[belated] Wed lunch mtg W2300 & other announcements

Dear PHCF,

What a beautiful Tuesday! Spring always reminds me of new beginnings and growth. One of the things I love about God is HIS emphasis on newness (especially contrasted with our typical same-old, same-old lives):
- He gives us new songs of praise (Ps 40:3)
- He gives us an undivided heart and renewed spirit (Ez 11:19)
- He makes new ways out of the wilderness (Is 43:19)
- He has given us a fresh start (2 Cor 5:17)

Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow at 12:15pm in W2300! We will have snacks to supplement your lunch. ;-) Shawn will be leading us in lectio diniva (scripture reading, meditation, and prayer) over a Psalm.

Finally, thank you to those of you who came to the symposium on Saturday! We were SO encouraged to see so many present, and hope that you were encouraged too -- by the speakers' sharing and the opportunity to connect with other believers around the Hopkins campuses!

God bless,

Other announcements:
  1. CCIH Conference at Homewood July 13-15, registration open now!
  2. CCIH job opportunities
  3. Voice of the Martyrs: Pray for Brother Yimiti
1. CCIH Conference July 13-15, registration open now
CCIH is hosting its annual conference here in Baltimore (Homewood campus), July 13-15. Its theme is Strengthening Global Health: Faith at the Center, a concept closely linked to their core focus area of Integrating Faith and Health. It is a great opportunity to learn and network with people who do amazing work for the Lord all around the globe. PHCF is a member organization of CCIH, so make sure to note that you're a student member. Registration is now open.

2. CCIH job opportunities: apply now!
CCIH is currently hiring for two part-time, remote-work positions - best for logistically-minded, self-motived people who are passionate about international health and love Jesus. [click links for job description PDFs]
  • Conference coordinator - for a consultant to manage logistics for the upcoming conference (Jul 13-15)
  • Project coordinator - to manage logistics for two grants and various other "team player" aspects of working on a small staff

3. From Voice of the Martyrs: please pray for Brother Yimiti, who is serving a 15-yr sentence for preaching the gospel in China.
Alimujiang Yimiti was leading ethnic-Uyghur Muslims to Christ in western China when he was arrested by Chinese public security officers. Initially, officials closed his business after accusing him of using it as a cover for “preaching Christianity among people of Uyghur ethnicity.”

But when his case went to trial in 2008, the charges were increased to subverting the Chinese government and endangering national security. Alimujiang, a former Muslim, was sentenced to 15 years in prison. His wife is allowed to visit him only once every three months, for 15 minutes each time, and his two children miss him greatly.

The most important thing we can do to serve Alimujiang Yimiti and his family as well as many other Christians like them -- the many other believers currently suffering in prison cells or facing persecution -- is to PRAY for them.

And he who was seated on the throne said, ‘Behold, I am making all things new.’ Also he said, ‘Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.' Revelation 21:5


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