The first week of the conference has passed and has been a great time of fun and blessing. Bruce was involved all day Monday and Tuesday in the advanced cardiac life support programs for pediatrics (Monday) and adults (Tuesday). Since that time, he has the pleasure of being just a participant in the lectures, this being the first year that he didn’t give any. He has been the worship service coordinator but with Michael Thompson here again as worship leader, his involvement has largely been planning and little actual doing.
The worship services at these Christian Medical & Dental Association Continuing Medical & Dental Education (CMDA-CMDE) conferences are always very meaningful but never more so than when we are in Thailand. So many of the participants are working in places where open worship of Christ is not permissible and to come here to worship openly with so many of their fellow believes and countrymen is a very special treat for them. As a result, the singing is just amazing and seemingly a taste of heaven. Michael Thompson does an amazing job of leading worship while yielding the center of the focus to Christ. We wish a great number of worship leaders would learn how to do that – it is much too often all about them and not about Jesus. We particularly enjoy his incorporation of readings of Scripture and the Psalms.
Os has written or edited more than twenty-five books, including The American Hour, Time for Truth, The Call, Invitation to the Classics, Long Journey Home, and Unspeakable: Facing up to the Challenge of Evil. His latest books are The Case for Civility (2008) and The Last Christian on Earth: Uncover the Enemy's Plot to Undermine the Church (2010).
Previously, he was a leader at L’Abri for those of you who remember that movement in the late 60’s and was a good friend of Francis (Frank) Schaeffer. Os was also a freelance reporter with the BBC. Since coming to the United States in 1984, he has been a Guest Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Studies and a Guest Scholar and Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution. From 1986 to 1989, Os served as Executive Director of the Williamsburg Charter Foundation, a bicentennial celebration of the First Amendment. In this position, he helped to draft the Williamsburg Charter and co-authored the public school curriculum “Living With Our Deepest Differences.”
One of the more enjoyable things in the evening worship services are the missionary reports from the fields. Several evenings during the conference are turned over to the missionaries themselves for 15 minute reports of their works in the various countries. They are often both pathetic and funny but always striking to the heart of the matter and of the missionaries.
There is a difference between the African and Thailand conferences. In Africa, most of the people are working in small mission hospitals, rural clinics or community health. The model herein Asia is somewhat different and since the general quality of medicine is sometimes much higher, they are often working in much less obvious mission situations, by working in secular positions in more advanced hospitals. A few work in the more classic mission settings but often those hospitals are largely staffed by non-Christians because of the cultural differences.
Today, we took a little break from the long days (6:30 AM – 9:00 PM) and enjoyed some of the tourist sites including an elephant camp.
Praise and Prayers:
- Bruce tripped and dropped his laptop computer. Thankfully, the screen was able to be replaced in 36 hours and it was only a minor inconvenience (if you don’t count the expense).
- Please pray for the attendees at this conference. Many ministries, missionaries and marriages are stressed. Pray for the work of the Holy Spirit in their lives. Pray for traveling safety as all, excluding those staying for the marriage retreat, return home the end of the week. Pray for the success of the marriage retreat.
Bruce, Micky and Sean
PS: “Os” Guinness is short for Oswald – a name which he really dislikes.