Archive for September, 2009

September 2009

Friday, September 11th, 2009

Microbiology

Dear Friends

What a diverse world we have. A single bacterium may only weigh 0.00000000001 grams, yet all together, microbes make up about 60% of the mass of all living things. That’s a LOT of bacteria. And they are tiny. 500 bacteria laid end to end could easily fit inside the dot above this letter “i.” And God created them to do some really important work. In fact, we wouldn’t be alive without them.
Bacteria get a bad rap because a few of them (thanks to the fall and Adam and Eve’s sin) have gone rogue and are the cause for many of our diseases. But, the fact is, the VAST majority of them are beneficial. They are doing their God-ordained work of helping us digest our food, making nitrogen useful for us, fermenting food that we enjoy, purifying our water, and contributing many of the antibiotics we use to treat illness. We should thank God for the unseen world of bacteria!

I am enjoying the change from Chemistry I and II (this past spring and summer) to Biology II and Microbiology this semester. The more I learn the more amazing God becomes to me.
“You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being” (Revelation 4:11).
Scientists are just beginning to understand this unseen world of microbiology. There is so much more that we don’t know. I’m reminded that there is another unseen world – a spiritual world. We have been able to get a glimpse of it thanks to God’s revealed Word, but we can only begin to imagine it. 
“No eye has seen, no ear has heard,    no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him” (I Corinthians 2:9). 
I thank God for the privilege of studying His world as I continue to prepare myself for a new phase of ministry.

Annual Labor Day Outing
On Labor Day the Nueva Vida congregation as well as the Fern Creek Hispanic ministry participated together in a fun day at Country Lake Christian Retreat center. In addition to a picnic, volleyball, soccer, swimming and canoeing in the context of Christian fellowship there were baptisms! Four individuals accepted Christ as Lord and Savior and gave witness of their commitment through the watery grave of baptism.
I was not able to get a definite account but we are estimating approximately 200 persons participated. Having our new Fern Creek church plant there was especially meaningful as many of them were new faces. It is exciting to see the growth of both churches as we seek to reach out and be a refuge. Pray that God will continue calling more and more to Himself and that others would make a commitment to follow Him.

Country Lake Baptisms 

Pastor Daniel (center) stands with Angélica and Leonor, (on left) and Sandy and Nicolás (on right) after their baptisms.
Angélica and Sandy are both from Mexico. Nicolás and Leonor (husband and wife) are from Peru.

Shelbyville Clinic
I continue to minister as an interpreter and pastoral counselor at the free clinic in Shelbyville on Thursday afternoons. God has blessed me recently with a number of great conversations with patients who came to understand that they needed God’s healing for their spirits as well as their bodies. We are free to share the gospel with patients at this clinic who are interested in hearing more about how they can know Christ personally. Pray that God continues to bring healing – both physical and spiritual – to the patients of Mercy Medical Clinic in Shelbyville, KY.

Thanks so much for your support of our family during this time of educational furlough. I’ve listed some specific prayer requests below. We are grateful for God’s provision in August. One family gave their annual gift in August which especially helped in what would have been a critical shortage. May God richly bless you.

Prayer Pointers for September
l Praise God with me for the opportunity to go back to school. I am deeply grateful for this opportunity. Please pray for me to succeed as I take 13 hours (Biology II and lab, Microbiology and lab, and Developmental Psychology).
l Please pray for me to manage my time well and do well as prepare to take the GRE entrance exam and prepare application materials for a Physician Assistant school in Nashville TN.
l Praise God for the baptisms and decisions that were made at our annual outing to Country Lake retreat. Pray that these remain faithful and fruitful. One of them, Angelica, has to return to Mexico soon because her visa is expiring. Pray that she will find a loving and Christ-honoring church there.
lPraise God for the ministry of Mercy Medical clinic in Shelbyville and all the volunteers who serve there every week. Pray that those who recently made commitments to Christ would remain faithful and connect to a local church.
l Please join us in praying for God’s guidance and provision for our family as we go through this time of educational furlough and transition. We are trusting in God’s promises to never leave us and to provide for His own (But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well – Matthew 6:33).

Chris & family