Happy graduation day! and other announcements

Public Health Christian Fellowship at JHSPH jhsph.phcf@jhu.edu

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Dear Public Health Christian Fellowship,

Can you believe it's Commencement Day? What a journey it has been this year at the School of Public Health - grateful for the fellowship with believers at our school and the SOM/SON and Homewood campus, and most of all for the Lord walking closely with us at every step. Praise the Lord! And congratulations to all those who graduate today :)

For those of you making decisions (...all of us), one common question is "what is God's will for me? to what is he calling me?" Paul writes in Rom 12: Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God - this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is - his good, pleasing and perfect will. (vv1-2) Dear ones, as you seek direction, I pray that you seek the Lord first and foremost - acknowledging his mercy, sacrificing your "self", renewing your mind, letting him transform you... as we give up living for ourselves and instead living for God, we trust that he will complete what he has started in each of us. May our likeness to Christ - in the way we live and work and speak in the world - grow more and more each day.

No official PHCF Wed lunch meeting tomorrow, but W3011 will be open if anyone needs a quiet place to pray!

Finally, for those who are staying at JHSPH/in Baltimore after May, we need new student leaders - 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 W3011 (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 website | map/list of local churches

If you have prayers, reflections, or announcements you'd like to share with the rest of PHCF (or individual questions/comments for the PHCF leaders), please email jhsph.phcf@gmail.com!

Grace and peace,
Teresa - for PHCF
Other announcements:
  1. Praises and prayers
  2. Housing opportunities
  3. Emergency survival leadership webinar - June 5, 11am
  4. Hungry of Hope Christian Conference - Nashville TN - June 22-23 
  5. Christian Connections for International Health conference - Baltimore MD - July 13-15
  6. Global Missions Health Conference - Louisville KY - Nov 8-10
  7. Job opportunities
1. Praises and prayers:
  • MPH Candidate Wai Jia is in the midst of setting up Kitesong Global, a ministry that aims to use the power of narrative through her picture books to uphold social justice and empower the underprivileged. Read more here www.kitesong.sg or watch the talk here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLVrktlhqLI If you are a videographer, teacher, etc. and/or would like to find out more, please write to her at waijia@kitesong.org
  • Pray for the persecuted church around the world.
  • Pray for our seeking of holiness, and not just efficiency or growing in talents/knowledge//giftedness but keeping our focus on Jesus and his glory! Recent conviction from this testimony by Joni Eareckson Tada: https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/beware-of-running-too-hard
  • Pray for incoming students on their way to Baltimore soon!!! For God's direction, for living situations, for spiritual community.
  • 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 today!!, finishing their capstones/theses/dissertations, and/or who are seeking God's direction/calling for jobs and career. May we trust in God's plans more than our own, for his ways are higher than our ways and his thoughts than our thoughts (Is 55:9)
2. Housing opportunities
  • 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
  • Incoming female MPH student looking for roommates! Contact Ruth at +972-58-678-1862 (whatsapp) or  rchadwick6@gmail.com - 
    I am currently in medical school in Israel but will be taking a gap year next year for my MPH. I'm arriving June 25th in Baltimore and I'm coming straight from Israel.

    At the moment, I'm still trying to figure out housing for next year. I'm on all the sites and Facebook pages looking, but haven't found a place yet. Do you know of any christian young women looking for a roommate? Or a single place in a safe neighborhood? I do come with my cat and I will eventually have a car. I'm hoping to find a place at under $1000/month including utilities.
  • For Rent: Downtown Baltimore partially furnished 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath townhouse in Ridgley's Delight, next to UMB, light rail, and MARC train @ $1200/month available August 2018. Central AC, washer, dryer, newly remodeled kitchen. For pictures or more info, email Beth at bethzucconi@gmail.com (from a faithful sister in Christ who did her postdoc in the School of Medicine)
3. Emergency survival leadership webinar - June 5, 11amCCIH is hosting a webinar subtitled: Faith that leads the way and survives the storm.

We each want to lead a good life for ourselves and our loved ones, and to contribute to a better world through our communities and our work. Inevitably, we face stress, challenges, and barriers along the way.

Join us in a webinar featuring Carrie Hessler-Radelet, President & CEO of Project Concern International and Jono Quick, Senior Fellow Emeritus at Management Sciences for Health as we explore two core questions: 

  • How does our faith help us lead the way in our work, in our community and at home? 
  • How does our faith help us to calm the storms that challenge each of us in this life?

Carrie and Jono will use examples from their personal experiences as well as from inspiring leaders of faith like Ellen Sirleaf Johnson, the first woman president in Africa, and Nelson Mandela, who led South Africa out of apartheid, in this thought-provoking session.

The session will be moderated by Doug Fountain, Principal with Align Health and Education Strategies, and CCIH Board Vice President.

Register now and join us Tuesday, June 5 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm US ET.
You will receive an email confirmation once you register. You will receive the link to join the webinar approximately one hour before start time via email.

4. Hungry of Hope Christian Conference - Nashville TN - June 22-23
Are you struggling with emotional eating, or know someone struggling with an eating disorder, depression or anxiety related to food? Share this upcoming conference in Nashville with them, where MPH Candidate Wai Jia has also been invited to speak! http://www.findingbalance.com/hfh/ 

For friends struggling with eating issues/disorders, they can also join the online support group: http://www.findingbalance.com/support/
5. Christian Connections in International Health conference - Baltimore MD - July 13-15
CCIH, a nonprofit "promoting global health and wholeness from a Christian perspective", has its annual conference here in Baltimore at Hopkins Homewood campus (Charles Commons conference center, 3301 N Charles), July 13-15. A really great way to connect with believers who are also public health practitioners, whether health professionals, church leaders, missions organizations, or folks doing research and programs - and truly a great mix of nations represented. Registration is now open! Register here. See the conference program. See conference registration rates (you are a student member if you are in PHCF; we pay annual dues for student org membership). 

6. Global Missions Health Conference - Louisville KY - Nov 8-10
Early bird registration ($95 for students) is currently ongoing for the global missions health conference! It is a weekend of encouragement, networking, learning, and much more. This year will also have a special emphasis on human trafficking. Learn more at www.medicalmissions.com/events/gmhc-2018

7. Job opportunities
  • Program Associate position at the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SF DPH). In partnership with the UCSF Preterm Birth Initiative, the SF Collective Impact to Prevent Preterm Birth seeks to address and eliminate the high racial disparity in preterm birth rates in San Francisco by bringing together stakeholders to collaborate on innovative solutions. This position would be great for someone who is interested in racial equity work and program planning. This is a contracted position through Heluna Health, but has the potential to lead to permanent work at the SF DPH. https://recruiting2.ultipro.com/PUB1001PUBH/JobBoard/6705aa07-0bcb-4660-ad1b-2fda952becc7/OpportunityDetail?opportunityId=324b6c4f-972a-4845-bdca-655106aed6ed
  • The Joint Learning Initiative on Faith & Local Communities is seeking a research assistant/associate who can assist on a joint project between UNICEF and the Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities. The project aims to understand how social and behavioral change approaches are used to advance early childhood development and maternal and newborn child health goals in relation to engagement with local faith communities. The work of the assistant/associate will be to conduct an evidence review on the area. We are particularly looking for someone with experience in two or more of the intersecting research topics (SBC, ECD, MNCH, religion and development). We are also looking for someone with almost immediate availability as the majority of the work is planned for May, June, and July. Please send JLI’s Director of Research, Dr. Olivia Wilkinson (olivia@jliflc.com), an email with your CV and a recent writing sample if you are interested in the work. www.jliflc.com
Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! (Ps 100:4)

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