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The Open Door

 

I am so grateful for the wonderful testimony of Talmadge Wilcox, pastor at Kramer Baptist Church in the Little River Association. Talmadge recently attended the Wellness Retreat provided by the Convention for pastors and spouses. I hope that you will find his testimony as encouraging as I have.

 


 

I was made to feel like royalty for a day on the 16th of October when I visited the Baptist Mobile Health Ministry Bus down at the Georgia Baptist Conference Center at Norman Park. I received service there and was treated like a king. The personnel met me at the door with friendliness and kindness that was almost unbelievable.

They called me by name and I had never met any of them before. They gave me a complimentary packet of health care products, registered me, and ushered me to the cafeteria for a delicious free breakfast. After breakfast I was then ushered to the mobile health bus.

On the way to the bus, I met the lady who made the appointment for me and, with a gracious smile, she called my name and welcomed me. How all the kind and friendly people knew my name and recognized me was beyond me.

When I entered the mobile health bus I was dumbfounded at what I saw. There were two dental chairs and the capability of rendering many more health needs. I was introduced to the dentist and the assistants and was made to feel so at ease. I forgot that I was going to have a cavity fixed and that I was in a dentist’s chair. They fixed my cavity with ease and I felt no pain. This was the first time in my life that I enjoyed being in a dentist’s chair.

All of the services provided by this Baptist Mobile Health Ministry Bus are free to all – free to the poor and needy.

Thanks to the Cooperative Program our monies are being used wisely and scripturally, used for the glory of God and for the blessing of mankind.

A few years ago the church I pastor, Kramer Baptist Church in the Little River Baptist Association, maintaining about forty-five in regular attendance, took a step of faith to increase our total overall giving by two percent for the next five years. It will be my privilege and blessing to seek to lead them to raise their percentage giving again at the end of the five years … and I shall ask them to give a yearly donation, especially for “The Baptist Mobile Health Ministry Bus.”

This ministry is a God-sent ministry. Let us all support it with our prayers and gifts. It is an active mobile ministry. It helps those who cannot afford to pay … the needy.

I prayerfully support it and pray that you will, too.”

Let us, as servants of our Lord, remember His words in Matthew 25:34-40. It describes the Health Bus. “Then the King will say to those on His right, Come you who are blessed by my Father. Take your inheritance, the Kingdom prepared for you since the foundation of the world.

“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in. I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me. I was in prison and you came to visit me.

“Then the Righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed you, or thirsty and gave You something to drink? When did we see You a stranger and invited You in, or needing clothes and clothed You? When did we see You sick or in prison and go to visit You?’

“And the King will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of My family, you did it unto me.’” (NIV and NRSV).