Wed prayer mtg W2033, John study schedule, Webinar on global health financing, Missions conference, and joint Thanksgiving celebration

Dear Public Health Christian Fellowship,

Just wanted to share Paul's mid-letter prayer for the church in Ephesus this morning, as many of us wrestle through finals or projects or papers or deadlines of various sorts - For this reason, I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord's holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge - that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. 

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. (Eph 3:14-21)

This week's events in the SPH:
  • No John Bible study today!
  • Wednesday 12:15pm: meet in Room W2033 for prayer meeting (there will be Swiss chocolate!)
New PHCF whatsapp group: we've heard some interest in a whatsapp group for easier communication/support/sharing/prayer during the week outside of our meetings / beyond emails. Please email with your name and phone number if you're interested in joining.

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

Grace and peace,
Teresa - for PHCF
Helpful links: PHCF website | map/list of local churches

Other announcements:
  1. Praises and prayers
  2. Job and scholarship opportunities
  3. John Study - Schedule for the rest of the year and Biblical Theology Study Questions
  4. CCIH Webinar on Global Health Financing - Oct 24 (tomorrow!)
  5. Global Missions Health Conference - Louisville KY - Nov 8-10
  6. JHIF Thanksgiving celebration outreach - (music help needed!) Nov 17
1. Praises and prayers:
  • Praise for a lovely mountain hiking trip at Catoctin / Cunningham falls with the International Fellowship, Graduate Christian Fellowship, and Hengtong church!
  • Pray for the persecuted church around the world. Pray for those enduring through natural disaster and famine. Pray for the leaders of the nations around the world, and of our state and city.
  • Pray for Christian Faculty at the SPH as we start gathering for sharing and prayer on the last Tuesday of the month - contact Teresa for more details if interested in joining!
  • Pray for new students as they settle down in Baltimore, start classes, and find spiritual community at the SPH and in local churches.
  • 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 recently graduated (or are graduating soon), 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)
  • Pray for the leaders (and leaders-in-training, and advisors, and members) of the various ministries around Hopkins - for unity, wisdom, and a big vision for God's work on campus this academic year.
2. Job and scholarship opportunities
  • For alumni - an epidemiology faculty position has opened at Wheaton College! Link Here for more information.
  • The Harvey Fellows Program provides scholarships ($16k) to Christian students who are pursuing graduate studies at premier universities in fields considered to be underrepresented by Christians and who possess a unique vision to impact society through their vocations. Applications due Nov 1. More information here.
3. John Bible study
For the past few months, a few of us have been gathering together Tuesday afternoons to discuss the Gospel of John. While we're still figuring out the best day to meet for the remainder of the semester, I've put together a tentative schedule for what chapters and verses we'll be covering throughout the rest of the year. Please note the dates are indicative of the week we'll be meeting, not the specific day (which may change term-to-term). Also here is a document of biblical theology study questions that we'll be using to guide our discussion. Biblical theology is exactly what it sounds like - a way of studying the bible that focuses on understanding each passage, chapter, or book within the context of the overarching Biblical narrative.

Feel free to email me at, or 202-468-4361 if you have any questions!

Travis Roberts

10/29: The Authority of the Son: John 4:43-5:47
11/5: The Bread of Life: John 6:1-71
11/12: The Feast of Booths: John 7:1-52
11/26: The Son of Man: John 8:12-59
12/3: The Kindness of Christ: John 9:1-10:21
12/10: The Festival of Dedication: John 10:22-42
1/28: The Death of Lazarus: John 11:1-12:11
2/4: The King of Israel: John 12:12-50
2/11: The Way of Christ: John 13:1-14:31
2/18: The Hope of Christ: John 15:1-16:33
2/25: The Prayer of Christ: John 17:1-26
3/4: The Betrayals of Christ: John 18:1-19:19
3/25: The Death of Christ: John 19:20-42
4/1: The Resurrection of Christ: John 20:1-29
4/8: The Gospel of John: John 20:30-31

4. CCIH Webinar on Global Health Financing - Oct 24 (tomorrow!)
Global Health Financing:
Changing Landscape and New Opportunities
for Local Organizations
October 24, 2018 at 11:00 am to 12:00 pm US ET
The funding and partnership landscape is changing, creating new opportunities - and challenges - for faith-based organizations. Both USAID and PEPFAR are placing increasing focus on in-country organizations and supporting efforts to build the capacity of local groups, resulting in stronger, more resilient and self-sufficient communities.

New approaches to public-private partnerships, especially including corporate partners, are increasingly important in the global health financing landscape. Faith-based organizations have a long history of partnering with local organizations and earning their trust, making them vital partners in providing care.

Join us for a webinar featuring:

  • Dianna Lightfoot, Advisor, USAID Bureau for Global Health
  • Priya Sharma, Senior Policy and Innovative Financing Advisor, USAID Bureau for Global Health
  • Nathan Mulure, Cluster Head for East Africa and Southern Africa, Novartis Social Business 

We'll explore:

  • What the changes in the landscape mean for faith-based organizations working in global health.
  • How FBOs can make the most of today’s new opportunities to fund their programs and serve even more people.

The session will be moderated by Jenelle Williams, Director of Programs, Global Health Action.

Register now and join us on October 24 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm US ET.Reminder: If you already registered you should have received an email confirmation.
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.
About the Speakers

Dianna Lightfoot, Advisor, Bureau for Global Health, USAID. Ms. Lightfoot is a healthcare policy advisor and networking expert with national and international experience. Before joining USAID, she was Director of Physicians Forum for Policy Analysis (LLC), a nationwide network of physicians who acted as advisors on health care policy-related issues. In addition, she has been a consultant for multiple medical groups, associations and policy leaders. Ms. Lightfoot founded and was president of the National Physicians Center (NPC) from 2000-2011. The NPC is a non-partisan, non-profit organization formed to support and promote best practices in healthcare and education public policies through a network of physicians acting as project advisors. She has partnered with Chinese and African government leaders on multiple public health initiatives, including Mental Health and HIV-AIDS prevention. Ms. Lightfoot holds a Master’s Degree in Psychology and Community Relations and is a licensed counselor. 

Nathan Mulure is Cluster Head for Novartis Social Business, East Africa and Southern Africa. He coordinates malaria programs, serves as liaison with national malaria control program managers, organizes capacity-building workshops, healthcare worker training and develops tools for education and training. Dr. Mulure is also responsible for the Novartis Access and Family Health programs. He has over ten years experience in the pharmaceutical industry, and is passionate about translating medical research into better health for the poor and disadvantaged. He holds an MPH from the University of Liverpool and a Masters in Pharmaceutical Medicine from Hibernia College, Scotland. 

Priya Sharma is the Senior Policy and Innovative Financing Advisor in USAID's Bureau for Global Health Center for Accelerating Innovation and Impact. In her current role, Ms. Sharma uses innovative financing mechanisms
and market shaping interventions to accelerate development, introduction and access to life-saving commodities, and leverage private sector funding to achieve global health goals. She currently manages USAID’s first global health development impact bond, helped design and launch USAID’s first advance
purchase commitment for Zika diagnostics, and co-authored Investing for Impact, an educational resources for development practitioners interested in learning more about trends and non-traditional approaches to financing global health. Ms. Sharma is currently leading work on the development of a Blended
Finance Roadmap, designed to provide guidance to the Global Health Bureau and Missions interested in using blended finance to implement health programs.

Jenelle Williams Director of Programs, Global Health Action, CoChair of the Health Systems Strengthening Working Group, CCIH. Ms. Williams is a global health, community development and leadership/management strategist with over 18 years’ experience in public health, education, equitable development across both public and private sectors, serving at the community, country and global levels empowering vulnerable populations to build healthier and more resilient communities. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from New York University, a Graduate Certificate from the Institute for Not-for-Profit Management at Columbia Business School, and a Master's degree in Business Administration from American InterContinental University.

5. Global Missions Health Conference - Louisville KY - Nov 8-10
Registration ($110 for students) is currently ongoing for the global missions health conference! GMHC is a weekend of encouragement, networking, learning, and much more. Free housing available for students. This year will also have a special emphasis on human trafficking. Learn more here - Talk with Teresa (this week!) if you are interested in going as a group.

6. JHIF Thanksgiving celebration outreach - (help needed!) Nov 17
JHIF invites PHCF and our international friends to a Thanksgiving celebration outreach event on Saturday, November 17th, from  6-9pm at the large fellowship hall at the University Baptist Church (Homewood campus). The tentative program includes: praise/worship, dinner, Thanksgiving story, and dessert.

We organize the Thanksgiving celebration as an event to not only share the holiday of Thanksgiving, which is unique to the American culture but to also use it as an opportunity to share Christ to our international friends.

In light of this, we are planning to put together a multi-ethnic music team that will be able to share songs from different cultures and has some testimonies and thanksgivings along the way. If you have musical talent and would like to help with the worship team, please contact Lionel at


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