Amy Nelson, Pataskala, OH
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When I wanted to stay home full-time to care for our four children, my husband, David, and I decided to join Christian Healthcare Ministries. However, we were nervous about how the ministry would work for us because David has frequent health problems.
In fact, before joining, David had a stress fracture in his foot—something we thought would heal itself. Over time, however, the pain worsened and the ligaments and tendons in his foot essentially dissolved. The doctor recommended extensive surgery.
This meant two things for our family: First, David would have to end his career in construction and I would have to go back to work to make ends meet while he recovered. Also, this would be our first experience using the CHM program.
David underwent surgery in July 2014 and incurred $37,000 in medical bills. We were shocked by the cost and not sure if our need would be met since it was a pre-existing condition. After speaking with a CHM staff member, we learned David’s name would appear on the Prayer Page in the ministry’s monthly newsletter.
We then called his doctor to explain the process. We weren’t sure what reaction we would get when we told him we were members of a Christian health care sharing ministry and that payment might be delayed. We were terrified we would drag the name of Jesus through the mud.
You can imagine the relief and delight we felt when we received a check for $4,000 that first month. David’s surgeon was thankful for the money and we were excited to see what God would do through His people who are part of Christian Healthcare Ministries.
God acted again because we received financial assistance from the hospital. We requested that David’s name be removed from the Prayer Page to enable others to receive the blessing of members’ donations.
David is doing well now and his foot is healing steadily.
The Prayer Page was, quite literally, a godsend. We were surprised by the generosity of everyone involved—we received nearly $13,000 from Prayer Page giving—and are so grateful for the help we received. We didn’t imagine that things would go as smoothly as they did.
God taught us to trust Him to provide for our needs. He is faithful, even when we are not. And now, even our brand-new donut business is picking up.
We want to send a big thank you to CHM and to God’s people.