Every Number Is A Story

Let’s just get this out of the way- I’m a finance nerd, among various other types of nerd as well. I like numbers and logic and statistics and spreadsheets and making sure everything lines up just right. OCD? Maybe (definitely).

In ministry, just like finance, we have a tendency to count everything, and the Refuge Clinic is no different. We love to know how many people are coming through our doors, how many are participating in each clinic, who is becoming more engaged into other programs we offer, and the list goes on.

It’s never a bad idea to track numbers like this- after all, every organization has a budget for a reason, right?

God makes a point to emphasize numbers in scripture as well. He ordered Gideon to reduce his army to 300 men (Judges 7:4-8). Jesus used a couple fish and a few loaves of bread to feed the 5,000 (Matthew 14:13-18). Peter’s testimony to the crowds in Jerusalem added 3,000 members to the early church (Acts 2:14-41). The Bible is full of specific details and head counts!

But in reality, it goes way beyond simply tracking numbers to fill out a spreadsheet or to boast about at the end of the year. Every number represents someone’s story- the story of a person who is the apple of God’s eye and His treasured possession. Every patient who walks through the doors of Refuge Clinic has been uniquely and wonderfully made by the Creator of the universe, and if we’ve extended to them even a fraction of His immeasurable love, then we’re doing something right.

Our prayer, and I hope you’ll join us in it, is that each of the more than 3,500 individuals who call the Refuge Clinic their home for primary care experience the unconditional love of Christ as a result of walking through our doors. Every number is a story, and we have so many to tell…with more on the way!


- Mikhail Jenkins, Development Coordinator