Missions & Outreach News
Steve and Nancy Brown in Niger
Steve and Nancy and their ministry in Niger have long received financial and prayer support from Good Samaritan (through the SIM organization). They have visited us often and many know them well. They have just completed a visit back home to North Carolina and Virginia. The Browns give thanks for their visit with friends and family and ask for our prayers as they return to their mission field.
Our advocate for the Browns, Chuck Ernst, passes along a nice letter from them about their visit home. It gives a nice personal glimpse into what is one facet of the lives of missionaries. Those who know the Browns many be familiar with some of the people and places they mention. You can access their letter here.
Renovaré and Chris Hall
Last week we highlighted the ministry of Renovaré and its president Chris Hall. If you missed any of that, their website has much information of interest.
Also, as noted last week, we support Renovaré in prayer and program, but 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 here.
Richard Morgan in Kenya: Rooted In Jesus
Father Richard leaves for Kenya Saturday, June 24 for Rooted In Jesus conferences in Kenya for the Diocese of Butere. He returns July 10. Richard will direct two one-week conferences with about 150 participants at each conference.
Please pray for safe travels for Richard as well as for his work in leadership of the conferences. Also please pray for the 300 or so participants that their training in this ministry will help them change the lives of many and further the work of Christian Discipleship. Pray also for Ruth and Richard’s family while he is out of the country.
The Great Co-Mission: A Missions Conference
For the past few years, Paoli Presbyterian Church and Good Samaritan have worked together for small missions conferences. This year, we are expanding and hope to have perhaps more than 300 join us to celebrate our calls to mission and learn more about the role of missions and outreach in our individual and corporate lives. Andy Crouch will be our keynote presenter and will facilitate much of the conference. We will concentrate on three themes: “Remembering the Image of Mission,” “Restoring the Image of Mission,” and “Renewing/Celebrating the Image of Mission.” Already, several churches from Ardmore to Downingtown, representing varied denominations, are planning to attend and at least ten have agreed to partner with us in this effort.
The major full-day conference will be at Good Samaritan Saturday, September 30. The conference is actually a two-day conference, with a Friday evening session (9/29) at Paoli Presbyterian especially for those folks working in churches to plan and facilitate mission and outreach efforts. The Saturday session is designed for anyone interested in missions and the role of the church in missions and outreach. There is no cost for the conference (and a lunch will be provided); however, we do want people to register so we can better plan and be prepared.
To learn more, and also to register early, please click here.
If you have specific questions about the conference, please check with Jeff Moretzsohn, Kevin Hicks, or Keith Dodd. They are the Good Samaritan people on the conference’s steering/planning committee.
Please pray for Andy Crouch and all those planning this conference. There is much to plan, communicate, and organize. We will provide more details as we near the late-September date.
Short-Term Missionary Trips/Projects
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 is starting her work in needy areas of Philadelphia. She will continue through August on projects organized by the “Center for Student Missions.”
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.