Member blessed by CHM's resemblance to the first-century Church

By Summer Gordon, Oklahoma City, Okla. 

Editor’s note: This information was published in the June 2018 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.

Diagnosed with endometriosis, in 2008 I underwent surgery to remove a fibroid tumor.

My pain resurfaced seven years later and the doctor ordered a second surgery. He believed my pain was caused by an adhesion. However, during the surgery he also discovered two spots resembling endometrial implants. The doctor removed those as well and the pain went away.

In 2016 I was compelled to seek a different healthcare cost plan. Not long before, a friend’s son had broken his arm; my friend raved about CHM and how its members shared the entire expense. Her testimony and my own research indicated that joining CHM was the clear choice for someone like me, so I became a Gold member in January 2017.

A few months later I experienced sudden abdominal pain. It was so severe that pain medications had no effect. The doctor surmised it was a ruptured cyst and advised that I wait a few weeks to confirm the diagnosis, but the pain continued. An ultrasound revealed that I needed surgery to remove more endometrial implants.

I praise the Lord that the surgery was a success, but my healing isn’t the only blessing that came from my experience. CHM has made me think quite a bit about the description of the early Church in the book of Acts—they gathered what they had to help others in need.

I felt like I was being a burden when I first let the ministry know about my medical need, but the man who answered the phone was compassionate, kind and encouraging. CHM shared about $6,800 after more than $4,000 in discounts, and now I tell others about the ministry every chance I get. It’s a beautiful picture of love and how we—the body of Christ—can meet the needs of others. I’m so thankful to be a CHM member.

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