Health Ministries

Adventists believe the key to wellness lies in a life of balance and temperance. Nature creates a wealth of good things that lead to vibrant health. Pure water, fresh air and sunlight—when used appropriately—promote clean, healthy lives.

Such health is a gift from a loving God who wants us to live life in its abundance. When we benefit from such love, we feel a sense of gratitude and appreciation toward our creator.

Part of that example includes taking care of our health—we believe God calls us to care for our bodies, treating them with the respect a divine creation deserves. Gluttony and excess, even of something good, can be detrimental to our health. The 'abundant life' Jesus Christ came to give us includes whole wellness of the spirit, mind, and body.  Get started living your BEST life TODAY!

 

Enjoy this video on helpful natural remedies you can use at home:

 


Maxed-out Health Fair Benefits Participants, Unifies Organizers, and Brings “A Whole New Depth” to SNEC Camp Meeting

 

In just three and a half hours on Sabbath June 22nd, over 90 people passed through Bailey Hall at Southern New England Camp Meeting to receive height, weight, blood pressure, and BMI measurement, health age analysis, blood glucose and cholesterol testing, oral cancer screening, education about the eight principles of health, a healthy walnut cookie bar, and a “Sabbath Soother”--a brief chair massage.  Estimates of an additional 60 people took advantage of just one or two of the services offered. 

Several non-Adventists from Connecticut heard about the health fair from SNEC church members and drove the distance to receive the free health services offered.

Bryan Wilson, DDS, veteran health fair organizer who performed the oral cancer screening, said, “We maxed out.  I have never done so many evaluations in such a short time.”

This effort provided participants and church members with a snap shot of their health, a wake-up call to make choices that will transform or enhance their physical, mental, and spiritual health—and then, with mission in mind, the impetus to take it to the community.

But equally as impressive was the diverse group who organized and executed it:  Southern New England and Northeastern Conference health care professionals; Bethesda Medical Mission, a Connecticut-based group comprised of both SNEC and NEC church members; Sandra Sergeant, president of the Atlantic Union ASI chapter; Lance Wilbur, founder and Director of Pulse Café; CHAT trained volunteers from churches in Connecticut, upstate New York, and New York City—some driving three to four hours one way to assist with this 3 ½ hour health fair.  Throughout the planning and execution, all worked together seamlessly with SNEC administration, Communications Coordinator Chenoa Vilfranc, and Health Ministries Director Eduardo Garcia.  

 “It added a whole new depth to camp meeting,” concluded SNEC treasurer, Tom Murray.  “I was happy to see the high level of involvement of the CHAT group, ASI representatives [and other groups], all coming together to provide this important service for those attending camp meeting this year.  People were talking about it outside the building, long after it was over, probably because it wasn’t just a lecture.  People got a good, hands-on, ‘This is why’ and ‘This is how’ experience.  I hope we can repeat it, in different locations, throughout the year.”

“As we near the close of time, we must rise higher and still higher upon the question of health reform and Christian temperance, presenting it in a more positive and decided manner.  We must strive continually to educate the people, not only by our words, but by our practice.  Precept and practice combined have a telling influence.  At the camp meeting, instruction on health topics should be given to the people,” 6T p. 112-113. 

By: Sandra Dombrowski
CHAT Communications Liaison