The Hope Clinic is a Christian clinic that believes in showing compassion and providing high quality medical care to all patients who walk through our door. After more than 30 years as an internist in private practice, Dr. William Martin was keenly aware of the ever-growing healthcare needs of the uninsured and underinsured. Feeling personally called to do more, Dr. Martin left private practice to found the Hope Clinic – establishing an innovative and caring answer to a pressing community need.
When Christ began His own ministry on earth, teaching and preaching, healing and feeding were all played out in a beautiful symphony of compassion. And Christ's ministry continues on through His Body, the Church.
He has given different gifts and different callings to the different individuals that are the hands, eyes and feet of the Body. In the book of Romans, the apostle Paul says we should each consider our gifts "with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, through many, are one body in Christ. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches,
in teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness" (New International Version Bible, Romans 12:3-8).
Here and in I Corinthians 12, the apostle Paul makes plain that God does not give each person in the church every gift, but that we are to work together to do all the good works that God has called us to do in harmony, each one doing his part. We at the Hope Clinic feel our own calling is to work for justice and relief for the poor in our community by providing quality, affordable medical care, while at the same time keeping "Christ as holy in our hearts; always being prepared to give an answer to anyone who asks a reason for the Hope that is in us" (New International Version Bible, I Peter 3:15).
The Hope Clinic is a Christian clinic that believes that the gifts and calling it has been given are not primarily for missions or evangelism, but for charity. There are others in the Church who are called primarily to preach the gospel. Still others have gifts that equip them to evangelize while meeting the most basic needs of the poor. We believe that Christ has built His body so that the things closest to His heart will be done and the needs of the world will be met–both physically and spiritually–by responsible Christians answering the individual call of God on their lives.
God has promised that when you "pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desires of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday, the Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your desire" (New International Version Bible, Isaiah 58:10-11). As we trust that promise we look for ways to show we are here doing this work that we feel blessed to be called to because the love of Christ constrains and empowers us. Each patient room has a verse expressing our hope in Christ to meet all our needs.
The call of Christ is for His people to move away from comfort toward need. It is readily apparent to anyone who has spent a morning in our clinic that genuine, sometimes desperate need shows up at our front door every day. We are doing what we can to show Christ as we imitate Him in "healing the brokenhearted and binding up their wounds" (New International Version Bible, Psalm 147:3).
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