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The concept behind CHM became much clearer when I experienced a medical situation and bills beyond my ability to handle. God used the Body of Christ working through this ministry to come through for me. A difficult situation became a livable one. -Chris Bougie, Hebron, IN; $6,781 need met

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July 8, 2013


BARBERTON, Ohio – The Old Testament of 3,000 years ago comes to life in August in Barberton when a full-scale replica of the ancient Hebrew tabernacle built in the wilderness by the Hebrew nation is on display at Christian Healthcare Ministries in Barberton Aug. 3 – 11.

Available for free-of-charge group and individual tours, “Messiah’s Mansion” ( visitors will travel back to the time the Hebrews built their tabernacle to God while they were in the desert between Egypt and Israel.

Each element in the tabernacle, which will be explained during tours, had deep significant meaning to the Hebrew people. The Messiah’s Mansion tour is divided into five sections, each lasting about 15 minutes.

Setting up Messiah’s Mansion requires hundreds of man-hours of work. Christian Healthcare Ministries President Rev. Howard Russell says the ministry is delighted to be bringing this biblical history to the area – and is asking for volunteers to help erect Messiah’s Mansion.

“The Old Testament book of Exodus contains the description of the tabernacle,” said Russell. “It’s historical and quite moving spiritually. The tours explain how elements of the tabernacle point to the coming of the Messiah, which of course as Christians we believe is Jesus Christ.”

He said it takes hundreds of man-hours to erect and disassemble Messiah’s Mansion. “If people would like to help, we’d love to have them,” he said.

Like the Old Testament tabernacle, carried from camp to camp by the Hebrews in the wilderness, the replica spends a lot of time traveling. Messiah's Mansion is based at Oklahoma Academy in Harrah, Oklahoma, and is transported to stops across the U.S. nearly a dozen times a year.

Operated by the staff and students of Oklahoma Academy, Messiah’s Mansion has been in operation since 2003. The students, along with many volunteers, have completed more than 50 exhibits in 15 states, Canada and Jamaica.

Messiah's Mansion is surrounded by colorful tent-like walls. The tour guides explain that what occurred within the tabernacle was serious business. The Messiah's Mansion founders tried to include every item that was inside the original tabernacle. The modern tabernacle is built to scale and is intended to look just like the original did to the Hebrews.

Individual Messiah’s Mansion tours require no reservations and will be 1 p.m. - 7 p.m. daily Aug. 3 to 11. Group tours will be held in the mornings. Call Christian Healthcare Ministries at 1-800-791-6225 to arrange a group tour of Messiah’s Mansion. Admission for all tours is free. Donations will be accepted. The exhibit will be located at 127 Hazelwood Avenue in Barberton, on the property of Christian Healthcare Ministries.

Christian Healthcare Ministries is an organization of tens of thousands of Christian members who share in paying each other’s medical bills. The ministry’s model is in the Book of Acts, in which first century Christians shared to meet each other’s needs. Its founding verse is Galatians 6:2, “Carry each other’s burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ.” The ministry’s website is



Christian Healthcare Ministries was featured April 9 and 10 on The Mike Huckabee Show on the Fox News network. Click on the video above to watch the interview.


December 21, 2010


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Christian Healthcare Ministries (CHM) is teaming up with Dave Ramsey, nationally syndicated radio talk show host and best-selling author, to help Christian college students learn money management skills that will last them for their lifetimes. CHM is sponsoring the curriculum in Christian colleges such as College of the Ozarks and Evangel University.

The Rev. Howard Russell, CHM executive director, said the relationship is a good fit given Ramsey’s Christian beliefs and CHM’s mission. “Health care costs are a major component of Americans’ financial life, and the earlier they learn how to manage health care and other costs of living the more they will enjoy life and be able to serve God effectively,” Russell said.

The college curriculum, Foundations for Life and Money, is being introduced to colleges across the country. The life-changing course is divided into four chapters: saving, budgeting, debt, and career/college planning. Through Foundations for Life and Money, students are empowered to make financial decisions that allow them to begin their adult life on the right financial path.

“We’re delighted to be working with Dave Ramsey,” Russell said. “His Financial Peace University and other financial programs are improving the lives of millions of people. Dave began Foundations for Life and Money to help young people prepare for their futures, and we’re glad to be a part of that effort. We’re also pleased that our sponsorship of this program introduces the next generation of Christian individuals and families to CHM.”

Christian Healthcare Ministries, based in Barberton, Ohio, is a nearly 30-year-old cost-sharing ministry through which Christian members share in meeting each other’s medical bills. CHM is not insurance. CHM’s thousands of members throughout all 50 states participate voluntarily.

No one is denied CHM membership because of a health condition. Monthly financial gift amounts ($150 for an individual at the highest level of service) are not increased and members are not cancelled if they develop an expensive illness.

“We are excited about our new relationship with Christian Healthcare Ministries,” says Dave Ramsey. “Helping college students understand the importance of handling their money will make an invaluable impact on their lives. Thanks to our friends at Christian Healthcare Ministries (CHM) thousands of lives will be impacted.”

Ramsey’s show is heard on more than 450 radio stations by more than 4.5 million listeners weekly. He has written three New York Times best-selling books on personal finance. His organization, The Lampo (Greek for “light) Group, based in Nashville, offers multiple programs for financial freedom, among them the well-known Financial Peace University.

In a letter to college students introducing Foundations for Life and Money, Ramsey wrote, in part: “I built a multi-million-dollar business in my twenties, only to have it wiped out because I didn’t know how to manage my money—and I even had a college finance degree! Don’t learn about money the hard way like I did.”

Russell said that CHM is excited about the relationship because of the good it will do for young people. “There is no doubt that many benefits will result from this for everyone involved,” he said.

For information about Foundations for Life and Money, visit The CHM website is

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For information about Foundations for Life and Money:
Meg Grunke
Public Relations Coordinator
The Dave Ramsey Show / The Lampo Group, Inc.
Phone: 615-371-8881 ext. 5548
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March 22, 2010


Dear CHM member:

You may understandably be wondering if the March 21 vote on health care in the U.S. House of Representatives affects Christian Healthcare Ministries.

You will be glad to know that the legislation recognizes health cost sharing ministries. Simply put, Christian Healthcare Ministries is not affected by the legislation.

We will continue to operate an affordable, Bible-based health care support program that enables
you and thousands of fellow Christians to meet your need for health cost support.

You can rest assured that you are able to stay with CHM and can continue to refer others
to CHM.

The new law says that eventually everyone must have some type of health care cost support or
they will be penalized. CHM satisfies that requirement.

Many experts and analysts are saying that health insurance premiums will actually increase under this bill because of the new people coming into the system and other requirements.

CHM will not be affected by insurance premium increases. We are not insurance. We will
continue to provide affordable, quality health cost sharing support.

We are deeply appreciative of your support, prayers and faithfulness.

We are grateful to God for His grace and for sustaining this ministry.

In His Service,

Rev. Howard S. Russell
Executive Director
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