Punta Cana, Dominican Republic | Inter-American Division (IAD)
Nearly 200 administrators and leaders from dozens of IAD countries and islands met in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, January 22-25, 2020, for several days of lectures, workshops, and opportunities for networking among the core group. Themed “Your Brain, Your Body, Your Heart,” the four-day event reinforced the need for the physical, mental, and spiritual health necessary for a fruitful health ministry throughout the division territory and beyond. “As leaders, we are committed to educating, serving, and evangelizing,” said Belkis Archbold, health ministries director for IAD and event organizer. According to the official program, the health summit featured the topics of rest and its benefits; curing high blood pressure in four weeks; diabetes and its risks; depression, mental health and the minister; the Adventist philosophy of diet, nutrition, cancer prevention, and more. The GC Health Ministries team along with other experts presented on the mental health impact for whole person health. Dr Landless, GC health ministries director, stated “As leaders of the church, we have to lead from the front and share the ‘light’ we have been shown.” The participants left motivated to share the light of hope in their communities.