Wed lunch mtg 12pm W2033, Fri gathering, upcoming Hopkins Christian Symposium, prayer requests, and more!

Dear PHCF,

Happy new year! It has been quiet in the SPH with many of you away for winter break, but we are thankful for new, part-time, and other students in our halls for intersession - and pray for not only fruitful learning but also meaningful conversations and new/deepened relationships that point to our Lord. In our current uncertain cultural, political, and academic climate, be reminded that The Lord is my shepherd; I lack nothing (Ps 23:1, scripture song here). Can you rest in him this morning, and move in your school/work/family spaces trusting that he is sovereign and good and always-working?

Tomorrow, please join us for our Wednesday lunch gathering, 12:15pm in Room W2033, for fellowship and prayer! There'll be dessert :)

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. Prayer requests
  2. This Friday 1pm: joint MSCF/PHCF lunch with a global health physician
  3. CCIH Webinar on the role of the church and people of faith in HIV/AIDS - Jan 23, 10am
  4. 832 Symposium on Faith, Reason, and Vocation: Professional Ethics at Homewood - Feb 17
  5. Christian Community Health Fellowship Conference "Risen & Awake" - Cincinnati OH - Apr 19-21
1. Prayer requests:
  • Weather conditions in Baltimore lately have revealed issues with building infrastructure not just in Baltimore City Schools but also many church buildings and workplaces. Please pray for our brothers and sisters at Village Church, who can't use their church building for a few weeks (and for them to find a temporary meeting space and continued coming-together as a body). Please pray for Baltimore City leaders to actively support and care for the children of our city.
  • Pray for our sister Wai Jia (MPH candidate '18) whose Kitesong Global social venture kickoff event will be held Feb 1 at 12pm in Feinstone. Pray for the Lord to give her His words to share for this event, that many at Hopkins would be touched and drawn to the light of Christ. Praise God that the SPH is providing a room, as well as cake! Pray for provision and favor: for her books to be restocked on Amazon in time and for people to support ( She would love to have fellow believers there, just to silently pray alongside her during the event!
  • Pray for the beginning of the spring semester/3rd term - for fresh energy and "doing all work for the glory of God". 
  • Pray for prospective/new students, as they wait for admission decisions and consider where to attend, that God brings exactly who he wants to JHSPH at exactly the right time.
  • Pray for our PHCF brothers and sisters who are currently afar for work/practicum/missions/dissertation research, for traveling mercies on their way back to Baltimore.
2. This Friday 1pm: joint MSCF/PHCF lunch with a global health physician
Hopkins' Medical Student Christian Fellowship and PHCF are having lunch at 1pm Friday in the Armstong Medical Education Building with Dr. Groves, a Christian PMnR physician working in global health in Nepal. She has an academic position there and does epi research on pediatric spinal cord injuries as well as national level health policy work, clinical practice in Kathmandu, and clinics in very remote locations in the Himalayas - and is a lovely person! Please join us in fellowship; lunch and dessert provided. Contact Teresa if you want to walk over together!

3. CCIH Webinar on the role of the church and people of faith in HIV/AIDS - Jan 23, 10am
What is the role of people of faith in addressing the AIDS epidemic?

Faith leaders can play a powerful role in reducing stigma associated with HIV/AIDS and encourage testing, treatment and prevention and save many lives as a result. And Christians can use their voices to speak up for those at risk and already affected by HIV/AIDS.

Please join CCIH for a discussion on the role of people of faith and faith-based programs in addressing HIV/AIDS. We will hear from:

The webinar will be moderated by Katy Ajer, MPH, Program Director of Health and Sustainable Development, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).

Register now and join us Tuesday, January 23 from 10:00 to 11:00 am US ET.

4. 832 Symposium on Faith, Reason, and Vocation: Professional Ethics at Homewood - Feb 17
Ever wonder what it means to live and work ethically as a public health professional? The 8:32 Society is a group connecting believers (students, alumni, faculty, and staff) across the Hopkins campuses. PHCF, along with other Christian groups on campus, is hosting the Symposium on Christian Faith, Reason, and Vocation at Homewood campus Feb 17, 2018, 10am-5pm - this year's focus is on Professional Ethics. The event will include a keynote talk by Nigel Cameron, field-specific discussion panels, and a networking lunch. 

RSVP here! (If you are interested in helping out - whether for food, marketing, setup, logistics, moderating, contacting speakers, fundraising, prayer - please let Teresa know!)

5. Christian Community Health Fellowship Conference "Risen & Awake" - Cincinnati OH - Apr 19-21
Encouragement. We could all use some. Especially when we are in the throes of intense training.
The CCHF Conference offers medical students and residents hope as they interact with providers and others who are caring for the poor and the marginalized in their communities. 
Join us at the only domestic missions conference specifically for those working to provide excellent and holistic health care to the poor and marginalized in the United States.
Scholarship applications are now available. For more info go to:
Let me know if you have any questions. I would love to help! - Jessie Thomas

I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Behold, the dwelling of God is with men. He will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself will be with them; he will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain any more, for the former things have passed away." And he who sat upon the throne said, "Behold I make all things new." (Rev 21:3-5) (And a good song)


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