November 2016 Update Letter
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Hello all!
Here is our bi-monthly update letter.....
Recently Dan had the neat opportunity to present Dignity Serves to Renovation Church's key leaders in a two-hour format. The presentation went extremely well as Danny Chi, Groups Director at the church and John Pothen, Kids Director and key leader at the church shared below: 
"Dan taught at our Renovation Church Leadership Institute which included sixty plus upcoming leaders in a two-hour format. His ability to engage the hearts of our leaders was exceptional.  He has a God-given ability to create a narrative in which to invite people to see the heart of God for all human beings. Dan compelled us to see, to engage, and to learn from all of our neighbors, especially those who are poor, marginalized, and in distress. You need to bring him out, it will be a game changer for your leaders and your congregants, and hopefully by the power of Holy Spirit it will change you." (Danny Chi)

"I think the presentation went really well. The stories you shared were powerful and did a great job of illustrating the key points. I'm not sure where the room was in terms of exposure, but I'd bet God used you to move the needle for a lot of people in terms of having a heart change, a vision, and a strategy around engaging with the poor. I know you left me some questions to pray through, and I definitely felt as if I heard from God during the presentation about how to lead the city group well. I'm really glad you were our speaker yesterday." (John Pothen)
The picture on the right is a community service award that Dan received at the Carver High School annual reunion. This was a huge honor as it was given from the South Atlanta community where he is a neighbor, pastor and community facilitator. Dan shared about how much the award means to him, but that there is absolutely no way he would be able to do this work without the community around him, particularly Malcolm and how much influence he has with the young men in the community. 
Dan has taken over the social media aspect for REMERGE on Facebook and also the blog under "Reconciliation Thinking"

Basketball tournament: 

We did our bi-annual basketball tournament and it was a huge success. Below is the picture. We have come to realize that it's less about the actual tournament and more about the community that comes together and the conversation with the young men that happens while we set up. Because of the generosity of our friends we were able to hire Ms. Rockmore from the neighborhood, who is a long term resident and cares deeply for the young men in the community. She made the most delicious pulled pork sandwiches we have every had! We were also able to employ three young men from the neighborhood to help out with the tournament. 

In the middle of the tournament we gathered around the gazebo where the food was located, Dan gave a small word about God's love for us and how Christ is bringing the world together, Malcolm shared about TU, and then we ate together. It was probably one of the better tournaments we have done because of the conversations that happened in the mist of the basketball and food. 
Dan continues to facilitate Dignity Serves with churches. He already has a training scheduled for next year and is currently talking with many other churches about incorporating the Dignified Interdependent relationship as a medium to meet human need.

Below is a picture of a Dignity Serves training he did at Powder Springs United Methodist Church. Pastor Roger Vest said this about the training; 

"Several people who I know and trust have raved about Dignity Serves over the past year. So much so, that I finally decided to take this training for myself and I am glad I did. I have done community ministry for close to 25 years and my church is heavily involved in serving our community. 

Dignity Serves helps us to see God's call to the community in a different way. Instead of ministry to and ministry for, we are taught about ministry with. Instead of focusing on the deficits and problems of the community, we focus on the assets and the strengths. Some might view this as simply playing with words, but when the light bulb comes on, you find out how radical this concept really is. Dignity Serves will change the way you look at your neighbor."

As the year ends we are always looking for more financial partners. This has been a very good year for us and we are so thankful for the way God provides for you. We would like to finish the year off strong, so if you would like to make a end of the year donation to our work, you can go here:

I also want to make you aware of two very important members of our team that also raise their own support, Malcolm Cox-el and Anna Ferguson. As you know Malcolm helps lead Thirkield University and Anna is the "OG" (Operations Guru) for REMERGE. Both are extremely valuable members of the team and I am personally so grateful for what they bring to the table. 

To see who they are and donate to them online, go here; 



Thanks so much for you continued support and partnership for what God has called us into!

The Crains.

Our mailing address is:

REMERGE  P.O. Box 54717   Atlanta, GA  30308

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