It was very good to get home – and the jet lag only lasted four days, so I recovered faster than I expected. Thanks for your prayers for our travels.
As always, the worst part of time away is coming home. There was – as could be predicted – a large stack of mail, e-mail and other things to do that had piled up. Some were PAACS and CMDE related; some were personal (including all the records for my accountant to determine our tax bill – yeech!). I have spent every minute digging out since I arrived home.
This week, we received the good news that all my hurried work between the time we got home from Kenya and the time we left for Thailand to prepare for acceptance of PAACS by the West African College of Surgery did not go for naught. At the 55th Annual Conference of the West African College of Surgery held in Abidjan, Ivory Coast earlier this month, the request of PAACS to train at the membership level of training cleared another hurdle when it was passed by the Faculty of Surgery. In July, it will be handled at the Committee on Higher Professional Medical Education (CHIPMED). If passed at that level, it will then be considered by the entire Council in October 2015. Some friends of PAACS within WACS are optimistic at this point. It will be important for PAACS to make a good showing at the next meeting (I missed the one this year because it conflicted with our other plans). The next WACS Annual General Meeting is in Yaoundé, Cameroon, February, 2016 so I hope to visit the Mbingo Baptist Program in Cameroon before the meeting and then perhaps go from the meeting to Niger to visit the program at the SIM-Galmi Hospital before heading home from there.
Yesterday, I drove up to Durham, 75 minutes northwest of our home, to attend part of the meeting of the Christian Academic Surgeons. Drs. Michael and Jennifer Harling are third year residents in Columbia, SC and Dr. Tim Love, along with his wife Laura, is a fourth year residents at Emory University and presently plan to serve at Galmi Hospital in Niger and Soddo Christian Hospital in Ethiopia, respectively. Both were at the meeting. It was my first time to meet the Harlings (in fact, the first time to find out they were interested in joining PAACS – which made me VERY happy).
Wednesday has the potential for being a very monumental day. It is not just because I am speaking twice at the Liberty University Medical College in Virginia that day (more on that below). It is because, if everything goes as planned, they will bring my older daughter Michelle in and begin the induction of labor. Please pray for safety for both Michelle and little August as well as for good health for the baby.
Wednesday, I am driving four hours to Lynchburg to speak to the Christian Medical and Dental Society of Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine (LUCOM) during the noon hour and then in the evening, to a broader group. My topic is a bit of alliteration - "Compassion, Capacity, & Concatenation - is Medical Missions on a Cusp?” It is an open forum (their first one) and will be held Wednesday, March 25, at 7 p.m. The presentation, sponsored by the LUCOM Medical Library and its Scholars Series, will take place in the Center for Medical and Health Sciences Blue Auditorium (#1014). Catered reception to follow presentation. If you are nearby, would love to see you. I am afraid, however, that my mind may be more in Los Angeles than in Lynchburg – at least until I get the word about the birth.
I don’t know when we will be heading overseas again. I would like to do so in July, August and/or September but I am waiting to hear from some other folks about their plans. I do have a huge amount of work that I can do administratively and keep busy for a few months. The other things that are on the schedule that I know about right now are:
- April 7 – 8 – Trip to Chicago to meet with Ms. Koshy
- Apr 17 - 18 – CMDA-CMDE Meeting in Chicago
- April 25 – 28 – Cabin (PAACS gift) in Pigeon Forge, TN
- Apr 28 – May 1 – CMDA Annual Meeting – CMDA Educator of the Year Award
- May 3 - 10 – Week in California with grandchild!
- May 15-16 – CMDA-PAACS Meeting in Chicago
- May 18 – 24 – WHO and G4 Alliance meeting in Geneva, Switzerland
- June 1 and 2 – CMDA media training, Bristol, TN
- June 11-13 – FICS meeting in Annapolis, MD.
- June 22 – WVA tropical medicine
Prayers and Praise:
- Praise God for the safety in travel.
- Please pray for the impending birth - for safety and good health
- Pray that God will let the medical students hear the challenges to live their lives in sacrifice.
We deeply appreciate your prayers on our behalf and your partnership in our ministry. We literally couldn’t do it without you and we pray that your heavenly rewards will be great.