As Richard Fos­ter approach­es a mile­stone birth­day (the three-quar­ters of a cen­tu­ry mark), he has just one request: If we’re going to cel­e­brate my birth­day — if you want to — find $75 and give it to the poor.

And so we are announc­ing a Ren­o­varé anti-fundrais­ing fundrais­er — not for our min­istry, but for peo­ple in need, face-to-face, right in your com­mu­ni­ty. Richard joined Nathan on the pod­cast this week to share more about the vision.

Inspired in part by a secret draw­er in John Wesley’s desk that housed a week­ly offer­ing from his dis­ci­ples for the poor, Richard is ask­ing us to vis­it the secret places in our own hearts and wal­lets and find some relief for some­one in need — whether finan­cial relief of $75 or spir­i­tu­al relief by spend­ing 75 min­utes of time. As he said in the pod­cast, I felt God encour­aged me to always encour­age Ren­o­varé peo­ple to remem­ber the poor. Why don’t we just have a lit­tle fun find­ing ways to remem­ber the poor or those in need? Giv­ing mon­ey or presence.” 

We are plan­ning to have fun with this exper­i­ment, indeed. In fact, as Nathan men­tioned on the pod­cast, we have set up a toll-free line (1 – 844-RENEW88) so that we can hear your sto­ries about engag­ing in this birth­day cel­e­bra­tion. You also have the option to email your sto­ry to Jus­tine ([email protected]​renovare.​org). Please do call or email us and let us know what you did and how it went. Nathan will share these sto­ries in a future pod­cast with his dad. 

Thank you, dear read­ers, for being a part of the Ren­o­varé fam­i­ly. We are excit­ed to see how God uses this quirky idea to bring bless­ings to the givers and recip­i­ents. We can hard­ly wait to hear your sto­ry. The line will be open until April 25. 1 – 844-RENEW88. Or [email protected]​renovare.​org

📚 The 2022 – 23 Ren­o­varé Book Club

This year’s nine-month, soul-shap­ing jour­ney fea­tures four books, old and new, prayer­ful­ly curat­ed by Ren­o­varé. Now under­way and there’s still time to join.

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