HARTFORD – Those who dedicate their time to FaithCare know that spirituality and healthcare go hand-in-hand.
And on Saturday, at the Hartford chapter’s Global Impact 2010 conference and banquet, volunteers and potential volunteers learned just how important free health care is to those who can’t afford such services.
Rev. Kurt Satherlie, ministry director, said anyone who gives of himself is a minister and urged more people to tap into their spiritual gifts.
“We build on what we have here at FaithCare,” he said, “and we need people like you.”
Since 1994 FaithCare, which is a non-profit organization, has been committed to community outreach, educational development and international missions. In 2010 the organization sent medical teams to Haiti and to Nigeria. In the past FaithCare has also worked in Siberia.
In Hartford, on the lower level of South Church of Hartford, the organization offers a free wellness clinic, which is open the first Saturday and the third Wednesday of each month.
Satherlie, pastor of First Church of Hartland, explained that people’s passions and talents are gifts from God and “blessings from the creator.”
During his presentation he showed clips from volunteers who went with FaithCare to Nigeria this year.
“The little you can do is better than doing nothing,” one volunteer said. “None of use chose where we were born, we’re one big family in humanity.”
“Whatever you do to help somebody else, you’ll will feel their graciousness,” Satherlie chimed in.
He said looking at all the world’s hunger and poverty can be overwhelming, but assured the group that one-by-one, they can defeat such problems.
Satherlie’s presentation was one of many volunteer sessions that took place during the conference. Other topics included nutrition, Haiti and mission work.
The event concluded with a presentation by Rene Godefroy, a motivational speaker who travels the country talking his experience growing up in Haiti.
He said it hit home when FaithCare asked him to be the keynote speaker.
“I felt a sense of connection,” he said. “God took me out (of Haiti) so that I can reach out.”
Godefroy, who flew in from Atlanta for the conference, said that reminding volunteers that they are making a difference is crucial, and added that the small things matter more than one might think. Not everyone, he said, can afford to travel overseas to help.
“You can help pack boxes and part of you goes on the mission. You’ll be there in spirit,” he said.
To get involved with FaithCare call (860) 249-2273.
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