We mean it when we say that new stories pop up every day. Here are three of our recent faves. (And in case you're wondering, our Clinic staff is careful to follow medical privacy rules about what we share. Which means some stories won't be heard until heaven!)
And You Didn’t Die!
Earlier this year Andi Reagan walked out of a patient room shaking. “That was the first time I shared the gospel clearly with someone!,” she exclaimed.
“And you didn’t die!” replied Ryan Martin.
Andi is a nurse that works in the ICU at a local hospital and started serving at the clinic a while back. While the clinic was a natural place for her to serve with her abilities and skillset as a nurse, the evangelism and pastoral side of the patient care were new to her.
Andi quickly picked up on ways to engage patients in spiritual conversations, and after engaging with a woman who claimed to be “half Muslim and half Christian,” Andi had the opportunity to walk the woman explicitly through the gospel and invite her into understanding it.
Since that first time when Andi left the patient room shaking from nerves, the Lord has continued to provide opportunity after opportunity for her to share His truth and love with others. She has since had spiritual conversations with men and women from other religions, individuals hostile to the church, and women in emotionally charged situations requiring a pastoral response. Every time Andi serves, we are excited to see what situation God will bring her next! Her faithfulness to lean in to uncomfortable situations has grown her in immense ways. It has been our privilege to watch God do it through our clinic.
God’s at Work (Sometimes under the Same Roof)
In the last few months, Questcare Clinic has seen an increase in Muslim men and women entering our facility and receiving our services. Wanting to steward that opportunity well, the clinic staff and some of the volunteer leadership team got together to learn from Watermark staff about the Islamic faith and how best to reach Muslim men and women.
But as the leadership team was meeting and strategizing on how to make sure our volunteers were ready to reach our patients, God was up to something else.
At the end of the meeting, we discovered that a volunteer had been engaging in a spiritual conversation with a Muslim man from a Middle Eastern country. The man – in the waiting room! - had prayed to receive Christ, even stating that he understood this meant he would have to leave the faith of his family but would now be entering into the family of God.
My internal dialogue went something like, “That’s so cute, Christy! You thought you’d hold a seminar on how to reach Muslims best – but God would bring one to Himself in the waiting room while you were meeting.”
While God invites me and other leaders to strategically train volunteers and otherwise shape our ministry, there is no question of Who is in charge! Some days we feel like we can only take credit for unlocking the door – but after that day, we realized that even if we didn’t unlock the door, God might just orchestrate a revival in the parking lot!
Care You Wouldn’t Get Elsewhere
Daily, we see men and women who haven’t been to a doctor in years (or ever). We end up not only treating their urgent needs, but referring them to programs and doctors elsewhere who can take care of their ongoing or specialist needs.
One client came to our clinic straight out of prison and was brought in by a girlfriend who thought his health seemed questionable. So while the man was within our four walls, he was seen not only by a physician that specializes in internal medicine but also by a dentist.
Our dentist went in first. After consulting with the man on his healthcare-related needs, he also walked him through the “Bridge Illustration” (an evangelism tool) and pointed him to scripture that explained who Jesus is and what He offers us.
After he left, our doctor went in and found the patient reading one of the Bibles we make readily available in each room. Our doctor talked to the man briefly about scripture and its importance, then encouraged him to start his Bible reading in John.
“Hey!” our patient replied. “That’s what the other guy said!”
Because of what life had dealt (and consequences for the decisions he’d made), this man had not been seen by a doctor in years. And a dentist? Probably never. But while he was here, we were able to make healthcare accessible to him, treat his urgent needs, and refer him elsewhere for ongoing treatment.
But more than that, we don’t only make healthcare accessible, but also the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We aim to treat the entire human with compassion – relationally, not as a “transaction.” This means we dare to ask our patients how else we can help them, often leading to a place of evangelism, prayer, and connections to Watermark ministries to receive ongoing care and spiritual growth.