By Stephen Myers
Throughout history the followers of Jesus have been on the front lines of community care. Christians have joined together and started hospitals, schools, nursing homes, orphanages, food banks, and other services. Wherever the people of God have been, those who are in need have experienced the Christian community’s faithfulness to Christ’s teaching and example.
Over the past year at Medi-Share we have been asking the question, “What is our role in fulfilling the Great Commission?”
And I have to tell you, I am excited about the answer.
Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’
Matthew 25:37-40 ESV
The testimony of the Medi-Share community is the commitment our members have to help bear one another’s burdens through prayer and giving. We are, together, committed to the Biblical principle of sharing.
But how do we take this to the next level? Surely God wants us to care for those in the body of believers, but doesn’t he also want us to care for our neighbors?
When I taught a Christian Leaders course, I would help the students understand there were two focuses of Christians in caring for others: Ministry and Missions.
Ministry is what we do to serve those who already belong to the body of Christ.
Missions is what we do to serve those who are not yet believers.
So, we are inviting you to join us on Mission. We call this our National Outreach Program.
Medi-Share is partnering with four non-profit organizations that provide us with the opportunity to impact communities across the United States for the Kingdom of Heaven.
What are these four organizations?
The Global Orphan Project – Partnering to help break the orphan cycle and assist children in need. This is done through the technology platform called CarePortal.
Volunteers in Medicine America – Partnering to provide medical care to the uninsured through establishing free clinics.
Missions.Me – Partnering to proclaim the good news of Christ to people around the world.
Student Leadership University – Partnering to impact the kingdom by training future leaders.
In 1 Timothy 6 we are told to, “be rich in good works, be generous, and ready to share…”
How? There are three ways you can join us: Give, Go, and Grow.
Give: Each of our Outreach Partners operates as non-profit organizations. Their impact is made possible by charitable donations. Whether it is a one-time donation or a reoccurring donation, we invite you to join us in providing financial support to one of our four partner organizations.
Go: Do you want to help end the foster care crisis in America? How about volunteering at a free medical clinic? Maybe you are passionate about developing the next generation of leaders. Or, why not do all three on a short-term mission trip in the U.S. or around the world? Whatever your passion might be, you have the opportunity to help make an impact.
Grow: Want to help bring these partners into your community? Help us connect with your church and other like-minded organizations in your city to minister to people in need wherever you live.
In John 17, Jesus prayed what is known as the High Priestly Prayer and he makes this statement, “I glorified you on earth having accomplished the work you gave me to do.” May we be able to pray that same prayer.
Want to find out more on how to get involved? Check us out at Medishare.com/National-Outreach.