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Christ's Method Alone: Comprehensive Health Ministry (127-13G )

“And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.”—Matt 9:35

Jesus calls every member of His Church to embrace His mission of loving service for others. As His people meet the physical, mental, social, and spiritual needs of their communities in His Name, His character is powerfully revealed. Our commitment to and love for Jesus compels us to follow in His footsteps of compassionate ministry. Ellen G White succinctly summarizes the Savior’s selfless service in these words.

International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) (Feb 6)

UNFPA, jointly with UNICEF, leads the largest global program to accelerate the abandonment of FGM, currently focusing on 17 African countries and also supporting regional and global initiatives. This Day also falls under the ongoing Spotlight Initiative, a joint project of the European Union and the United Nations to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls. One of the specific threads of the Spotlight Initiative targets sexual and gender-based violence, and harmful practices in Sub-Saharan Africa, which include female genital mutilation.

International Day of Disabled Persons (Dec 3)

The annual observance of the International Day of Disabled Persons, proclaimed by the United Nations, aims to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and development, and to increase awareness of the situation of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic, and cultural life. The Adventist church is serious about ministering to those with special needs. Learn more and find resources at:

www.specialneeds.adventist.org

 

World Cancer Day (Feb 4)

This a day when the world’s population unites to fight Cancer, the second leading cause of death in many countries. A campaign on this day aims to save millions of preventable deaths by raising awareness and education about the disease, including how to prevent it and find treatment. For materials and free awareness resources go to www.worldcancerday.org/.

 

World AIDS Day (Dec 1)

World AIDS Day takes place on the 1st December each year. It’s an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness. Founded in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day. www.worldaidsday.org/ . The Adventist church has a ministry aimed at ministering to those with HIV/AIDS in Africa. For more information, go to www.aidsministry.com and become involved.

Looking Ahead

Floods, fires, wars of words and weapons, intolerance and hatred, abounded throughout 2018. We are now another year closer to the return of our Lord. The earth is growing old like a garment, and rush to and from across the face of the earth–defying time and distance but conquering neither.

World Mental Health Day 2018

Mental health issues are not luxury or exclusive problems. They are serious issues many people of all ages around the world struggle with. October 10th is World Mental Health Day 2018 and the focus this year is on young people. The World Health Organization (WHO) says there is “no health without mental health.” That is true. If you are struggling with mental health issues then they will affect your quality of life, your enjoyment of life, and your ability to perform and contribute. Therefore, mental health is something we must take seriously as a society, as a church, and as individuals.

Let’s Talk

In my work as a psychiatrist I met many patients and heard their stories—stories of pain, stories of suffering, stories of struggles, stories of abuse, stories of neglect, stories of being broken people in broken relationships in a broken world. 

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