I recently attended the annual conference of the Christian Community Health Fellowship (CCHF) in Oklahoma City from May 12th – 14th. The mission of CCHF is to educate, encourage and engage Christians to live out the gospel through healthcare among the poor. This is precisely what The Good Samaritan Health Center strives to do each day for our patients, and I enjoyed three days of soaking up great ideas and inspiring testimonies.

But perhaps the most important reminder was that Good Sam’s work is community development work. What we are trying to do is much more, and much harder than merely operating a first-class clinic. We are trying to guide people from languishing to flourishing and being everything God has called and desires them to be. A great quote from Thomas Edison sums up this idea,

“If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves.”

But doing the things we are capable of doesn’t happen in a vacuum. It happens in the context of community. This is why I am committed to Good Sam focusing strategically on our local community. I believe that the Westside should be a healthier place to live because Good Sam is located here. We have to care about what’s outside of our own walls. We must be committed to community.

Which is why I hope you will join us tomorrow for our first annual Community Day! On June 4th from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm we will be offering free health screenings, new patient enrollment, free food, great music, farm tours, games, exercise classes (led by Urban Perform), guest speakers, and FUN for all ages.

Come join us, and let’s make our community healthier – together.


By John Luckett
Chief Executive Officer
The Good Samaritan Health Center

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