July 26, 2018 - Issue: Vol. 164, No. 126 — Daily Edition115th Congress (2017 - 2018) - 2nd Session
RECOGNIZING CHRISTIAN CARE MINISTRY'S 25 YEARS OF SERVICE; Congressional Record Vol. 164, No. 126
(Extensions of Remarks - July 26, 2018)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Page E1090] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] RECOGNIZING CHRISTIAN CARE MINISTRY'S 25 YEARS OF SERVICE ______ HON. BILL POSEY of florida in the house of representatives Thursday, July 26, 2018 Mr. POSEY. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in honor of the 25th anniversary of Christian Care Ministry, an outreach of the American Evangelistic Association. Based in Melbourne, Florida, this not-for-profit organization was founded by Dr. E. John Reinhold as a formalized approach to sharing healthcare burdens. Beginning with a mere 600 households in 1993, membership in Christian Care Ministry's Medi-Share program has skyrocketed over the last 25 years. Through Medi-Share, over $2.6 billion in medical bills has been shared and discounted by more than 400,000 members across the nation. ``Launched from a kitchen table at our home, Christian Care Ministry has served hundreds of thousands through providing a mechanism for mutual care. I am proud to have founded this ministry and to have been part of what it has meant to so many,'' Reinhold shared. After the passage of the Affordable Care Act, Christians recognized an opportunity to be part of something bigger than healthcare--a sharing community that met the requirements of the new healthcare law without compromising their values. Christian Care Ministry has not only helped many to faithfully handle expensive medical bills, it has also been a boon to the economy of Brevard County. The mayor of Melbourne, Kathy Meehan, stated, ``by providing more than 430 jobs at its Melbourne headquarters and making significant financial investments in its facility, Christian Care Ministry has made a substantial economic impact on our community. We are proud to have the ministry in the City of Melbourne and are grateful for the benefits it has provided to our community for the past 25 years.'' Christian Care Ministry has more than 600 faithful and dedicated employees nationwide and are proud of their diligence in providing outstanding customer service. I urge my colleagues to join me in congratulating Christian Care Ministry for 25 years of service and for their dedication to assisting those who need medical care. ____________________