Matthew 20:28 …just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve….
As I retired, I wondered what purpose I would have in my life. My book of life has many chapters (child, student, Army life, nurse, mother, etc.) but my new chapter was empty. I felt like my future was just blank pages. I was at a loss as to how to fill my life. I wondered what God wanted me to do.
I prayed and I listened. I heard silence.
About this same time, Chandler Nazarene approved Mission of Mercy (MOM) medical clinics to use our location to provide services. As a retired RN, I felt that I could find meaning by volunteering. Their mission, “healing through love,” spoke to my soul. Working with MOM has given me purpose, has humbled me, and has given me the opportunity to show God’s love, grace, and mercy.
Mission of Mercy has been serving Maricopa County since 1997. It provides healthcare and medications to the uninsured/underinsured. Through MOM, patients are empowered, patients have dignity restored, and communities are strengthened.
The following are two stories about the impact of MOM:
A young guy came to MOM overweight & noncompliant with diabetes control. The nurses were instrumental in helping him understand the disease, and his dietary requirements. Over several months he worked on his diet and brought in and donated sugary drinks, etc. He has lost over 50 lbs and is doing so well with his glucose levels.
This happened in March – it was rather emotional. A 50 year old man was brought in by his sister who is now caring for him. He WALKED from Central America – A diabetic on insulin – no meds, no food, losing 20 lbs! At first we thought we would have to send him to the Emergency Room — but we were able to help him at Mission of Mercy.
There are so many stories to tell. The patients are most appreciative of the clinic. It is such a blessing that our church is able to host MOM.
Contributed by Mary Miller