MELBOURNE, Fla. — In celebration of 25 years of service, Christian Care Ministry, home of the well-known Medi-Share healthcare sharing program, is launching its inaugural Day of Sharing, a nationwide initiative to motivate and mobilize people to share their lives, faith, talents and resources to serve others.
On Saturday, Oct. 6, Christian Care Ministry employees will form teams to perform acts of service in their local communities. Team members from both the Melbourne and Colorado Springs campuses will participate in the event. The ministry is also encouraging Medi-Share’s 400,000 members to band together with their families, friends, and churches to serve and is inviting medical providers to get involved as well. Local dignitaries are expected to participate in the events in both Melbourne and Colorado Springs.
Based in Melbourne, Christian Care Ministry is best known for operating the Medi-Share healthcare sharing program through which members share each other’s medical bills and join together in prayer. Since the program’s inception in 1993, Medi-Share members have shared more than $1.8 billion of one another’s’ medical bills. But what is less well understood is why.
Christian Care Ministry was launched in 1993 to build a community that shared each other’s burdens as the early church did in the book of Acts.
“All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” (Acts 2:44–47)
Here we see the model that has inspired Christian Care Ministry from the beginning: a community of joint participation, actively engaged in good deeds that create goodwill among people, and so providing the opportunity to share the Good News of Jesus.
“When we thought of the best way to celebrate 25 years of ministry,” explained Michael Gardner, senior director of communications for Christian Care Ministry, “we naturally gravitated to sharing because it’s at the heart of everything we do. We want to inspire others to share tangible acts of faith, hope and love in a way that betters their communities.”
Christian Care Ministry employees already serve the local community as part of the ministry’s formalized volunteer program. Employees receive up to three paid days off each year to serve others, and many use this time to serve their local churches, local ministries, and other community goodwill organizations.
Gardner said, “Our ministry hopes to once again become a catalyst to the nation by encouraging Christians to share their lives, faith, talents, and resources to lift other people’s burdens, modeling what an authentic Christian community is all about. It’s the perfect foundation for our next 25 years.”
For more information about the Day of Sharing, visit www.DayofSharing.com.
About Christian Care Ministry
Based in Melbourne, Christian Care Ministry operates the Medi-Share health care sharing program through which members share each other’s medical bills. Since the program’s inception in 1993, Medi-Share members have had more than $2.9 billion of their medical bills shared and discounted. Medi-Share has more than 400,000 members in all 50 states. Christian Care Ministry also coordinates a community of more than 1,800 churches across the nation, joining them together in prayer and support.