Dear PHCF,

It's hard to believe that it is almost time for midterms again! Paul writes: For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. (2 Cor 4:17-18) Friends, praying for you today to keep turning your eyes towards Jesus, looking full in his wonderful face, so that the things of earth grow strangely dim in the light of his glory and grace.

Tomorrow, please join us for a special speaker for our Wednesday lunch gathering, 12:15pm in Room W2033. Come learn how you can be involved in helping unreached people groups receive the Bible! (Dessert provided.)

Stephen Beale and his wife Eileen were missionaries with Wycliffe Bible Translators for more than 20 years. They served in Thailand and Vanuatu. In Vanuatu they were the translation advisors for the Mota Lava New Testament translation project. Steve has a PhD in Computational Linguistics and has lately been working with his non-profit organization,, to provide Old Testament Bible translation for many languages around the world. Steve will present some visual highlights of their work in Vanuatu to give you a feel for what missionary life in a remote village was like. He will also describe his work with and show how the computer is being used to enable accurate Old Testament translations around the world.

You are welcome to join us at any/all of our recurring gatherings:
- Lunch meetings on Wednesdays at 12:15pm in Room W2033 (contact PHCF)
- Small group on Mondays at 7:30pm in the 929 Apartments (contact Esther)
- Writing Accountability Group (i.e. study group) on Fridays at 4pm (contact Teresa)
Helpful links: PHCF facebook page | PHCF website | map/list of local churches

If you have prayers, reflections, or announcements you'd like to share with the rest of PHCF, please email!

Grace and peace,
Teresa - for PHCF

Other announcements:
  1. Job and scholarship opportunities
  2. JHIF Thanksgiving Celebration - Fri Nov 17, 7pm
1. Job and scholarship opportunities
  • Christian WASH NGO Lifewater has a job opening - courtesy of PHCF alumnus Lindsay Lange -
  • Student essay content on Religion/Spirituality and Public Health (cash prize) - We encourage you to consider submitting an essay to the 2nd annual Spirituality and Public Health 2017 Student Essay Contest. First held in last year -- see Fall 2016 contest winners (link) -- this annual national contest is organized by faculty from many SPHs that include Berkeley, Hopkins, Maryland, and others. More than 3000 empirical studies have been published on spirituality, religion and health, and you are invited to write about what this might mean for Public Health. Separate divisions exist for graduate students and undergraduates. Prizes are $1000 (1st), $600 (2nd), and $300 (3rd) in each division (6 total prizes). Please share with your friends here or at other SPHs via email, Facebook, or other social media, and visit the contest website for more information or to upload your submitted essay: (deadline: Jan 3, 2018)
2. JHIF Thanksgiving celebration - Fri Nov 17, 7pm
The Johns Hopkins International Fellowship meets every Friday in the Green House Cafe across the street from the SPH for dinner and Bible study as an outreach to our friends who are international students and scholars. This Friday, you're invited to a special Thanksgiving celebration, with traditional foods, festive music, and the story of the first Thanksgiving - followed by Bible study. Friends and colleagues welcome! Please let us know if you're planning to come by signing up here!

But now, this is what the Lord says—
he who created you, Jacob,
he who formed you, Israel:
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name; you are mine."
(Isaiah 43:1)


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