Now that June is here, our students are either gone or engrossed with finals or board exams. Thus begins our summer, which will last until the students return in mid-August.
Although we miss them tremendously, it is also a special season where God gives us time to strengthen our foundation, the part of our ministry that, although unseen, provides the basis for the more obvious, public parts of our work. In this update, we’d like to let you in on part of that foundational work.
Without a doubt, the volunteer healthcare professionals that help us in our work are a critical part of our ‘foundation’. Some serve on our ‘council’ in an official capacity where they play various roles – working with students, spear-heading new ministry efforts, and/or, helping me think through issues and vision on a more strategic level. Over the summer, I check in with our council to see how they feel about the role they’re playing, and, how we might work together to put them in a place where their gifts, time and talents may serve the Kingdom best in the context of our ministry.
One of those new offerings is our ministry to residents, those who have graduated from medical school but still have (approximately) 3-7 years of further training before becoming full-fledged physicians. Working roughly 80 hours per week, they are busy, but need to continue connecting with God and other Christians so that, at the end of their training, they will be in a position to serve their patients and colleagues. (And, simply be in a healthy place themselves).
To that end, I’m thankful for Drs Alex & Kim Lin, who have agreed to take the lead with this. We’re busy identifying residents in the area and will then invite them to a ‘welcome picnic’ on July 12th, where they’ll have the chance to meet others in their situation and hospital for future connection. In addition, we’ve been asking them what would serve them best given their unique situations. No doubt there will be lots of trial, error and adjustment along the way, but we’re excited we can take steps to support them in this critical time!
Growing Our Support Team
This past year has been one of tremendous blessing, but it takes an increasing amount of resources as our vision grows. Sharon, for example, has been serving as our part-time administrative and ministry assistant (focusing on our women) for roughly 9 months now. She has been such a blessing to our work that it would be hard to overstate her impact. At the same time, her salary, in addition to normal donor attrition, has led to the need to increase our support base.
So, over the summer, we plan on asking you, our current supporters, for the names of a few others who might want to hear about our work. It’s also a fantastic opportunity to catch up and hear how we can be in prayer for you and your family!
Well, there you have it. A short, but representative, look at the unglamorous yet essential work on the foundation we tend to during the summer. The truth is that you, through your quiet prayers and gifts, are also an important part of that foundation yourselves. Without you, the whole house would crumble in a second! But with you, each day God is adding to it in ways that only He can fully comprehend.
In Christ’s love,
Bryan & Sharon
For prayer & praise:
- praise God for the conclusion of another year of phenomenal student ministry at our 8 campuses. Many, many signs of God’s work in and through our students!
- praise God for the blessing Sharon has been to our work as her role has expanded.
- please pray for the informal summer gatherings on 6/22 & 7/20 at our home.
- pray that God helps us to identify our Christian residents (they can be difficult to find due to busyness and isolation), that they can attend our welcome picnic on 7/12, and, that we can figure out how to best serve them throughout the year.
- pray that God connects us with new individuals and churches who will support God’s work through us.
- pray that God provides me (Bryan) with another car. Mine recently died and we are working on a very limited budget in finding a new one. (Let me know if you hear of anything!)