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February 2013

Friday, February 8th, 2013

February Update
Dear Friends,
We just finished 5 weeks of classes in the new semester and I can’t believe how quickly time is flying. It seems like we are living from one exam to the next one – frantically trying to squeeze every moment of study out of every day. The reading load this semester is heavier than I’ve ever experienced. The list of diseases, treatments, drugs, side-effects, and procedures keeps growing. We are expected to retain what we have already learned as wells – it’s all cumulative. It can be overwhelming very quickly.

The good news, as always, is God is faithful. Every time I feel like I can’t do it– He provides the needed encouragement, the missing strength, and grace to continue.

Today we had our first exam in Psychosocial Factors in Primary Care class. I went in concerned that I had not had sufficient time to prepare, but thankfully, as the hour and a half wound down I realized, by God’s grace, I knew the material and the exam was even a little easier than I had anticipated. We have learned a great deal about mental health in just 5 weeks. We are about a fourth of the way through curriculum. My very first clinical rotation this summer will be in the Psychiatric Unit of Louisville’s Veteran Hospital, so I better keep studying.

In Patient Management class we finished the ECGs (electrocardiograms) module this week and had our final exam over that material. I really enjoy studying the heart. One can only marvel at the wonder of the Creator as science continues to understand more and more of His ingenious design.

This coming Monday morning at 8 AM we have a Pharmacy exam. We are covering antivirals, antiretrovirals, i.e. HIV and AIDS drugs, toxicology, steroids and osteoporosis.

Then on Wednesday of next week we have an exam in Clinical Lectures Series covering dermatology, burns, hyperthermia, drowning, brain injuries, comas and trauma assessment. I still have a lot of preparation for both of those exams ahead of me in the next few days.

Each week we spend a few hours in patient contact at the UK hospital or the VA hospital, both of which are physically connected to our PA school. I am grateful for the opportunity to share with the patients and often pray with them, if they willing.

Because of the upcoming exams, I am going to cut this newsletter short and hit the books.

Thank you so much for your prayers, friendship, encouragement and financial support. I am so blessed to have this opportunity to study medicine. I thank God for it every day.

Prayer Pointers
♦ Please continue to pray for my ability to focus, comprehend, retain, and utilize the massive amounts of information. Pray that I allow the Holy Spirit to empower me to use each moment to its fullest that I might be prepared.

♦ Emily, our 20 year-old, believes that God is calling her to spend the summer in Poland, working with a mission team there. Please pray for her to experience God’s plan to the fullest as she continues studying and preparing herself. This quarter she is studying Human Anatomy and continues full-time in the pre-Occupational Therapy program at Spalding University.
Thank you again for your partnership. We are forever grateful.

In Christian Love,

Chris & family

A Note from Team Expansion’s President
Dear Partner in the Great Commission,

Last week, the point person at JoshuaProject.net was interacting with several of our workers (to launch a section about the Wall of Unreached Peoples on their website). Afterward, he wrote me this note:
“When you recruit Team Expansion staff is there some kind of encouragement quotient they have to meet?  Every single person I have had contact with in Team Expansion have been such encouraging folks.  They all peg the encouragement meter!  You have a marvelous staff, Doug.  I think you ought to rename the organization to ‘Team Encouragement.’  [end of Dan’s note]
I second the impression. Team Expansion personnel ARE encouragers! That’s one of the reasons it’s so fun to work for this team of people — and I trust it’s also one of the reasons you support and pray for the work of your favorite Team Expansion missionary. And when you do, you’re “passing along” the magic of encouragement. May God bless you for continuing the cycle! And may He richly bless you this month!

Doug Lucas, President, Team Expansion