Updated: Dec 20, 2021
A note from Watermark Health's Executive Director, Christy Chermak
If you’re like me, you might look at the headlines of our times and wonder how in the world we got to where we are today. As a human race, it feels like we’re collectively facing an overwhelming amount of tragedy, navigating polarizing divisions and discord, while trying to understand a culture that is rapidly shifting its values and morals.
One of the things that I love about being a part of Watermark Health is how this ministry enters into the thick of the issues of our day. We don’t shy away from the difficult, and we also aren’t armchair experts- grumbling about the state of the world from the comfort of our home.
As we follow Jesus, He has shown us how to sacrifice our desires and comforts and safety in order to choose to count others more valuable than ourselves. It is the joy and honor of this mission to enter into the broken-ness of our world and provide real solutions in the name of Jesus.
Global pandemic? We’re there to serve.
Healthcare disparities based on ethnicity and geography? Our mobile unit is rolling up now.
Mental health crisis? Our Skillman and Plano clinics are open and we’re ready to help.
Our city’s vulnerable left out in the cold? We’ll send a team during an ice storm.
Highly debated laws about abortion? We’ll add sonogram services for women and the pre-born.
Growing discord and polarization? We'll open our doors to strangers we disagree with and share love and truth with them all day long
As newspapers and 24-hour news broadcasts have bombarded us with a million salacious sound bites about all that is going wrong, Watermark Health has been busy rewriting the story we’re living in.
As you take some time to read the stories highlighting how God is using Watermark Health to rewrite the headlines of our times, I hope that you are encouraged and catch a new vision for what the Lord can do through the local church. In a time when the necessity and value of the church is being called into question, we hope these pages tell a different story.
A story of a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation that spend their days declaring the praises of Him who called them out of darkness into His wonderful light. They were once not a people, but now because of an extravagant amount of mercy are called the people of God. As they navigate this land as foreigners (for their citizenship is in a different Kingdom, and they are simply pilgrims in this one), they strive to abstain from the ways of this world. They instead live in a way that people who do not know their God and criticize His teachings would still see their good deeds and Give Him glory for the work they do.
If you know Jesus, you’re a part of that story as well. You are one of those chosen people (1 Peter 2:9-12). I pray the words on these pages embolden you and encourage you to daily recommit to the call of Christ. The past few years have made it easy to get overwhelmed by darkness, but you are the light of the world. Jesus tells us to let our good works shine before others so that they give Glory to our Father who is in Heaven.
And that’s precisely what we hope the following pages do. Read on and join us in giving Glory to our Father who is in Heaven for all that He has done.
Praising Jesus with you,