Earlier this year Andi walked out of a patient room shaking. “That was the first time I shared the gospel clearly with someone!,” she exclaimed.
“And you didn’t die!” replied Ryan.
Andi is a nurse that works in the ICU at a local hospital and started serving at the clinic a while back. While the clinic was a natural place for her to serve with her abilities and skillset as a nurse, the evangelism and pastoral side of the patient care were new to her.
Andi quickly picked up on ways to engage patients in spiritual conversations, and after engaging with a woman who claimed to be “half Muslim and half Christian,” Andi had the opportunity to walk the woman explicitly through the gospel and invite her into understanding it.
Since that first time when Andi left the patient room shaking from nerves, the Lord has continued to provide opportunity after opportunity for her to share His truth and love with others. She has since had spiritual conversations with men and women from other religions, individuals hostile to the church, and women in emotionally charged situations requiring a pastoral response. Every time Andi serves, we are excited to see what situation God will bring her next! Her faithfulness to lean in to uncomfortable situations has grown her in immense ways. It has been our privilege to watch God do it through our clinic.
Our clinic loves to have Residents from Watermark’s Residency Program join our team each year. Our first ever resident, Ellie Troyer penned the blog below reflecting on our core values. As we were developing them, she was in the thick of it, helping us to figure out how to communicate the heart and convictions behind how the clinic runs.
You can see more about our values on our website. Click the picture below to read Ellie’s thoughts on how we’re called to CARE for those that are already CARED for!
Daily, we see men and women who haven’t been to a doctor in years (or ever). We end up not only treating their urgent needs, but referring them to programs and doctors elsewhere who can take care of their ongoing or specialist needs.
One client came to our clinic recently out of prison and was brought in by a loved one who thought his health seemed questionable. While the man was within our four walls, he was seen not only by a physician that specializes in internal medicine but also by a dentist.
Our dentist went in first. After consulting with the man on his healthcare-related needs, he also walked him through the “Bridge Illustration” (an evangelism tool) and pointed him to scripture that explained who Jesus is and what He offers us.
After he left, our doctor went in and found the patient reading one of the Bibles we make readily available in each room. Our doctor talked to the man briefly about scripture and its importance, then encouraged him to start his Bible reading in John.
“Hey!” our patient replied. “That’s what the other guy said!”
Because of what life had dealt (and consequences for the decisions he’d made), this man had not been seen by a doctor in years. And a dentist? Probably never. But while he was here, we were able to make healthcare accessible to him, treat his urgent needs, and refer him elsewhere for ongoing treatment.
But more than that, we don’t only make healthcare accessible, but also the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We aim to treat the entire human with compassion – relationally, not as a “transaction.” This means we dare to ask our patients how else we can help them, often leading to a place of evangelism, prayer, and connections to Watermark ministries to receive ongoing care and spiritual growth.
We have some talented, generous, brave volunteers serving with us. When Christy started working with us she shared some of her reflections on the types of volunteers she was getting to work with. Click the photo below for more!
You might wonder why one of our clinic’s founding partners was a local church. Our first Clinic Coordinator Laura Trent, wrote the blog below to share her thoughts on how the church is uniquely poised to care for the patients that we see. Medicine is a unique place for God’s people to care for the hurting. Click the photo below to see her thoughts!