Missions & Outreach News
The Good Works team from Good Samaritan has started working on a home in Phoenixville. Several new volunteers attended. We repaired, washed and then painted the walls in the kitchen. Fresh paint always brightens a room. Here are some of the other projects we completed: A piece of paneling was installed to cover a bare wall. A new handrail was installed in the basement stairway. Drain pipes in the basement were reconfigured. The vent pipe for the clothes dryer was cleaned and reconnected. A carbon monoxide detector and a smoke alarm were installed in the basement.
We plan to work on the second Saturday of each month. If you would like to participate, please contact Rusty Smith.
Good Works assists low-income families and individuals who are below 200 percent of the federal poverty level and reside in the Good Works service area of Chester County, Pennsylvania. Applicants must own and live in their homes for two years before applying. They are screened carefully through an application process including an initial intake form, a home visit by a volunteer, verification of all income sources, and a credit check. Most of the homeowners we assist are elderly, single parents, and individuals with physical disabilities.
Good Works is a Christian nonprofit organization, founded in 1988, and dedicated to repairing homes and restoring hope for low-income homeowners in Chester County, PA. Our service is fueled by our Christian faith and encouraged by the verse in scripture that says:
"For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." (Ephesians 2:10).
Good Works believes it was raised up by God to extend His love in a tangible way to families living in substandard housing by working with them to make their homes warmer, safer and drier. The repairs we provide include roof repair, plumbing installation and repair, electrical rewiring and code compliance, heating installation and upgrades, insulation and drywall work, window and floor repair.
Learn more about Good Works http://www.Goodworksinc.org
- Lift the Good Works ministry up to God. Pray the organization seeks the will of God and performs services for His glory.
- Pray for the safety for all of the Good Works volunteers.
- Pray for an increase in the number of volunteer workday staff – Work Crew leaders and Tech Staff.
Father Richard and “Rooted In Jesus”
Late June into July, Richard Morgan will be in Kenya leading two conferences related to “Rooted In Jesus”. Rooted In Jesus is a Missions Organization that we support as a church. It is a collaborative venture between the African and English church that was created to address a need for discipleship in the African context. Rooted In Jesus is a 2-year discipleship course, which is designed to be delivered by priests and lay evangelists within the context of small groups. The course is introduced to a Diocese by invitation of the Diocesan Bishop with a 4-day conference. The conference is led by a team. Previously, Richard was part of a team in South Africa – in Johannesburg and then St Mark’s Diocese and also in Madagascar in two Dioceses there. Two years ago he led a team, which included Jeff Moretzsohn and Nicole Arthur from Good Samaritan and a young Kenyan lay-woman, at two conferences in Bondo Diocese (near Kisumu in the west of Kenya).
This year, Richard has been asked to lead a team along with a Rector from the UK and a Kenyan priest from the Diocese of Maseno South to the Diocese of Butere. He leaves Saturday June 24 and returns to Philadelphia July 10. One-hundred-fifty people will be at each conference. The goal is to equip all 300 of these priests and lay evangelists to go and lead a small group of 10-12 people to help them grow as disciples of Jesus. You can learn more about Rooted In Jesus at: www.rootedinjesus.net - the leader of the organization is Richard’s stepmother, Revd. Alison Morgan.
As a church, through our mission budget, we support the Rooted In Jesus organization, but Richard is also doing fund-raising for his own travel and on-site experiences. If you would like to support Richard financially in this effort, you can write checks to the church making sure you include “Rooted In Jesus” in the memo line. Or you can give online here.
Please pray for Richard as he plans this trip and mission work. Pray also for his family as they think ahead about his absence. Richard would also like us all to pray for the many Kenyan clergy and support personnel who will be traveling (some long distances in difficult environments) to the conference and for all of them while they are involved in their conference. If you would like to pray individually by name for all the many participants, please contact the chair of the Missions Committee, Keith Dodd, requesting the names and he will send lists of all those involved in the Butere conferences (Clergy, Evangelists, and Lay Readers). If you plan to pray this way, you may want to set a schedule or plan: there are three lists, each with about 75 names on them!
Short-Term Missionary Trips/Projects
- The Good Samaritan participants in the CCO sponsored missionary trip to India returns Thursday, June 1. They reported Monday that all went well, and they are awaiting their return home! Next week, we hope to have a full report to share. Please pray for their safe trip home and their adjustment to ordinary life after their exciting and meaningful trip and service.
- Hank Davis is doing the necessary physical and spiritual preparation for a missionary trip to Peru late July/early August. He is traveling as part of a missionary-sponsoring group E3 Partners.
- Hannah Johnson will be working in needy areas of Philadelphia, June through August, on projects organized by the “Center for Student Missions.”
People on such trips always appreciate knowing they are surrounded by the prayers of their church family!
Sex Trafficking: From June 7 through July 9, People’s Light and Theater in Malvern is presenting “Project Dawn”, a play about the Project Dawn Court, which is a diversion program for repeat prostitution offenders founded in Philadelphia. More about the program and tickets are on the theater’s website.
Fair Days: Volunteers are still needed for various aspects of Fair Days – June 9 and 10 – and there are sign-up sheets in the atrium. Sponsors, either by businesses or individuals, are needed. These sponsorships make a great financial contribution to not only the expenses of the Fair but especially to the projects Fair Days supports. You can find more about Fair Days sponsorships on the Good Samaritan website.
All proceeds from Fair Days go to two of our major mission efforts: “Food for our Neighbors” (via the Good Samaritan Food Closet) and “Clean Water for the World” (via Water Mission).
Please come and support Fair Days even if just by your presence. It’s a great way to get to know a few visitors and tell them about the good things happening at The Church of the Good Samaritan! You can also buy a Walk For Water: Water Mission T-Shirt to begin promoting this year’s Walk later in the fall.
If you have a Facebook page (or other social media apps), consider promoting Fair Days. The Good Samaritan Facebook page is here.