“The human affections need to be changed from self to benevolence and love for God and man, changed to having but one God and loving Him supremely, and helping our brother man.”
Miscellaneous Writings Mary Baker Eddy
It is the right of each Christian Scientist to demonstrate the healing power of Truth and Love. Sometimes practical wisdom also requires the services of a Christian Science nurse. Our desire is that those seeking Christian Science healing, who require proper nursing care, should not be deprived of those services for financial reasons alone. Further, it’s a privilege for the Christian Science community to come together to support their “brother-man” to access Christian Science nursing care.
Midland at Home Benevolence Fund
Midland maintains a Benevolence Fund to provide financial assistance to Christian Scientists receiving Christian Science treatment by a Journal listed Christian Science practitioner and desiring care from a Journal listed Christian Science Nurse (or under the supervision of a Journal listed Christian Science Nurse).
Objectives of the Fund
Promote immediacy in healing by financially supporting access to a spiritual environment conducive to healing.
Support Article VIII, Section 31 of The Manual of the Mother Church, “Christian Science Nurse.”
To care for our own – Christian Scientists helping Christian Scientists.
Assist in demonstrating, for all mankind, the efficacy of Christian Science healing.
Christian Scientists living in Indiana and nearby communities in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Illinois who desire Christian Science nursing care and who have established financial need through an application process may qualify.
Applicants must be getting care from a qualified Christian Science Nurse* at home or in a facility, and must be working with a Journal listed Christian Science practitioner. The fund benefits individuals by payment directly to the facility, nurse or practitioner or through reimbursement for expenses directly incurred by the individual for their care. Midland at Home is a secondary source of aid.
Those who have gone through the process of requesting assistance from the National Fund for Christian Science Nursing (NFCSN) and still require additional funds, may apply to the Midland Fund.
* One should be working with a Christian Science Nurse. Our guidelines for a Christian Science nurse are as stated in the Manual of The Mother Church, The First Church of Christ Scientist, Boston, MA, Article VIII, Section 31.”
An application establishing genuine need and commitment to spiritual healing is submitted to the Midland Board. The application must be signed by the facility representative or the Christian Science Nurse who is providing the home care. Every applicant and their nursing case are handled with the utmost confidentiality.
The Midland Board makes the determination based on individual need and available resources. Primary responsibility for meeting the nursing costs rests with the patient/family/custodian, who is encouraged to explore every possible avenue of support from their Branch Church, Christian Science student association, insurance, deferred payment options, and assignment of assets.
We help defray nursing costs only, not associated bills such as food, lodging, assisted living, or rest and study.
The Principal Foundation distributes funds to individuals nationwide. Grants may be for education, employment, repairs, rent as well as nursing care.
The Dominion Foundation distributes its funds to individuals nationwide specifically to support Christian Science in-home nursing only.
Midland at Home offers help for Christian Science nursing for Christian Scientists in the Indiana area. It specifically includes in-home nursing, which is less costly than using a facility. It also can support nursing at a facility.
Recently Midland at Home has given much thought regarding the legal requirements for Christian Scientists wishing to have care. One of the tools to assure this care is an Advanced Directive. We have an Indiana Advanced Directive here. Please go to Riper Years website for more information, at www.riperyears.org/financial-legal/advance-directives/ As in every situation, you should also consult with an attorney when seeking legal advice as Midland-at-home cannot provide you with specific legal advice.