Medical Clinic Mission trips to rural White/Cumberland county line area
Click here to see pictures of October 28, 2006 clinic.
September 24, 2005, our first medical clinic:
Neverfail Community Church and First Baptist, Murfreesboro, team to provide free medical clinic and more
By Scott Willis
(Scott Willis is contemporary worship leader at First Baptist, Murfreesboro, and was a member of this team.) (reprinted by permission)
Emily and Eliot Roberts, co-pastors of Neverfail Community Church on the Cumberland Plateau have a knack for networking with others to meet the needs of their unique community. Several members of First Baptist, Murfreesboro, as well as others recruited for the task joined that network for a one-day project on Saturday, September 24. The team arrived early and set up for a free medical clinic in the church building, anticipating the arrival of 35 individuals who had made their appointments. A construction crew including Jason Lamons, Geoffery Herring, Carl Davenport, and Jay Womble began work on framing inner walls and building two loading decks for a large storage trailer used to store equipment and food commodities. A children’s ministry area was also set up with Sheryl Chestnutt, Allison Lynch, Vickie Willis, and Scott Willis geared up to work with any children who would accompany their parents.
Betty Dixon, chair of the Great Commission Council at First Baptist, Murfreesboro, coordinated the effort along with the Roberts. She commented, “I was very pleased with the experience – from our quick set-up on arrival to our group worship time before we actually opened the clinic. We were well prepared with our doctors: Dr. Bud Young; Dr. John Dixon; Judy Lowe, P.A., and their nursing staff: Kelly Word, Jenny Jones, Judy Campbell, Nikki Baxter, and Misty Womble. Robbie Burns provided our pharmacy and the whole medical team was assisted by Edna Rhea Vaughn, Mary Belle Ginanni, and Myra Davenport.”
Kelly Word, R.N., who was responsible for taking health information, noted that most did not have insurance. One lady suffering with cancer said her insurance would not pay for all her medications and was thankful the clinic could help with that. “I looked at her, feeling helpless but also sensing her determination.” The team reported many encounters in which people were grateful for the personal attention given to them.
Emily and Eliot Roberts were pleased with the way the clinic was conducted and with the potential this kind of event has for their ongoing ministry. The much-needed construction of an accessible ramp for the disabled (completed two weeks earlier) and a weather-tight storage unit complete just two of their dream projects. Betty Dixon summed the day up by saying, “We are thankful for all the Lord provided for us and the good working relationship with Neverfail Church and its people. We were blessed with a beautiful day and a wonderful opportunity.”
Saturday Sept. 24, 2005: concurrent with medical clinic, a construction team will be making modifications to a storage trailer, a youth team will be working with neighborhood children.
Saturday Sept. 24, 2005: Medical team will arrive at 8 AM. Clinic scheduled to begin at 9 AM.
Friday Sept. 23, 2005: Advance team to set up building for tomorrow's clinic. Times not yet set.
Saturday, Sept. 10th: construction team to build handicap access ramp for clinic client access.
Saturday August 20th, 2005: Betty and Jason from 1st Baptist Church, Murfreesboro visited with Neverfail pastors Emily and Eliot to firm up plans for the Saturday September 24th Mission Medical Clinic. In addition to the Medical Clinic, a construction team project is planned to make modifications to a storage trailer, and members of 1st Baptist's youth group will come and minister to children from the community around Neverfail. A construction team will come in advance of the medical team to construct a handicap access ramp into Neverfail's building. More information will be posted here when that project date is set.
Friday May 20th, 2005: Betty and Kelly from 1st Baptist Church, Murfreesboro visited with Neverfail pastors Emily and Eliot to consider the possibilities of a team of medical personnel making a trip to Neverfail's mission field for the purpose of providing medical screening and assistance for needy people in this rural community. A late September 2005 date might be a possibility with dreams of returning on a six months basis. Watch here for updates as this mission opportunity develops and join us in raising this matter in prayer before our Heavenly Father.