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.

2019 is upon us. This is a time when we make resolutions to be more measured, to take more care, to exercise more, eat less, pray more and spend more time at the feet of Jesus. And it is good to take stock and plan to make positive changes. Our lifestyle affects our total well-being, for we are wholistic beings with mental, physical, spiritual, emotional, and relational dimensions.

Looking ahead, the Third Global Conference on Lifestyle and Health will convene on the campus of Loma Linda University July 9 through 13, 2019 with the theme Your Brain, Your Body, focusing on various aspects of the interaction of mental, spiritual, and physical health and wellbeing. 

World-renownedHarvardscholarDr.David Williams will present the keynote address, drawing on his formidable expertise on health outcomes as they relate to mental health, spirituality, and often-ignored health disparities. Dr. Gary Fraser, principle investigator of the Adventist Health Study 2, will present on the latest outcomes, looking not only at the positive physical outcomes, but also quality of life and mental health benefits. There will be dental, nursing, mental health, and health administrator tracks as well as an addiction-recovery training opportunity, to name some. A ‘first’ for the Global conference is our partnering with the Special

Needs Ministries initiative led by Larry Evans, with dedicated break-out times and an additional optional full-day program on Sunday, July 14.

The theory is fascinating, but hear how lifestyle impacts practical living and ministry. Hear firsthand how lives are changing, and dreams are being realized! Hear historian and raconteur Jim Nix highlight the rich heritage of the beginnings of Loma Linda University–especially fitting as we rapidly move toward Loma Linda Vision 2020 and opening of the new hospital.

Registration, program, and accommodation details will be posted on the conference website (www.conference.healthministries.com) early in 2019. Letters of invitation may be requested from Laura Sanchez at sanchezl@gc.adventist.org. We look forward to a great experience together on the Campus of Loma Linda University. Make your plans now! It will be great to see you there! And as we move into 2019, may we slow down enough to allow God’s voice to be recognized, heard and heeded.