women who under- that I needed to be in this pro-
stand. Seating is limited so please call today to gram. God parted the way for
reserve your place. me to be here and three days after deciding to
Shelter from the Storm is a women's support come I had my bags packed and all my ducks in
group for survivors of sexual abuse. New class a row. Since being here God has done the
begins April 5th from 3-5 pm for 12 weeks on impossible in me. I've forgiven people that have
Wednesdays. Cost is $50 including book. hurt me deeply, discovered my identity in
Christ, forgiven myself which led to an outpour-
ing of Gods love into my life. My relationship
Physicians Symposium was a success!!!
with my family is being restored and I'm learn-
ing how to love again all thanks to what God is
Every year, Ocean Drive Plastic Surgery Premier
Sponsor Dr. Alan Durkin facilitates the discussion doing in my life through this program. My face
at our Physicians Symposium as a panel of expert isn’t big enough for my smile!!”
physicians answer questions submitted by guests.
New to our program was keynote speaker Lori Thanks for Responding to our Needs!!
McCormick, Director of Oncology Services at the
Scully-Welsh Cancer Center. She delivered a
great speech concerning services offered at the We are so fortunate to all who have
Center as well as alternative therapies and other donated their time and goods to keep our
exciting advancements.
ministry growing.
"We are deeply grateful for Dr. Durkin’s continued
support. We thank each of our physicians for their Our needs are ongoing. We are looking for a
participation and faithful partnership. There were
also many sponsors who helped make this event volunteer to help with edging the property.
a great success. Thank you all!” shared Executive Also, Sue, our groundskeeper, is looking to
Director/Founder Donna Robart. purchase a used truck for the scrap metal
“The planning committee, board, staff, and volun-
teers did a great job at making sure every detail
business. Please contact her at the office if you
was taken care of, and the employees at Oak have a lead on either of these two needs.
Harbor exceeded our expectations!”

Sea Oaks Beach & Tennis Club
1480 Winding Oaks Circle W ● Vero Beach, FL
9:00 AM Registration ●
(Limited Seating)
9:30 AM Play Bridge ●12:30 PM Luncheon
BRIDGE TOURNAMENT 1:15 PM Prizes & Master points Awarded
$60 Bridge & Lunch ($40 tax deductible)
Women’s Refuge 11th Annual Charity
Duplicate Bridge Tournament & Luncheon