How is CHM weathering COVID-19?
By Charity Beall, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) & Treasurer
If you should ever wonder how CHM can survive a pandemic, the simple answer is God, followed by the faithfulness of CHM members fulfilling Galatians 6:2: “Bear each other’s burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ.”
I write this article in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic that has swept the world. Things that have changed in all our lives: I wear a mask all day at work. I stand six feet away from my beloved extended family, friends and co-workers. I call home over lunch to make sure my three school-aged children are working on their schoolwork.
I listen to my pastor preach from a screen in my living room and Zoom with my church Connect Group to encourage one another. I talk to my family and friends about their lost work, difficulty getting through to unemployment, slow receipt—or no receipt—of unemployment funds. I read statistics that from mid-March to mid-May, more than 38 million unemployment applications have been filed.
Here’s what hasn’t changed: God, who is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. God, who provided for us in times of prosperity and provides for us in the lean times. God, who promises us peace in the midst of trouble because trouble will come. Our God, who exchanges our mourning for dancing and our ashes for gladness. My proclamation more than ever is, “Turn your eyes upon Jesus.” I sit here typing these words full of praise for God, who sees all of us.
Here’s something else that hasn’t changed: Christian Healthcare Ministries (CHM). CHM, a ministry of Kingdom sons and daughters faithfully sharing each other’s medical expense burdens.
As of the end of April, CHM received medical bills related to the coronavirus for nine members, with bills totaling $153,520. This number will grow and we continue to track it; however, I know that our God has already provided for it.
Through your faithful giving, CHM shared $43 million in March and $48.7 million in April, during a period when government officials required CHM and other organizations to make significant changes in operations for protection from the virus. Even so, CHM continues to serve you. Operationally, we are finding greater efficiencies and expanded capacities to take care of you, our members, and our staff.
We pray for you. We pray for your health, for your finances and for your peace. I believe in the power of prayer and the power of this umbrella (CHM) that God uses to serve you. Don’t worry about anything. Instead, I encourage you to think of Philippians 4:6: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”