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
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.”