From the Renovaré Newsletter Archive

The selection below is from a November 1993 Renovaré newsletter. Download a PDF of the original newsletter.

Dear Friends,

Today I res­onate with Paul’s pas­toral joy, I thank my God upon every remem­brance of you”, and his pas­toral con­cern that Christ be formed in you” (Phil. 1:3, Gal. 4:19). Some who receive this let­ter I know well for you’ve shared with me the agony and the ecsta­sy of your soul. Many I’ve met on one trip or anoth­er, and while our con­tact has been brief, it has also been sig­nif­i­cant. Oth­ers I have nev­er met per­son­al­ly, but, even so, I feel grat­i­tude for you and con­cern that Christ be formed in you. 

Nev­er for­get that Jesus Christ is your ever-liv­ing Sav­ior, Teacher, Lord, and Friend. As Sav­ior he redeems and heals us from the sins and sor­rows of the past. As Teacher he guides and directs, reproves and cor­rects, draws and encour­ages. As Lord he takes his right­ful place as com­man­der-in-chief over our lives that we might always walk in holy obe­di­ence. As Friend he comes along­side of us, suf­fer­ing with us and giv­ing us deep joy. Always, always stay close to him. 

RELO­CA­TION DECISION 

After a long process of seek­ing the Spir­it’s mind we have come to clear­ness regard­ing the relo­ca­tion of REN­O­VARÉ. In July of 1994 we hope to move to Cas­tle Rock, Col­orado, just south of Den­ver. (From now until April 1 we will work on the fea­si­bil­i­ty of relo­ca­tion — cost, hous­ing, etc.) We had sev­er­al gra­cious invi­ta­tions from around the coun­try and wish we could have accept­ed them all. 

Cas­tle Rock was cho­sen for many rea­sons (fam­i­ly needs, etc.) but none were more impor­tant than prox­im­i­ty to the new Den­ver Inter­na­tion­al air­port that is due to open soon. The air­ports of our great cities are the trade routes of the mod­ern world, mak­ing those cities the new ports of entry for peo­ple and ideas. Just as the Apos­tle Paul posi­tioned him­self at the cen­ter of the great trade routes of his day, so we hope to posi­tion REN­O­VARÉ at a cru­cial cross­roads of our coun­try so that we can serve peo­ple bet­ter and have as use­ful an influ­ence as possible. 

ASIAN JOUR­NAL

I spent con­sid­er­able time this last sum­mer in min­istry among Chris­tians along the Pacif­ic rim. As much as any­thing else I want­ed to learn from these ded­i­cat­ed sis­ters and broth­ers how to live for Christ. I met with pas­tors, sem­i­nary pro­fes­sors, the­ol­o­gy stu­dents, and won­der­ful­ly gift­ed lay lead­ers. At one retreat for pas­tors in Hong Kong I com­plete­ly lost my voice, and my trans­la­tor took over for me, lead­ing one of the most mov­ing wor­ship and teach­ing ses­sions I have ever been in. At anoth­er retreat for Methodist lead­ers in Sin­ga­pore I heard the hymns of Charles Wes­ley sung as they were writ­ten to be sung! It was pow­er­ful and won­der­ful and joy­ful and spir­it­ful. I was great­ly encour­aged by what I saw and learned. Not that believ­ers in Asia are devoid of prob­lems, but almost all their prob­lems are in the right direc­tion. They are not fas­ci­nat­ed with tech­nique; rather they are seek­ing and expe­ri­enc­ing the pow­er of the Holy Spir­it. I would esti­mate that they are ahead of Chris­tians in the West by sev­er­al years in their under­stand­ing and expe­ri­ence of Chris­t­ian spir­i­tu­al­i­ty and spir­i­tu­al for­ma­tion. They have a long way to go but in sev­er­al cru­cial areas they are miles ahead of us. We should thank God for the pow­er­ful move­ments of the Spir­it among our broth­ers and sis­ters in Asia and be will­ing to learn from them.

As you know, the coun­tries of the Pacif­ic rim are on the rise — and they know it. Their influ­ence in world economies, busi­ness enter­prise, and belief sys­tems will only increase. May we be faith­ful to pray for Chris­t­ian believ­ers in these coun­tries as they face com­plex prob­lems and grow­ing opportunities. 

RADIO SCHED­ULE

Last spring I men­tioned to you the oppor­tu­ni­ty I had of doing brief dai­ly radio talks which would be broad­cast through about 45 mid-sized out­lets for a rea­son­able cost. I am deeply moved by your response and all the monies need­ed to do this have come in. We take this as guid­ance to move for­ward. I will begin Jan­u­ary 1. We are doing this for six months only and intend to stop at that time, though, of course, we will eval­u­ate this deci­sion at that point. The actu­al radio sta­tions and cities are list­ed on the back of this letter. 

FINAN­CIAL REJOICING 

I am find­ing it hard to put into words my thanks to you and so many oth­ers who believe in us and have so gen­er­ous­ly sup­port­ed our efforts. When we stepped out in faith, believ­ing that God want­ed us to work for the renew­al of the Church, we had God and a laser print­er! I did not know if there would be the mon­ey to cov­er expens­es or salaries beyond a month or two. And yet here we are more than five years lat­er thank­ing God for nev­er hav­ing to incur debt and with a small finan­cial surplus. 

I would nev­er want to dis­cour­age peo­ple from giv­ing to the REN­O­VARÉ renew­al effort, and even now I wel­come your con­tri­bu­tion. But in thanks­giv­ing to God I also want to men­tion three oth­er min­istries that I believe deserve your gen­er­ous sup­port. Each one is mak­ing a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to the renew­al of the Church in all her mul­ti-faceted expres­sions. If you are con­sid­er­ing a year-end gift, these efforts would great­ly ben­e­fit from your help. 

John M. Perkins Foun­da­tion for Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion and Devel­op­ment, 1581 Navar­ro Avenue, Pasade­na, CA 91103. John Perkins heads this work that helps empow­er peo­ple in the cities to be self-sus­tain­ing and self-determining. 

Our Lady’s Youth Cen­ter, P. O. Box 1422, El Paso, TX 79948. Father Rick Thomas gives lead­er­ship to this mul­ti-faceted min­istry to the peo­ples of Juarez, Mex­i­co and El Paso, Texas. 

The Hong Kong Church Renew­al Move­ment Ltd., Flat B, 1/F, 4 Argyle Street, Mongkok, Kowloon, Hong Kong. Pas­tor Yu is the direc­tor of this work which helps to equip pas­tors and oth­er lead­ers through­out Hong Kong and beyond. 

AND FINAL­LY

Peo­ple get onto our data­base in sev­er­al ways. Most of you are there because you have respond­ed to the call of cost­ly dis­ci­ple­ship embod­ied in the REN­O­VARÉ covenant. If you have nev­er tak­en this step of com­mit­ment, I invite you to do so. Check and mail the attached form and we will send you the appro­pri­ate mate­ri­als for your prayer­ful con­sid­er­a­tion. With­out apol­o­gy I urge you to use this means of express­ing your dis­ci­ple­ship to Christ and his kingdom. 

Oth­ers of you are on our mail­ing list because you attend­ed a REN­O­VARÉ retreat or pur­chased a REN­O­VARÉ prod­uct or a friend asked that your name be added to the list. If you want our mail­ings, we want you to have them. But we nev­er want our attempts at inclu­sion to be inva­sive. If you were inad­ver­tent­ly placed on our list and would not like to be there, do let us know by check­ing the attached form and send­ing it to us. We will be sure to hon­or your request. 

Again, thank you, and may this Christ­mas and New Years sea­son be espe­cial­ly blessed as you remem­ber Christ’s com­ing and make bold new plans in his name for the future. 

Peace and joy, 

Richard J. Foster 

Text First Published November 1993 · Last Featured on Renovare.org May 2022

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