I usually do not make a point of mentioning what denomination of Christian I am since it doesn’t seem to matter much to me. As long as people are “washed in the blood of the Lamb,” I am not so concerned with their denominational affiliation. HOWEVER, today I am so glad I am a United Methodist in the Susquehanna Conference of the United Methodist Church in Pennsylvania, USA. I am also proud to have been one of the first baccalaureate nursing graduates from York College of Pennsylvania and York Hospital. Here is why I tell you this:
My Alma Mater, York Hospital had 42 hospital beds they were going to scrapbut first they contacted Mission Central in Mechanicsburg, the Susquehanna UM Conference Mission Supply House to see if they knew of any hospitals in the world who needed beds. Mission Central houses many missions, one of them being Project CURE, a non-profit organization that collects donated medical equipment/supplies from this country and ships to 120 countries throughout the developing world.
After verifying that Project CURE was in dire need of beds to complete shipments, this seemed like the perfect opportunity to fulfill that need. The challenge was the abbreviated time-frame constraints, and the fact that these beds needed to be shipped down to the Nashville warehouse to be loaded on ocean-going containers that would head to the nation in need. Greg from Project CURE told Mission Central to go ahead and contact Wal-Mart, and see if they could help. Wal-Mart has partnered with Project CURE and deserves much of the credit for moving collected medical equipment up and down the east coast; free of charge, getting much-needed supplies into Project CURE warehouses to be staged and shipped.
Mission Central called Jon Gaupp at the local Wal-Mart. It was the 4th of July weekend, no less. Well, Jon chuckled as he heard the request but said, “I’ll see what we can do.” Twenty minutes later Jon called back. He had lined up 2 Wal-Mart 53′ semi-trailers that would be in York the following Wednesday at noon. The following Wednesday at noon it became a reality as volunteers from Project CURE helped Mission Central personnel and York Hospital employees load the hospital beds into the Wal-Mart trucks.
Having been on the mission field for short stints, I am well aware of the great need for such supplies. I am also aware that getting supplies to the people can be a challenge with dock workers wanting to be paid to let supplies come in and custom and duty fees making mission supplies very expensive in the long run, not to mention black marketers stealing what they may. I know that my church’s mission supplies are in good hands, however. These people are wise as serpents though they may seem gentle as doves. They know how to get the supplies through, with God’s help.
So today, I want you to know I am a United Methodist Christian who graduated from York College and Hospital and who shops, proudly, at Wal-Mart!
Have a blessed weekend in the Lord,