When their daughter Kenzie was just three weeks old, Eddie and Tracy Martin learned that she had a rare form of Down Syndrome. On that same day, the Martins were told their daughter needed heart surgery, and she needed it immediately.
I can only imagine the worry and sleepless nights these parents must have experienced. With Mother’s Day coming up in just a few weeks, I cannot help but think about how Tracy must have felt, knowing that the life of her new daughter was uncertain.
Not long after Kenzie’s surgery she began having seizures, and Tracy left her job in order to provide full-time care for her daughter.
Although Kenzie began improving after her surgery at Brenner Children’s Hospital in Winston-Salem, the Martins were left with many medical bills, and they did not have the income to pay their bills.
The Mother’s Day Offering helps people like the Martins climb out of financial pressures and burdens. Every year, North Carolina Baptists give to this offering in order to help North Carolina Baptist Hospital patients.
One day Tracy received a call from Baptist Hospital. The Martins learned that because of the Mother’s Day Offering, their hospital bills would be paid.
“The Mother’s Day Offering saved us,” she said in a video testimony with Baptist Hospital. “This kindness lifted a huge weight off our shoulders. We could see light at the end of the tunnel.”
I have often heard Paul Mullen, church and community relations director for Baptist Hospital, share how much he enjoys being able to call or write a letter to someone with this life-changing message: “Your hospital bill has been paid by compassionate and mission-minded North Carolina Baptists in the name of Jesus Christ and His love.”
Last year, North Carolina Baptists gave more than $620,000 to the Mother’s Day Offering. Every dollar you give to this special offering goes to help individuals and families pay their hospital bills.
North Carolina Baptist Hospital has a long-standing history of providing excellent medical care. The Hospital, which was started by the Baptist State Convention of N.C., opened in 1923 with 88 inpatient beds. It is now an important part of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, which has more than 1,000 beds and 13,500 employees.
I am so grateful for the ministry of Baptist Hospital, and your commitment to supporting the Mother’s Day Offering. You can watch a video of the Martin’s testimony, as well as other testimonies, by visiting www.mothersdayoffering.org. This website also includes promotional resources you can use in your church.
I encourage your church to pray about how you would contribute to this offering. The Mother’s Day Offering is a wonderful way for us to serve as the hands and feet of Jesus, and to demonstrate our love for Him and His love and desire for all people to know Him as their personal Lord and Savior.
“And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” Matthew 25:40