Just this morning, Dr. David Levy drove off to New York City for the final stage of his East Coast trip. It marked the end of a wonderful week of ministry in Philadelphia, so I wanted to provide you with a brief report of his time here.
This was our biggest event of the week, with well over 100 in attendance on Friday and Saturday. In addition to our usual student population, we made an effort to attract more residents and graduates this time, and we made good progress on that front.
Without exaggeration, the talks by author and neurosurgeon Dr. Levy were some of the best I’ve heard in a long time. His messages on sharing faith with those around us, forgiveness and joy combined humor, real-life experience, Scripture and specific application in a very special way. At the end of the sessions, he walked us through practical exercises on forgiveness and letting go of offenses that created an atmosphere that was, at once, both serious and light.
After the exercise on forgiveness, one student said, “Up until now, I’ve been angry with my mom, but I couldn’t really say why. Dr. Levy’s practical examples helped me put words to my anger so that I could confess it and forgive my mom.” She was almost giddy with joy as she shared, and many related similar stories. God was at work!
In addition to Intermed, Dr. Levy spoke at the Temple, UMDNJ-SOM (Stratford, NJ) and Penn medical campuses. These were exciting events, with an unusual mixture of Christians and others at various points in their own spiritual journeys.
At SOM, about 55 people came out to hear Dr. Levy speak over dinner. Jasen, one of the student leaders, had attracted a unique group of believers and spiritually-open folks from the school and surrounding community. One student said the presentation was the best he had heard the entire year!
Later, 12-15 of us went back with Dr. Levy to the Hrics’ home to continue the conversation over dessert. Dr. Hric and his wife Susan have made their home a ‘safe place’ for people seeking truth, and our time together there was phenomenal. Dr. Levy invited each of us to share our spiritual journey, starting with our experience growing up. One student, honest about being agnostic, expressed his respect for the humility he’s observed in Christians. He understands the connection to the Christian faith, where our God, though strong, came to serve the weak. The next day, another student texted me, saying “last night was the most enriching night I’ve had in a very long time, possibly ever.” I’ve heard testimony today that those came are still telling others and that there’s an overall buzz and excitement!
It’s really hard to communicate in an email how absolutely wonderful this week was. Everyone who participated came away challenged and encouraged. ‘Friendships with a purpose’ were created and renewed. And, there has been a real synergy created by so many people coming together for a common purpose.
Thank you, thank you for your prayers! Please keep praying that God continues working, and that we intentionally engage others, in the weeks ahead!
Amazed by God,
Bryan & Sharon