2013—the Year of “NEW BEGINNINGS”
Look what the LORD has done!!
As you read the numbers and statistics (below) along with the testimonies we've included, please keep in mind just ONE truth—this is all about what the LORD has done, using us. And, that RMIEW's main focus is always on helping each woman find the intimacy with the Lord so that HE (not we) can guide her along her Restoration Journey—for the rest of her life and on into eternity.
Everyone has a different and unique path to take, so if we can encourage and foster this ONE principle: He is all we need, He is all we should live for, then WE each will find and experience the Abundant Life He died to give each of us.
It's not about what RMI believes or what we teach or what we encourage women to do (follow the biblical principles), but to take His hand and begin to learn directly from Him. It's not what we think or how we feel but how HE feels about us, as His bride, that really matters.
Yes, we are blessed!
How many Marriage Evaluation Questionnaires were Evaluated in 2013?
5/29/13 Total year to date 507 women + 222 men = 729
12/31/13 Total for 2013: 990 women + 353 men = 1343 MEQs
I was raised in the Baptist church, but I only was able to really know the Lord in an intimate way when this journey began. Now my desire is to know the complete freedom of a life with the Lord. I want stay to totally happy, free and complete with Him. I love to feel and know the abundant life He has for me, and to be used by Him to help others and to share my testimony by being a doer of the Word and let others know Him through my love for Him and all that He means to me, all that He has been doing in my life. ~ Talita in Brazil
* Part of how God has used Talita is to help us get our paperback books in print, which you will see below :)
Many MEQs were from women who don’t read or write English, who use an online translator, who we then redirected to their Language site and who follow may read Encouragers using a translator like Mireille in France:
This Ministory and encouragments are doing me well. God is changing me by his word and I give the glory to him.
Mirelle is divorced and said in her MEQ: I have your book and how God can restore your marriage in hand and I read it every day. I destroyed myself with my behavior. My husband says he doesn’t love me and he wants another woman. Finding us after an attempted suicide.
We have begun getting many women who have recently been released from prison and a few who have come through battling alcohol and drug addiction like Mary in Arizona who is a recovering Meth addict:
I rededicated on Feb 27 2004 after overcoming a meth addiction. I started backsliding in 2011 and by April 2013 I started drinking again. Today, by God's grace, I am 16 days sober... but my heartaches more now than when I was drinking. I'm learning to lean on Jesus for comfort. I know that the restlessness and unhappiness is a form of God drawing him back. Meanwhile my heart hurts. Ahhhh! God is doing marvelous things in my life during this process. Not only sobriety but peace, peace, peace.
12/31/13 Free eBooks: 990(4) $39,600 + 353(4) $14,120 =
How many FREE eBOOKS were given out in 2013?
Total $53,720.00 in 2013
One woman questioned the premise of us “giving away” our books as not a valid when she was interested in becoming a partner. However, between the years of 2000-2005, RMI relied solely on book SALES. However, this verse stuck in our heart:
“Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure—pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return”—Luke 6:38
Since 2005, when we began to give our ebooks away for FREE, and we almost went under. Yet, He is faithful:
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD and whose trust is the LORD. For he will be like a tree planted by the water, that extends its roots by a stream and will not fear when the heat comes; but its leaves will be green, and it will not be anxious in a year [or more] of drought nor cease to yield fruit'"—Jeremiah 17:5-10
By sticking to our convictions, soon book sales were replaced by tithes, when we began turning our focus on helping to feed women daily and to help them each discover the principle of “rebuking the devourer through tithing to her storehouse.” At first we were barely able to survive, but soon our perseverance was rewarded.
Like, you, helping others is what is most important—and as a result we have also prospered—more in seeing lives changed than we have financially.
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; where your treasure is, there your heart will be also”—Matthew 6:19–21
You and RMI are storing souls and changed lives in heaven—this is where our treasures are waiting for us!
“My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.”
Yes, we do know the way, which is to take His hand, and help as many other women who He sends to us :)
5/29/13 148 day of the year X 454 = 67,192 spiritual daily meals for women.
2/31/13 217 days of the year X 710 = 154,070.
A total of 221,262 daily spiritual meals for women in 2013
How many Encourager were sent in 2013 ?
How many women took our courses in 2013?
861 women have taken Course 1 RYM
507 women have taken Course 2 RRR
+332 women have taken Course 3 Rebuilding
= 1,700 Total
And as a result of being spiritually fed daily— the fruits came in multiplied!
Our E Team read 1092 PRAISE REPORTS that were submitted—
filling 365 days of spiritual meals
which included having to also begin a new newsletter for the overflow!!
This is my first Praise Report.I am not a great writer of words so please bare with me. I am married to a trucker who left me about 3 months ago.He still pays the bills and comes home every so often but he decided he didnt love me anymore and said good bye for the most part. The first month I called him non stop crying begging you know the routine we all have done it.He would deny the calls and not respond to the text and when he did the words he used lets just say WOW!I was the most hated person in the world.I started looking for help and going to every site there was for prayer request.I cried out to the lord and begged for the someone who could show me the verses and his promises because reading the bible has always been so hard.I started going to church and divorce was never going to happen on my part...I prayer and prayed for help and in one of the sites I was on a stranger sent me God can and will Restore your marriage...wow the Lord an swered that prayer.I started reading and re reading it changing me.I was aweful in this marriage and never knew it and believe me to see that i was suppose to do this and not that was a hard thing to take in...as I have been doing the lessons dayly and rereading the books and the bible and praying a list of prayers...I have started to see the Lord Bless me...My prayers actually coming true...The Lord shows me from time to time what he is up to and I am loving it..My husband has stopped calling me names, he calls alot durning the day now.He came home earlier than he normally does.The other day I was down because now we are like friends and that is great but it feels like when will he come back to his marriage.I know he will.but durning this time God showed me what he was up to.I asked that my somewhat believer would come back home but I also asked for a husband who would lead us to the lords word and church.Well a friend of our never mentioned that he had a father i law that was a trucker as well.Out of no where he called my husband to see if he could get him a job.and My husband load was in Flordia which he never goes...it so happened to be where this man lived.WOW PTL....the best part of this all...The man is a Godly man who gave his life to Christ.So 2 days in the truck with my husband who dont really believe.......hummmm...I see the Lord did that!
The Lord has brought this into my husband life for a great reason.PTL. God has allowed me to see what he is doing to remind me even thought I dont see it's happening and every so often he shows me a clip of things......God is so Awesome...I know I am walking toward a renewed and better marriage in the future...yes I would love it to be today but I also have learned it has to be in God's Time not mine..I praise the Lord and want all to know dont give up....Thank you Erin for taking the time to write a book that changed my way and many others.
How many women report RESTORED Marriages in 2013? In Total there were 20 Reported Restored Marriages
Jesus asked, “Weren't all ten healed?” Luke 17:11-19 “Was no one found who returned to give glory to God, except [one out of 10]
8 more women wrote telling us that their marriages were Restored, but they never sent in a full testimony, like this email from Lisa:
Hi There!! I just wanted to let everyone there know my marriage is restored. It wasn't restored the way I ever thought it would be, but YEAHHH PRAISE GOD, it is restored and my relationship with the LORD is stronger than I ever dreamed it could or would be. My marriage was restored a while ago, I just wasn't sure how to contact the ministry, I'm hoping someone gets this message now. Would you like me to type up a testimony to share?
Sometimes He works so fast that we are in awe:
1/9/14 Hello, I’m sorry for the follow-up email (I know that you discourage it) but wonderful things happened just hours after taking your questionnaire. EncoragingWomen advised me not to call him, so I got off the phone with him when he called, and told him to have a nice day. Within hours my miracle came! After 2 1/2 years of mostly living separate, I came home to a renewed spouse that had dinner waiting for me and a lot of love. Not only was my husband there asking to come home, he was now pleasant and loving. He told me that someone at his job (a pastor) that he'd never spoken to besides saying hello and goodbye, told him that his family needs and loves him and that he needed to seek salvation, turn to the Lord, and most of all...Go home! Needless to say God speaks through you and I can’t thank you enough for all the support and advice from encouragingwomen.org.~ April
Only ONE in 10 will come back to give God glory and over the years I’ve found that this appears to be fairly accurate (when women and especially men show up YEARS later saying they've been restored for years).
So to make sure you are able to give God the praise for restoring 10 times what we share in our Encouragers, I just uncovered two more RESTORED marriage today that I stumbled on—women who have built their own websites and wrote books—without ever contacting me or RMI—to let us know their marriages had been restored and that they had gone on to have their own ministries :)
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD and whose trust is the LORD. For he will be like a tree planted by the water, that extends its roots by a stream and will not fear when the heat comes; but its leaves will be green, and it will not be anxious in a year of drought nor cease to yield fruit'"—Jeremiah 17:9-10
"Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight"—Proverbs 3:4-6
New "EASY to read and mark" larger 6x9 size in paperback
Back in paperback!!
New in paperback RYM in Portuguese!
WHAT else is NEW?
A new Partner HOME PAGE with links to ALL our partner benefits:
** Like these paperback books (pictured above) at a DISCOUNTED PARTNER SPECIAL PRICE 5 paperbacks for $35.
Next let me elaborate on something I said earlier when referring to Luke 17:11-19 when Jesus asked, “Weren't all ten healed?” “Was no one found who returned to give glory to God, except [one out of 10]?
This morning after reading that verse and understanding the principle He wants to teach us all, I understood that He longs for us to share what He HAS done in our lives—from knowing Him personally to being transformed by His Word.
If He hasn’t yet restored your marriage, will you say nothing?
He wants us to go out and share the Good News and let women know where they can find “Hope" so forward an Encourager to them or simply sent them to HopeAtLast.com
Matthew 4:18-20 (MSG)—
“Walking along the beach of Lake Galilee, Jesus saw two brothers: Simon (later called Peter) and Andrew. They were fishing, throwing their nets into the lake. It was their regular work. Jesus said to them, ‘Come with Me. I’ll make a new kind of fisherman out of you. I’ll show you how to catch men and women instead of perch and bass.’ They didn’t ask questions, but simply dropped their nets and followed.”
A GREAT way to give Him the PRAISE He deserves and also fish for women is to throw out your NET into waters loaded with women who go there in marriage crisis!
Why not share the GOOD NEWS and review a few of the books you’ve read on Amazon:
Erin Thiele in Books because Amazon is where people go who don’t yet KNOW the Lord!
Thank you for your REVIEWS!!!
“Was no one found who returned to give glory to God, except YOU?”
Your Review will also let our Publishing Team know just how much we all appreciate how the Lord is using their time and talents to get books filled with His word into paperback!
A new woman who was hurting is Alexandra who speaks spanish and a tiny bit of English:
God brought my to amazon and specific topic I was looking was restouration ~ Alexandra in Massachusetts
Once again THANK YOU for your love and support and sowing into broken soil, watered by the tears of women who are desperate, like April in Florida:
I almost cried my head off yesterday afternoon, that evening and this morning. This man that promised to love me forever, that didn't want to go places without me, that clung to me like white on rice...does not want anything to do with me!! I know he’s hurt. I know he’s in pain when I cheated on him. But I just didn't know he would fall out of love with me and leave the home that we share with our children... I am not coping very well. Please, can you help me!! ~ April in Florida
"And the one on whom seed was sown on the good soil, this is the man who hears the word and understands it; who indeed bears fruit and brings forth, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty"—Matthew 13:23
"And others fell on the good soil and *yielded a crop, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty"—Matthew 13:8
"Other seeds fell into the good soil, and as they grew up and increased, they yielded a crop and produced thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold"—Mark 4:8
"And those are the ones on whom seed was sown on the good soil; and they hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold"—Mark 4:20
If you want to Grow Spiritually while surrounding yourself with likeminded women who share your compassion for the Lord. If you want to learn how to really work with God and allowing Him to lead you. If you want to be blessed beyond your wildest dreams, then I would urge you to seek God about becoming a volunteer!
** As long as you have completed your Rebuilding Wisdom along your Restoration Journey, we’d love you to join us. :) * Prior to this point in your RJ, you need all your time and energy focused on your Lessons.
CLICK HERE to learn about the different teams and to volunteer on one of our Ministry Teams!
to our DAILY Encourager
“Washing you with the water of His Word” —Ephesian 5:26
"He sent His Word and healed them,
and delivered them from their destructions”
GRAB a cup of Coffee and enjoy hearing the Lord speak to you while He heals your soul. Learn first hand why Romans 10:17 says, “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
Read the Psalms that correspond to the date plus 30 (30, 60, 90, etc.), then read the chapter of Proverbs that corresponds to the date. (i.e., on the 5th of the month you would read the 5th, 35th, 65th, 95th, 125th Psalm and the 5th chapter of Proverbs). An easy way to remember is to write where to turn on the bottom of the Psalm (i.e. on the bottom of the 6th Psalm you would write 36, then on the bottom of the 36 you would write 66 and so on. When you get to 126 you would write Prov. 6.) Psalm 119 is reserved for the 31st day of the month.
* If you're interested in purchasing a tee shirt, please contact our Bookstore. firstname.lastname@example.org.
263 donors, 148 who applied to partner with RMI in 2013
5/29/13 We received: 57 RYM TY notes + 44 RRR TY notes = 101
12/31/13 We received another: 111 RYM TY notes + 70 RRR TY notes + 6 RWC TY notes = 187 Thank you notes
187 + 101 = 288
288 Thank you notes from grateful women, with over 70% giving towards helping another woman “Sowing into someone else’s Restoration.”
How many RMIEW partners in 2013?
“Let each one [give] as he has made up his own mind and purposed in his heart, not reluctantly or sorrowfully or under compulsion, for God loves (He takes pleasure in, prizes above other things, and is unwilling to abandon or to do without) a cheerful (joyous, “prompt to do it”) giver [whose heart is in his giving].”
We want to THANK all of you for your commitment to partner with RMI and want you to know that if you are reluctant or sorrowful or if you feel compelled to continue to give—don’t.
We want you to know that you have been set FREE from any “obligation” to continue to give.
Ultimately your commitment is between YOU and God. Ecclesiastes 5:4-5
"When you make a vow to God, do not be late in paying it; for He takes no delight in fools. Pay what you vow! It is better that you should not vow than that you should vow and not pay."
However, we also believe the principle in this verse in 2 Corinthians 9:6 “Let each one give just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”
So, if you'd LOVE to continue to sow into good soil—soil that has been drenched with the tears of women from around the world who are looking for HOPE and who we know NEED the Lord as a Faithful and Loving Husband, learning to live as His glorious bride without spot or wrinkle here on earth—then please let us know by filling out a 2014 Partner Commitment, so you can continue to also be blessed when you read every Praise Report, every Restored Marriage, every soul saved as a seed you sowed.