Why is it so hard to put our pride to the side, and simply reach out for help?
As a ministry, All Things Possible wants people in the community to come to us for financial help with catastrophic and unexpected medical costs. We are a blessing waiting to happen.
We’re delighted that the Lord has trusted us to have been the bridge of financial blessings for several families since our inception in May of 2013. We have raised anywhere from $5,000 to $15,000 per medical recipient, based on their needs. To God be the glory!
As human beings, we weren’t meant to accomplish everything through our own ability and resources. If that were the case, we wouldn’t need to turn toward God, and would fail miserably without Him. We are on this earth to help each other and do life together. Galatians 6:2 tells us to “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”
Oddly enough, many in need have told us that they don’t reach out for help because:
- “I don’t want everyone to know that I can’t pay my own medical bills.”
- “I would rather do without the medical equipment than be indebted to anyone.”
- “What would my friends think? I’m ashamed that I didn’t get better insurance or save more for “just-in-case situations like this.”
- I would be too embarrassed to ask strangers for money.”
God’s answer to those excuses might be:
A) “I don’t want everyone to know that I can’t pay my own medical bills.”
Proverbs 11:2 – When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.
Fact: Most people can’t pay their medical bills. The number 1 reason why people go bankrupt is due to medical expenses. A recent Harvard University study showed that medical expenses account for approximately 62 percent of personal bankruptcies in the US.
B) “I would rather do without the medical equipment than be indebted to anyone.”
Colossians 2:14 – “Having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross.”
Fact: Not accepting help with funds to purchase the medical equipment or device needed actually puts pride ahead of quality of life. There is no indebtedness involved. Those who give to families in need do so because it’s the right thing to do and it simply feels good to bless someone else. Why would you want to rob others of the joy of giving? Think of not being able to see the happiness on someone’s face when you give a Christmas or birthday gift. The act of giving is what warms our hearts and demonstrates our humanity.
All Things Possible Ministries purchases medical equipment and devices for patients when their insurance company or Medicaid plan has rejected their claim. In our experience, Medicaid will pay for surgery caused by a catastrophic accident or situation. However, they don’t generally pay for preventative equipment that can eliminate the need for dangerous and complicated surgery. Our goal is to improve the quality of life for the patient and reduce the risk of more serious damage that can easily occur without proper preventative equipment.
C) “What would my friends think? I’m ashamed that I didn’t get better insurance or save more for “just-in-case situations like this.”
1 Peter 5:5 – “… All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.”
Psalm 34:5 – “Those who look to Him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.”
Fact: The Harvard University study (noted above) also showed that 72 percent of those who filed for bankruptcy due to medical expenses had some type of health insurance, thus debunking the myth that only the uninsured face financial catastrophes due to medical-related expenses. There is no shame in being unable to afford costly health insurance. Most families in the United States live paycheck to paycheck and don’t have thousands of dollars in a rainy day fund. In fact, a recent survey by Forbes magazine, it was discovered that 56 percent of Americans said they have less than $1,000 saved in their checking and savings accounts combined. Other studies show that rate as high as 69% who have less than $1,000 saved.
D) “I would be too embarrassed to ask strangers for money.”
Matthew 7:7 – “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.
John 14:14 – “You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.”
Fact: Our medical fundraising recipient families don’t do the asking. All Things Possible Ministries asks the community to help, on behalf of families in need. The Lord wants us to humble ourselves, come to Him, and He will meet our needs according to His will and purpose for us. How much easier can it get?
Asking for help doesn’t equate to weakness, on the contrary, our Lord loves a humble heart. James 3:13 reads “Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom.” Being wise enough ask for help can open doors to miracles you could never have imagined.
If you or someone you know is experiencing a medical crisis and needs financial assistance to pay the medical providers, contact All Things Possible Ministries. We are here to bring the situation to the attention of the community through public fundraising events in the Charlotte metro area. 100% of donations received during the medical campaigns are used to provide medical devices and pay for procedures or treatments to solve a potentially life-threatening health problem and improve the quality of life. The criteria to qualify as a medical recipient is available on our website at www.AllThingsPossible.org.
Bottom Line is: Don’t block the blessings that God has prepared for you and your family.