“The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few.” Luke 10:2 is a commonly cited scripture that brings to mind images of missionaries going out to proclaim the Gospel to the world. If you were to read farther into the chapter, you would discover Jesus’ instructions to his disciples. Specifically, in verse 9 He said, “Heal the sick who are there and tell them, ‘The kingdom of God is near you.’”
The Lord’s instruction is clear – heal the sick in the name of God. Surely one of God’s Kingdom priorities is to bring wellness into our lives, and that includes healing in both our physical and spiritual natures. Healing was Jesus’ most often performed miracle and for good reason; miraculous physical and spiritual restoration will compel us to a lifesaving trust in Him.
Here at the Good Samaritan of Gwinnett the harvest is indeed plentiful! Our growth has outpaced our facility and parking lot. Let me put that in perspective: during 2011 we provided 3139 medical appointments; so far this year we have provided 4926. We are well on our way to offering more than 9000 visits in 2013.
We cannot adequately serve 9000+ appointments in our current space, and we cannot ignore the needs of those without access to affordable dental care. It is estimated nearly half of all Georgians do not have dental insurance; that’s more than 400,000 people in our county. Here we announce our plans to not only relocate the medical practice to a larger facility, but to add a dental practice to our ministry.
We believe this expansion, what we call the 3.0 Project, will increase our annual operating budget from $771,000 to $1.75 million. When I share our plans, my friends ask if I’m crazy and kinder souls ask if we are going to do a feasibility analysis first. My answers are No and No and then I reference Luke 10:9; for Christians, healing is a God given imperative. We believe in Him, therefore we must do this. We simply must.
Please click here to read our quick explanation and here for a detailed paper of our plans for the 3.0 Project. I pray you will review our presentation and consider how you can join us as a laborer in the harvest for the sake of the Kingdom. Friends, we need your gifts to make this expansion plan a reality. Please join us in His work of drawing people to Him with the righteous power of physical and spiritual healing.
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