- Written by Tom Miles Tom Miles
- Created: February 07 2014 February 07 2014
We wanted to pass along this thank you letter from the Christ Clinic for the supplies you donated during our January and February drive. The Heseder collection resulted in a whole load of items, from bandages to snacks. In addition to the supplies, the Outreach Board purchased large print, Spanish and children's Bibles to be handed out to the clients of the Clinic. The items were hand-delivered by our Sunday School children and teachers along with Valentines cards that the children made.
Dear Saint John’s, On behalf of the entire volunteer staff of Christ Clinic, thank you! You have blessed us in such a special and tangible way with your gifts of Bibles and grocery gift cards and by restocking our cupboards with both office supplies and kitchen pantry snacks and drinks. We are overwhelmed by your kindness and having Saint John’s children deliver your gift with Valentines in hand was an extra special blessing! Your gifts allow us the opportunity to continue to express Jesus’ love by helping to meet the physical and spiritual needs of those in our community with limited access to health care. It has been a privilege to serve alongside volunteers from 23 churches in Fort Collins in providing this care. Thank you for partnering with us in this ministry.Richard E. Simmons, M.D., Christ Clinic Medical Director
Wondering what the Christ Clinic is all about? Kathy Simmons, the Volunteer Coordinator, recently wrote this great explanation.
Glimpses of God's Grace
“Mr. X” came on an evening when we had a bilingual receptionist as well as a translator who could clearly communicate his medical issues to him and his family. After a trip to the emergency room for a CAT scan, Mr. X is now being closely followed for treatment of high blood pressure. He is also seeing one of our specialists to receive his very first pair of glasses, which he'll be able to use to read the new Spanish Bible his family took home. It is a joy to watch his very well-behaved grandchildren—no longer shy and tentative!—smiling and laughing as they play in our children’s area, their mama and grandma sitting close by. This is grace extended through loving hands!
Passing out Christ Clinic information at a job fair, our Outreach Director Steve was initially puzzled as one of the job seekers handed him an envelope. Then she explained … she had read the description of the clinic and, even though she was out of work, she wanted to make a donation. She believed that strongly in what we’re doing! What a glimpse of God’s grace!
A young man visited the clinic several weeks ago for a work-related physical. As he spoke with our chaplain, he asked many questions about this Christ whom we serve. Not only did he receive his physical that evening, he asked if he could pray with the chaplain to begin a more personal relationship with the Lord we serve. Grace received indeed!
One of our patients, new to the state, found a Christ Clinic brochure in a department store break room. She had been praying because she knew there was something very wrong going on with her body but had no insurance or doctor. When she arrived at the clinic, she had a life-threateningly high blood pressure. She is now being seen weekly at the clinic until that blood pressure stays down at a safe range. Praise God for keeping her safe in his grace.
Sometimes past experiences lead people far away from churches. While “Ms. V”’s family had begun to attend church, she would not cross the threshold for a service. However, when her diabetes needs escalated and a friend persisted, she let the friend bring her to Christ Clinic. It is a foot through a very scary door for her. She has warmed considerably through her three visits to the clinic as God’s grace is shared through the kindness and love of our volunteers.
Coming full circle in his grace, one of our newest hospitality volunteers has “graduated” from the clinic, as she now receives health insurance through her workplace. We've been praying for her as she settled into Colorado, found a home, found a job and found a church. We’re thrilled to have her join our volunteer staff.
To you all of you who volunteer, support and pray for Christ Clinic: thank you! As we follow Jesus by providing spiritual and medical care to members of our community who experience hardship in the face of illness due to lack of access to health care, you are indeed the conduits of God’s grace given to a hurting world. It is a gift to serve with you!
“Hesed” is a Hebrew word that means “kindness”, “mercy”, “loyalty”, “loving-kindness” or “steadfastness.” It’s the way God intends us to live together—a “love your neighbor as yourself”, active, selfless, sacrificial, caring-for-one-another brand of living contradictory to our fallen natures. The “Heseders” are continually looking to work together to share some small measure of God’s extraordinary love. Won’t you join us?