Restore Ministries International
RMI was founded in 1991, which you can read here: About, but we thought a bit more of her history would help you appreciate just what the Lord has done—by using just one woman “for such a time as this”—to see how He wants to use YOU to do something just as amazing.
We hope that not only will you get to know Erin, the founder of RMI, much better, but you will also have an opportunity to get acquainted with RMI's many branches that are being added all the time!
To begin let’s begin with the green RMI logo, the single woman that Erin’s son, Dallas, created for her—a unique gift just from him—when the branch Encouraging Woman began.
Did you notice, if turned sideways, that it’s actually the Christian fish or Ichthys, which is today still the symbol of Christianity? It was used when it was too dangerous to let anyone know you were a “follower of the Messiah,” so they would draw this symbol in the dirt to let someone know they were a fellow believer and also one of His followers.
So Erin’s oldest son, Dallas, turned the symbol, and by inserting the dot, the fish became a woman, Erin, praising the Lord. He also purposely left the fish broken as a sign of what his mother had gone through, also showing that we need to lift our hands in praise to Him even and especially during our valleys of brokenness.
Our Publishing History NRPH
As Erin has shared before, almost immediately after meeting her friend Sue God began to send women to her to encourage them towards restoration, giving them hope. At first, Erin began giving them a list of all the Bible verses He’d shown her, until one day she gave the list to a woman who had never opened a Bible and had no idea how to find the verses.
So Erin borrowed her mother’s electronic computer and began typing out verses from memory. Hence, the first books often mingled both NASB and KJV together. Years later, through online Bible sites like Biblegateway, these are continually being updated and corrected. 🙂
Soon after making multiple copies of the typed out verses a few women didn’t understand what each verse meant in relationship to their broken relationship. So again Erin got on her mother’s typewriter to type out the verses, while in between writing what the Lord had told her.
Then one evening after a homeschool meeting a woman ran after her, a fellow homeschool mother who she’d noticed had recently lost a lot of weight (Erin knew was a forced infidelity diet). The desperate wife and mother asked for “Erin’s book” so she reached in and handed her a fairly thick manila envelope of the photocopied pages she’s typed out and gave to everyone. “No, I need your book” is that the mom said, “Yes, this is what you need,” Erin replied.
A few weeks later this same woman showed up outside Erin’s home telling her she wouldn’t leave until Erin agreed to get it published at a local ministry Mt. Zion Publishing. So she agreed, called, and made an appointment to speak to the pastor. When she arrived she was told that the pastor had been rushed to the hospital that morning. This is when Erin said she “knew” and sensed something was about to happen.
The administrator, Mike, sat down to conduct the meeting but it wasn’t until the very end when God began to implement His plan. Mike first had explained that they never publish “contemporary” or current writers—but instead published books by Mueller and Spurgeon, so it appeared, Erin said, that there was no way they would consider publishing her book. So she stood up and thanked him for his time when Mike said, “Is that your manuscript? May I read it?” referring to the manilla envelope she’d given out to dozens of women. “Yes, I guess so” since Erin didn’t consider it a manuscript because she’d never set out to write a book and handed it to him.
They both sat down again while Mike read through the Table of Contents and acted astonished by the chapter Erin had included that very morning “A Contentious Woman”! Mike said he and a few other pastors had been speaking to a woman who needed this chapter, so again they all stood up and Erin felt this must have been the reason the Lord sent her.
Two weeks later she got a call from the pastor who’d been rushed to the hospital, and he said, “We’d like to publish your book.”
The next hurdle in this race Erin didn’t realize she was running was to get it formatted to be ready for print. And in those days, 1998, plates were made to be used in the letterpress. Large runs of books were printed and stored in a warehouse and shipped. The first shipments of the RYM were sent to every prison in North America. Then added to their free books to missionaries sent around the world.
God used Erin’s oldest son, Dallas, who learned how to format the books, which was very intense and complicated before Print on Demand which just about everyone uses now. The first run was published and almost immediately ran out. Larger and larger runs were printed until Mt. Zion said they could no longer keep up with the demand, saying that this was the most requested book and out-sold all their other books combined.
Yet, what is interesting is that this was headed up by a man of God, Pastor Shelton told Erin on several occasions that he’d never seen such “spiritual opposition” as when printing her books (RYM, mRYM, WW, and WM). Each time they printed a run of book pallets, one or more of the presses or bookbinders or cutters would shut down. Yet, due to the man of God Pastor Shelton was, he would fast and pray through until they began working again.
Pictured left to right: Erin, Mike, Mrs. Shelton, Pastor Shelton
*Pastor Shelton was Erin’s spiritual father until he passed away in 2003. They would spend hours discussing the beauty of His Word and all the many things each had seen Him do in their own lives and the lives of others. On several occasions, Pastor Shelton told Erin how in awe he was of RYM. He’d read it several times through and said the only book he could compare it with was Pilgrim’s Progress and he said he simply couldn’t understand how she wove the hundreds of scriptures through in just the way she had.
Erin would always laugh and say, “That’s because *I* didn’t write the book” and that’s why he was so baffled often quoting 1 Corinthians 1:27, "But God has chosen the foolish things [and me Pastor Shelton] of the world to confound the wise [YOU Pastor Shelton], and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong." Yet he’d still sit pondering how she’d done it. :))
We share this only to prove that GOD wants to use YOU—no matter your talents, no matter your strengths or weaknesses. As a matter of fact, if you know Him as your HH then it’s an advantage as we know from 2 Corinthians 12:9-11, "And He has said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.’”
If you try to do anything in your own strength when working with what He is doing in our NRP, then it will never measure up and you will fail. However, if you rely solely on HIM, working with HIM, allowing HIM to lead you—especially through each and every opposition you’ll face when working and more than likely in your personal life—then HE wants to use you and so do we!!
Wise as Serpents
“Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.” Matthew 10:16
“Stay alert. This is hazardous work I’m assigning you. You’re going to be like sheep running through a wolf pack, so don’t call attention to yourselves. Be as cunning as a snake, inoffensive as a dove.” Matthew 10:16 (MSG)
“Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.” Matthew 10:16 (NKJV)
If you’ve been working for our ministry in any other capacity, then you may be somewhat familiar with the enemy opposition and attacks. HOWEVER, we believe it’s due to books being printed, which makes the enemy turn up the furnace. Remember what it says in the RYM book:
What was Jesus' answer when Satan was trying to tempt Him?
“And Jesus answered him, ‘It is written . . . It is written . . . for it is written . . .’” Luke 4:4–10
We warn our translators to wisely save and send what they’ve translated. We share this testimony with them.
TESTIMONY of the Opposition
The Assemblies of God had translated thousands of books into Spanish when they took on translating the Restore Your Marriage book into Spanish. And what normally would have taken them 3 MONTHS, took them 3 YEARS!!! Over the course of their attempts, they "lost" more than 4 translators who had worked for them (some for more than a dozen years) and also 4 computers that crashed (with several books they’d translated) and were never able to be used again!! The treasures within the books, which of course are the Scriptures, are so powerful that the enemy fought harder against our books than any others—they said even more than some Bible versions, which seems unreal.
No matter what the enemy throws at you, give it back to the Lord and ask Him to make a way through it. If your situation gets worse, REJOICE because it means He is doing more behind the scenes, which is why the enemy is going to try to do what he can to stop you. The enemy may begin to hit you personally, expect it and then again, give it to God and be resolute to continue "no matter what" and I promise you not only will you complete the work, just as Nehemiah did, but you will also see that He has your miracle waiting just past the finish line!
In addition to this testimony, we have just as many of our own. Before some books were printed professionally, we often printed short runs at local large printing companies. Almost every time, without exaggeration, they would never be able to have them printed on the promised completion date. We were told that one copier after another broke down.
What He’s calling you to do is powerful, but with GOD on your side, remaining calm and wise by following what we’ve learned throughout the many years to make it through these difficulties, such as Tithing and sending whatever you’ve completed even if it’s not finished, we assure you that the blessings on you and your family will drench you in joy.
“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
Restoration Fellowship "A Church without Walls"
As you can see, by simply putting a roof or spiritual covering over the 3 women who are praising Him, along with a cross at the top, representing us as His “church.”
Notice, too, that there are NO walls to the church. This is to ensure that everyone understands that there should be no denominational walls to keep anyone out or prevent anyone from wanting to come in.
Also, there are no actually building “walls" and no false "security” since many who attend a church—falsely believe they are safe— when the truth is— only HE can assure us of our salvation AND not just save us when we die, but rescue us every day, in everything, to ensure us we are LIVING His abundant life.
The first Restoration Fellowship began decades ago, in 1989, when everyone thought Erin was crazy, saying that what she was attempting to do was impossible!!
In 1990, after a year of feeling that she was as crazy as people said, Erin cried out to God to send her just ONE person who understood what she was going through—the Lord immediately answered her cry. Erin says...
"First, He sent me His Word (the Bible my husband had left behind), which guided and comforted me. And what He showed me is now what is written and documented in our Encouraging books and videos.
Then, about a year later, a year into my Restoration Journey, once I had a strong foundation of the truth and especially a close and intimate relationship with the Lord—that's when—He brought an exceptional friend into my life who I found out was living through a similar situation I was in! Sue and I became our ministry's first ePartners—an "Encouragement Partner" to travel with me along with the remainder of my Restoration Journey!! Though I was looking for someone to encourage me, which Sue ultimately did, with the intimate relationship I had with my HH, He wanted me to be there to encourage Sue and, later, many more women!
Then in 1999, the Lord expanded my ministry to go beyond Pensacola, Florida, to around the world when we joined the worldwide web. This is when, along with the books the women and men were reading, they expressed a desire for ongoing ministering. Knowing from experience how much opposition a woman gets in her church, along with unasked-for advice, Restoration Fellowship "A Church without Walls" was formed. By 2020 due to the worldwide pandemic, most believers began "attending" church online safely within their own homes.
This logo and ministry, Encouraging Women’s logo, shows 3 RMI logos together, based on the promise and principle regarding Moses in his time of need, “But Moses’ hands were heavy. Then they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it; and Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side and one on the other. Thus his hands were steady until the sunset.” E1712
So the RMIEW logo represents 3 women: the first woman is our founder, Erin (Aaron), who is on one side; the other side is anyone of our “hers” (Hur), our ministers, and finally, in the middle is our hurting woman to hold hands up in praise in order to win the victory—being healed, whole and so much more to the hurting, weak and broken.
Years later, we began adding a small round flag for each of our languages you see at the bottom of RMI.
Erin offers her books and training as an Encouraging Woman that has spread around the world, hoping that each and every woman who has been encouraged will begin their own ministry, becoming a Bridge Builder based on what God had done in her life.
"The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me,
Because the Lord has anointed me
To bring good news to the afflicted;
"He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to captives,
And freedom to prisoners;
"To proclaim the favorable year of the Lord,
And the day of vengeance of our God;
To comfort all who mourn,
"To grant those who mourn in Zion,
Giving them a garland instead of ashes,
The oil of gladness instead of mourning,
The mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting.
"So they will be called oaks of righteousness,
The planting of the Lord, that HE MAY BE GLORIFIED.
Then they will rebuild the ancient ruins,
They will raise up the former devastations,
and they will repair the ruined cities,
the desolations of many generations." I611
Restore Ministries International Online University
RMIOU’s logo is simply a woman, YOU after you’ve been completely covered over by His love and are drenched in His anointing.
What is also significant is how the Online University, added to the end of RMI, created the acronym, IOU. Most have offered someone an “IOU” when we’ve been given something but can’t pay for it when it was given. So we write an IOU— which means that we will pay it back later when we can. Rather than pay it back, we encourage you to pay it forward—given what you have been given.
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” 2 Corinthians 1:3–4.
When women come to use broken, they are not only broken emotionally but most are also broken spiritually, financially, and mentally. Many women who find us know the Lord but have never really experienced Him or His love. Many have also been broken spiritually due to religion. And due to being abandoned by their husbands, most are not in a financial position to purchase resources that can help them. Finally, most women have been broken down mentally due to all the advice they’ve heard or read.
When women do get out of their crises, some believe they should go back to school to get a better education, but we wanted to offer something much better. Getting an education is not just knowing the Lord and His Word, but EXPERIENCING His LOVE while having God pour His wisdom over you, His anointing, to help you minister to other women.
“Therefore, thus says the LORD, ‘If you return, then I will restore you—Before Me you will stand; and if you extract the precious from the worthless, you will become My spokesman. They for their part may turn to you, but as for you, you must not turn to them.” Jeremiah 15:19.
Finally, when far too many women were lacking a true understanding of becoming His church, His bride, Restoration Fellowship was born–where we found Love At Last.