Archive for April, 2010

April 2010

Saturday, April 17th, 2010

Healing the Helpers
Dear Friends,

Isn’t it fun to be a part of something much bigger than yourself? James 1:26 tells us “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress…” We know that God cares deeply about the poor, those who are suffering and those in distress. And when we look around at how our medical clinic continues to grow and bless lives, the only plausible explanation is: God. The clinic is in the center of God’s heart for the suffering. It is bigger than any one individual. As the administrator of the clinic I take comfort in knowing that.

Some days the needs seem to be overwhelming. There are far more phone calls from people seeking appointments than there are appointments to give. But, God continues to remind us that His grace is sufficient and if we depend upon Him, He will provide for every need.

Lately we’ve noticed something really interesting. The patients are not the only ones who are coming to us with needs and hurts. We’ve been blessed recently with some young women who have come to our clinic as volunteers. Three of them are young mothers who are dealing with extraordinary challenges in their homes. In their positions of service with us in the clinic they are finding a safe haven for healing, strength and encouragement. They are seeing that a vibrant relationship with Christ changes everything. They are encountering wisdom and Godly advice from mature Christian women who serve with us. They are finding that their own struggles seem lighter when they invest their energy and efforts in helping others. They are discovering inner strength from our daily time of prayer together. They are being encouraged to connect to a local body of Christ where they can be fed.

We currently have approximately 120 different volunteers who serve with us at the clinic – whether as medical providers, nurses, interpreters, office helpers, or facilities upkeep. We continue to trust God who is the Source. And we give Him thanks for being the Healer – of both the patients and the helpers.

Just A Few More…
I received four phone calls this past month that really made my day! Two of them were medical providers who had heard of our clinic from fellow physicians and were interested in coming to volunteer. They both start this week and we are thrilled! The other two are Nurse Practitioner students who need to volunteer with a preceptor (one of our providers) in order to graduate. That’s great news for us – as these students will be a blessing to our patients while they are getting their on-the-job training. We need just a few more providers in order to fill out our weekly schedule.  We are open between 4 and 6 days a week, depending upon the week. Even so, patients typically have to wait about a month to get an appointment. We are praying that as God continues to prove “just a few more” providers, we can shorten the wait time.

Empty Chairs
Speaking of wait time – would you please pray for God to provide us more dentists. We only have couple of them right now who come and serve once a month for a few hours. We have over 200 names of established patients on the waiting list. So, it could literally be years before one can be seen unless we have more dentists.

Let me back up. The dental part of our ministry is new. Last year the dental school at the University of Louisville donated two dental chairs and all the equipment including suction pump, x-ray, etc. (below). Southeast Christian Church donated the labor and supplies to install everything. While our medical clinic is up and running almost every day our dental chairs sit empty most days. Let’s pray that God changes that soon!
Empty Dental Chairs

Anatomy and Physiology
My class this semester has been fascinating. David praised God saying “I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” The more I learn about the intricacies and complexities of the human body the greater my wonder.  This class will be ending the first week of May so the next 3 weeks will be “crunch time” for us.

April Praise and Prayer Points
♦ Praise God with us for His heart and passion for the widows, the orphans and all those who are suffering. Ask His to continue to use our ministry to bless lives in profound ways – both our patients and our volunteers.
♦ Praise God for providing the dental equipment and ask Him to send laborers – especially dentists.
♦Please pray for Jim Chamberlin who serves in ministry in Indiana, and is married with small children. Jim learned that he has a serious cancer this month. Jim’s dad, Tom, serves our Latin America Field Coordinator for Team Expansion.

March Financial Report
Correction: last month I mistakenly reported the donations from Individuals as $100.00. The amount should have been $1693.33. I did, however correctly report the total February donation income as: $3,734.33.
We are so grateful for all of your support – whether it be from individuals, churches or Sunday school classes. Thank you!!

Thank you for reading, caring, praying, sharing and encouraging! May God bless!

Chris & family