Warmer days bring with them evidence of God’s renewing of the earth as trees begin to bud and flowers appear. Along with evidence that Spring is around the corner, is a hope that the pandemic might be subsiding. LIfe begins to feel more optimistic. 

I (Dr. Bill) am writing this during spring break week at MUSC. This is the first March in 18 years that we have not had a DCF mission trip. For historians, our first student trip was to the Dominican Republic, then switching to Venezuela and now having served in Ecuador ever since. There are some amazing memories associated with the trips.

The majority of MUSC students and faculty have now received covid vaccination. This has allowed us to connect more regularly with them in small groups. A number of Bible studies are taking place. We are also looking forward to being able to gather with the first year students who have been mostly isolated since entering school. The majority of their classes have been virtual. 

It’s now been a year since I have been on an airplane and I’m looking forward to the day when we can resume overseas mission trips. However, this season has provided time to work on raising funds to expand the charity clinic which I direct in the North Area. We are close to our initial target and feel that we will be able to break ground soon. When completed, we hope to help lots more patients while mentoring more students in the process.

DCF mission trips are planned (Lord willing) for August, September, and October. We’ll be sending more information as the dates approach. I hope that many of you might be interested in joining one of these teams. 

“Brothers (and sisters), I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead. I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upwards call of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13-14