Free medical clinic reaches out In Jesus Name |

Free medical clinic reaches out In Jesus Name

by Caryn Haller
Shannon LitzGracie Booth, a medical assistant for the Washoe Tribal Health Center, helps University of Nevada, Reno, pre-med student Kole Lynch give a patient a strep test on Saturday at Damascus Road Christian Assembly.

Doctor Scott Southard and a team of volunteers were at Damascus Road Christian Assembly on Saturday hoping to spread the compassion, love and gospel of Jesus one medical exam at a time.

Since October 2009, In Jesus Name Medical Ministry has helped close to 1,300 patients from Walker, Calif., to Carson City to South Lake Tahoe receive free medical services they otherwise couldn’t afford.

“We try to do what Jesus did. He really cares about people and wants everybody to know Him, and that’s what we’re about. We’re trying to spread His compassion and His love and His gospel,” Southard said. “We’re trying to take care of people like He would. He wants to reach out to people like this, and help people regardless of their financial status. It’s His life within us that stimulates all of us to do this.”

The doctors and nurses of In Jesus Name offer routine history and physical exams, X-rays, basic injury care, treat recent and chronic illnesses, provide blood pressure checks and more.

“If there’s something we can’t take care of here we try and get them in front of the right entity to get their problem solved,” administrator Kathy Barela said. “Whether we see one person or 77, we’re here to serve the people.”

Southard based his ministry around Matthew 9:36, “When He saw the crowds, He had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.”

Along with the medical staff, a prayer team also meets in private away from the patients to pray over their illnesses.

“It’s based around what Jesus did healing them physically and spiritually,” Barela said.

Gardnerville resident Terrie Cole said the first time she was seen at the clinic in Walker, Calif., she left feeling blessed.

“It’s amazing that all the doctors and providers are donating their time. Blessings come in many shapes and sizes,” she said. “It’s incredible to know that these people are here to help. Everyone that walks in will walk out being healed in one way or another.”

Doctor Carol Swartz has volunteered her services to the ministry for six months.

“I do love to help people, and I want them to feel a touch from God,” the Minden pediatrician said. “It’s wonderful to help the community and share the love of Jesus.”

Nathan Patton, 9, assisted Swartz on Saturday offering prayer to her patients.

“I’m teaching people about Christ and praying for them,” Nathan said. “Prayers help people because God answers prayers. It might take a long time, but prayers are answered.”

Kathy Duffy of Gardnerville arrived at the clinic early to get X-rays taken of her knee.

“They were very kind and accommodating,” Duffy said. “I’m really very grateful the Jesus bus comes around our community and helps those that are in need of medical services they can’t afford.”

Carson City resident Teresa Hana was also waiting to be seen for a knee problem.

“It’s on a first come, first served basis, and they have the best doctors you can count on,” she said. “I put my faith in them. I think it’s great they help people with no medical insurance.”

In Jesus Name mobile clinic is available 9 a.m. to noon the third Saturday of each month at various locations.

For its current location, call 782-1073, or email


What: In Jesus Name Medical Clinic

When: Registration 9 a.m.-noon every third Saturday

Where: For current location, call 782-1073