Archive for August, 2013

August 2013

Sunday, August 11th, 2013

Family Medicine II – Second Clinical Rotation
Dear Friends,
My second of twelve month-long clinical rotation is almost finished – Family Medicine II. As I shared last month I am serving in two different locations.

It has been great to be back at Mercy Medical Clinic and to see all the patients and volunteers that I already know, as well meeting a lot of new folks. The free clinic continues to grow and widen its impact on lives by offering hope and healing in the name of Christ.

I am also working at a prompt care clinic in downtown Louisville that mainly cares for African, and Arab-speaking immigrants, as well as low-income inner-city Americans.

It is a very interesting place. The doctor who owns the clinic is a very devout Muslim who is practicing his faith by serving the very neediest among us. He stops to pray throughout the day and has been observing Ramadan by fasting from all food and water during daylight hours. His clinic is open every night (7 days a week) until 10 PM.

At this particular clinic we often see families all at once. It is very common for there to be several kids, mom and dad in the exam rooms, and all are being treated at the same time. It is culturally appropriate for them and the doctor, who himself is from Pakistan, understands this.

Every day as I travel to the clinics I pray for wisdom and opportunities to talk about Jesus. I want so badly for these dear people to know Him.

Pray For Me
Friends, I am learning a lot every day. Unfortunately, I feel like I forget almost as much as I learn every day. It’s like my brain is a bucket with a hole in it and no matter how much I keep filling it up it just keeps leaking back out.

In addition to the daily patient time, procedures and experiences in the clinics, our professors back at school are also assigning reading, writing assignments and weekly exams that we do online throughout the month. Then the two EOC days each month (EOC=End of Clinicals) consist of a comprehensive exams.

I humbly ask for your prayers as I juggle the daily clinical experiences and study obligations. I’m struggling to get it all done and not get behind, to be honest.
Nothing worthwhile ever comes easy
So, this next section is for me! If it helps you too, then that’s a bonus. Pastor Rick Warren wrote about discouragement on his Purpose Driven blog on July 26, 2010. “The apostle Paul teaches that we need to resist discouragement: “So don’t get tired of doing what is good. Don’t get discouraged and give up …” (Galatians 6:9 NLT).

When we’re discouraged, we become ineffective… [and] work against our own faith. When I’m discouraged, I’m saying, “It can’t be done.” That’s the exact opposite of saying, “I know God can do it because he said ….”

If you’re discouraged, don’t give up without a fight. Nothing worthwhile ever happens without endurance and energy.

When an artist starts to create a sculpture, he has to keep chipping away. He doesn’t hit the chisel with the hammer once, and suddenly all the excess stone falls away revealing a beautiful masterpiece. He keeps hitting it and hitting it, chipping away at the stone.

And that’s true of life, too: Nothing really worthwhile ever comes easy in life. You keep hitting it and going after it, and little-by-little your life becomes a masterpiece of God’s grace.

The fact is, great people are really just ordinary people with an extraordinary amount of determination. Great people don’t know how to quit.”
Pastor Rick Warren

Thank you for your prayers and encouragement. Here’s to patient and faith-filled determination!
In Christian love,
Chris & family

Financial Update
Friends, we are a little deeper in the hole this month, but through a temporary loan from our retirement account all bills have been paid. We know God has brought us this far and after 21 years of living on support we will make it, by His grace, one more year. Thank you so much for your generosity and faithfulness through it all. I am deeply and joyfully grateful for the opportunity to go back to school and allow God to use me with the additional tool of medical training.

Prayer Pointers for August 2013
♦ Please pray for opportunities and wisdom to share the joy and privilege of knowing Jesus personally with others.
♦ Please pray for determination and discipline to keep chipping away at the mountain and to keep my eyes on the prize.
♦ Please pray for God’s financial provision.
♦ Please pray for God’s healing and peace for a dear coworker in the Hispanic ministry who received some troubling health news this week.
♦ Please pray for Emily who continues on her 3 month mission internship in Poland. She is loving it!

A Note from Team Expansion’s President
Last month, we listed the first 3 of our 7 Core Values. This month, we’ll finish the list. You’ll recall that we embrace these values not only because we believe in them, but also because they help us serve more effectively in unity:
4) Teams – Hey, it’s our name! Jesus started it, sending the disciples out two by two. We still believe it’s the best way.
5) Accountability – Paul reported back to Antioch. We report back to all supporters monthly about goals, time, and money.
6) Coaching – We’re like a sports team that believes we’ll do better if someone holds our feet to the fire and constantly helps us improve, so we seek coaching, and seek to be coached.
7) Church-planting – Unless our work replicates the body of Christ, we believe we’ve fallen short. Thanks for partnering with us in these passions!
Doug Lucas