LEAP for Change
Recent lifestyle adjustments due to COVID-19 remind us of two things: change is a constant, and, never let a crisis go to waste without thinking of how to improve the future. Such thinking may seem audacious to some, but it merely reflects the love-inspired audacity of our Lord who rules over all. When circumstances force us to rethink long-engrained habits, it is time to LEAP.
Audacity is a leadership quality summarized in the LEAP acronym (i.e. love, edge, audacity, and proofs). In this context, it is ‘a bold and blatant disregard for normal constraints.’ A check for synonyms reveals that the word can have a good connotation like ‘courage,’ or worse, as in temerity. Love or ego make the difference. Love-inspired audacity changes the world for the better. Ego-inspired audacity is a pain. Some people act audaciously just to draw attention to themselves. Jesus practiced LEAP in His time of earthly ministry to show how one lovingly preaches and heals sacrificially.
LEAP in Serving
Jesus died, from an earthly perspective, because his audacious acts and words disrupted social and religious norms. From God’s perspective, He preached and healed while walking with the disciples to clarify or set the norms for obedience to the Creator. His self-sacrificial leadership occurred at THE watershed moment when the Church assumed from Israel the mission to share God’s salvation. While leaders may study to learn management skills, extreme leaders emerge forged from families, communities, mentors, experiences, and spiritual journeys. They adapt. Heart defines the extreme leader, not training. Their words bring good acts of the heart to reality, copying Jesus’ model.
LEAP in Healthcare
Jesus sets the standard for patient care
As shared in a recent medical lecture given by Dr. Arnold Gorske, MD, FAAP, the standard Jesus set for the healing of others models best practice guidelines in healthcare today (PPT, Video). We have shared previously how God audaciously testifies to Himself, today, to change healthcare (see Key-Cutters video). COVID-19 typifies the door now open again to churches for ministry in our society. The two critical problems in the delivery of healthcare today are (1) the failure of the church to reassume responsibility for health promotion and health prevention of its community; (2) pharmaco-vigilance in light of proven best practices. Most effective medical care begins with prayer, touch, and nutrition. This is true per the Holy Scriptures AND modern, evidence-based health promotion and prevention. These best practices replace drug-therapy (i.e. pill distribution) as the first-line intervention for most primary conditions in healthcare. Community Health Evangelism (CHE) demonstrates these solutions. Thank you for sending us to model CHE and practice leadership LEAP.
Prayer and Praise
- Contact from Cote d’Ivoire ministry partners, along with media reports, lets us follow some of the changes happening there. With over 100 CO-VID cases reported, borders are closed, non-essential inter-city travel has ceased, and physical distancing enforced. Many friends repurpose their washable masks worn to limit Harmattan infections. Pray with us for CI and so many other nations which do not have equipment nor supplies to care for pandemic patients.
- We returned to our homestead in Cookeville, Tennessee, on Thursday. Now we are working on creative ways to interact with ministry partners while not being able to meet face-to-face.
Your Partners in the Gospel,
Verlin and Debbie
Christian Health Service Corps (CHSC) is a mission of dedicated medical professionals who participate in the CHE Global Network. Together, in a loose affiliation of individuals, churches, denominational, and nondenominational agencies, we share God’s Light and Truth through Community Health Evangelism (CHE). Verlin and Debbie accept donor partners to contribute as led to maintain support as we resume residential ministry to expand CHE ministries in Cote d’Ivoire under the auspices of CHSC & Ivorian partners. Tax-deductible contributions by check are to be made payable to the CHSC with Andersons #0118 written on the memo line. Mail to CHSC – PO Box 132 – Fruitvale, TX 75127. Give online via the CHSC @ www.che4a.org (3% fee) or TDF (0% fee).
Last ministry Video: Pumping Grace
– 200118 PDF
2019 Q4 Report: Kingdom Come
– AWA Report 20_02_15 PDF
2020 Budget Info:
Something to ask? Write [email protected]
Andersons Witness in Africa.
It is also a brand of bottled water in Cote d’Ivoire where we serve.
GIVE ONLINE to support these ministries