On the wall just inside the employee entrance of our clinic is a whiteboard on which we write announcements, prayer requests and Bible trivia. The current trivia question is “What was Jesus’s second miracle?” Do you know the answer?
Jesus, in Cana at the time, healed a nobleman’s son who was lying on his deathbed in Capernaum, a village some twenty miles away. The power to heal is indeed a miracle, but to know that Jesus healed the boy without even laying eyes on his patient is all the more inspiring!
Why does this second miracle inspire? Because it was meant to. Before Jesus performed this miracle He said, “Unless you see signs and wonders you will not believe.” God knows of our stubbornness, and so that we will not suffer for a lack of faith, He gives us signs so that belief will be produced in the hearts of those who see.
Let me tell you of a milestone we reached just a few days ago. On Friday morning, August 31st, our second patient of the day was our 4000th appointment of the year. We celebrate this milestone because it demonstrates God has blessed our ministry; we are not left idle but instead are working hard each day to heal the sick and share the Gospel with the lost. We expect to provide 6000 appointments this year, a significant growth in our service to the community when compared to the 3139 appointments we provided in 2011. To us, this milestone is a sign so that we might believe our ministry is crucial to the health of our community, and that we might continue our work even when we are not sure when the necessary resources will come. We hope it is a sign to you that you might believe your contributions have been rightfully invested in an organization blessed by God, and that you might continue to support us with your generous donations.
As of this writing we have provided 4033 appointments and services worth an estimated $854,000 in Medicare dollars, rendered at an expense of only $393,000 thanks to the more than 5400 volunteer hours that have been donated. Our patients have paid $292,000 for these services; the remainder of our expenses has been paid by you. Your contributions have helped us to care for hundreds of men, women and children with heart and lung diseases, diabetes, cancer and other significant illnesses.
We thank you for your part in making our ministry work, and we ask you to encourage us again with your support. We have four months remaining and possibly another 2000 appointments to deliver in this year. God willing, we, with your help, can attend to the health and spiritual needs of those who enter our doors.
For each of them, that we are here and that you help make it possible are signs nothing short of miracles.