7th Congress on Vegetarian Nutrition

Loma Linda University, CA | USA The 7th International Congress on Vegetarian Nutrition took place in Loma Linda, CA, from February 26-28. Globally recognized as the world’s premier scientific congress on the effects of vegetarian and other plant-based diets, it showcased recent advances from basic science, epidemiology and clinical trials in vegetarian nutrition from around the planet. Hundreds of people came to hear experts share the latest research findings on the benefits of a healthy vegetarian diet.

Health Ministries Advisory and ARMin Global Training

Brasilia, Brazil | South American Division (SAD) On March 13-15 the South American Division (SAD) held its first Health Ministries Advisory, bringing together Union Health Directors, medical directors of several hospitals and other important collaborators representing eight countries and territories. The GC Health Ministries team shared messages of inspiration and relevant content to equip the leaders in comprehensive health ministry (CHM). The 3-day advisory took place in Brasilia at the SAD headquarters and focuses on a balanced CHM and its mission.

Vibrant Life Clinic Opens its Doors

Bangalore, India | Southern Asia Division (SUD) On January 4, the leadership team of the Southern Asia Division (SUD) joined community leaders, government officials, and health professionals for the inauguration of the Vibrant Life Wellness Center in Bangalore, India.  “We praise God for this opportunity”, said Dr Nurandra Rao, clinic director. Along with his wife, Dr Rani Rao, they envisioned this clinic becoming a center of healing and positive influence in that urban area of Bangalore where many are suffering from physical and mental chronic conditions.

Japan Union Conference NEWSTART Program

Tokyo, Japan | Northern Asia Pacific Division (NSD) On October 22-25, 2017 the Japan Union Conference sponsored a NEWSTART Experience Program in the Gunma Prefecture of Tonegun Minakami City. The beautiful Japanese hot spring and delicious vegetarian meals attracted dozens of participants. Despite the threats of a hurricane weather heavy rain stopped, and the group enjoyed the beauty of Autumn leaves. Dr. Miyagi Shizen, Health Promotion Department Director at Tokyo Adventist Hospital, was the speaker and shared the latest information on preventive medicine.

Dutch Union ARMin Training

Utrecht, Netherlands | Trans-European Division (TED)--Dozens of pastors, counselors, and other health professionals, as well as lay people interested in addiction recovery came together for the Adventist Recovery Ministries (ARMin) Global training in Utrecht, Netherlands.

SUD Health Ministry Advisory

Hosur, India | Southern Asia Division (SUD)--Dozens of health ministry directors, health professionals, healthcare administrators and conference/union officers attended the Southern Asia Division (SUD) Health Ministries advisory in Hosur, India, on October 25-28. They were joined by the three division officers and the GC Health Ministries team.

GC Nutrition Council Annual Meeting

Silver Spring | General Conference--Nutritionists and some division Health Directors from around the world met on October 17-19, 2017 for the annual meeting of the General Conference Nutrition Council (GCNC) in Silver Spring, MD.  Chaired by Dr. Fred Hardinge, Associate Health Ministries Director and a dietitian himself, the group of highly qualified nutritionists aims at advising the church on nutrition and health related matters.

AINEC Latin America Meeting and Nursing Congress

Montemorelos University | Mexico--Hundreds of nursing professionals, educators and students gathered in Montemorelos, Mexico, for the 3rd International Nursing Congress and the 3rdAdventist International Nursing Education Consortium for Latin America (AINEC-LA) on October 13-18. Coordinated by the AINEC-LA board and the Montemorelos University Nursing Department, the Congress aimed at inspiring attendees to reaffirm their faith, renew their Christian values and to model a healthy life as they fulfill their calling.

Health Expo and Breathe-Free Outreach

Middle East North Africa Union (MENAU)--Several volunteers from Europe, North America, and the Middle East participated in a health outreach effort for the cities of Amman and Madaba, Jordan from Aug 30-September 8. Six health expos and vision clinics along with a Breathe-Free stop-smoking program made a difference in the lives of over 1,000 people who attended the programs. The events were a collaboration with the Ministry of Health in Jordan, and dozens of people around the globe helped sponsor this important initiative.

Hospitals Appreciative Inquiry

East Central Africa Division (ECD)--A team of leaders from the General Conference visited five mission hospitals and respective nursing schools in the East Central Africa Division during the month of August. The goal was to show appreciation and evaluate the needs and the care provided to patients. Hospitals visited included Kendu Bay in Kenya, Muganero in Rwanda, Ishaka in Uganda, Heri in Tanzania, and Gimbie in Ethiopia. Despite the great financial needs, these hospitals continue to serve the needy in communities that experience extreme poverty in remote areas.