Archive for October, 2010

October 2010

Saturday, October 9th, 2010

Fun Family Times

Dear Friends,
I’m going to start this update by sharing about some fun family times we’ve had this month. First, Abbey’s volleyball season is over and they went out with a bang with a heart-stopping come from behind victory over a rival school in the championship bracket of her season-ending tournament.
Abbey’s championship trophy

Abbey’s middle school volleyball team won the championship
in their season-ending tournament.
Abbey is in the white jersey.

A few days later we celebrated “Senior Night” with Emily at her high school. Her teammates gave her some wonderful gifts and they all wrote special notes to her. Emily and her team played very well and won their last home game of the season. District and Regional play begin next week.

Senior Night

Celebrating Senior Night with Emily’s Volleyball Team

The following night was homecoming for Emily’s high school. Emily was chosen by her classmates to be one of 6 senior young ladies to be in the Homecoming Court. Her school has the tradition of the fathers escorting their daughters on to the football field at half-time. Isn’t that a cool idea!  To top it off, Emily was chosen to be the Homecoming Queen! We certainly made some fun memories. And, of course, we are proud of Emily and her steady witness for Christ at her school through a quiet, sweet and gentle spirit.

Proud Dad

      Emily – Homecoming Queen – Eastern High School!

Clinic Update 

The ministry at Mercy Medical Clinic continues to march onward. We are seeing new patients every day and continue to enjoy the service of new volunteers. Last night we held our annual Volunteer Appreciation Banquet for our volunteers at the clinic. We truly are grateful for their generous and sacrificial gifts of time and service. Of course, we give God all the credit for this. The clinic is now open more than ever before, on average 35 hours per week. Each of those hours requires numerous volunteers: medical and dental providers, nurses, lab techs, dental hygienists and assistants, front office, pastoral care, and interpreters (when needed). We normally have more than one provider at a time, sometimes up to 3 or 4. It’s a pretty huge undertaking, but one that is so important and very rewarding. It brings personal satisfaction and joy that comes with serving God and others. And, as we often remind our volunteers, the rewards truly are “out of this world!”

Side By Side Workday

Members of our Adult Bible Fellowship class at Southeast Christian Church came on a recent Saturday morning and did a massive cleaning at the clinic. What a difference they made too!

October Prayer Points

♦ We rejoice that no one was hurt on September 17th when Emily experienced her first wreck. It could have been much worse. We give thanks to God because cars can be replaced…
♦ Praise God with us for the medical providers and volunteers He has sent us. Pray with us that God’s work would continue to be done in the lives of all those who come to Mercy Medical.
♦ Please continue to pray for Bea, one of our bilingual nurses who serves every day at Mercy Medical. She is undergoing treatment for esophageal cancer. She has 12 year old and 1 year old twins at home.
♦ Thank you for praying for my cousin and supporter Shirley Geiger. She is doing well and the tests show no abnormalities – to God be the glory!
♦ Praise God with us for His continued provision for our family and ministry.
♦ Please continue to pray for God’s strength, grace, perseverance and direction as I pursue further medical training – and for this semester’s challenge of Organic Chemistry. It is just plain hard!

Thank you for being part of our team. We couldn’t be here without your prayers, encouragement and support!
May God bless you!

Chris & family