Micky and I have been spending a lot of time trying to get the 2015-2016 budgets done for both PAACS and the CMDE (Continuing Medical & Dental Education) Commissions. The PAACS budget is growing amazingly complex and requires a lot of careful communication with the Program Directors. Since this was the first time that the new PAACS Executive Director, Susan Koshy, had been involved with the budgeting process, I flew to Chicago April 7 and 8 to go over the details and the processes that underlie the budget. It was a good experience for both of us and I think she learned a lot about the behind-the-scenes issues that have to be juggled. While there in Chicago, I enjoyed lunch with Susan and the new Chief Development Officer, Mr. Robert Barto, who will join us June 1. The second time I flew to Chicago this month was April 16 – 18 when I went to attend the annual Commission meeting for CMDE. It was a good meeting. We are in the process of planning for the next conference which will again be held in Greece next April.
We celebrated our 17th anniversary on the 11th by going to dinner and a play at the local Cape Fear Regional Theater. Without fail, each time I go there, someone asks me when I will be back on stage there – and each time, without fail, I have a strong desire to do so. Maybe someday. It was nice to be in the same continent on our anniversary since we are so often apart at this time of year. However, to be honest, we weren’t together much on the actual day. Micky spent most of the day in Wake Forest north of Raleigh helping my sister give a wedding shower for my niece who is marrying soon.
We were thrilled of course to participate in the quintessential American exercise of Tax Day on April 15th. At least, we could afford to pay it and God is sufficient for the future.
This month has been busy for both of us – just doing the mundane of which there is more than enough. As I mentioned, the taxes for S3 Ministries and for the two of us required a lot of Micky’s time, to say nothing about the days and weeks she spent on the year-to-date reports for the CMDE and the upcoming PAACS Commission meetings and the new budgets. Between those tasks and teaching Sean, she has been going full-time. I spent an inordinate amount of time with the scoring and analysis of the PAACS basic Science exams (most of the programs took it this past month but one will be taking it in early May), the final construction and formatting of the two 200 multiple choice PAACS annual exams for both the junior and senior levels (they will be taken June 6), preparing reports for the upcoming PAACS meeting, and the tons of e-mail that my job entails. There have been some serious issues with certain residents this past month and we have sought God’s face and the counsel of godly men and women. Those issues are not all fully resolved yet. They are also lots of other issues in the lives of the faculty that keep me in a posture of prayer. It is all stuff that needs to be done but I would much rather be overseas than here in America. I am giving thought to my travel in July and August but struggling to figure out where to go and to get a sense of freedom from God about my choices.
For the rest of the month: The May PAACS Commission meeting is in Chicago on the 15th and 16th. I will leave Chicago a few hours early to make it to my niece’s wedding in Cary, NC and then leave the next day for five days in Geneva where I will attend the board meeting of the G4 Alliance and the launch of the G4 alliance on the evening of the 19th. It is being held in conjunction with the 68th World Health Assembly. Sean’s 14th birthday will be May 23. We were stunned to realize he might be taking driver’s training in just a year.
Prayers and Praise:
· Please pray for the continuing issues within the lives of the PAACS faculty members and the residents. They are clearly part of a great spiritual warfare.
· Pray for a time of relaxation and rejuvenation for us during the next two weeks.
Yours and His, for the peoples of Africa!