Monthly Family Update – September 2018

Here are the contents of this month’s newsletter:

  1. Family Update – Marriage Ministry
  2. Today’s Christian Living “Ask Dr. Walt” column
  3. Feedback on Ministry in China
  4. Feedback on RESOLUTION Blogs
  5. Last Month’s Events
  6. Upcoming Events

1) Family Update – Marriage Ministry

Barb and I have been privileged to head up the Marriage Mentoring Ministry at Academy Christian Church in Colorado Springs for the last couple of years. It’s really special the fruit that the Lord is bearing in and through that ministry:

  • We have 10 couples who have completed training and become SYMBIS Certified Marriage Mentors.
  • We have 3 couples who have completed advanced training and have become Certified SYMBIS Assessment facilitators.
  • We have had 3 couples finish marriage mentoring and another seven couples in active mentoring.
  • We had 39 individuals (21 couples) finish all or part of the SYMBIS DVD curriculum in a Marriage Mentoring Sunday School.
  • In June, we had our first church-wide Date Night with 65 couples attending. Jody and Linda Dillow did an outstanding presentation on “Intimacy Ignited.” We’re planning another Date Night for October. Should be a ton of fun.

2) Today’s Christian Living “Ask Dr. Walt” column

I enjoy being able to answer questions from the readers of Today’s Christian Living magazine in my “Ask Dr. Walt” column. Here are the Q&A’s from the August/September 2018 issue. You can click on any you’re interested in reading. I hope you’ll consider getting a subscription:

  • Hyper About Hypertension
    • I’m confused about the new high blood pressure guidelines. When is blood pressure abnormal? 130/80 or 140/90? — Feeling Pressure in Nevada
  • Vitamin D Dosing
    • A blood test showed my vitamin D level is low. How do I know how much vitamin D to take? — Needing D in Wyoming
  • Is Sugar Poisonous?
    • I’ve see a lot of claims on Facebook posts about the dangers of sugar, claiming that it’s more addictive than cocaine, it’s poison, it feeds cancer, etc. While I know too much sugar is bad for your health, these claims seem a bit over the top. Are they?    — Sweet Tooth in Georgia
  • New Colon Cancer Screening Recommendation
    • What do you think of the new recommendations for colon cancer screening to begin at age 45? If this just overkill or a way for GI doctors to make more money? — Skeptical in Idaho

 3) Feedback on Ministry in China

Long-time readers of this blog know that my dear friend, Dr. Bill Peel, and I have, for over 25 years, published and taught folks how to bring their Christian faith with them into the workplace. Our first course was named The Saline Solution: How to Bring Your Faith into Your Practice. The name originates from the idea of being salt in the right concentration with each of our patients.

The course has been made available to tens of thousands of healthcare professionals in 80 or more countries through a marvelous ministry called International Saline Solution led by another friend, Dr. Bob Snyder.

While Barb and I were at the In His Image Family Medicine Residency Summer Retreat and Graduation this last June, we met a wonderful young physician from China who head the Saline Solution, who gave us an amazing report of what the Lord is doing in China with this tool. We thought you’d enjoy reading it (remember this report is in the doctor’s second language):

Saline ministry first approached Chinese medical professionals in May 2006. The training was held at Hope Clinic in Macau. There were 10 Chinese doctors from Mainland who attended the training, including Dr. Cassie Zhou who later became China national coordinator for Saline ministry in 2011. Dr. Larimore, the original author came to teach.

From 2009-2016, over 1150 Chinese doctors has attended Saline training as recorded, and 398 Chinese doctors has attended TOT (Train of the Trainers).

After Chinese Medical Fellowship (CMF) was founded in 2012, Saline became a key training for CMF. A national Saline training was conducted by CMF during their annual meeting.

We also hope all future Saline training can be localized after we have qualified trainers from every region.

Over the past few years, lots of Chinese Christian medical workers are called to join mission work. Christian medical fellowships have been established in many cities. Saline is not only a great tool to equip those who are passionate for the Kingdom’s good work, but also became a great vessel to connect people together, and to create opportunities to encourage each other along the way.

I can give some examples of how Saline has blessed China:

  • In (one) city, a medical fellowship was set up through Saline. Free mobile clinics also started to help meet the needs in the community regularly.
  • In (another city), a medical fellowship named “Borden Medical Fellowship” was set up recently to remember and carry on the love and life of Christ from an American missionary whose name was Borden and had died at a young age of 25. He donated the first western hospital in the NW in China 100 years ago. Now, over 100 million people live in NW, and there are a lot of Chinese Muslims living in that area.
  • In the West China, believers are approaching minority groups including Tibetans, and many others. Many of them who attended Saline gave me positive feedback and appreciation.

PTL that He uses us as His Grace Vessel. We hope many Christian medical professionals in China will be blessed through Saline ministries, and Father will show us more of His glory!

4) Feedback on RESOLUTION Blogs

When a writer receives feedback it is often a precious gift. I penned several blogs at the beginning of 2018 on how to implement highly healthy resolutions this year (Resolutions Part 1, Resolutions Part 2, Resolutions Part 3, and Resolutions Part 4). Recently I received this note from a dear friend that blessed my socks  off:

This is a report on the impact of the guidance from your blogs in January—Resolution 1-4.

Prior to the holidays in one of the Bible studies in which I participate, we were directed to reflect on our spiritual disciplines. We were called upon to expand our horizons in 2018.

My items were:

  • return to “time with the Lord” in journaling,
  • extended daily devotionals, and
  • a scheduled time for prayer & fasting.

I realized that my process of “time with the Lord” through journaling was stagnant after (my wife’s) return home from her surgery. So I resumed that activity and dramatically increased my entries.

I also realized that I was not in an extended daily devotional. My pattern was to participate in YouVersion Plans in a serial fashion. Some were excellent. However, there was great variation in quality and length.

I therefore found two daily devotionals that matched a calendar year. Since New Year’s Day. I daily read Oswald Chamber’s “My Utmost For His Highest”.

At the recommendation from one of my Bible study groups, I am reading Jonathan Cahn’s “The Book of Mysteries”. It is an excellent resource with an intriguing premise and stimulating format.

In 2017, I fasted in various ways, unbeknownst to anyone including (my wife). As I have shared in the past, the biggest consideration in fasting is when (my wife) is with me and I am irritable. I appreciate how fasting “Helps us to say no to what we really want so that we can say yes to what we really need.” I have been faithful in fasting weekly since the middle of January.

The timing of your five suggestions in regard to New Year Resolutions in January was optimal and I incorporated them in to my plans for 2018:

  • Start January 1st
  • Apply the perspective for a marathon and not a sprint
  • In this case I happened to pick three items
  • From the beginning for accountability I have had (a) rother in Christ and prayer partner

With heartfelt appreciation.

5) Last Month’s Events

After running and gunning the entire month of July, we were actually home for the whole month of August. It was a glorious time of rest, recreation, recuperation, and writing.

 6) Upcoming Events

  • Sep 6-15: Barb and I will be spending time at Pensacola Beach and Destin Beach in Florida. We always love our beach time together. Technically, it’s a writing trip for me, hoping to knock out a major portion of my next health book for Harvest House Publishers, tentatively titled, “Fit After 50—Simple Choices for a Happier, Healthier, Forever.” But, of course, there will be the requisite beach, shell hunting, sunbathing, walking, and seafood dining times!
  • Sep 15-18: Jennifer and granddaughters Anna, and Sarah will come to stay with us for a few days. We’re so sorry Scott can’t make it but are so looking forward to visiting with THE three gals from Georgia!

7) Past Issues of our family newsletter

You can get more information on many of our upcoming events here.