Do you remember sitting in English class during your freshman year and being asked to write an essay about what or where you’d be in 10 years? That was easy. I knew I’d be 1) married with children, 2) a physician, and 3) serving as a full-time missionary overseas. If someone could have looked ahead at my future and told me I’d be 1) single, 2) a nurse (nurse practitioner, specifically), and 3) living and working in a clinic in downtown Nashville, I would have considered my life one of complete failure.
When we first decide to follow Jesus, we realize that our God is trustworthy. This passionate desire to follow his will can dim when we are trying to follow God’s will for our life, but are confused about what His will actually is. We hear the voices of our friends, our family, our culture, and wonder, “I am doing the right thing?” This article can give insight into various paths available to us and assures us that the unconventional and lesser known places may be exactly where God wants us.
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Dr. Peter Boelens is a name that many of you will not know. Dr. Boelens founded a little health center deep in the Mississippi Delta in the early 1970s that became a model for Christian clinics around the country. If you have ever worked in a CCHF clinic, it was likely influenced by a clinic that had its roots in the work of Dr. Boelens, or one of three other pioneers who are still with us today.
John 15:5 says, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”
As always, Jesus tells it like it is, and the news can seem a bit disheartening. Apart from Jesus we can do nothing. He doesn’t say we will accomplish a little bit, or that we’ll do fairly well. We can do nothing apart from him. Nothing of value. Not a thing that has eternal implications.
Community is not just a word to describe a group of people with commonalities. In the Christian context it is much deeper. Community is loving your neighbor as you love yourself (and not that pseudo love, but that 1 Corinthian-Chapter-13 kind of love). And if you have ever loved - I mean truly loved - you know it does not come easy.
We are honored to have Dr. Bob Paeglow and members of his team at Koinonia Health Center in Albany, NY presenting a workshop at the conference this year.
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“Honey, I just attended this terrific conference, and guess what…We’re moving!”
That conversation has happened more than a few times over the years - often after a CCHF or GMHC conference. Sometimes it is a move to the “hood”. Other times it is a move into the “woods”. Sometimes it is a move to a totally different continent. I know some stories that have ended well. I know a few that didn’t. And most of the time, I really believe the call was real.
Dr. Geogy Thomas, Medical Director for Dayspring Family Health Center in Jellico, TN, has been awarded first prize in the Welcome Back Awards for Primary Care.
The answer: Work Harder. To kill this movement, we need everyone to just work harder.
Yesterday I visited with John Perkins at his home in Jackson, MS. We talked about the challenges facing those who are guiding the hundreds of Christian clinics that care for under-resourced communities across America.
On a snowy day in Chicago, I am sitting by a fire in a cozy coffee house and bistro, enjoying some breakfast and good coffee.
“It is not good for man to be alone.” We were created to live and thrive in community. It is a vital part of our being created in the image of God.
Wow, who would have thought that upon the mere hearing of CCHF (Christian Community Health Fellowship) that I would actually become employed by an affiliated clinic?
Lower Lights Christian Health Center (LLCHC) is a faith-based, nonprofit community health center that exists to minister the love of Christ through high quality whole person care.
2012 is drawing to a close, with its days and seasons, experiences and memories. The CCHF staff is remembering . . .
Please join us in the Psalms in our newest digital addition of H&D.
When asked what I do, I begin to explain that I don’t answer that question. Instead, I answer the question, “Why do you do what you do?” Let me tell you!
Beacon Christian Community Health Center, a CCHF clinic, reaches out to their neighborhood that was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy.
Established in November 2007, Christ Community Health Services Augusta mission is to proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and to demonstrate His love by providing affordable quality primary healthcare to the underserved of Augusta.
Caroline Christian Health Center is a faith based, non-profit, pediatric clinic in Ladysmith, Virginia.
Their mission is "to provide comprehensive primary care to children ages 0-18 yrs, regardless of income, insurance, ethnic status or social status. We do this in a uniquely Christian environment, in the name of Jesus."
Edit Paragraph CCHF staffers saw these short videos at the recent CCDA conference and encourage you to view these comments by President Obama and Mitt Romney on the plight of the poor in America and the role of the government. CCHF does not support, oppose or in any way endorse either of these presidential candidates.
Joab Maldonado shares a unique perspective as the spouse of a provider.
(From the Health & Justice Project) A simple story, thousands of years old, inspired us to heal the sick, to serve the poor and to help those in need, so we wondered what today's stories might inspire our fellow Christians to do. With that, we proudly announce the launch of the Health & Justice Project, an ongoing effort to preserve the voices of people from all walks of life as they talk about the inequities of our healthcare system and the impact those inequities have had on their lives.
We hope you'll listen to the story of Dr. Myron Glick and then go to http://www.causes.com/causes/767047-health-justice-project to hear more stories and pledge to support quality, affordable healthcare for all. We'll be updating the website each week with new stories, petitions, pledges and resources you can use in your community.
The CCHF 2012 Annual Conference Recordings are now available. Please go to this link to purchase live audio and video recordings of the conference to further encourage yourself and others!
As surely as Christ’s death is the grounds for my forgiveness, Christ’s life in me is the reason I do good to others.
There is something in God that most clearly identifies with those who are persecuted, who are oppressed, who are marginalized and forgotten.
CCHF Board Member, Katy White, reflects on some disturbing new research done by the UCLA Center for Health Policy.
Read 6 inspiring articles based on the theme Living Through Christ's Death in the newest H&D.
Scott Morris, founder of Church Health Center, Memphis, speaks to University of Tennessee Medical School student body on the history of healthcare in America and the obligation Biblically and morally to care for the poor.
There is a movement of God in America. Christians in healthcare by the thousands are taking steps to follow Christ’s example and teaching by using their skills, gifts and positions of privilege to care for the poor. Students and residents are making hard decisions that will enable them to serve the marginalized. For most of them, it means personal sacrifice of prestige, position, and personal security.
Basil the Great was the church father in the 3rd century often credited with opening the first hospital. He was an amazing man who came from a family of privilege and wealth. After his conversion, he started his own monastic order but left monastic life to become a priest, feeling a sense of responsibility for both Church life and society. A few years into his pastorate, famine struck the area and with it came disease and crippling poverty. In response, he started a community called the New City, in which healthcare and other necessities were shared in common. It is a story worth reading. John Perkins may be the father of CCHF, but Basil the Great must be somewhere in our foundations a few centuries ahead of John.
Basil taught that loving your neighbor as yourself means that you desire for your neighbor the same things that you desire for yourself. In his sermon To the Rich, he said, "...those who love their neighbor as themselves possess nothing more than their neighbor; yet surely, you seem to have great possessions! How else can this be, but that you have preferred your own enjoyment to the consolation of the many? For the more you abound in wealth, the more you lack in love."
Basil would not have been a very popular church leader in America.
To inherit eternal life, Jesus tells us that we must love God, and we must love our neighbor as we love ourselves. I am not sure Jesus would have been a very popular church leader in America either.