“Jesus summoned His Twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits to drive them out and to cure every disease and every illness. Jesus sent out these Twelve after instructing them thus, ‘Do not go into pagan territory or enter a Samaritan town. Go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. As you go, make this proclamation: “The Kingdom of heaven is at hand.”’” (Matthew 9:35-38)
I'm always pleased when scripture hits right to the core of our work at Avera, as it has here in the book of Matthew. In my mind, I see the Benedictine and Presentation Sisters being instructed more than a hundred years ago, "Go to the Dakota Territory and teach the children there."
To these courageous young women, this must have felt a little overwhelming. With their love and faith in God, they did what they knew how to do: be the heart and hands of Jesus. Eventually they were instructed to administer to the sick, especially the lost sheep overlooked and even shunned by others. There could be no richer history to be grounded in and guiding our work today at Avera doing God's mission. I am humbled that every day we are allowed the opportunity to care for others just as Jesus instructed the Twelve. God bless the 14,000 Avera employees and the work they do every day!