We want renewal in our churches. But where does renewal start? What is renewal? In the gospel of John, we find Mary Magdalene, a female disciple (unheard of in those days) was the first one to see Jesus. Hers was a deep, personal, intimate, life-changing encounter with Jesus. God used a woman (instead of a man, one of the apostles) to be the one to bring the good news to the disheartened disciples.