Wed Bible study/prayer W2303, praises/prayers, and more

Dear Public Health Christian Fellowship,

Do you feel weary this morning, stretched thin and taut, your attention spread in all directions in our rapid-paced, overstimulating culture? In Matt 11:28, Jesus says, Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Will you hear his voice, lay your struggles and fears before him, and draw close to him? Likewise, Paul writes: Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words (Rom 8:26). 

Brothers and sisters, we pray for those of you finishing midterms this week (especially those taking the Biostats midterm this morning!) and for those working on job/scholarship applications and grants. May God strengthen you with focus and clarity, so that your work (your studies) bring him much glory. We pray too for the brokenness of this world, for Parkland and grief, and wisdom in figuring out what next. Lord, will you show us the way you want us to walk?

This Wednesday, we will meet in Room W2303 (room change!) for Bible study (p16-19) and prayer. There will be dessert :) and we'll also talk about plans for the rest of the year.

For those who are staying at JHSPH/in Baltimore after May, we are also looking to expand the PHCF leadership team - please pray! and email jhsph.phcf@gmail.com if you're interested in seeing what role you can play in this group.

You are welcome to join us at any/all of our recurring gatherings:- Lunch meetings on Wednesdays at 12:15pm in Room W2303 *note room change! (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 jhsph.phcf@gmail.com!

Grace and peace,
Teresa - for PHCF

Other announcements:
  1. Praises and prayers
  2. Housing opportunities
  3. Christian Community Health Fellowship Conference "Risen & Awake" - Cincinnati OH - Apr 19-21
1. Praises and prayers:
  • Praise the Lord with us - and thank you for praying for Wai Jia (MPH candidate '18) and her Kitesong Global social venture kickoff event last week. Read her praise report here: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10159919117920635&id=615750634
  • Praise the Lord with us - for a successfull Symposium on Christian Faith, Reason, and Vocation this past Saturday. We are glad for all those who joined us at Charles Commons, and grateful for prayers. Recordings from the talks will be released on 832society.com/symposium in a few weeks, if you'd like to listen later!
  • Pray for the persecuted church around the world; learn more from Voice of the Martyrs (movie Tortured for Christ released in theaters March 5)
  • 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 favor in their work and traveling mercies.
  • Pray for our PHCF brothers and sisters who are graduating in a few months and/or who are seeking God's direction/calling for jobs and career.
2. Housing opportunities
  • Lovely private bedroom and bathroom available in Charles Village, $650/month. All utilities and furniture included; shared common space including large fully equipped kitchen, dining room, and living room. The landlords' heart is to make this house open to international students and scholars, and for those who have a heart to interact with internationals too. (Though anyone is welcome.) More information here. If interested, email Karl Dortzbach at kdortzbach@mac.com or text at 443-570-3668, and he can send you pictures or tell you more!
  • Upstairs unit apartment for rent, listing here: https://www.trulia.com/p/md/baltimore/829-e-belvedere-ave-2-baltimore-md-21212--2345922141 The landlord Ananda and his wife live in the downstairs apartment, and are believers, Hopkins alum, and members of Faith Christian Fellowship. Special consideration given if two students/fellows are interested in sharing the upstairs apartment. Anyone interested can contact Ananda directly at 410-435-6417 or by email at ankumar1120@yahoo.com
3. 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: www.cchfconference.org.
Let me know if you have any questions. I would love to help! - Jessie Thomas

Psalm 73:23-26
Yet I am always with you;
    you hold me by my right hand.
You guide me with your counsel,
    and afterward you will take me into glory.
Whom have I in heaven but you?
    And earth has nothing I desire besides you.
My flesh and my heart may fail,
    but God is the strength of my heart
    and my portion forever.

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