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Mwen Se Atis-Bringing Beauty from Haiti

This summer Audrey Jones spent several weeks in Haiti, working toward the rebuilding and revitalization of the country….but more importantly, its people. In the camp where Audrey worked there were some 55,000 people, 13,000 of those being children. These families gripped her heart deeply, so deeply in fact that she will return to Haiti soon to continue to love and serve this camp community with creativity and beauty through art. Tonight she is hosting a show here in downtown Atlanta that will bring to life her experiences in Haiti, and the love she has for the people there. If you are in the “A”, I encourage you to attend, and be gripped by this look into the human soul and it’s ability to persevere through tragedy. Friday, September 24 from 7-10p.m in the Mattress Factory Lofts[300 M.L. King Jr DR SE]



Renovation Church-Join the Movement

This is an info./follow up letter that was sent out by the leadership of Renovation following our vision cast. If you are interested in being added to the mailing list send “add me” to info@RenovationChurch.net.


Thank you for showing interest in Renovation Church, a new church that is putting its roots down in downtown Atlanta, we hope with your help.

Renovation Church began as a calling on one man, Pastor Leonce  Crump Jr, 2 years ago, and has slowly grown by the grace of God, prayers, and the work of its early-adopters to the point where it is now: the Launch Team Training stage.

What this means is that over the next 22 weeks until the end of October, we will be training the people who show an interest and who feel God is calling them to be the architects of this church to use their God-given talents, skills and abilities, to be the ones who help shape this new church, and launch it as a formal church in downtown Atlanta on January 16, 2011.

What does this mean for you? We are praying and hope you will pray with us as to whether God is leading you to come alongside and use your gifts for his glory in his church, in an area of downtown Atlanta that needs more vibrant, healthy, Christ-exalting and socially conscious people.

Last week was our vision cast and informational meeting where Pastor Leonce laid out the basic vision of the church: who we are, where we are going, how we want to get there.

Joining a church plant is not easy…it’s not for wimps. It requires commitment, faithfulness, and heavy lifting. It is not a spectator sport. If you are at a current church and your skills are not being used, come use them here. If you have a strong desire, like us, to see the gospel of Jesus change hearts and lives in an under-served area, this is the place for you. If you are not currently in a church, consider this your invitation to join a movement in the making.

We need musicians, artists, professionals of all kinds, marketers, web and IT, hospitality, trades, writers, thinkers, risk-takers, culture makers and caring hearts.

We will serve and be made up of, young and old, rich and poor, black, white, hispanic, asian and any other race or culture- or we will consider ourselves unfaithful. The book of Revelation describes heaven as a place where all tribes, nations, and tongues come together in one incredible mass of people, all rescued by the blood of Jesus’ death on the cross, his resurrection from the dead, and his being rightly worshiped as the one true God forever. This is who we expect Renovation Church to be.

The next 22 weeks we will be teaching and discussing doctrine, theology, mission, prayer, evangelism, generosity, passion, the new urban, culture and other pertinent topics to prepare our growing community for the task of launching and going public as a new church, in our own building on Sunday mornings.

This is a biblical strategy, based on Timothy and Titus: that the people of God should be equipped for every good work. Renovation is about doing God’s work: renovating hearts, lives, families, neighborhoods, and the city of Atlanta.

Scripture is clear: the church is not a building, it is people. Wherever we go, God’s people are The Church. They must be equipped, and they must do God’s renovating work.

Are you Renovation?

We will meet each sunday evening at 5 pm- 6:30 at The Stoveworks, 112 Krog st, Suite 5 in downtown Atlanta.

Come for food, connecting, teaching, discussion, and prayer.  As always child care will be provided.

At the end of October we will launch Gospel Communities all over the city:  A Gospel Community is not JUST a Small Group, Bible Study, Support Group, Social Activist Group, or a Weekly Meeting. It can involve these sorts of things, but it doesn’t stop there. These are smaller communities of Renovation people gathering by location to grow, enjoy and live out the gospel, mission and community.

Our website will launch on June 1st, just under two weeks from now. Until then Renovations Blog, http://www.UrbanMissionBlog.com, is a great place to connect with the heart of what we are pursuing, as well as track with the story of where we have been and where we are going.

Will you prayerfully consider committing to Renovation Church and learning, growing, and training with others for the good of Atlanta and the glory of God?

homeless-people

Some Lesson’s Learned from Ministry on the Margins

1. These are people. God’s image bearers, and as such they should be treated with love, kindness, dignity, and respect. Even if they are disrespectful to you or themselves, show them the gospel in the way you respond.

2. But for Grace, there go I. We are not better than them because of our physical, mental, or emotional state. In fact, we may be worse off in our self-righteousness.

3. Do NOT give to pan-handlers. I have failed at this many times, but actively try to not do it. We can do so much more for them if they submit to coming and being a part of the body of Christ. It would benefit them greater to come and hear/see the gospel, and the implications of it by how we serve them, rather than giving them a couple bucks to assuage our conscience.

4. Homeless men need to be taught basic skills to re-enter and thrive in society. This requires more time investment and reprogramming than giving them a blanket and a hot cup of soup. Though giving them soup and a means to keep warm is good and right, it will only sustain them for a day, a week at most. Taking them off of the streets, or sending them to a Church/organization that can and teaching them how to function in society, if successful, could sustain him for a life time.

5. Many of them have stories, of a life before (insert: drugs, alcoholism, spouse leaving/cheating, job loss etc.) ask them to hear their story, and you will most often gain their hearts.

6 Many people living on the streets suffer from mild to severe mental illness. Finding creative, no-governmental ways to serve this population could be vital to the renewal of any major city.

7. If you feel safe in doing so, if someone tells you they are hungry, invite them to dine with you at a nearby restaurant, rather than sending them off with a few dollars to “buy food”. If they are truly hungry, most often they will go. This is a great time to share your life and the gospel.

8. There are entire homeless families. Find ways to love and serve their children, and you will often find a way to reach the parents.

9. If they are hustlers, they have been to multiple churches/social/government organizations in the area. Call other local churches to find out who and what they know.

10. In some cases there is a measure of entitlement, as though they are owed what they are asking you for. Overcome this with the love of Christ, and the gospel.

11. There is little greater than seeing someone restored spiritually, physically, and culturally.

There is much I am still learning, but knowing these things has helped me a great deal in loving the poor, marginalized, and homeless as well as they will allow.