Archive for December, 2012

December 2012

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

First Year of PA School – Finished!
Dear Friends,

It’s time to rejoice! My last exam for the semester is over, the Rough Draft of the Masters Project has been written, my grades are in and meet the GPA requirement, and I’ve learned more than I ever thought possible!

God has been so faithful! There were a number of times these last few weeks where I have looked up and told the Lord, “God, I simply cannot do all of this. It is going to have to be You.” He heard my pleas for help and He answered them.

Just 6 More Months of Classwork!
These 18 months of classwork will conclude in June, and then we begin the year of clinical rotations on July 1st. The next 6 months will include the second semester of Pharmacology, a continuation of Clinical Lecture Series (that covers the diagnosis and treatment of disease), Psychosocial Factors in Primary Healthcare, Geriatric Medicine, a Nutrition course, and the finalization of my Masters Project which researches diabetes incidence among Hispanic Immigrants to the USA.

As we did this semester, the next semester will also include working with resident physicians at the University of Kentucky’s Chandler Hospital and the Veterans Administration Hospital. The PA school is physically connected to these hospitals by walkways and they provide a wonderful learning environment for us.

Mercy Medical Update
I was able to volunteer Saturday at Mercy Medical Clinic and plan to several more times during my break. It’s so rewarding to see how the clinic’s ministry continues to grow and God is using it to bless so many. The numbers of patients and volunteers continue to increase, and God continues to receive the praise. The clinic received donations in 2012 that allowed for a much-needed replacement of the carpet and like-new waiting room chairs and other office and clinic equipment. It’s never looked better! Yesterday while eating lunch with my friend, Jim Kutzner, who is doing an amazing job as the clinic administrator, he told me about a patient that recently needed surgery. The surgery was orthopedic, and therefore not “life-threatening.” However, the patient’s quality of life was severely diminished by her ailment. I’ve written before about a ministry in Lexington, KY called “Surgery On Sunday” that provides certain surgeries with all volunteer surgeons and support staff. The ministry even raises funds to pay for the surgery facility costs so that patients who qualify can be helped. Everything had been arranged for the patient to receive her surgery, but there was still one big obstacle. The patient needed to receive injections of a very expensive anti-clotting medicine before and after the surgery. If we were not able to procure the medicine the surgery would have to be postponed. Jim said the patient came to the clink for her “pre-surgery clearance” but neither the patient nor Jim had yet found a way to purchase or obtain the necessary medicine. While the patient was still there at the clinic for her “pre-surgery clearance” someone dropped off a box of unused medicine that they no longer needed. The volunteer at the front desk didn’t know the person and forgot to ask their name, so we still don’t know who it was. When Jim opened the box guess what he found? You probably already guessed it, the exact medication in the needed quantity! The patient received her injection and was able to get her needed surgery. By the way, the clinic almost never gets this particular medication donated. But, it came at the perfect time. Just another example of God’s goodness and generous provision.

God is With Us
“The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him ‘Immanuel’ (which means ‘God with us’).” Matthew 1:23

We are reminded every day that this world has been turned upside-down by sin. Violence, greed, poverty, selfishness, sinful passions, disease, despair, hatefulness…and the like. But, Immanuel has come. God is with us – through faith in Christ. His work of turning this world right-side-up has begun! Someday, maybe very soon, He will return to finish his work of “right-side-up” and create “the new heaven and new earth, where righteousness dwells” (II Peter 3:13). “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away” (Revelation 21:3-4).

That is Good News, and that is true Christmas Joy!

In Christian love,

Chris & family

December Prayer Pointers
♦ Please join us in praising God for His faithfulness in hearing our cries for help and answering!
♦ Praise God for helping me endure the first year of PA school and for strength and hope for the next phase.
♦ Praise God for blessing Mercy Medical Clinic’s growing ministry of compassion and outreach in Jesus’s name.
♦ Praise God with us for His provision of our financial need yet another year!
♦ Pray that Christians around the world would be strong in faith and full of joy as we celebrate Immanuel.
♦ Pray that those who have not yet placed their trust in Immanuel would be drawn to Him and find true and lasting Hope.

A Note from Team Expansion’s President, Doug Lucas
Dear Partner for the Unreached,
Well over 100 Team Expansion workers participated recently in a huge event in Indianapolis entitled, “International Conference on Missions,” or ICOM. With some 10,000 people in attendance, it’s now one of the largest missions-focused gatherings in the world. This morning, I received a note from a Volunteer who helped us there. She wrote, “The night before heading to the ICOM, God led me to Ezekiel 37, the passage on dry bones. … How I wish God would breathe life into dry bones so that… ‘The breath entered them, and they came to life and stood on their feet, a vast army.’ A vast army waging war not only to win the unreached but to put life in dry bones that maybe once meditated with the Lord but have lost their fire and are now lukewarm or even dead and dry.” Later in the day, she agreed to become a regular Volunteer. It’s clear that her life has been impacted. What about you? Could you drop a note to your favorite Team Expansion missionary to ask how you might be able to pitch in “to raise dry bones?” In the process, God just might work a miracle in the life of your family, your church, and you as well. God bless you for your help and support for Team Expansion.