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A job of consequence

"A job of consequence" Continued...

Issue: "Inside the wire," March 22, 2014

CARE FOR HER COMMUNITY: Marisa Abbo.
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CARE FOR HER COMMUNITY: Marisa Abbo.
Now, the budget has expanded to $9 million, with about 60 percent coming from insurance (including Medicaid and Medicare) and fees from the uninsured, whose payments add up to about $400,000 a year. The rest comes from grants, donations, and partnerships with other health organizations that enable CCC to open new clinics in underserved neighborhoods, adopt electronic medical records, and attain lab work and specialized care for patients. 

Propson says he always worries about the unintended consequences of receiving government money, but they aren’t necessarily the ones that first come to mind. Government rules can drive a mindset that “is not the mindset of the gospel. … If you get in the mindset of doing the minimum for the government, you are going to think of the government as your master.” Instead, he said Christians need to ask, “What’s the Christian imperative behind this rule, and how can we go and fulfill that, even if it’s going to be harder work?”

And if the day comes when someone complains about an explicitly Christian group receiving government money? Propson said, “We should hold our success loosely, understanding that it comes from God.”

Susan Olasky
Susan Olasky

Susan pens book reviews and other articles for WORLD as a senior writer and has authored eight historical novels for children. Susan and her husband Marvin live in Asheville, N.C. Follow Susan on Twitter @susanolasky.

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