‘In the name of Jesus Christ and His love’
    May 3 2010 by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC Executive Director-Treasurer

    For the past week many of you have been participating in the Week of Prayer for North Carolina Baptist Hospital. Thank you for praying for the patients and their families, as well as the staff, of our Baptist Hospital.

    The Week of Prayer helps us focus our hearts as we prepare to give to the Mother’s Day Offering for Baptist Hospital. This offering helps ease the financial burden of patients at Baptist Hospital. Recipients of this offering have nowhere to turn for financial help, and their lives are changed when they receive a letter that begins something like this: “Your hospital bill has been paid by compassionate and mission-minded North Carolina Baptists in the name of Jesus Christ and His love.”

    In 2009, North Carolina Baptists gave $663,013 to the Mother’s Day Offering so that more than 150 patients could be helped. Not long ago an article ran on the BSC web site about the Beck family and their struggle to pay for their seven-year-old daughter’s medical bills at Baptist Hospital.

    Teri Beck called the gift from the Mother’s Day Offering an “an absolute blessing” and said she is amazed that people who did not know her daughter or their family would care enough to give to an offering in order to help them and other families like them.

    I am very grateful for the ministry of Baptist Hospital. When Baptist Hospital began in 1923 I doubt anyone imagined just how influential and critical this ministry would become. During its annual meeting in 1920, the BSC voted to establish a Baptist State Hospital Committee to study and make recommendation to the Convention efforts necessary for the establishment of a Baptist Hospital in North Carolina.

    One year later, that committee had these words to say before the Convention: “The whole meaning of the movement is to bring the healing art more definitely under the dominion of the Great Healer.”

    The Great Healer — He is why we minister and He is why Baptist Hospital exists. Our prayer is that patients of Baptist Hospital will come to know the only One who is able to heal not only physically, but spiritually as well.

    The leadership of Baptist Hospital continues to make certain that meeting physical and spiritual needs is priority. Donny Lambeth, Baptist Hospital president, has been on staff with Baptist Hospital in some capacity since 1988.

    He understands the value in this work and he truly has a servant’s heart. I am glad to have someone like Donny serving in this role.

    Baptist Hospital is indeed a place where the love of Jesus Christ and compassion for others is displayed for all to see. As we seek to serve the Great Healer, let us each be reminded of how He has healed our broken, sinful hearts — and may we go and share healing with others.

    “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” Matthew 25:40
    5/3/2010 9:08:00 AM by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC Executive Director-Treasurer | with 0 comments

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