Editor’s note: This information was published in the August 2020 issue of Heartfelt Magazine, CHM’s monthly magazine that provides CHM membership-related tips and tricks, medical advice from doctors, testimonies from CHM members, and more. Please refer to the CHM Guidelines and applicable web pages for the most up-to-date information regarding CHM membership, sharing eligibility, and ministry news.
Shared joy is double joy; shared sorrow is a half a sorrow.—Swedish Proverb
The well-known saying, “Misery loves company,” is reversed for followers of Christ, because their joy loves company. CHM’s Bring-a-Friend program is a way to share joy with others.
In 2020’s first six months, our nation, and the world, faced circumstances unprecedented, with an unknown outcome. Many of us are experiencing a “new normal” from the worldwide pandemic brought about by a new coronavirus.
The jobless rate quickly soared to over 13 percent, nearly 10 percent higher than it had been at the beginning of 2020. Consequently, in the wake of COVID-19, many fellow Christians are in need of budget-friendly options for their healthcare costs.
Since 1981, CHM has upheld the biblically based practice of health cost sharing. The ministry’s foundation is the New Testament principles found in Galatians 6:2 and Acts 2 and 4, and the examples and exhortations for Christians to share their abundance, needs and burdens. The idea of sharing—whether joys, sorrows, hardships, pain or physical materials—is found throughout Scripture.
That’s why we encourage CHM members to use the Bring-a-Friend (BAF) program to share with their friends and family the blessings found through this ministry. The value and advantages of CHM serve many people—and you help yourself by helping others.
Your referral can help a loved one discover that CHM is a cost-effective, accountable and faith-based way for believers to satisfy their major healthcare costs—and you can earn a free month of membership for yourself.
For every new member you refer to CHM, you will receive a free month of membership after your friend submits their third monthly financial gift. Those who consistently bring a friend each month may be able to participate in CHM at no cost. For example, if you refer 12 extended family members, friends and fellow church attendees, you could earn yourself a free year of membership!
More members join CHM through the BAF program than through any other method. This is made possible by members sharing their testimonies of how well CHM works for them.
Your friends and family may be encouraged to know that CHM monthly membership is voluntary and membership costs remain the same no matter your job situation, health history or geographic location. Whether you move to another state, have a child, lose a loved one, endure an expensive health crisis or experience the loss of a job, CHM stands with you.
This means CHM is an eligible option for individuals and families under the national healthcare law—the Affordable Care Act—and it's a viable faith-based solution for Christians who embrace biblical principles.
Helping others enables you to help yourself as you participate in CHM’s BAF program by sharing the ministry with those you know and love. Joy loves company, too.
Ready to share the good news and earn a free month of membership?
(Editor’s note: The unemployment data used in this article was obtained from this article on June 4, 2020.)