Archive for May, 2011

May 2011

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

Bill the Volunteer
Dear Friends,
Bill was my Dad’s name. He passed away in 2002, but right up to his last days on earth he was a faithful volunteer. The night before he had his heart attack he had been filling in as a Bible teacher at his church. He was also serving weekly as a volunteer in the medical clinic at Vance Air Force Base in Enid, Oklahoma. He loved volunteering. He would smile and greet everyone by name, doing his best to brighten their day. He was dearly loved by the staff and patients at the clinic where he served. At his funeral many of them were there to say goodbye to him, including some of the top brass at the base.

Allow me to tell you about another volunteer named Bill. He is a retired insurance man who serves faithfully every Monday at our clinic at the front desk of the clinic. He is usually one of the first to arrive and last to leave. Mondays are an extra busy day as everyone seems to be wanting to make an appointment after the weekend and the three phone lines are typically in use simultaneously. Bill never stops once he arrives. At lunch time he grabs his lunch out of the fridge and is back at the front desk working while he eats his sandwich. I guess there’s just something special about volunteers named Bill!

Volunteer Bill

Bill Thorne handles the clinic’s front desk on a busy Monday.

Well, my application to PA school is complete. All my prerequisites are complete. There is one final step: I have to take the GRE (Graduate Record Exam). For really smart people, it’s not a big deal. So, that means for me, it is a HUGE deal. I really have to do well on this exam in order to have a chance. I’m taking it on May 24th. Would you please pray that God allows me to really focus on solid preparation between now and then – and to have a clear mind as I take the exam. I am concerned about it, to be honest with you. And so my task is to seek God’s peace in my heart, single-minded preparation and a positive outlook. It’s in God’s hands – and if He wants me to be in PA school next January He will open the door.

A Message From Doug
Doug Lucas, Team Expansion’s president would like to share the following message with all of our supporters and prayer partners:

David Platt, author of the New York Times bestseller, “Radical,” has just released a companion book entitled, “Radical Together.” Chapter five (“Our Unmistakable Task”) ties together our “longing for the end of the world” with Matthew 24:14 — “This gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” Platt clarifies the meaning of the original Greek word for “nations” — it actually might be better understood if it were translated “people groups.”  Platt goes on to explain the concept of “ethnolinguistic groups.” He invests the entire chapter in teaching this truth: Jesus’ profound passion is that everyone must have a witness in his or her piece of the global mosaic. Team Expansion workers are all about that. When you assist your favorite Team Expansion worker in carrying the truth to a piece of the global tapestry, you are also assisting in bringing about the fulfillment of Matt. 24:14. Thank you for doing your part in delivering Heaven. Thank you for empowering the expansion of Jesus’ life-changing message to the globe that God created.

Doug Lucas

May 2011 Prayer Points
♦ Emily graduates from Eastern High School in Louisville on June 3rd. We’re having a graduation party on June 5th at our house from 5 pm – 8:30 pm. You are invited!
♦ Praise God for wonderful volunteers like Bill and so many others who give of themselves every day at Mercy Medical.
♦ 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 prepare for the GRE exam on May 24th. Pray for confidence, peace and God’s help to do my best.
♦ Please pray for God’s provision for our financial support as we head in to the summer months. 

April Finances
Thank you for sharing again in April. It’s been tight, but we’re making it. We had a negative balance of -1386.90 at the end of April but all bills are paid.

Thank You!
Friends, it sure seems like I say “Thank you” a lot. I say it to you every month for your amazing financial and prayer support. I say it every day to the volunteers who give of their time and abilities at the clinic. I say it a lot to God. I couldn’t be more sincere in my gratitude. I don’t deserve to be so blessed.  

Chris & family