Mercy Ministries Presented at Rotary
by Halei Lamb | July 23, 2018 2:04 pm
The Rotary Club of Swainsboro held its July 23, 2018 meeting at Catered Creations in Swainsboro. The new Swainsboro Rotary President, Cason Devane, welcomed everyone and recognized its first new member of the year, Richie Daniels. Jim Williams provided the invocation and Wade Johnson led the pledge, and Rotary Four-Way Test.
Cason Devane introduced Tres Herrin, former president of the Rotary Club of Vidalia. Herrin shared his support of the Mercy Ministries because of its aim for spiritual, physical, mental/emotional, and financial wholeness for those it serves. The Mercy Ministries is the umbrella of Mercy Medical Clinic, The Mercy Guild, Compassionate Care Dental Clinic, and Mercy Helps Ministry.
Mercy Medical Clinic is a free, volunteer-powered health care clinic in Lyons, Georgia services individuals living approximately within a 45-mile radius of Lyons. It is a 501(c)3 non profit organization offering a healthier way of life for hundreds of people living in a cycle of poverty. The clinic is based on the successful national model, Volunteers in Medicine, that engages retired and practicing doctors, nurses, and non-medical volunteers to provide compassionate care, free-of-charge, to the uninsured. The clinic does not rely on government funding and does not accept any insurance. Mercy Medical Clinic is 100% supported by private donations and in-kind contributions of professional services and supplies.
Patients are admitted based on their income and need. Resources for counseling, diabetes education, smoke cessation and drug and alcohol awareness are also offered. The goal is to move patients from a dependent state to being a contributor in the community and encourage them to regain their dignity and purpose in life.
Herrin introduced the Director of Mercy University Classes, Clint Hutcheson. Clint told the Rotarians about two classes he teaches: Faith & Finances and Work Life. Through education, these classes provide help. This holistic approach helps raise the dignity of patients by holding them accountable and maintaining high standards of compliance with the program. Ambassadors are needed to help spread awareness. Volunteers from medical and dental professionals are needed as well as prayer partners. To find out more, visit TheMercyMinistries.org.
The Rotary Club of Swainsboro is a unit of Rotary International and a member of District #6920.
Article by Gail Ware, Swainsboro Rotary Club Chair of Public Relations
Pictured: Cason DeVane, Clint Hutcheson, and Tres Herrin