IVCF/Groshes: 2012 October Prayer Calendar

Posted by tom | Oct 4, 2012

Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation — if you continue in your faith, established and firm, and do not move from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant.” — Colossians 1:21-23 (NIV)

The 2012 October Prayer Calendar is posted below (click to enlarge). Your prayers, encouragement, and support in ministry are much appreciated. 

2012 October Prayer Calendar Page 1

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Leadership and a sense of timing

Posted by tom | Sep 22, 2012

A faculty friend and ministry mentor passed along these words regarding leadership:

A sense of timing, people say, is essential to leadership. You must know when to act boldly and when to wait patiently; when to bend and when to stand firm. David had that critical sense of timing because he trusted God's control of events.

First Samuel, chapter 24

No doubt my friend's concern was with regard to the current events in the Middle East. But as I have started to find my way in the new role as Associate Director of InterVarsity's Emerging Scholars Network over the past several months, tried to keep up with the growth of the Penn State Hershey Christian Medical Society (CMS)/CMDA, and prepare for InterVarsity's Faculty Ministry Leadership Team Meetings (9/26 - 28), I find these words applicable in my own life. I ask your prayers for God's grace in timing, boldness, patience, discernment, and trust in the Lord. To God be the glory!

"Resources for Postdocs" on the ESN Blog

Posted by tom | Sep 14, 2012

Kelly, a local alumnus (B.S., Messiah College, Ph.D., PSU-Hershey Medical Center) who is now a postdoc researcher at Duke, contributed "Resources for Postdocs" to the Emerging Scholars Network Blog (9/13/2012). Her posts have been excellent and much appreciated by the wide Emerging Scholars Network. At present her Finding a Postdoc in the Sciences: Nailing the Interview (11/28/2012) is the top viewed post this month, second most viewed this year, and fifth most viewed since the creation of the blog in August 2008. May this work truly be the blessing she desires it to be to the next generation who follows her in higher education. To God be the glory!

2012-2013 Upcoming Events -- Mark Your Calendar

Posted by tom | Sep 9, 2012

As part of a partnership between the Elizabethtown Public Library, represented by Bethleen Bradford (center), and the Emerging Scholars Network, represented by Tom Grosh (right), the library will show the PBS American Experience documentary “The Amish” on Sept. 13. Donald Kraybill (left), senior Fellow at the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies, will share his knowledge via a question-and-answer period. Photo by Krista Hurley. Merchandiser. 9/4/2012.

IVCF/Groshes: 2012 September Prayer Calendar

Posted by tom | Sep 8, 2012

“We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ's behalf: Be reconciled to God. ” — II Corinthians 5:20

The 2012 September Prayer Calendar is posted below (click to enlarge). Your prayers, encouragement, and support in ministry are much appreciated. 

2012 September Prayer Calendar page 1

2012 September Prayer Calendar page 2

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Your prayers and encouragement over the past several months of transition into my new responsibilities with the Emerging Scholars Network (ESN) as the new Associate Director have been a great blessing! Much to update you on, but the highlights truly stem from a strong start to the new academic year:

IVCF/Groshes: 2012 August Prayer Calendar

Posted by tom | Aug 4, 2012

The 2012 August Prayer Calendar is posted below (click to enlarge). Your prayers, encouragement, and support in ministry are much appreciated.

The August 1 - 3 visit to InterVarsity Christian Fellowship's National Service Center was a great blessing to and confirmation of the work to which I've been called with the Emerging Scholars Network. If you have not already done such, swing by God's Grace in Higher Education: IVCF article on Tom Grosh.

God has and will continue to provide for the work of His Kingdom in amazing ways.

2012 August Prayer Calendar page 1

2012 August Prayer Calendar page 2

IVCF/Groshes: 2012 July Prayer Calendar

Posted by tom | Jul 5, 2012

The 2012 July Prayer Calendar is posted below (click to enlarge). Your prayers, encouragement, and support in ministry are much appreciated. God has and will continue to provide for the work of His Kingdom in amazing ways. More updates coming.

2012 July Prayer Calendar (p1)

2012 July Prayer Calendar (p2)

Local Merchandiser Article on Tom's new post with InterVarsity

Posted by tom | Jun 28, 2012

Tom Grosh IV Profile Picture. Circle of Life Photography.

The Merchandiser ran an annoucement of Tom's new post with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. The article, click here, has Tom "of Elizabethtown." We live just across the border in Mount Joy (actually Milton Grove), but do a lot in Elizabethtown. It's good to feel part of the community. Maybe the Mount Joy edition ran Tom as living in Mount Joy ;) If you know, let us know. We can't take a look for several days as we're away for Joni & Friends Camp.

What a joy to begin to serve as the Associate Director of the Emerging Scholars Network beginning on July 1.

IVCF/Groshes: God provides! 2011-2012 Fiscal Year End Update (6/26/2012 Email)

Posted by tom | Jun 27, 2012

"Grace is permission not to be busy constantly. Slowing down does not make you less important. Slowing down does not mean you do not work hard. Slowing down is courageous." -- Permission to slow down. Lisa Van Engen. Catapult Magazine. Vol 11, Num 13 :: 2012.06.22 — 2012.07.05.

PSU-Hershey Christian Medical Society (CMS)/CMDA picnic. 6/23/2012
Penn State Hershey Christian Medical Society (CMS)/CMDA picnic hosted in partnership with Theresa's parents. In addition to the great conversation between health care professionals, missionaries, and students from the Medical Center . . . the bees, Rex the bunny, the chickens, singing songs with our girls, and various gardens were quite the attraction :) I can't imagine a better way for our family to spend a Saturday evening(6/23/2012). What a joy to have opportunity to serve Christ at Penn State Hershey with CMS/CMDA. Join me in praying for the incoming class, which will begin arriving in late July. Classes begin in early August.

At this time of year it is easy to keep constantly busy -- to work, work, work to close the fiscal year end "in the black."  And while that is a goal of ours, we need to be reminded that we rest in God's hands and in His provision.  Yesterday, our family journeyed together to Joni and Friends Family Retreat at Spruce Lake in the Poconos.  We will be focusing on enriching our family with hopes to return to "normal life" refreshed and rejuvenated. (More)

Slowing down is courageous

Posted by tom | Jun 22, 2012

"Grace is permission not to be busy constantly. Slowing down does not make you less important. Slowing down does not mean you do not work hard. Slowing down is courageous." -- Permission to slow down. Lisa Van Engen. Catapult Magazine. Vol 11, Num 13 :: 2012.06.22 — 2012.07.05.

I found these words very apt (along with the rest of the short post) to reflect upon during this brief time in between a packed trip to Pittsburgh and a week of Joni & Friends Camp with family . . . which has a variety of tasks on the plate including a Penn State Hershey Christian Medical Society (CMS)/CMDA picnic at our house and a fiscal year end ask for our labors with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship*. On July 1, I begin serving as the Associate Director of the Emerging Scholars Network (ESN). On July 3, I begin a summer class on Theology & The Practice of Prayer taught by Laurie Mellinger at Evangelical Seminary (Myerstown, PA). As you may have guessed, I've already begun gathering recommendations for next steps with ESN and reading for class.

But I will try to step aside from these tasks (except for some scheduled check-ins) to receive God's grace to courageously slow down and be fully engaged with the whole family next week. This requires placing confidence in God's provision through His people for His work/purposes. Some would say (and at times I find myself agreeing) that this is an impossible, crazy decision. But such is following Christ, truly loving one's family/neighbor, and being part of the dynamic work of the Kingdom of God.

*By God's grace we have received not only $86,432 toward our annual InterVarsity ministry budget of $100,000, but also several expressions of desire by partners in ministry to give additional support by year end. My best guess is that we're around $90,000 with about $10,000 required to cross the finish line well. To support visit https://donate.intervarsity.org/donate/to/Tom_Grosh . . .

5 Things I Learned from My InterVarsity Staff Dad

Posted by tom | Jun 20, 2012

5 Things I Learned from My InterVarsity Staff Dad (Grete Bauder. InterVarsity Blog. 6/15/2012). Wow! Fun to read :)

Note: As some of you know I've had the privilege of getting to know both Grete (part of InterVarsity's undergraduate student chapter at Carnegie Mellon U before working with InterVarsity's 2100 Productions) and her father Kevin (my area director in the MidAtlantic then regional director in the Northeast). Their whole family, life, and life in ministry has been a great blessing to many. What a joy to read this testimony and an opportunity for InterVarsity to give a window on staff life. To God be the glory!

2012 Fiscal Year End Finish Line

Posted by tom | Jun 18, 2012

By God's grace we have received $85,282 toward our annual InterVarsity ministry budget of $100,000. We rejoice in the many who have given in diverse ways to support the work to which we've been called. We ask you to pray and as the Lord permits, enable us to cross the June 30th fiscal year finish line well. To God be glory!

To support visit https://donate.intervarsity.org/donate/to/Tom_Grosh . . .

IVCF/Groshes: 2012 Fiscal Year End Update (June 6)

Posted by tom | Jun 7, 2012

“Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you — you of little faith! And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well." -- Luke 12:27-31

God provides! Yesterday we had several gifts beyond regular giving (monthly, quarterly, bi-annual), gifts which ranged from $50 to $1,300. Over the past week our projected InterVarsity Ministry Budget shortfall has dropped from approximately $15,000 to $11,700. To God be the glory!

The bigger picture: Our annual ministry budget is nearly $100,000. We've received $80,866.83 toward that end. Racing to the finish line of June 30th. God provides!

Pietist and Anabaptist Intersections in Pennsylvania: The Life and Influence of Alexander Mack, Jr.

Posted by tom | Jun 6, 2012

Location near town Frankenberg in Hesse Germany. 12 August 2007. Simone. (GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html), CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/) or CC-BY-SA-2.5-2.0-1.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5-2.0-1.0), via Wikimedia Commons).I'm taking the opportunity to participate in Pietist and Anabaptist Intersections in Pennsylvania: The Life and Influence of Alexander Mack, Jr. -- a study conference sponsored by Elizabethtown College's Young Center for Anabaptist & Pietist Studies (June 6-8). It's starting with a reflection on "Alexander Mack, Jr: Pilgrim of Love & Light" by Dale Stoffer, Professor of Historical Theology, Ashland Seminary. I'll take some notes from the conference and share what I learn about the interaction of faith-scholarship.

PS. I've already had some great conversations with other delegates. Shared relationships and interests remind me how connected we are as the people of God.

IVCF/Groshes: 2012 June Prayer Calendar

Posted by tom | Jun 1, 2012

Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest? -- Luke 12:24-26

2012 Graduating Student Brunch/Commissioning2012 PSU-Hershey CMS/CMDA Graduation Brunch Participants (includes graduates & friends). Psalm 91 and Psalm 139:13-16 were among the various texts shared.

A brief post to invite you to prayerfully review the 2012 June Prayer Calendar (PDF) and carry it with you through the month (sharing with others who desire to partner in this Kingdom work).

Three praises/requests to highlight:

  1. Pray for Tom as he prepares to serve as the next Associate Director for the Emerging Scholars Network (ESN). He will provide leadership in the areas of content for the ESN web site, the blog and the Facebook site. He will officially begin his new role on 7/1/2012. Note: He will continue to serve the Penn State Hershey Christian Medical Society (CMS)/CMDA.
  2. Pray for the CMS students, incoming students (already been in touch with one via email), & graduates as they navigate significant transitions. Pray for the picnic which we host in June will provide a time of rest and opportunities to connect with physician mentors.
  3. Praise God for his continued blessing upon the work to which we have been called. We ask you to continue to be in prayer as we seek to address an estimated a gap of $15,000 in our ministry budget.

 

IVCF/Groshes: 2012 Fiscal Year End Mailing

Posted by tom | May 26, 2012

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. -- Psalm 91:1

2012 Penn State CMS/CMDA Graduating Student Brunch Participants2012 PSU-Hershey CMS/CMDA Graduation Brunch Participants (includes graduates & friends)

The Master & the CommanderClick here for the 2012 Fiscal Year End mailing for our family's InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/Christian Medical & Dental Associations ministry budget. As you may guess, with a support team in which over 500 people receive updates through snail mail (and many more via other media), the collating of material (with several versions and destinations of the letter) was quite an operation. I spent a day in the living room surrounded by stacks of newsletters,* donor envelopes, stamps, and various tools (name stamper, pens, rubber bands, white out, etc). By God's grace and lots of help from family (wrapping up with the drama of watching Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World with the twins), the letter went out in several versions to just over 500 people this morning.** To God be the glory!

I sealed each envelope by briefly praying for the household to which it was addressed. In this practice, the Father reminded me that He provides through His people to accomplish His Kingdom purposes in His timing and ways to His glory. He is about a much greater work than what He has entrusted to our stewardship. To take a step further, on Thursday while riding home in the car from CMDA Connections I surrendered to God "the impossibility" of personal ministry budget raising. What freedom when "raising" a ~ $100,000 ministry budget covering it all (i.e., staples to travel to conferencing to books to salary to insurance to . . .). Considering the miracles on campus, at home ("One More Day" reminder in both the life Eden and myself each morning), and in ministry in general, waiting upon the Lord for such provision pales in comparison. How different I am becoming than the hero of the Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World!

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IVCF/Groshes: 2012 May Prayer Calendar

Posted by tom | May 2, 2012

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. -- Colossians 4:2

A brief post to invite you to prayerfully review the 2012 May Prayer Calendar (PDF) and carry it with you through the month (sharing with others who desire to partner in this Kingdom work).

Praise God for his continued blessing upon the work to which we have been called. In our last prayer calendar we asked for prayers to address an estimated a gap of $15,000 to be supplied through the gifts of the people of God. We have received some gifts and commitments to address this concern. Look for a letter coming soon with more specifics.

2012 Penn State Hershey Christian Medical Society/Christian Medical and Dental Association Spring Retreat Group Photo

Note: The above picture is of the PSU-Hershey Christian Medical Society (CMS)/CMDA Spring Retreat (4/27-28). More pictures are available here. In case you're wondering, the pictures are posted in chronological order with the newest ones at the bottom of the page. There are some great pictures of our little ones toward the bottom of the page :)

2012 Lily at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center Playground after a Christian Medical Society/Christian Medical & Dental Association Lunch Lecture

Celebrating God's Work at PSU-Hershey -- DR Spring Break Missions Project (Video 2)

Posted by tom | Apr 19, 2012

In addition to laboring on campus, PSU-Hershey Christian Medical Society (CMS)/CMDA reaches out in mission in the local community and in focused international projects. This year the Spring Break Missions Project was in the sugar cane fields of the Dominican Republic (Hato Mayor) serving not only those from the DR, but also a number of Haitians. The team included 3 physicians, 1 nurse practitioner, 1 nurse, 20 medical students, 1 nursing student, 2 anatomy graduate students, 1 premedical student. This is the second of two videos, if you missed the first go to Celebrating God's Work at PSU-Hershey -- DR Spring Break Missions Project. To God be the glory!

 

 

PS. A special thank-you to the many who pray, invest, encourage, and participate in these labors to enable them to flourish to the glory of God and the advance of his kingdom. To financially support our work, visit https://donate.intervarsity.org/donate/to/Tom_Grosh.

PPS. The other two videos from the annual PSU-Hershey Christian Medical Society (CMS)/CMDA (4/14) are posted at Celebrating God's Work at PSU-Hershey! and Celebrating God's Work at PSU-Hershey! Part II.

Celebrating God's Work at PSU-Hershey -- DR Spring Break Missions Project

Posted by tom | Apr 18, 2012

In addition to laboring on campus, PSU-Hershey Christian Medical Society (CMS)/CMDA reaches out in mission in the local community and in focused international projects. This year the Spring Break Missions Project was in the sugar cane fields of the Dominican Republic (Hato Mayor) serving not only those from the DR, but also a number of Haitians. The team included 3 physicians, 1 nurse practitioner, 1 nurse, 20 medical students, 1 nursing student, 2 anatomy graduate students, 1 premedical student. To God be the glory!

 

 

PS. A special thank-you to the many who pray, invest, encourage, and participate in these labors to enable them to flourish to the glory of God and the advance of his kingdom. To financially support our work, visit https://donate.intervarsity.org/donate/to/Tom_Grosh.

PPS. The other two videos from the annual PSU-Hershey Christian Medical Society (CMS)/CMDA Celebration Banquet (4/14) are posted at Celebrating God's Work at PSU-Hershey! and Celebrating God's Work at PSU-Hershey! Part II.

Celebrating God's Work at PSU-Hershey! Part II

Posted by tom | Apr 17, 2012

In addition to testimony of God's work on campus, students shared several powerful slide show videos at the annual PSU-Hershey Christian Medical Society (CMS)/CMDA Celebration Banquet (4/14). I found these videos a striking reminder of the call to offer all of one's gifts, time, energy, vocation, being, to God AND God alone. Part I in this series is posted at Celebrating God's Work at PSU-Hershey! The Dominican Republic Spring Break Missions Project shows start running tomorrow. To God be the glory for his amazing work!

 

 

Pray for CMS today as we gather for our lunch lecture, leadership team mtg, and Bible studies.

  • Ms. Kathy Zubik from Susquehanna Valley Prenancy Services (SVPS) will be presenting. Last week two women shared from SVPS. The one related her story of Christ's healing through the ministry of SVPS over a decade after her abortion. To God be the glory!
  • The new leadership team is getting their feet wet. Pray for a smooth transition, particularly as they prepare for the spring retreat next weekend (the speaker will be a recent alumnus in a local practice) and various year end gatherings including a commissioning of graduating students.
  • Bible Studies: Men are studying Romans. The women are studying the Gospel of John. Note: The couples Bible study meets Monday evenings and are beginning a study of Ecclesiastes.

PS. A special thank-you to the many who pray, invest, encourage, and participate in these labors to enable them to flourish to the glory of God and the advance of his kingdom. To financially support our work, visit https://donate.intervarsity.org/donate/to/Tom_Grosh.

Celebrating God's Work at PSU-Hershey!

Posted by tom | Apr 16, 2012

On Saturday at the annual PSU-Hershey Christian Medical Society (CMS)/CMDA Celebration Banquet, the students shared several powerful slide show videos -- a striking reminder of God's call to serve the whole campus, that every square inch is His! This first one starts with National Catfish Day at our house. Consider this a teaser, come back for Part II tomorrow :)

 

 

PS. A special thank-you to the many who pray, invest, encourage, and participate in these labors to enable them to flourish to the glory of God and the advance of his kingdom. To financially support our work, visit https://donate.intervarsity.org/donate/to/Tom_Grosh.

IVCF/Groshes: 2012 April Prayer Calendar

Posted by tom | Apr 4, 2012

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. -- Psalm 139:13-16

Please take time to prayerfully review the April 2012 Prayer Calendar (PDF), the piece contains a number of updates, pictures, and upcoming event announcements. With regard to finances, we ask you to prayerfully consider a fiscal year end gift to close an estimated gap of $15,000 in a nearly $100,000 ministry budget (year ends on June 30).

Note: If you have not already done such, please drop us a line/call with a sense of your 2012 anticipated giving. We trust in the Lord's provision through the people of God. Note: At present we've received $63,083.83 and face an operating shortfall of -$11,408.

A few quick items before I head to PSU-Hershey to meet with the outgoing Christian Medical Society (CMS)/CMDA President to debrief 2011-2012 and to prayerfully offer up CMS to the Lord's leading in 2012-2013 (below is the picture of the current and incoming leadership teams meeting together as 'the baton is passed').

2012 Leadership Team Transition First, the psalmist's words in Psalm 139-13-16 will be the focus of my final paper for OT 532 Historical & Poetic Books w/Professor David A. Dorsey. Earlier today I shared words inspired by this text, reassuring a young woman that despite all her struggles, she has been fearfully and wonderfully made. She is not a mistake. God has a deep care for her and a purpose/direction for her life, including the love of family/friends. Look for future posts (here and at ESN Blog) not only on this text, but also material stemming from:

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Randy Newman's "Questioning Evangelism" -- back again

Posted by tom | Mar 28, 2012

Randy Newman's Questioning Evangelism

At last week's InterVarsity Christian Fellowship Gradute & Faculty Team Meetings for the Northeast region, we gave significant attention to Randy Newman's* Questioning Evangelism -- Thank-you Paula! You may remember, in Fall 2006 I co-taught an adult elective at Elizabethtown Brethren in Christ Church based upon his material, for more read Questioning Evangelism and Christ of Christmas.

Below's a quote from Questioning Evangelism

“… maybe our world has changed so significantly that we need to rethink evangelism . . . I’m calling Christians to use questions in the venture of evangelism.” Christians need three skills in evangelism: declaring, defending and dialoguing the gospel. “The third skill – and this where Questioning Evangelism fits in – is built upon the foundations of declaring and defending the gospel.  . . . Often neglected, difficult to master, but absolutely essential, this skill of giving and taking – asking questions and bouncing ideas back and forth – might be just what our postmodern audience needs.” (13, 14, 15)

Newman's Bringing the Gospel Home: Witnessing to Family Members, Close Friends, and Others Who Know You Well is on the self and I look forward to reading it after the end of this term :) An excerpt from the newer book is posted at here.

At Tuesday's PSU-Hershey CMS/CMDA lunch lecture, Dr. Pauline Bridgeman shared a powerful and deeply personal message regarding the challenge of being a medical missionary family with CURE in Honduras AND the call to follow Christ alone no matter the danger. To learn more about the Medical Missions work of Jay & Pauline Bridgeman visit Why do you do what you do? - Medical Missionaries (Groshlink) and the Cure blog.

In the evening one student missed Bible study to share the gospel with another student. We prayed not only for this conversation, but also for a number of other relationships, including a crosscultural evangelistic Bible study (Note: keeping this intentionally vague). Pray for God's insight and grace in the next step of these various labors for the Kingdom of God.

*Randy Newman is a Teaching Fellow at the C.S. Lewis Institute. He has been with the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ since 1980 and currently serves with Faculty Commons, their ministry to university professors. He ministers on campuses and elsewhere in our nation's capital to students, professors and policy-shapers. He is an honors graduate from Temple University and has a Masters of Divinity degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, where he is also engaged in doctoral studies. Randy is a Jewish Believer in Jesus and is the former editor of The Messiah-On-Campus Bulletin. He lives in Annandale, Virginia together with his wife Pam. He is the author of numerous articles and the books Questioning Evangelism: Engaging People's Hearts the Way Jesus Did and Corner Conversations: Engaging Dialogues about God and Life, both published by Kregel Publicatios, and Bringing the Gospel Home: Witnessing to Family Members, Close Friends, and Others Who Know You Well, forthcoming from Crossway. -- http://www.cslewisinstitute.org/blog/2011/07/why-i-read-c-s-lewis-2/.

Saturday Scripture Series: Psalm 23:1-3

Posted by tom | Mar 17, 2012

The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. -- Psalm 23:1-3

Amen!

"A Night with the Inklings" was a great blessing!

Posted by tom | Mar 16, 2012

David C. Downing

We rejoice in your prayers for the preparations for the A Night with the Inklings. Theresa wrote on Facebook:

"Great evening last night, learning about the Inklings from David C. Downing, and hearing about the medical students' trip to Dominican Republic. Overwhelmed by the mix of people that support Thomas's ministry!"

I responded:

"Amen! We've found ourselves home and encouraged in our calling in ways I never dreamed possible. God is about a new work among those seeking after him with "head, heart, & hands!" What a joy to be part of the work in South Central PA and beyond (as it ripples out through alumni, missions, web posts. . . .). To God be the glory!"

We rejoice in God's provision through the people of God for this work. As I shared last night, our annual $100,000 budget (which is like running a small business with copier, computer, book purchases, travel, insturance) is in His hands. If you are able to help us address our current $7,000 shortfall, we would be very appreciative.

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