A declaration of war against fear

By Rev. Dr. Howard S. Russell, CHM President & CEO

From the June 2018 issue of Heartfelt Magazine.

A long time ago we declared war on your behalf. We’re fighting it every day.

Christian Healthcare Ministries is engaged in a war on anxiety and fear.

Letters and testimonies from CHM members to the ministry office often contain language reflecting their understandable worry and fretfulness as these fellow believers explain their thoughts or feelings the first time they submitted bills for sharing:

  • “We were anxious.”
  • “We were nervous because we didn’t know what to expect.”
  • “I was concerned. Would it really work?”
  • “I was scared.”
  • “We felt a sense of apprehension.”

Invariably it’s followed by statements like:

  • “Everything was so easy.”
  • “We were amazed.”
  • “The staff put our minds at ease.”
  • “I am so thankful to have found CHM.”
  • “You calmed my fears.”

As these members learned, anxiety adds to an already stressful healthcare situation.

CHM is here to calm your nerves, ease your fears and give you confidence that fellow believers will take care of your needs as Christians in the first century did when they shared to meet each other’s needs.

I have a friend who explained his typical reaction when, after having routine blood tests conducted by his physician, the phone rings and he sees on caller ID that it’s his doctor’s office.

“When I pick up the phone and say, ‘Hello,’ I’m very much hoping that the voice on the other end will be a nurse,” he says. “If it’s the nurse I know it’s probably going to be an ‘Everything looks fine but the doctor wants you to exercise more or take Vitamin D,’ or something like that. However, if it’s the doctor’s voice my heart beats faster and my breathing becomes shallower because he has probably seen something that concerns him.”

How much more amplified is that reaction when the doctor shares serious news? At such times our thoughts tend to be along the lines of “What will it take to fight this battle?” and “How much will it cost?”

As a CHM member you need only focus on the first question. The second question is answered by your fellow Christians, hundreds of thousands of them, in all 50 states and a number of foreign countries.

This doesn’t mean that all CHM members are happy 100 percent of the time. Sometimes our staff is asked to do things we just can’t do—for example, if we’re asked to overlook the member’s participation level and share medical bills at a higher level. Sometimes we’re asked to not adhere to our Guidelines. Usually members come to understand that we do exactly what we say we do and why that which can’t be done, won’t be done.

Overwhelmingly, however, our members are appreciative, grateful, supportive and pleased; and whatever fears they have are calmed.

The “Letters to CHM” section of Heartfelt Magazine reflects the freedom from fear members experience as they use this ministry, their ministry, the Lord’s ministry.

At CHM we’re fighting a war against fear. And because of you, your faithfulness, and your prayers, together we’re winning.

God bless you, members of Christian Healthcare Ministries.

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