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Dear Fellow 2001 Alumni,

We pray that your Spring is off to a great start! It is a wonderful season of transformation and newness and blooming color! I (Debbie) am especially appreciating this new season since being on the East Coast and experiencing the four seasons for the first time!

Something that is not a first at Westmont is Spring Sing! This year marks the 50th Anniversary of this incredible Westmont tradition. The show was held at the beautiful Santa Barbara Bowl this past Saturday, April 2nd. This year's theme was "When life gives you lemons". If you are interested, please check out some of the best Spring Sing skits over the last 20+ years at westmontimpact.org/blog/. Two of the skits and one side act are from our time at Westmont! We are sure you will get some laughs and remember some great moments from when you were a star on stage!

Westmont is working to be a great resource for all alumni in their careers, ministries, and friendships. We, as alumni, can also be a resource for one another by sharing our skills and opportunities we know of with other alumni. If you're looking for work or Christian networking opportunities, reply to this email with your information. Or, for those of you who know of an opening at your business, church, etc, please send that information in as well. We'll collect your responses and put them in our next newsletter.

In closing, we would like to share with you updates and thoughts from our awesome classmates: Jana (Koop) Wold, Christy (Bisenius) Postma, and Lindsay (Esswein) Laning.

In Christ,
Tamara Wolf and Debbie Droshe, Class Agents for 2001

Jana (Koop) Wold

Unable to speak, in and out of consciousness, the 30 year-old woman in our Emergency Room was deteriorating before my eyes. Her boyfriend stood beside the gurney, immobilized in his fear. "It just happened so fast..." was all he could stammer. Her words were garbled, her limbs weak, and her eyes frozen.

Before the empathy brewing inside me became paralyzing, my clinical side took over. In these critical moments, I fall back into the comfort of my training as a Vascular Neurologist, and attempt to assess and treat as objectively as I can. This woman's outcome could have been disastrously disabling had we not been able to intervene and extract the clot that was depriving her brainstem of oxygen. She left the hospital the next day, wary of what had occurred but without any evidence of injury.

As an acute stroke doctor, I have the privilege and responsibility of coming alongside these patients in their moment of crisis, deciding upon their eligibility for medical interventions. Cases such as this one and countless others are worth all of the middle of night phone calls, 3am trips to the hospital, and innumerable years spent in training.

On December 13th, 2010, I was back in the hospital, but this time it was celebratory. I gave birth to Jonas Daniel Wold, our first child. From the moment I first saw him my eyes were overcome with joy and awe. Six pounds of absolute perfection.

Three months into motherhood, I find myself once again back at the hospital. One question that haunts me is: must I choose? Doctor or mother? Is one greater than the other? Is there a more excellent way?

The pure, sweet joy that a child brings is indescribable and unparalleled. Yet, seeing a man who could not walk, walk again, is fulfilling and deeply spiritual. Both the creation and healing of life are miraculous works of our Heavenly Father. And I feel that I was created to be a doctor and to be a mother. So, I trust him in choosing to do both. I can only give Him thanks for letting me continue to have a front row seat watching the works of His hands.

Jana Wold is currently a Vascular Neurologist at the University of Utah and resides in Salt Lake City, UT with husband Jeremy, son Jonas, and their yellow lab, Winston.

Christy (Bisenius) Postma

Something I've been wrestling with for a long time, both as a steward of funds designated to promote the work of discipleship and as a spouse, trying to help make responsible philanthropic decisions for our family, is the conundrum that Christian Buckley in his book The Humanitarian Jesus calls, the "sandwich tract debate". (Do you give a hungry man a sandwich and wrap it in a tract or give him a tract and wrap it in a sandwich? It's essentially the same thing but your response demonstrates your philosophical or perhaps theological leaning). The question of whether you give a cup of cold water or the message of eternal life is an important one to answer because I think it can help give you feedback as to where you stand in relationship to the message of the Cross and your role, as you see it, in the work of the Great Commission. Ideally, however, it should never have to be an "either/or" sort of question. Without delving into the complexities of this issue I would just like to highlight the truth I've recently stumbled on for myself.

First let me state that I strongly believe it is important to wisely consider the ways in which one chooses to invest and support the work of social justice around the world, demonstrating "true religion" as it is put in James 1:27. And, yes, I believe the Great Commission and the realities of this temporal existence, as compared to an eternal existence, must be taken into consideration as one chooses which good works to support. However, I've found that this analysis -this search to support only the "best" work - has rendered me an inactive observer instead of an involved participant within my own neighborhood. Why give money to a homeless man, feeding him for a single day, when I can send that same money to a ministry oversees that does an excellent job teaching a man to fish... and shares the gospel with him at the same time... all for a lesser cost? Perhaps the answer is simply because that homeless man is my neighbor. I'm not advocating the handing out of cash to the homeless, but I am realizing that my lofty sense of wise investment has hardened me from the heart of compassion I ought to have.

Maybe "charity begins at home" is more about the cultivation of the heart of the giver than it is about the geographical location of the receiver.

Photo of the Postma Family

(This excerpt was from a recent blog post. To view the full version, please go to mamastillpoint.blogspot.com.)

Christy Postma is currently serving on the Board of a grant making Foundation, The Master's Plan, which funds the work of Discipleship around the world. Her full time job is taking care of her two daughters (ages 3/1), her husband, one large dog, as well as keeping up with the rustic pursuits of her husband, which currently include goat farming (6 baby goats), chickens, gardening, and as of this week: bee-keeping.

Lindsay (Esswein) Laning

A couple years after graduating from Westmont, I was feeling a little restless and decided I was up for a change in scenery and maybe a little adventure (what I thought would only be for a few years) and moved from Southern California to Chicago. I got a job at a pharmaceutical company working in clinical trial development and operations. It was exciting moving to a city that had a young, urban, downtown feel, taking the train everywhere, exploring Chicago's many unique neighborhoods, and for the first time experiencing the four seasons. Soon after moving to Chicago, a Westmont friend introduced me to one of her childhood friends, and needless to say we hit it off right away, and Kenny and I were married a couple years later. While it was great meeting Kenny and making our home in Chicago, it was certainly more difficult than I ever expected making Chicago feel like home - it was not easy living so far away from my family, good friends, and everything I knew. It has certainly been a growing experience and a real stretch to start over in a new city and build up relationships and get plugged in at a church and community, and learning that all of that cannot happen overnight, but only over time and in learning to be intentional.

We enjoyed life in the city for a couple years, but once our little girl, Lauren, came along, we knew it was time to simplify things a bit and move to the suburbs. We have been living in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago for almost three years now. I'm still working full time, but grateful that I'm at least able to work from home full time. We have been welcomed by a great church community here, where we've been able to get plugged in and feel so at home, we have been amazed at how God has provided this great church home and community that has helped us and me finally feel 'at home'. In all of this, I've learned that God is looking to transform us through the various life experiences we go through.

Lindsay Laning works for a pharmaceutical company and lives in Chicago with her husband, Kenny, and almost 3 year old daughter, Lauren.

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