Missions & Outreach News

Renovaré and Chris Hall

Activities and Prayers:

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We praise God that he brought so many qualified applicants to our upcoming 2017-2019 Seattle Cohort of the Renovaré Institute. We are admitting a great group, and anticipate that the applicant overflow will fill up as many as half the slots for our 2018-2020 Chicago Cohort.

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We are grateful for the immediate positive response for our early launch of The Fellowship of the Burning Heart—a Community Expression of Renovaré. Three pilot groups of this lay community will be put into place shortly.

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The Book Club continues strong into our last book of the season: Athanasius’s On the Incarnation. Our president, Chris Hall, is facilitating this session and delighting our nearly-1200 members with weekly study guides and bi-weekly podcasts.
Also … Our team continues to accept invitations to visit churches, schools, and organizations to help people learn to how to cooperate with God in their own transformation. Chris Hall just returned from trips to San Francisco and Houston, and will soon be off to Washington, DC and Dallas. Nathan Foster (our director of community life) is currently on a ten-day teaching stint in Australia, while Carolyn Arends (our director of education) will soon be off to South Africa. We are excited to see doors beginning to open to bring spiritual formation training into prisons, an area of focus that God has laid on Chris’s heart since he stepped into Renovaré leadership.
We ask the folks at The Church of the Good Samaritan to please keep our staff, ministry team, and board in your prayers. Our greatest desire is that we keep in step with the Holy Spirit and are ready to do the things he has called us to do through the ministry of Renovaré.
More about Renovaré: Renovaré USA is a Christian nonprofit that models, resources, and advocates fullness of life with God experienced, by grace, through the spiritual practices of Jesus and of the historical Church.
Christian in commitment, ecumenical in breadth, and international in scope, Renovaré helps people in becoming like Jesus. Renovaré publishes print and online resources, including books, articles, messages and podcasts. Retreats, spiritual formation groups, and educational initiatives like the two-year Renovaré Institute provide community and experience where that knowledge can move from head to heart.
For more detail about Renovaré, their personnel and their mission visit the Renovaré website  or download any or all of information packets:
About Renovaré
Meet the Team
Ministry Highlights 2016

Support Renovaré: Although through the Good Samaritan Missions program we support Renovaré in prayer and program, we are not currently providing financial support. (This could change in the future.) To find ways to support and provide tax-deductible financial gifts, visit the “donate” page on their website:
The Missions Committee cannot always financially support the many fine and well-organized missions/ministries we are familiar with. While most are very worthy and represent good causes, we do take our stewardship seriously when we decide what to fund and what to support in other ways. We know, too, that many parishioners would like to support good Christian ministries, but sometimes are not quite sure about the methods, aims, and structure of organizations that seem to “sound good.” 
Please know that the Missions Committee is quite aware of the details of the Renovaré organization (and we all know first-hand the good work of Chris Hall!), so it is without reservation that we hold up Renovaré as a ministry you can feel good about supporting. 

Short-Term Missionary Trips/Projects
Continue to pray for Father Richard Morgan as he plans for his Rooted In Jesus trip to Kenya later this month. If you’d like to help his fundraising for his expenses, checks can be made out to the church, ensuring the “Richard’s Rooted In Jesus trip” is in the memo line. You can also give online.

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.
This month, Hannah Johnson is starting her work in needy areas of Philadelphia. She will continue 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!

A Reminder and an Update About Anti-Human Trafficking Awareness (from Julie Uebler)

A reminder that People’s Light & Theater in Malvern is hosting a new play “Project Dawn,” based on a diversion court in Philadelphia focused on transforming the lives of women repeatedly convicted of prostitution. Steve and I had a chance to see the play, and it is informative, powerful, and also entertaining. Project Dawn runs through July 9th. Also, if you did not have a chance to see the documentary “I Am Jane Doe” when it was in theaters, it is now available on Netflix. The movie highlights the role of Backpage.com in facilitating child sex trafficking, and the difficulties (to date) of holding the company accountable in the legal system. More about the program and tickets are on the theater’s website.:

Thanks to all who attended, supported, and volunteered at Fair Days. In next week’s updates, we will try to have a summary soon.