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January 2013

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

Teamwork

Dear Friends,
Recently I heard someone quote a wonderful African proverb:

If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.

The concept of teamwork in God’s kingdom is certainly firmly established. After all, when God created the universe He said, “Let us make mankind in our image” (Gen 1:26).

We all know Genesis 2:18, “The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” Solomon knew this truth – “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil” (Ecclesiastes 4:9). And, “Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another” (Proverbs 27:17). And we must not forget the various times that Paul stressed the concept of the body of Christ, such as, “From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work (Ephesians 4:16).

At Team Expansion we believe so much in the Biblical concept of teamwork that it is a part of our organization’s name. One of my greatest joys for the past 20 years has been serving alongside dedicated and passionate teammates. There is no question that the African proverb and Biblical concept of teamwork has proven true for me, and I do not think I would still be here if not for my teammates. Their encouragement, their example, and their help have kept me going.

When I am speaking with patients one of questions I have for them is about their spiritual support system. Many will affirm that they are believers and that they find strength and comfort from their faith in God. Sadly, when I follow up with a question about church involvement there seems to be a common theme. Too often I hear something like, “No, I used to go to church, but ….”. The “but” is often followed with an excuse – my job schedule changed; my spouse or kids stopped wanting to go, so I quit going; when the new minister came I couldn’t get used to his style of preaching; and so on.

I often remind them that Christ is the head of the church, which is the body of Christ and that Christians are members of the body of Christ. Just like my finger is a member of my body, if it is separated from my body, it will soon die. Christians, too, need to be connected to Christ via His body – the church. We need others, and are just asking for trouble, and failure, if we attempt to go the journey alone.

As I begin the second year of Physician Assistant School, on this journey to become a “tent-making” missionary, I am so grateful for my current team-mates, and could not be doing this without them.

Of course, being on educational furlough, my current “team-mates” are a little different than in the past.

Al always my current team-mates include those of you reading this. Thank you for your encouragement, prayers and generous financial support. As has been the case since 1992, I would not be able to be here without you. As we close out 2012 you came in a big way and we begin 2013 with a surplus in our Team Expansion account. We are very grateful.

My current team-mates also include my fellow PA students. Most of them are near the age of our oldest son, Tyler, but I am truly enjoying learning alongside them and sharing the journey together. A number of them are committed Christians and at least one plans to serve as a full-time medical missionary in Africa.

I am deeply grateful to Diane and our children who encourage me every day. Also, I want to again say thank you to my Team Expansion colleagues who are serving in Int’l Services (the home office of our organization) and the Louisville Hispanic team members who have given me their blessing and support to take this journey.

It’s not been a fast process, but by God’s grace, we will go far!

Prayer Pointers for January 2013
♦ We give thanks to God for His faithfulness and grace. He provided the strength for the past year and I look forward to what he has in store as year two of PA school begins.
♦ We praise God for the generous financial support that came throughout 2012 and especially in December that allows us to begin the new year with a positive balance!
♦ We begin the second year of PA school on January 9th. Please continue to pray that I might be strong, focused and faithful.

Thanks so much for your generous support. We praise God for you and give Him our deepest thanks!
In Christian love,

Chris & family


A Note from Team Expansion’s President
Dear Great Commission Teammate,
Team Expansion workers are passionate people. In fact, we sometimes refer to our “7 Great Passions.”  They are: God, Prayer, People, Effective communication, Making disciples, “Creative, strategic perseverance until the results are achieved,” and Growth. By naming these 7 passions as special — and by being intent on chasing after them — we hope to avoid what otherwise might have become an “average” life. And believe me — your favorite Team Expansion worker is anything but “average.” Merriam-Webster defines passion as an “intense, driving, or overmastering feeling or conviction.” Can you see why we chase after these 7 in particular? Today, please join me in praying that your favorite Team Expansion worker can become all the more focused on these 7 Great Passions. May we celebrate the New Year with Godly passion. (More on the web at teamexpansion.org . Click “About us” then “7 Great Passions.”)
Doug Lucas
President, Team Expansion