C.C. TX?Written by Scott Dreyer
If you know much about the USA, you know that each state has a two-letter initial that we use when sending mail, and some of the more widely-known ones are CA (California), NY (New York), and TX (Texas).
But C.C. TX?
Last May, one of our children had a sudden and severe medical emergency. Thankfully, that child got immediate and excellent care, and has recovered fully. However, the bill for roughly 24 hours in the hospital (Emergency Room and ICU), plus a short ambulance ride, ran up a bill of almost US$7,000! You can see how, in the US, one medical emergency can spell financial ruin for a family, if unprepared for it.
I knew TX, but C.C.? I thought about it.
Then it hit me.
So, that night at church, I was able to tell about yet another gift that had come in just that day, to pay part of the enormous medical bill. But there was an extra blessing. Look at the name Corpus Christi. Does it look like English to you? Actually, it is a Latin name, and it translates to English as "Body of Christ." The thought struck me: how appropriate! I am to speak to a church congregation tonight, that the Bible calls the body of Christ, and I will share about how Samaritan Ministries works among the body of Christ, and today I get a check for $456 from a member in Corpus Christi! (Yes, God has a wonderful sense of humor.)
On top of the generous support that will pay 100% of our expenses from that emergency last May, we also get many kind, loving cards and notes with offers to pray for us. It's remarkable to receive such demonstrations of love and support, across the US, from people we do not even know.
One recent note particularly stood out in my mind. Part of it went:
"MY HEART GOES OUT TO YOU. CHILDREN ARE A SPECIAL GIFT FROM GOD. I LOST MY SON TWO YEARS AGO. I SPENT A LOT OF TIME WITH HIM BUT NOW MISS EVERY SECOND I DID SOMETHING ELSE. THANK GOD FOR [YOUR CHILDREN] EVERY DAY!!
That was a reminder I needed to hear, to thank God for my children--and all my many blessings--every day.
Among my blessings, I thank God for Samaritan Ministries. It has helped us solve the healthcare issue.
A licensed teacher in the US state of Virginia since 1987, Scott Dreyer has been helping Chinese speakers improve their English since 1989. Dreyer lived in Taiwan from 1989-1999 where he learned Mandarin, met his wife, started his family, and realized he loved working with Chinese students. He became an award-winning author and started teaching ESL online in 2008. Dreyer and his wife and their four adult children make their home in the beautiful Roanoke Valley in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.dreyercoaching.com/en/about/scott-dreyer
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