Earlier this month, I was home from Africa for only 18 hours when I drove the 3 hours to SIM (Serving in Missions) headquarters in Charlotte for a two day Medical Missions Summit. It was attended by 88 people from 57 agencies which are integrally involved in medical missions. It was sponsored by Christian Medical & Dental Associations and MedSend. The conference focused on the results of a survey of MedSend participants and discussion was designed to attempt to achieve a consensus on the factors that will improve preparation of medical missionaries and diminish attrition rates. It was a great time of networking and hopefully some changes will happen.
The jetlag was not bad returning home this time but a respiratory virus that I picked up in Kenya lasted the entire month. I am only now almost fully recovered from it. I was kind enough to share it with Micky while Sean caught a different virus at school and was kind enough to share that with us, too.
Micky and I have spent this entire month trying to catch up on paperwork and tasks for both the Pan-African Academy of Christian Surgeons (PAACS) and the Continuing Medical and Dental Education Commission. This is my first month as an employee with the Christian Medical and Dental Associations and I spent more time in the PAACS office than I have been before. Writing questions for exams has taken up a good part of the time lately – I can write four to six high-quality questions an hour from the review text but it is amazingly difficult at times and at other times, it is mind-numbing. I hope to write nearly a thousand questions and help construct at least three 200 question exams in the next three months. Our fall fund-raising appeal, updating the web site, critical phone calls and a thousand other details took up the rest of the time.
My daughter, Michelle, and her husband, Joey, visited for ten days. They were taking some vacation time to spend on North Carolina’s barrier islands. We had hoped to spend some time with them on the beach, but Sean’s school limited our available time and then life happened so it didn’t happen. It was good to see them. We are still trying to teach Joey how to be a North Carolinian so we took him for eartern North Carolina barbeque at a local hole in the wall – aptly named Bruce and Mickey’s. Unfortunately, it is not ours.
Sean has settled back into school. He is in 8th grade and is doing very well with his grades. He remains a source of great pride and joy to us. We also celebrated the birthdays of Ryan and Bethany, my children, this month.
I will stay an additional day in the Asheville area after the PFR conference to meet with a team from ABWE (Association of Baptist for World Evangelism). After years of deliberation, they have finally decided to begin a PAACS program in Togo. It will take two to three years of preparation and this is a meeting to get things off on the right foot.
Praise and Prayers:
- Please pray for my mother’s health.
- I am having conversations with the person likely to replace me. Please pray for wisdom and the ability to make the transition well.
- Pray for wisdom as we continue to address the issues of PAACS in several locations.
Resting in His arms,
Bruce, Micky and Sean