Gifts That Bring Hope

“We can’t say thank you enough to those who give to the Mother’s Day Offering. My husband and I cried tears of relief and joy when our son Cody’s hospital bill was paid. We’ve struggled hard to make ends meet since my husband was laid off – and were so worried. We know this was God at work through N.C. Baptists. He is still in the miracle-working business!”

Thank you for helping this family at North Carolina Baptist Hospital, and hundreds of others just like them, through your gifts to the Mother’s Day Offering. Those you help fall between the cracks of assistance. They have a little too much to qualify for Medicaid or charity care, but not enough to pay their hospital bills. Pressed to the edge of financial ruin, they need a lifeline of hope. Every dollar you give helps patients pay their hospital bills in the name of Jesus Christ and His love. God is at work, changing fear into hope, through you.

“Gifts That Bring Hope” is the theme for the 2011 Mother’s Day Offering. One of my favorite scriptures is behind the theme. In Romans 15:30, Paul wrote, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, that you may have all hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.”

God has tremendous compassion for patients and families who need help through the Mother’s Day Offering. He knows their suffering caused by illness. He sees them struggle under the burdens of serious financial need – and the unrelenting fear of losing everything. He reaches out and makes hope come alive through your gifts.

I am privileged to write these patients and their families a letter that says, “Your hospital bill has been paid by compassionate and mission-minded North Carolina Baptists in the name of Jesus Christ and His love.”

When Cody’s parents read their letter, hope overflowed in their hearts. “We are ordinary people living in a very difficult time. This letter brought an amazing blessing from God. My husband is young in the Lord, and this encouraged his faith. Cody was amazed to see what God can do. My coworkers wept tears of joy when I shared it with them. God is so very good, all the time!”

Thank you for lending the gift of hope through the Mother’s Day Offering. Please pray for the 2011 Offering. Please give generously as God leads you.

Rev. Paul M. Mullen
North Carolina Baptist Hospital

Wake Forest Baptist Health