My name is Cynthia McClenny, the Community Health Worker for the Charitable Clinic. When people ask what I do, I tell them I’m a connector to resources, but in reality I am a connector to the Lord. I love that my position gives me the opportunity to meet patients one-on-one and get to knot them on a personal level. I believe that the body of Christ are His hands, feet and mouthpiece to those He brings to us who need to feel His love.
On our first visit, he looked beaten down, defeated, and simply ‘just-existing’ and going through the motions of life.
Mr. P met with me two months ago after a visit with his physician. On our first visit, he looked beaten down, defeated, and simply ‘just-existing’ and going through the motions of life. Mr. P had been feeling ill, but didn’t know what was wrong until he saw our clinic physician who diagnosed him with diabetes and high blood pressure. During our first visit, I touched on the fact that he could control the diabetes and not let the diabetes control him. We made a plane together and set some goals. I also reminded him that he was still young and if the Lord still had him here, He has a purpose for his life. His face lit up when I told him this and then prayed with him. When he came in the next month, he was smiling a little more. Mr. P reduced his alcohol consumption by half and started walking daily! We reviewed his progress and celebrated and prayed together.
I felt the Lord leading me to ask about his salvation. I demonstrated the process with a little box I have on my desk. He listed without a word until I asked him he was ready to surrender to Jesus; he said YES! I walked him through the salvation prayer, prayed for healing and restoration, and celebrated his decision. I connected him to a pastor near his home where he could go to worship and encourage him to take his wife. He said, “She will come to know the Lord, too.” I’ve seen him a couple of times since and his smile keeps getting bigger and bigger.
It’s encouraging to them that someone is cheering them on to the finish line.
He is making progress in his weight and exercise goals, and has a cousin keeping him accountable. Before they leave, all my patients know that I am praying for their success and am confident they will meet their goals if they follow the plan. It’s encouraging to them that someone is cheering them on to the finish line. Before he left on his last follow up, I asked him if his wife had noticed a difference. He turned to me and with a big smile he said YES!! She is excited about his results and has also encouraged him to continue. He has truly had an encounter with the Lord. You can see the fruits of the Spirit. He is now alcohol-free and Spirit-filled!! He says his life has changed 100%. Praise the Lord!
Cynthia McClenney, Cornerstone Charitable Clinic Community Health Worker