Archive for September, 2012

September 2012

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

Trusting and Obeying
Dear Friends,
As a child I grew up singing these words on many Sundays:

Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.

When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word,
What a glory He sheds on our way!
While we do His good will, He abides with us still,
And with all who will trust and obey.

Not a burden we bear, not a sorrow we share,
But our toil He doth richly repay;
Not a grief or a loss, not a frown or a cross,
But is blessed if we trust and obey.

Connie Ruth Christiansen writes in “The Story Behind the Song” that following an evangelistic meeting held by Dwight L. Moody in 1887 a young man who had made a commitment to follow Christ stood to share his story in a small gathering of others who had made decisions. This new believer, who admitted that he yet knew little about the Bible, finished his testimony by saying, “so I’m not quite sure yet, but I’m going trust and I’m going to obey.” Daniel Towner, an accomplished Christian musician was there and heard the young man’s testimony and was struck by the phrase “trust and obey.” He jotted down those words and then shared his idea of a song with his friend and songwriter, Pastor John H. Sammis. Together they wrote the beloved hymn “Trust and Obey.”

If you had to sum up the Christian journey in just three words, don’t you think it would be hard to improve on “Trust and Obey?” One could have advanced theological degrees and be an expert in the Biblical languages, and yet, a nameless new convert to Christianity was able to boil it all down when he said, “I’m going trust and I’m going to obey.”

And so, as write this report I must confess that my flesh is weak but I’m going trust and I’m going to obey.

The academic load for this semester is overwhelming, but I’m going to trust and I’m going to obey.

My human side doesn’t know how I am going to be able to learn and retain all I need to know, but I’m going trust and I’m going to obey.

Fall Semster
As mentioned above, the study load this semester is great. I don’t feel adequate for the task, but I am confident that God will provide the needed grace to persevere. This semester we continue working on our Master’s Project. I have chosen the topic of “Does diabetes prevalence of immigrants increase with length of residence in the USA?” We are taking an additional four classes this semester in addition to the Master’s project; Pharmacology, (how drugs work and what drugs are appropriate for specific illnesses), a Clinical Lecture Series class that covers the clinical treatment of diseases, a Clinical Methods class that gives us the know-how of performing clinical procedures, and finally a Clinical Lab Procedures class that will train us for laboratory work as well as how to order and interpret lab tests.

The good news is that all of our classes this semester build on previous work we have done, so it is not the first time we are seeing these concepts.

Thank you for reading this far, for caring, for praying and for partnering with us.
In Christian love,

September Prayer Pointers
♦ Praise God that Abbey has enjoyed her few two weeks of high school. It’s a big transition for all of us. Please pray for strength to remain firm in her faith and as a light in a dark world.
♦ Pray for God’s grace for my family as I am physically away from them each week.
♦ Pray for wisdom and discipline in my time management, and for ability to study, understand and retain the information, and perform the tasks.
♦ Please pray for God’s provision for our financial needs while in school. We currently have a deficit of $3100 in our General Fund. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to study medicine and to have the opportunity to serve the Lord and bless others with that knowledge in the future.

Thanks so much for your generous and faithful support and prayers. We are eternally grateful!

Chris & family

A Note from Team Expansion’s President
Dear Friends of Team Expansion,
A couple of months ago, I wrote about Team Expansion’s team in Osaka, Japan. Ever since the tsunami there in March, 2011, they’ve been caring for the people in northeastern Japan in the aftermath of one of the greatest catastrophes in recorded history. Perhaps your favorite Team Expansion missionary doesn’t work in or near Japan. It doesn’t matter. You can still be glad that, directly or indirectly, you are a part of a global team of people who made a difference. After a recent visit to the field, we worked together with the team members there to create and submit a grant request in support of a vision to bring long-lasting help and hope to a couple of affected communities. The good news this month is that IDES, the foundation to which we sent the request, said yes! Our team members working in the region now have an extra $175,625 to apply toward the cause. Thanks God. And thank you for being a part of a global organization focused on launching church planting movements among unreached peoples — and helping those who are hurting.
Doug Lucas