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Making a Difference: The Cary Christian Center

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From the small health clinic has blossomed a dental clinic, a thrift store, and a unit of volunteers who still make the one-on-one visits to pregnant women in the area to make sure they know all about prenatal care. From the small health clinic has blossomed a dental clinic, a thrift store, and a unit of volunteers who still make the one-on-one visits to pregnant women in the area to make sure they know all about prenatal care.
Many volunteers have come and gone over time. And many have come and stayed. Many volunteers have come and gone over time. And many have come and stayed.
Dr. Boelens had heard that the infant mortality rate in Sharkey County, Mississippi, was double that of the rest of the nation. So long story short, he came to Cary. Dr. Boelens had heard that the infant mortality rate in Sharkey County, Mississippi, was double that of the rest of the nation. So long story short, he came to Cary.
Most folks outside of Cary don't even know the Cary Christian Center is here. But the people who's lives have been made better because of it know. Most folks outside of Cary don't even know the Cary Christian Center is here. But the people who's lives have been made better because of it know.
CARY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

We are traveling to the south Delta, to the small town of Cary, where a small organization has been Making A Difference in the town and the county for 40 years.

The Cary Christian Center started out back in the early 1970s as a health care clinic, put together by a young Chicago physician struggling to come to grips with exactly what to do with his life and career in light of his Christian faith.

Dr. Peter Boelens was impressed reading about the ministry of Jesus, going from village to village preaching, and healing.  

"Wrap them in a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair," said Dr. Boelens. "I thought, THAT'S what I want to do."

Then it was a question of where to do it. Dr. Boelens had heard that the infant mortality rate in Sharkey County, Mississippi, was double that of the rest of the nation. So long story short, he came to Cary.

And not just him. Many volunteers have come and gone over time. And many have come and stayed. Like co-director Care Newhof. She's been with the Cary Christian Center over 30 years, and has seen the difference this little organization has made.  

"Well I think there would have been a lot more babies dying in our community and in our county," said Newhof. "A lot of children would have not been taught God's word." 

From the small health clinic has blossomed a dental clinic, a thrift store, and a unit of volunteers who still make the one-on-one visits to pregnant women in the area to make sure they know all about prenatal care, to the point that infant mortality in this part of the Delta is down to about on-average with the population of the nation at large.  

And the Cary Christian Center, which, by the way is NOT a church, has taken those babies who lived and nurtured them and helped with after school care and summer programs in what they call The Village, to the point that many of them have gone successfully into the world from here.

"Lawyers, we have business people. We have people in all walks of life, nurses, medical, that have come back and said because of what you taught me and what you have invested into my life you have made a difference," said Newhof. 

Most folks outside of Cary don't even know the Cary Christian Center is here. But the people who's lives have been made better because of it know. It has made all the difference in the world to them. And to the rest of us, too. We'd have know the difference if it weren't here.

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