The John 17:23 Network – October gathering

The John 17:23 Network exists to encourage, exhort, and equip the multi-ethnic Body of Christ in the greater Portland area to fulfill Jesus’ prayer that we might all be one. We will be meeting on October 9 from 7 – 8:30pm at Imago Dei Community (1302 SE Ankeny; Portland) in room 201. You are invited to attend this gathering, at which Robert Richardson will be speaking on gang violence and related issues in the Portland area. This event will introduce The John 17:23 Network to a sustained effort to become more aware of and address issues of gang violence.

Mr. Richardson has been on the front lines of gang violence intervention efforts both locally and nationally. He has a close working relationship with the Portland Police Bureau and their Gang Violence Task Force. He has appeared on the local news as an authoritative voice on the issues of Portland gang violence. He comes to The John 17:23 Network as an Elder at Emmanuel Temple in Northeast Portland.

4 Responses to “The John 17:23 Network – October gathering”

  1. David Stevens Says:

    The church as God’s New Humanity is given a mandate. It is to permeate this world with the beauty, love, peace, light, and hope of the gospel. In listening to Mr. Richardson and his colleagues Sunday night, I was reminded of the many creative ways in which God’s Spirit is at work in touching this sin sick society with hope. I was also reminded of the fact that God uses the likes of us, often allowing us to follow through on our own sinful choices, and yet redeeming us and using us together to bring God’s redemption to others. How we need one another! I need my brothers who shared the other night and have spent anywhere from 5 – 15 years in prison for gang violence, but who can now lead the way in bringing hope to those who are following the same path.

  2. Cooky Avlakeotes Wall Says:

    Regarding last night’s John 17:23 Network, it was such a privilege to gather around the table to hear from Robert Richardson as well as the four profound men who were willing to share their stories and how God is using them all to touch the lives of so many young people desperately in need of the love of Christ. We have so much to learn together and my prayer is that the John 17:23 Network would grow as a multi-ethnic network of churches and active participants who intentionally desire
    to continue the conversation in the context of relationship.

  3. Paul Louis Metzger Says:

    Amen, David! Thanks for your powerful words. By the way, I can’t wait to see your book on God’s New Humanity in print!

    Mr. Richardson and his friends shared so powerfully. I look forward to The John 17:23 Network partnering with them and others to build community and reduce gang violence in our region.

  4. Cooky Avlakeotes Wall Says:

    Regarding Sunday night’s John 17:23 Network, it was such a privilege to gather around the table to hear from Robert Richardson as well as the four profound men who were willing to share their stories. Clearly, God is using them all to touch the lives of so many young people desperately in need of the love of Christ. We have so much to learn together and my prayer is that the John 17:23 Network would grow as a multi-ethnic network of churches and active participants who intentionally desire
    to continue the conversation in the context of relationship.

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