Archive for July, 2011

July 2011

Monday, July 18th, 2011

Dear Friends,

We’ve just arrived home from a wonderful and relaxing time at the beach, thanks to the generosity of a friend who loaned us their condo in Southwest Florida. We are so grateful to have had the time together as a family before Emily starts college in August. And, if I am accepted to PA school, which would start in January, we will not be able to have a family vacation for three years since the PA school schedule goes without any breaks. So, we feel especially blessed to have had the time and memories. Unfortunately, Tyler was not able to go with us since he just started his new job last year and does not yet have vacation time.

We enjoyed the beauty of the Gulf of Mexico and enjoyed relaxing in the calm, warm water. We saw dolphins, manatees, a sea turtle and even a shark swimming near us.  Fortunately the saw the shark on our last day at the beach because we didn’t want to get in the water after seeing him.

Girls at Fountain in Naples FL

Emily and Abbey at a fountain at the Village in Naples, FL

Mercy Update
The ministry at the clinic continues to grow with new patients seeking care calling us on a daily basis and a full schedule of existing patients being seen every day.

The medical needs of the uninsured continue to soar as more and more people lose their jobs and insurance, or for others who don’t have benefits a growing number can no longer afford to their health insurance premiums. As a result free clinics like ours are one of the only options.

Being a Christian clinic it is such a joy to be able to offer help and hope in Jesus’ name and to be able to address spiritual needs as well as physical needs. Just today a woman came in who was depressed and has been dealing with suicidal thoughts. She didn’t know where else to turn. In addition to receiving medical attention that we hope will help her she was willing to spend significant time today with a pastoral counselor who shared spiritual hope with her. It will be a long journey for her, no doubt, but she is taking steps in the right direction. I’m so thankful for the opportunity to serve in a clinic like this and thankful for your prayers, encouragement and financial support that make it possible.

PA School Update
I’m hoping for an invitation for an interview that will take place August 8-10 at the PA school in Lexington, Kentucky. They choose eighty of the applications for interview and afterwards forty are invited to the program. The program starts Jan 2, 2012.

I usually write our monthly newsletter around the 10th of each month, so I’ll let you know next month if I had an interview, and if I did, how I think it went. So, please pray that God will open the door for an interview, if it is His will that I study at the UK PA School. Thank you for your prayers!

July 2011 Prayer Points
♦ Praise God with us for His faithfulness and kindness to my family. Also I would like to praise God for wonderful volunteers like Fran, Janet and Sue who volunteered extra during our vacation time so that the clinic would not miss a step.
♦ Praise God with us for the continued growth of Mercy Medical as we help those in need in the name of Jesus Christ. Pray that lives will continue to be blessed and hearts turned to the only Name that saves.
♦ Please continue to pray for my cousin Shirley Geiger who is undergoing chemotherapy for cancer.
♦ Please pray for the Gonzalez family. They have been long-time supporters of our ministry. At almost the same time their two oldest children were recently diagnosed with serious illnesses. Pray for healing and peace and that God’s purposes are realized in their struggle.

A Message From Team Expansion’s President
As a Team Expansion missionary myself for 33 years now, I can testify that whenever we receive a gift of any amount, it’s like Christmas all over again. My mind recounts, “Someone cared enough to sponsor our work!” or “Someone sacrificed for Jesus so that others can know His love.” “Someone gave up coffee (or a new boat), and I won’t forget it.” Your favorite Team Expansion missionary is exactly the same. How do I know? Because I talk with them every day. Like Paul, they “give praise to God at every memory of you,” (Philippians 1:3, Bible in Basic English). So next time you send a gift, please realize — the person opening that envelope knows you, thanks God for you, and praises God because of you.
With a grateful heart,
Doug Lucas

Thank you so much for your continued partnership! It is a privilege to be serving the Lord with your help. May God bless you!

Chris & family