Archive for July, 2013

July 2013

Saturday, July 6th, 2013

Family Medicine – First Clinical Rotation
Dear Friends,
My first of twelve month-long clinical rotation has started and it is Family medicine. We do two Family medicine rotations, part I and part II, so this rotation will actually last for two months. I am serving in two different locations. As I wrote last month I am back at Mercy Medical Clinic in Shelbyville, KY. This is the free clinic for uninsured patients where I served in the past as a pastoral care volunteer, Spanish interpreter, and then as the Administrator until I began PA school. It is great to be serving the patients that I know well and alongside so many wonderful volunteers there.

I am also working at a prompt care clinic in downtown Louisville that mainly cares for African, Arab-speaking, and Hispanic immigrants, as well as low-income inner-city Americans. I am excited about the opportunity to share God’s love in both locations.

The rotations are 50-60 hours of work per week of on-the-job type training, without any pay, of course. Our preceptors are medical providers that have been pre-approved by our university. Our professors back at school are also assigning reading and weekly exams that we do online throughout the month that correspond to our rotation. The rotations ends with the two EOC days (EOC=End of Clinicals). The EOC days consist of a comprehensive exam and seminars. The EOC exams cover the material that corresponds to the rotation, whatever it be (Family medicine, Internal Medicine,  Pediatrics, Geriatrics, Women’s Health, Surgery, Emergency Room,  Psychiatry, etc.).

I appreciate your prayers as I juggle the daily clinical experiences and continued book learning, daily review and study obligations.

Emily in Poland for Three Month Internship
Emily is working with a Polish Christian organization called ProEm that has a Christian youth camp in Zakościele, Poland (90 minutes south of Warsaw). The campground is situated in a beautiful area of the country with modern facilities, sports fields and a conference center where Biblical teaching and the Gospel is shared each day.

Here is an excerpt from Emily’s most recent update:

I had a great first week in Poland. I’ve never experienced adjusting to a new country without a team of people and without friends surrounding me. With the grace of God I was able to adjust really fast. I was able to connect with some girls and feel at home in less than 2 days. I played with some sweet little girls, but I spent most of my time getting to know other Polish girls who are here helping at camp. I spent hours talking with them late into the night and sharing our testimonies. I was humbled listening to each of them. My new friends have stories of abuse, hunger, and witchcraft in their families but God always rescued them and somehow they met somebody involved in the church and gave their heart to God.

Next week I will be a counselor and be even busier than I was last week. I am thankful for every moment I get to spend with God and with my new friends. We had a break today and I was able to go on a bike ride with my friend through the village and stop at a really old church. Some of my new friends are leaving and now I will basically start over again meeting a whole new set of people. We have an Irish team coming to help with camp. Every week at camp is different and I am looking forward to meeting new people and also seeing my other friends at church and traveling with them when I have a couple of days off.

Thank you everybody for your prayers. I absolutely love being here and could not imagine being anywhere else this summer. More than one person has said to me, “You’re so calm. Are you always like this? Americans are usually crazy.”

Financial Update
We finished June with a substantial deficit in our ministry account ($5,366). The deficit is due to three reasons: 1) normal summer ebb/flow usually results in a deficit, 2) almost $1000 in extra medical bills (expense line 111 below) on top of regular medical insurance, 3) my student loans did not completely cover my summer tuition expenses (expense line 220 below). So, any extra help you could send is especially appreciated.

Thanks so much for your friendship and encouragement throughout this journey!

In Christian love,

Chris & family

A Note from Team Expansion’s President
Dear Partner in Christ,
In addition to the 7 Great Passions I mentioned last month, we’ve also identified 7 Core Values that all of us have chosen to embrace in unity. This month, I’ll share the first three:
1) Biblical – God’s word is our key guide for figuring out what we believe and what we do each day.
2) Unreached – It’s hard-wired into our DNA to focus on those who don’t know Jesus.
3) Grace – We try to show mercy to locals, team members, and even to ourselves. These are 3 of the 7 Core Values that serve as compass points to guide us in our dreams, goals, objectives, and daily tasks. (Continued next month.) They bind together our teams and labor. By undergirding our global work, you are embracing them too! Thanks for your partnership!
Doug Lucas, President