Staff expresses thankfulness
November 26, 2019 at 6:00 AM
Staff expresses thankfulness
By Dan Breen
Thursday, Nov. 28, is a special day in the United States as we celebrate our annual Thanksgiving Day. Aside from the food, family and football (and now shopping), it’s a day of reflection of how the Lord has blessed us and been faithful to us during the past year.
The early pilgrims and Indians set aside their obvious differences to join hands and share in a time of thankfulness for God’s provision.
That same diversity is present within the Luke Society today. The Lord has allowed this ministry to grow from its beginnings as a group of doctors and dentists preserving the health services of the Rehoboth Mission Hospital in Gallup, New Mexico, in 1964, to a worldwide outreach that now supports 42 ministries in 33 different countries.
While it’s impossible for any of us to see every heart the Luke Society has touched, we look forward to the sitting together at the great feast of the Lamb in heaven where no boundaries, barriers or languages can separate us. What a feast it will be!
This week the office staff took time to put into words, "What makes you thankful about the Luke Society?"
“I am thankful for the opportunity to get to know brothers and sisters around the world. I am thankful to be able to use the gifts I've been given to further Christ's kingdom. And most of all, I am thankful for the gift of Jesus and that we can share His gift.” — Kristin Breen, accountant
“As a physician, I have often marveled at the awesome display of God's power when witnessing the complexity with which He created the human body. Every part is essential and there is nothing so beautiful as when all the parts of a person's body are healthy and functioning to their full potential. I am overwhelmed with gratitude when I ponder the complexity of the body of Christ as illustrated in the Luke Society family. I celebrate how God's Kingdom is advancing globally as each dedicated member of this family (ministry directors, donors, prayer warriors, PMTs, board members, staff etc.) does its part (Ephesians 4:16). And as we wait for all things to be made new, we pray, ‘Maranatha.’” — Dr. Greg Kuiper, director of ministry development
“I am thankful to see the Holy Spirit working around the world in such tangible ways. There are spiritual things happening — more than meets the eye. As the ministry directors give of themselves, lives are being touched and changed and conformed to Christ. It is exciting to witness the Spirit spreading to some of the darkest, most challenging places.” — Nathan Stob, international ministry coordinator
“I’m thankful for the lives that have been eternally changed, in part, because of the Luke Society. It’s one thing to see a person healed from malaria, or a tumor, or a broken limb, but to witness a person who has sincerely given their heart to Jesus is of infinitely more importance. To know in some small way the Luke Society played a role in introducing that person to Christ makes everything we do in this ministry worth it.” — Dan Breen, communications director
“I am thankful for the friendships that I have developed through the Luke Society. The Lord has led me to wonderful and deep friendships on five continents. Luke Society staff, board members, volunteers, donors, regional coordinators and ministry directors have inspired and challenged me to deeper faith and a greater understanding of God's glorious plan to expand His Kingdom.” — Dr. Wrede Vogel, executive director
“When I joined the Luke Society as administrative assistant in 2013, I didn’t realize what an impact it would have on my life. I have been blessed to meet people from around the world and to work with a wonderful staff and board of directors. When I have recently gone through difficult times, prayers were said for me and my family all around the world and I am blessed to be able to pray for each director and their ministry and their families. I am so thankful that we all pray to the same God who hears and answers our prayers. God is good all the time; all the time God is good.” — Deb Den Herder, administrative assistant and prayer coordinator