Dear Friends and Supporters,
At the end of September, I will be stepping down as the pastor of Trinity Episcopal Church in Tariffville. But I have no intention of “retiring”. Instead, I will be working full time as President of Kateri Medical Services. Now that I have reached the age of 66, and thanks to the Church Pension Fund and Social Security, I will be able to serve in this role for no salary. Our goal is to continue to run Kateri Medical Services with as low an overhead budget as possible. Currently, about 99 cents out of every donated dollar goes to pay the salaries of medical professionals and to buy medicine. We have had to spend a little money on website development and mailings, but we have managed to keep our overhead very low. And we plan to keep I that way.
In the days ahead we will be expanding the work of Kateri Medical Services. We now have two full-time clinics. We are planning two more for next year. In 2017, we will be doing four weeks of summer intensive medical mission instead of two. Our goal is to have 10 full time clinics built, running year round and self-sustaining by 2025.
We began this ministry, quite literally, on a wing and a prayer thirteen years ago. Since our small beginnings in 2003, we have run a clinic 365 days a year ever since. We have never missed a payroll and we have never stopped caring for hurting people through medical care. God has answered our prayers and we have grown every year. To date, we have helped more than 200,000 people with medical care and the number is growing every year. After many years of work and thought and prayer, this is what I believe God is calling me to do with the rest of my life. The challenges are daunting, but the needs are great. I hope and pray that you will continue to help us in this great work of love. Please keep praying for us. Please consider joining us for a summer medical mission. And please give generously.
Rev. Tom Furrer,
President, Kateri Medical Services.