Last month, we sent an e-mail to our membership in celebration of the fact that Liberty HealthShare had just achieved a milestone. In mid-December, our membership surpassed 100,000 people. It’s hard to believe that since then, we’ve added over 10,000 more individuals to our community!
To our recently enrolled members, welcome and congratulations on your effort to escape the third-party healthcare payment system where somebody else pays the bill, e.g., an insurance company, an employer, or the government. This transition is not necessarily easy because most folks have been in the third-party payment system for so long that they have forgotten (or never experienced) what it’s like to make medical care choices based on both quality and price.
Throughout the course of your enrollment and membership in Liberty HealthShare, you have likely noticed that we use terminology that is specific to our organization and work. There are several reasons we choose to communicate in the way we do.
Members of healthcare sharing ministries are a unique breed. We are determined to protect our individual liberties, and yet we have committed ourselves to sharing with this community. These two behaviors may seem incongruous to some, but we believe they go hand in hand. For many of us, it is our individual freedom that compels us to share with others as they share with us. We want others to remain free as well. Participating in elections is one of the main ways we preserve and protect our unalienable rights.
A sedentary lifestyle is now more the rule than the exception in our country. Not only are a huge portion of American jobs now accomplished from a seated position, but the reality is our downtime is dominated by a nearly unlimited number of indoor entertainment options that are constantly within arm's reach. This isn't just true for adults, either. Kids suffer from their own versions of these pitfalls and temptations, and they are a lot less likely to choose physical activity if they don't see it modeled by their parents.
This past week, Liberty HealthShare Executive Director Dale Bellis attended a pastors' training event hosted by Pastor Jim Garlow, author of Well Versed: biblical answers to today's tough issues. This brand new book does a fantastic job of explaining how we as Americans might best respond to the pressures, policies, and events that impact our lives each day - all in light of the Bible.
Last month, Liberty HealthShare had the opportunity to send representatives to Cleveland and Philadelphia to meet with those attending the Republican and Democrat National Conventions. With healthcare being a hot topic, we wanted to make sure candidates and their campaigns are aware of our unique status. We are always paying attention to possible policy changes, both at the national and state level. And we are always advocating for FREEDOM!
A Donation to H.E.L.P. Cap Haitien
It was autumn 2009 when Pastor Kip Smith and his wife Lora first learned about the mission work being performed at Cap Haitien in Haiti. They attended a talk in Cleveland, Ohio where missionaries and volunteers told of the desperate need for medical supplies and healthcare workers in Haiti’s second largest city. While discussions were being held as to what sort of involvement was possible for their small parish, disaster struck.
Andy and Tiffany Clark are a young couple from Canton, Ohio. Like many young couples, the Clarks began to face financial difficulties due to student loan debt. These difficulties prompted tough decisions as the couple faced the choice between paying healthcare costs or neglecting basic necessities of life such as food and rent. Andy and Tiffany’s faith in God’s provision led them to pray that He would intervene and provide a solution that would meet all of these needs rather than accepting the frightening realities of living without healthcare.