Everyday Heroes

Read stories and encouragement from Watermark Members serving on the frontlines in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis. Learn how our church family is being the hands and feet of Christ in and around our city, neighborhoods, clinics, and hospitals.

Deputy Chief of School Leadership, Dallas ISD

Sharon Quinn

“Right now, God is teaching me that I can do all things through Christ because He gives me strength. I can wait on Him. I can endure tough times. I can trust Him even when I don't understand, like, or agree with events in my life. I can serve people and share the gospel. I can love everyone. I can deny myself. In other words, if He sends or allows it, I can handle it because He gives me His strength. When I'm weak, He is strong. His strength is perfected in my weakness. He is a present help. Without Him I can do nothing! All things come from Him, and I can't give Him anything that is not already His. I am His because He bought me at a great price, the precious, priceless, purest blood of His Son, Jesus. I owe Him everything and I choose to let Him have all of me. I am so thankful that I get to walk with Jesus every day.

“Right now, I see God at work by
- providing meals for students (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) who would not normally eat if they did not receive meals at school.
- having my team pray for families and co-workers who have tested positive for COVID-19.
- providing students with a remote, quality education even though all campuses are closed.
- providing families with WiFi hotspots and electronic devices to complete class assignments and communicate with instructors, family, and friends.
- allowing all district employees (including bus drivers, food service workers, long-term substitutes, etc.) to continue to receive their salaries to care for their families.

“God continues to teach me that He works all things out for His glory and our good. I can cast my cares on Him so I can experience His ‘perfect peace’ that surpasses human understanding.”

Registered Nurse, Watermark Urgent Care - Plano

Whitney Pickett

“Every day at Watermark Urgent Care, I see that God is working through the local church and in the lives of the patients we have seen. In the last week, I have cried with a patient who is struggling to provide food for her kids, rejoiced with a father who now has more time to spend with his family, and sat with a woman who was completely overwhelmed by fear. With sickness all around us, so many patients we have seen are desperate for hope and peace. It is truly humbling and beautiful to get to see God change lives with the unshakable hope of the gospel.

“Recently I have been camped out in Psalm 91 and Philippians 2 where Paul talks about believers being lights in a dark and crooked generation. In a time of heightened fear, sickness, and chaos, the church gets to step in and be a beacon of light for the Lord’s good purpose. In Philippians 2:16 Paul states ‘as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain.’ Whether faithfulness looks like staying home to prevent exposure/spread or being on the front lines in the medical setting may God alone get all the glory!”

Executive Director of Watermark Health

Christy Chermak

“When I met Jesus 11 years ago, I never would have guessed that following Him would one day find me leading a healthcare ministry during the middle of a global pandemic. The last few weeks we have faced an overwhelming amount of decisions, and there have been moments where fear has gotten the better of me. As I try to be wise about caring for our team, it has been easy to get swept up in the stories coming out of Italy or New York.

“In moments of fear, I’ve found the solution was not to stuff my emotions but rather to allow my ‘what if’s’ to play out. What if I die? What if I end up on a ventilator? What if someone I know gets hurt? At the end of all of those ‘what ifs’ is Jesus. He is enough for ALL circumstances, and that is good news. If I die, I’ll be with Him. If I experience extreme difficulty breathing or need a ventilator, He will be in the suffering with me. If I find myself grieving the loss of loved ones, He will carry that burden with me.

“I have a God who is in control that I can trust, no matter the circumstances. As we’ve served patients these past few weeks at Watermark Urgent Care, I am seeing Him change lives all day long...including my own. Jesus rescued me from trusting in myself 11 years ago...this past week He’s continued to do the same.”

Watermark Urgent Care

Amy Merritt

“God is at work right now for His glory, and I get to be a part of what He is doing on the front lines. What a time to be alive! Nursing has always been a place where I get to sit with patients and find out how they are doing, beyond just their physical symptoms. Being at the Watermark Urgent Care Clinic as a provider, I get the privilege of taking the time to sit in the hard places with patients and encourage them towards hope.

“Patients’ hearts are open to hearing about hope right now. They are receptive to what we have to say, and they are inviting us to know about their emotional state, feelings, and fears. Just like Jesus came to a level place with the hurting in Luke 6, we walk alongside patients as they share heartache and brokenness. We know the loving kindness of God and get to share Him. We have had patients share things about themselves that they would not usually tell a stranger because of shame, guilt, or fear, and they’re received by grace and kindness. We have seen God bring the same patient into the clinic multiple times in one week, giving us the opportunity to share with her and her family the goodness of God. We’re able to tell patients that they are made in the image of God, He loves them, and desires a relationship with them. We get to point them to the light of the world, Jesus!”

Registered Nurse, Watermark Urgent Care - Dallas

Paige Delgado

“Today, I’m so thankful that Jesus has not changed, and neither has our mission. I’m seeing patients at Watermark Urgent Care from the parking lot, basically, and thankful that we get to care for patients’ physical, spiritual, and emotional needs. Last week alone I shared the gospel with five Muslims and prayed with many other patients who are anxious. After I asked if I could pray with a father whose children we’ve seen many times at the clinic, he responded, ‘Of course! That’s what you always do at the end of our visits.” I’m encouraged to know that he still expected prayer to be a part of any interaction at Watermark Urgent Care – pandemic or not! We have left an imprint on this community and are a known, safe place for our patients because of the work God has already been doing here. Because of Christ, we have remained steady and unshaken.”