Location: 137 East Main Street, Gouverneur, NY 13642
The Health & Hope Mission 1 John 3:18 is the Gouverneur clinic ministry now associated with a 501c3 called “Christ Health Care Ministry” or CHCM.
We are one of the two free medical clinics located around New York State that are completely funded with private donations. We are located in a rented store front facility in the center of the village of Gouverneur, NY. We serve a rural community of several thousand, yet draw clients from throughout our county and surrounding counties. Rachel Raven, NP is the founder and director of this clinic. She led our church and community to pray about opening the Gouverneur clinic in May of 2013. She obediently listened to the Lord’s lead and asked local churches and family and friends to pray for confirmation of the Lord’s will to open this medical mission. She went through each door that the Lord opened to get started. Some thought it would be impossible to open so soon, but the Lord answered those prayers and community support made opening the doors a seamless, effortless process. For example, one week prior to opening of the clinic the leadership team was informed by the New York State that a Certificate Of Need application and an assessment of need was necessary prior to opening. This involved about 30 pages of documentation, a few thousand dollars and nine months of processing time. The Lord had other plans. After three days of consultation and meetings, the clinic was cleared for opening. The clinic opened, as the Lord planned, the following week.
The first year of clinic operation was really a time that tested the faith of the leaders – yet the leadership team moved forward with great expectations knowing that the Lord was in control. Leaders were doing their best to raise financial support to cover known expenses and kept praying and believing. Funds trickled in but it seemed as if the budget to open would not be met. At any given time the clinic would have $40 dollars or less in the clinic account. But as the Lord would have it just as it seemed the funds wouldn’t be there within 24 hours of a bill being due, a donation for just that amount would come through. The Lord provided things just at the time the clinic needed them and no bills were missed or late and all medical needs were met.
The clinic has grown significantly. At this point the patients of the Health & Hope Mission have free access to laboratory and radiology services through Gouverneur Hospital and Canton Potsdam Hospital. Multiple clinicians, nurses, and office personnel donate their services. The clinic also has a pharmacist and a social worker.
We have a growing Pastoral staff on site to meet with patients as needed as well as to pray for providers and volunteers. Our client base is growing and the word is getting out and the clients are coming and we are reaching the Lord’s needs for medical care in our area. We will keep getting the word out we are here and continually ask for the Lord’s guidance and direction and offer our prayer needs for free medical care to Him.
Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act. Do not say to your neighbor, "Come back tomorrow and I’ll give it to you"—when you already have it with you.
— Proverbs 3:27-28
We are in prayer seeking volunteers that will enable Christ Health Care Ministry to provide new locations so medical professionals may give of themselves for the underserved and needy. Please consider assisting with your treasures, time and talents.
Our vision include new facilities in Ulster, Duchess and other New York State Counties.
Every person has an important, God-given role to play in helping to fulfill the Great Commission.
Location: 80 Brooks Road Ferndale, NY 12734
Located in Sullivan County New York, we operate a clinic on most Saturdays, providing hundreds of migrant workers access to primary care that is otherwise not available. Overcoming distance and cost obstacles, we are located in the heart of their community. 80 Brooks Rd, Ferndale, NY 12734
"I’ve previously shared here how patients have been impacted by the clinics supported by CHCM. I’d like to do something a little different with this newsletter.
As you know, CHCM facilitates the provision of free medical care and free medications to folk who have no medical insurance and are unable to afford it.
We rely not only on financial support but also on volunteers who respond to the Lord's prompting to sacrifice several of their hours on Saturday mornings. Who are these volunteers? They are retired administrators, nurses (still working and retired), soon to be retired engineers, teachers, housewives, college students, college graduates, future doctors (medical students) and even high school students!" by Dr. Juan D. Goyzueta