One of the most exciting things about our ministry is that God seems to know – and provide – exactly what we need at just the right time. This was certainly the case at our recent ‘Intermed’ event, where 95 healthcare students, residents and professionals gathered for worship, teaching and fellowship.
At the center of our time together, Dr. David Suh (Cancer Treatment Centers of America) provided two excellent talks on what it means to receive, and then give away, God’s love. In fleshing that out, his call to examine the ways we ‘put God in a box’ was incredibly challenging. By sharing his own testimony, Dr. Suh helped us look at our own lives and see if we, too, often assume that God can’t or won’t do more than we can do on our own. As a group, we tend to rely on our own intelligence and ability to get things done, so his teaching reminded our healthcare community that God intends to do ‘far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us’ (Eph. 3:20).
During the event itself, God ironically (and appropriately) did just that. Throughout the second talk, God was powerfully stirring our hearts and
we spontaneously decided to have a time of large group prayer, led by Dr. Suh. It was refreshing to connect with God right there, repenting of sins that had been holding us back and asking Him for new power as we move forward. As I visit our area campuses, I’ll be touching base with the students and seeing how God continues to work through our time together at Intermed.
Drexel Doubt Night
While it’s critical to reach students of faith on our campuses, we also want to reach out those who are searching. Last Tuesday at Drexel, I had the opportunity to participate in a ‘Doubt Night’ with a local physician (Dr. Keith Herzog) and pastor (Rev. Steve Munz). Together, God gave us the opportunity to field questions from the audience about why we believe Christianity is true. While nothing dramatic took place, many good questions were asked and it gave the students and I an opportunity to follow-up with people afterwards. I’ll be having lunch with one student who is seeking, something I’m looking forward to.
Regardless of who we’re interacting with, we’re thankful for you, our supporters, mindful that we are extensions of you in reaching Philadelphia’s healthcare campuses for Christ.
Bryan & Sharon
For praise & prayer:
- Praise for God’s work at Intermed & Doubt Night! Praise also for the many, many people who made Intermed a success, especially our student leadership team. Please pray for ongoing fruit – that God would convict hearts about areas of growth, and, that seeds planted at Doubt Night would sprout. Pray also that the Drexel students and believing faculty would be prayerful as we follow-up with those who came.
- Praise for a still-forming group of male healthcare students from around the city who are eager to figure – and live – out what it means to live as a Christian man. Please pray that God would give discernment for next steps.
- Please pray also for a good year-end financially and spiritually with the students. I want to help the leaders do a ‘halftime report’, seeing how things are going and making any necessary course corrections. We also look forward to our last brunch for the semester on 12/8.
- Finally, pray also that God would be preparing hearts for our annual CMDA Northeast Winter Conference 1/18-20.