Heal the sick and feed the poor
I am excited to share with you what God has laid on my heart.
For those of you that don’t know my full story, I will share that first. I have worked in the hospitals for over 20 years, 15 of those years as an emergency room nurse. During that time, I became very ill. My illness progressed slowly over about 10 years. I had seen every doctor, had every test imaginable, and was on dozens of prescription medications. No one knew what was wrong with me nor what to do with me. I was preparing to file for disability and losing hope of getting well. It was at that point a couple of my dear friends advised me to see their naturopathic doctor. In my desperation, I took his name and number and drove 10 hours to see this doctor. To make a long story short, he got me well!
This was as much of a spiritual journey as it was a physical health journey for me. You see I had wanted to be a doctor my whole life. I know now looking back that God did want me to be a doctor, just not in the hospitals where I thought. I had to go through what I went through for God to get me where he needed me to be, which was in naturopathic medicine.
So at the age of 40, with 4 kids and still working in the hospital, I entered medical school to pursue my dream of becoming a doctor. Four years later, my childhood dream became a reality when I graduated with a doctorate degree in naturopathic medicine and the Lord instructed me to “Heal the sick and feed the poor”!
As I started to practice and see patients, I was doing great things and people were getting well, but I very quickly learned there was a much, much greater need. Where I live, naturopathic medicine is not covered by insurance, so all costs are out of pocket. God continued to bring me single moms, those out of work, on disability, or people who were so sick they had already spent all their money on co-pays, deductibles and other out of pocket expenses and there was nothing left. Not only could these people not afford my services, they could not afford the supplements or nutritional recommendations I was making. It is no surprise that in America eating healthy can be much more expensive than eating fast food every day, but I knew healthy eating was what they needed to heal! The burden of what I knew and was unable to provide these patients was becoming very heavy!
Through a series of events at the end of 2018, I knew God was trying to get my attention and wanted me to be still and listen to Him. I remember sitting and praying, and God said so clearly in my spirit “Do what I told you to do!” God had laid it on my heart years ago to do charity medicine and see people for free. I sarcastically responded to God by saying “Well that’s great God, but I’m $250,000 in medical school debt, so I’m not exactly sure how this is going to work.” He so sweetly informed me “The money is not coming from the patients…the money is coming from all of the people I have lined up to donate to your non-profit.” THAT’S IT!!!!
A wave of peace washed over me in that moment and I KNEW that was the answer! I said “Ok God, if this is what you want me to do – I’m all in, but you need to bring the people to help make this happen!”
God brought me a few wonderful godly women willing to help get it started and in February 2019 we received our 501c3 non-profit status and Crossroads Health & Wellness became a reality! We are working to spread the word and make our needs known, so that we can reach as many people as possible with the potentially life changing health education and services we provide!
Dr. Jill Jennings ND, RN
Crossroads Health & Wellness