Archive for February, 2011

February 2011

Saturday, February 5th, 2011

“Courage, daughter. You took a risk of faith, and now you’re well.”
Dear Friends,
This is how The Message translation puts Matthew 9:20-22:
Just then a woman who had hemorrhaged for twelve years slipped in from behind and lightly touched his robe. She was thinking to herself, “If I can just put a finger on his robe, I’ll get well.” Jesus turned—caught her at it. Then he reassured her: “Courage, daughter. You took a risk of faith, and now you’re well.” The woman was well from then on.

Can you imagine suffering with a debilitating and humiliating condition for 12 years? No doctor had been able to help. But she had one last hope and she placed her faith in the Great Physician. And she was healed.

I want to tell you about Gladys (not her real name). She is a sweet, Godly grandmother who has been a patient at our clinic for several years. She reminds me Aunt Jemima. Her husband passed away several years ago and she makes ends meet by watching a few children in her home every day. She is about 3 years away from qualifying for Medicare, she has no insurance and she has been suffering from a fistula. Her condition is similar to plight of the woman who touched the hem of Jesus’ robe but Gladys’ condition is even much worse. She needs surgery.

For the last 4 months we have been trying to get someone to help Gladys, but we kept hitting dead ends since she has no insurance. Her condition is awful for her, but it’s not considered life-threatening. Last month I wrote a letter to a ministry in Lexington, KY called “Surgery on Sunday.” It’s a wonderful program! They lease an operating room one Sunday a month and surgeons from all different types of specialties donate their services. The supplies and facility are paid for through donations. I heard back from them within a week and they agreed to do her surgery! She happened to be coming to clinic that day and I was able to share with her the good news. There in the hallway of the clinic I was able to tell her that they had agreed to take care of her and she didn’t have to worry about the money. Gladys melted. She just cried and cried and hugged me. She was so grateful to God and so thankful that there was a date on the calendar when this particular nightmare will be coming to an end. I’ll keep you posted – and would ask that you say a prayer that God guides the surgeon’s hands and heals Gladys of her condition.

12 Baskets of Leftovers
The people were hungry. They had come to hear Jesus and were out in the middle of nowhere. But Jesus is the one who made everything out of nothing. So the multiplication of the fish and bread was “small potatoes” for the Creator of the Universe.

Well, we need God to do some multiplication at our clinic. Last week I had to remove two clinics from our weekly schedule due to the loss of two providers.

An executive decision beyond her control forced our Monday morning family practice doctor to go back full-time to her practice. She wants very much to return to part-time so that she can serve with our clinic every week, and hopes she can by the end of the summer.

Our Wednesday afternoon family practice provider is suffering from a number of debilitating diseases that are preventing her from being able to volunteer indefinitely. Please pray for Cinda. She also wants very much to serve at Mercy again.

The loss of these two weekly clinics really impacts us. To aggravate matters another free clinic in a neighboring county closed its doors on Feb 1st. They were unable to sustain the clinic due to a lack of volunteers and financial resources. In January we began seeing about 50 of their most critical chronic patients and the remaining 250 or so patients are starting to call us.

And so we ask that God will multiply our providers, our re-sources, our talents, and meet every need. These are the kinds of things our limitless God specializes in!

A Note from Doug Lucas – Team Expansion’s President
Dear Partner of the Great Commission,
In Ephesians 2:10, Paul writes, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” I love this verse, especially because of the beautiful word picture it creates in the original language of the New Testament (Greek). The root word for the term that is translated “handiwork” or, in some versions, “workmanship,” is actually the same root from which we get our English word, “poetry.” Interestingly, Paul’s point is that God has created acts of service for us to fulfill. When we do them, we become living poetry, made alive through the Spirit so that all can see the mighty hand of God at work in their midst. So when your favorite Team Expansion missionary carries out his or her ministry in the field, that’s poetry in motion. And when you, as an undergirder, make that work possible, that’s more poetry for the whole world to enjoy. For this reason, on behalf of unreached people who still need to hear the gospel, I’d like to say thanks! Thanks for making something spiritually beautiful out of what might have otherwise just been plain old cold cash. God be praised for your service!
Doug Lucas

February Prayer Points
♦ Praise God with us for His faithfulness in providing for our clinic. We’ve often said that it is “God’s clinic” – and that is exactly what it is. He is the only explanation for why our clinic continues to grow when similar clinics are closing their doors. Our desire is to be faithful to Him as we serve in Christ’s name.
♦ Praise God with us for opening the door for Gladys’ surgery. Pray for His healing. Pray also for our Wednesday provider Cinda who is trusting in Christ for her healing. Pray also for Dr. Reichert’s desire to return to part-time work so that she can volunteer weekly again at Mercy Medical.
♦ Please pray a smooth transition for our front office volunteer team as we go live this month with new software for patient scheduling and database.
♦ Please continue to pray for my cousin Shirley Geiger who is undergoing chemotherapy for cancer.
♦ Please pray for wise use of time and perseverance as I finish prerequisites this semester and begin the process of application to Physician Assistant School.
♦ Please pray for Emily as she finishes out her senior year of high school. She is making plans to attend the University of Western Kentucky (about 2 hours from our house).

Thank you for your faithful and generous donations in January. We are truly grateful. Thank you also for your encouragement and prayers (see February Prayer Points below).

Chris & family