Good Samaritan Medical Clinic
First Baptist Church offers free medical clinics each Wednesday evening at 5:00 PM. and two Sundays a month at 7:30 AM. These clinics are provided in cooperation with World Impact. For Wednesday clinics, enter the north end of the church building from the parking lot. For the Sunday clinics, enter the south end of the church building from Second Street and go downstairs to the Fellowship Hall.
The clinics are staffed by volunteer physicians and volunteers from the church who check patients in, enter health data into the computer data base, take blood pressures & pulse, and record the reason for coming to see the doctor. Another person offers to pray for the patients after they have seen the doctor. There is an interpreter for Hispanic patients who do not speak English.
After examining the patient, if medicine is necessary, the physician is able to write prescriptions for the lowest price medications available. If the medical need is one that the clinic is not equipped to handle, referrals are made to places where the needed treatment can be received.
Similar clinics are offered at Glenn Park Christian Church and First Pentecostal Church. These clinics use the same data base, thus making it possible for a person to receive service at either of these without filling out new health history forms at each site.
The goal of the staff is to express the love of Jesus to all persons, regardless of their race or economic and social status. Let us know If you are interested in getting involved.
Don Gaines coordinates and supervises medical clinic volunteers. He is the official liaison between First Baptist and World Impact. Don is a widower with three sons, one step-son, two step-daughters, five grandchildren and five step-grandchildren. He attended Ottawa University and Central Baptist Theological Seminary and was ordained in 1953. Previously to joining us at First Baptist, Don was Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds for eight years at Central Baptist Theological Seminary, Pastor of two American Baptist churches for a total of 33 years, Minister of Mission Support for American Baptist Churches of Nebraska for eight years and an Interim Minister for two years.
“I am thankful to be able to live out my calling as a minister of Jesus Christ in the medical clinics and in my involvement in the Neighborhood Fellowship. It is a joy to be a part of a group of people committed to addressing the physical and spiritual needs of those who live in the inner city, and to build friendships with those who come to the medical clinics and Neighborhood Fellowship.” In Don’s spare time he enjoys photography and involvement in the activities of Prairie Homestead.