Wed open prayer room W3011, and many other conferences/announcements/prayers

Dear Public Health Christian Fellowship,

Apologies for the late email, and congratulations to all our MPHers who submitted their capstones! Tonight, I wanted to share a verse that is likely very familiar to you: Joshua 1:9 - Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. Friends, do you trust that God is the one leading you in the way you should go (whether in your career, in your schooling, in your relationships, in your daily decisions) and that he is ever present with you in your ups and downs? Will you choose to be centered on Jesus, resting in his strength and courage? (Some more interesting context/commentary on that verse here.

Tomorrow (Wed) at lunch, Room W3011 will be open for you to meet, share, and pray as you feel led. Here is a song to meditate and reflect on: may you draw nearer to the Lord this week.

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 *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 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. Hungry of Hope Christian Conference - Nashville TN - June 22-23 
  4. Christian Connections for International Health conference - Baltimore MD - July 13-15
  5. Global Missions Health Conference - Louisville KY - Nov 8-10
  6. Job opportunity
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
  • Big praise for joint ministry worship night and Faculty CMDA dinner last week - PTL for the gathering-together of God's people, for his provision of dinner food/logistics, for partnerships across the Hopkins Schools, for sharing testimonies of joys and struggles, and for God being present - for the reminder that if he brings us to a place, he will also bring us through it. Much thanks for the remembrance of Psalm 18 and the story of David.
  • Pray for the persecuted church around the world. e.g. Nigeria last week
  • 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 new students! Admissions decisions were due on Apr 15 - so pray for those who are 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 in a few weeks, 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 a 3rd year medical student studying in Israel but will be taking a gap year next year to get my MPH at JH. I grew up as an MK in Papua New Guinea and China but eventually my family settled in Colorado and that's where I now consider 'home'. In college, I studied Chemistry and Biblical Studies at Gordon College before going to medical school in Israel. Eventually I would like to work in international health development in post-disaster settings, which is why I'm pursuing my MPH.
    • In terms of housing, I'm looking for 1-2 female roommates and living with other believers would be nice but isn't necessarily a deal breaker. As a roommate, I tend to be fairly introverted and usually study at home. I view wherever I live to be a type of sanctuary for restoration and would prefer my own room. That being said, I love to be hospitable and invite people into the sanctuary, which for me primarily consists of feeding people and conversations over tea, coffee, or a glass of wine (I do drink alcohol occasionally). I'm both a baker and a chef, so tasty things are always around and access to a decent kitchen is a must and space to host occasionally would be great. I tend to be on the cleaner side but don't necessarily expect everything to be spotless all the time. As long as common areas and the kitchen are cleaned regularly, I'm quite happy and chill. I do prefer not to have regular overnight guests, especially significant others and male friends, but I am very welcoming to the occasional guest in need of a place to crash.
    • One big thing is that I come with a lovely calico cat named Audrey, so a place that is accepting of pets is a must. She is entirely an indoor cat and is more dog-like than any other cat I've met. She's very friendly with humans but not really with other animals since she's been solo all her life (except for a few intermittent fosters). She has historically warmed up to kittens slowly, but it's a process. Other adult cats have not gone over well. If she were to live with another animal it would have to be done with consideration and careful introduction.
  • From a former MPH student and PHCF'er:
    • Bright, cozy 3-bed, 2.5-bath rowhome blocks from Hopkins and Patterson Park! Lovely neighbors and next door to local church. Permit parking, security system, in-house washer and drier, with finished basement. Can be furnished or unfurnished. $1900/mos for the house, or $550/$650/$750 per room (depending on the room). Available as early as June 1.
    • More details/photos: https://drive.google.com/file/d/16pEFVsVn8XAbVY-QmHONfaygk6ebKDtg/view?usp=sharing
    • I would love to make this a home for a group of Christians!
    • Contact Michelle: 949.500.1214 (text) or email michellejsun@gmail.com
3. 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/
4. 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). 

5. 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

6. Job opportunity
From an alum: Please see the link below for a 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

Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker; for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care. (Ps 95:6-7)

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