If you’re just arriving to Philadelphia, we want to give you a warm welcome! (Even though we’re known as the ‘City of Brotherly Love’, that may not be your first impression.)
Whether you’re a new student, resident, fellow or practicing professional, we’re so glad that God has led you here. Our passion is to come alongside you and help you serve Christ, and the people around you, as much as we possibly can.
You’re coming to Philly at a great time. God is really at work in our healthcare community!
In April, we held our first banquet and 190 people came out to learn more about, and support, God’s work in and through our healthcare community. There’s a lot of momentum as we look forward toward the fall!
Just this past month, we launched our first group for professionals at the home of two local professionals. The group is open to all allied health, dental and medical professionals and residents, and plans to meet regularly, focusing on transforming, personal relationships.
In the fall (August-September), we’ll kick off our fall bible study brunches for students and residents around the theme of Growing Closer To God Even When Life Is Crazy. The brunches take place every 3 weeks in the home of our area director and feature a great home-cooked meal, home-roasted coffee and opportunities to connect with the Lord and healthcare folks from all around the city.
On September 30-October 1, we’ll hold our annual student and resident fall retreat. Just over 24 hours, the retreat is a fantastic time to get away from the grind and remember why you chose healthcare in the first place.
As we head into the New Year, we hold our annual CMDA Northeast Winter Conference over the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend (Fri. 13th-Sun. 15th). Students, residents and professionals from DC to NYC gather together for great food, fellowship, teaching, worship, and yes – relaxation.
June or July 2017 – we anticipate holding our first-ever international missions trip in Central America through Global Health Outreach, CMDA’s short-term missions arm. Stay tuned and let us know if you have interest!
As you can see, God is doing great things in and through us. We feel so thankful that God has called you to Philadelphia for this next stage of your journey.
Please let us know how we can serve you, and, help you as you settle in!
Students in small groups during yesterday's evangelism training
In just a few hours, we will hold our first Summer Medical Institute (SMI) Philly outreach of the year! We will be offering free health screenings as a service to the Hunting Park (in North Philly) community, and using that as a bridge to share about Christ to anyone who will listen.
Here are some quick prayer requests for our outreaches and other aspects of the project:
Pray that the evangelism training I led yesterday would be helpful as we do the outreaches.
Please pray that our team of 20 students and other healthcare providers would trust in God, not ourselves, for every moment of the outreach. Pray that we would not be fearful of rejection and not knowing what to say in difficult interactions.
Pray that we would be mindful of the spiritual battle all around us, and ask God for help ‘in the moment.’
Pray for the people we will meet on our outreaches. Many of them are un/under-insured, in significant poverty, and facing many other challenges most of us have not experienced. At the same time, this is a blessing because often a sense of physical need translates into a sense of spiritual need, and we have much to learn from them. We long for them to know Jesus deeply.
Of the 20 students on project, only 4 this year are men, so pray that I (Bryan) would invest in Alan, Dan, Luke, and Sam deeply. At the same time, I am so thankful for Sharon, who is spending a good deal of time on project and ministering to the women, so please pray for her as well.
Please pray for the many graduate healthcare “faculty” who will be joining us at various points throughout the project. They will model for the students how to care for “the whole person”, but more importantly just “living life” with the students and investing in them informally. Pray for us, also, as we do some teaching throughout the project, the next session being Thursday morning.
I’d like to express real thankfulness for Medical Campus Outreach (MCO), another medical ministry in the city, and Esperanza Health Center, a local Christian clinic, who are sponsoring SMI and have invested so much of their time and resources in this project. So many people have come together to make this project a reality, and we are truly grateful to be joining them in this Kingdom work. Please pray that God blesses them in every way.
Finally, I will be at SMI Texas next week (Monday 18th – Friday 22nd), serving in a similar capacity, before returning for the third and final week of SMI Philly. Please pray for my time at SMI Texas, where roughly half of the students are from the Philadelphia area.
As always, we are thankful for you, our partners in this work. We have a deep sense that you are there with us through your prayers and gifts that make it all possible. We can’t wait to share more with you as the project unfolds.