Taking account of our activities during 2015, we acknowledge and praise God for watching over and blessing the Good Samaritan Health Center of Gwinnett. I am amazed as I come to the realization of just how God has used this ministry to grow His kingdom. During 2015, as in the three preceding years; we exceeded our goals and realized remarkable accomplishments. We proclaim that God does all the work, and we give all credit and glory to Him for sprinkling our ministry with favor and using us to carry out His plans. All of us – staff, students, and volunteers – are honored to have a role in delivering healthcare to the uninsured and sharing the hope of the Gospel with those who entrust their lives to us. We pray that we be able to continue in the pursuits of this ministry for years to come, to heal the sick and use that encounter to introduce our clients into a lifesaving relationship with Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Our most important pursuit for 2016, indeed as long as we exist, is to remain faithful to our Christ-centered identity and mission.
We want to request for your help to expand the Good Samaritan legacy. Our ministry activities have increased year over year since 2011; we served nearly six times more people last year than four years ago. We reached the physical limits of our office and saw no choice but to relocate if we were to adequately respond to an ever increasing demand for services. Two years ago, we launched a capital campaign and have since raised $4.7M in cash and pledges to fund an acquisition and renovation, acquire equipment, and establish new services. This summer, we will relocate to our new home in Norcross, GA, where we will provide charitable healthcare, dental, and other services for one-hundred people each day.
We knew our decision to take on more work would come at a price. Like our workload, our budget has increased dramatically and now exceeds $1.3M annually. While our patients do pay fees, those fees are below cost and cover only half our operating expenses. I ask you now to remain or become a matching donor, to meet our patients halfway as they help pay for the services they receive, and to join the ranks of our friends and board members who together with you would provide enough charitable contributions to fund the remaining half of our operating expenses. As likeminded partners, patients, donors, staff, and volunteers can dramatically improve the health status of our community, and do so in the name of Jesus Christ.
We thank you for your support, labors and prayers, and we pray that you be blessed in abundance so that you might bless with abandon.