As we approach Thanksgiving, we are thankful for another great season of ministry. Here are some highlights since we’ve last written!
Fall Student Retreat
In October, we held our first-ever citywide fall student and resident retreat. After several years of prayer, God finally opened the door and allowed us to move forward! We had an absolutely fantastic time as we considered the theme of rest. Dr. Josh Uy and I shared the teaching, and a panel composed of graduate healthcare providers interacted with the students in sharing how they balance the demands of their careers and families. We also had plenty of relaxed, informal time together.
Global Missions Health Conference
Earlier this month, I joined a group of about 20 healthcare students and professionals on a road trip to Louisville, Kentucky, home of the Global Missions Health Conference, the largest medical missions conference in the world. Beyond picking up fresh ideas for our area ministry and networking, the best part for me was spending lots of time in meaningful conversation with people from our local healthcare community. It was especially rewarding to meet with former students, now medical residents throughout the country, to see how they’re doing and have the opportunity to speak into their lives again. They are a living picture of what our local healthcare community is all about – investing in those God sends us in the hope that they will go out and carry the Great Commission forward!
Expanding Our Team
God continues to bless our ministry with growth and expansion! Although sometimes it’s hard to keep up with the Lord(!), he continues to provide committed co-laborers. In the past month, Dr. Neil Pitts, a pharmacist, has joined our ministry council, bringing a heart for the underserved, students, and a desire to help us wisely partner with those at our schools who may not share our faith commitments. In addition, Sharon has been hired as our part-time ministry assistant. I’m biased, of course, but I can’t imagine anyone more qualified both to serve our women and capably assist with the growing number of administrative tasks!
Deep, Lasting Change
Perhaps more than anything else, we passionately desire that those we reach change in lasting ways that better enable them to serve God and those around them (the two greatest commandments). By God’s grace, we are witnessing this on a regular basis and it brings us such great joy. Here are some recent examples: one student has seen that he tends to keep others at arm’s length, but now he’s moving toward the difficult people in his life and helping them change. Another has appreciated more deeply how fully he’s accepted in Christ, which has given him courage to ask for help and ‘be himself’ in his campus fellowship, which in turn is opening new doors for personal ministry. Still another is struggling in a new city, but wants to take specific steps to stay connected to God and others where he is, rather than hoping to find it elsewhere as he has in the past. Although often quiet, we are privileged to be on site as the Spirit works in the lives of those around us.
As Thanksgiving is just around the corner, we are especially grateful for you, our friends and support team. We hope you are encouraged by the fruit of your investment!
Bryan & Sharon
Please lift up these praises and prayers along with us:
- Praise for a great fall Intermed, fall retreat, Global Missions Health Conference and so many relationships where God is at work!
- Praise for God’s provision of Dr. Pitts for our council and Sharon as our ministry assistant. Please pray for wisdom as they begin their new roles.
- Pray for a strong year’s end financially so that we are positioned well for the coming year.
- Pray for God to give wisdom as our team meets with students for times of discipleship and mentoring.
- Pray that God helps our leaders and I conduct ‘halftime evaluations’ in December and make any necessary adjustments for the spring.
- Finally, pray that the Lord leads many to attend our annual CMDA Northeast Winter Conference (Jan. 17-19) for refreshment and transformation. Please pray also that God provides generous funding for the event, always a challenge since we subsidize students’ attendance.