Yes, I've been talking a lot about PSU-Hershey Christian Medical Society (CMS)/CMDA over the past several weeks. God is giving us a clearer direction in the focus of our time in ministry and PSU-Hershey is one of those locations.
No doubt our personal experiences, such as the loss of Elise Faith (our first child) after eight days, my own physical concerns (cancer, seizures, fainting spells), Eden's vascular malformation in the brain stem leading to a number of developmental delays, and relatives in health care (my uncle who is an oncologist, my sister will graduate from nursing school on Friday, my father who is a dentist) are part of the picture.
As the NY Times Op-Ed Physician, Heel Thyself (Theresa Brown. 5/7/2011) and our own experience indicates, hospital campuses are in need of healing and renewal. Our work with the PSU-Hershey CMS/CMDA is countercultural and culturemaking. We are part of a movement raising up a new generation of health care professionals who love God, love one-another, and love their patients. They embrace the call to care and stand against 'lateral violence'/'bullying.' Note: Our fellowship has nurses and graduate students in the mix. In addition, physicians, nurses, researchers, and ministry leaders (including pastors, a hospital chaplain, myself) have spoken for our lunch lecture series.
Recently, I've come to realize that my desire to care and to be present with others has deep roots in growing up in a dental office, hanging out in a waiting room, climbing the dental chairs to invite little children to have their first check-up, becoming an assistant during high school/college. I wouldn't trade this opportunity to grow up in practice which serves/attends to one another and their patients for anything.
To support our countercultural, culturemaking ministry through finances visit https://donate.intervarsity.org/donate/to/Tom_Grosh.* To volunteer in other ways (e.g., assist with special events such as retreats and the Christian Scholar Series, collate mailings, provide food for our weekly PSU-Hershey CMS/CMDA Tuesday lunch lectures), drop us an email or give us a call. To read Tom's spiritual autobiography, entitled One more day when you can live your life, click here.
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. — Colossians 3:17
*Praying for God's provision of our $93,340 ministry budget. At present we have received $73,659 (5/19/2011). Our fiscal year closes on June 30. Based on past giving cycles we estimate our gap consists of ~$3,500, ~$2,400.