SSD Health Ministries Advisor

Dozens of enthusiastic health ministry leaders came together on August 8-11 for an inspiring time of training and fellowship. Dr Lhalaine Alfanoso, Division Health Ministries director, planned the Advisory with the vision to build momentum for partnerships and outreach in the larger communities across the territory. Government public health officials and researchers made presentations, inviting the church to join hands and collaborate to make communities healthier. Stop smoking programs, addiction prevention and recovery were among the areas identified as needed in the Philippines.

NSD Health Ministries Advisory

Health Ministries leaders met for a Division wide advisory on July 4-6 in Ilsam, Korea under the theme “Health is not Talk. Health is Walk.” The primary focus was motivating leaders to inspire church members to become involved in medical missionary work. Pr Lee, the Division president, set the tone reinforcing the Health Ministries vision globally noting that “every church can be a center for medical missionary church and every church member can be a medical missionary.” Presentations were centered on a Comprehensive Health Ministries approach to meet the needs of people.

SID Health Ministries Advisory

Health Ministries leaders, hospital administrators and health professionals involved in Health Ministries joined together to attend the SID Health Ministries advisory held in Johannesburg on May 29-June 2, 2016. Dr Bangwato Sikwa, SID HM director, coordinated the event. A highlight was the joint collaboration in the elaboration of the new Health Ministries Strategic Plan for the quinquennium. Attendees were inspired by the presentations and contributed to the joint Strategic Plan.

Adventist Human Subject Research Association Conference

Dozens of researchers came together in April at Oakwood University for the AHSR annual conference. Various research presentations dealing with ministry, health, human behavior, and faith were warmly received and strategies were discussed on how to increase network and dissemination of the research results among the Adventist community across the globe. We must continue to improve dissemination of the important information we are gathering through research affirms Dr Duane McBride, president of the Association.

CHM and Evangelism Bring Healing to Thousands

Thousands of volunteers gathered in Rwanda in the month of May for a massive effort to reach people in search of hope. Church leaders and lay members young and old sought to share Christ through Comprehensive Health Ministry—meeting people’s needs in a practical way while showing God’s love and compassion. Thousands of people attended health lectures, health screenings throughout more than 2000 sites in big cities and rural areas feeling loved and accepted.

ECD Health Ministries Advisory

Following the SID HM advisory, the GC HM team arrived in Nairobi, Kenya, for the ECD HM Advisory. HM leaders came across the ECD territory filled with enthusiasm and eager to be inspired and to share challenges and opportunities for reaching communities for Christ through a healing ministry in their territories. Dr Fesaha Tsegaye, HM Director for the region, coordinated the event. He praised God for the blessings seen in Rwanda and presented the ECD Strategic plan for HM in the region.

UCC Dedicates Exercise Trail to the Memory of Dr. Jay R Sloop

April 6, 2016, Spokane, WA. The Upper Columbia Conference of Seventh-day Adventists dedicated a 1-mile walking trail that meanders through the pine trees on their property in memory of Dr. Jay Randall Sloop, former Health Ministries Director, who died on a mission trip to the Ukraine two years ago. This was a more than fitting tribute to honor a man who challenged everyone he contacted—patients, friends, church members, even the casual acquaintance—to  take seriously their own health: physically, mentally, and spiritually.

UNACH Graduates Students Trained in Evangelism and Health Education

On December 3, 2015 Adventist University of Chile (UNACH) graduated 41 individuals who completed the requirements for the Diploma in Evangelism and Education for Health. This one year training program is offered by the Faculty of Theology to prepare pastors and others to more effectively contribute to outreach of the church through Comprehensive Health Ministry initiatives. The students focused on principles of healthful living, mission to the cities, management of centers of influence along with field projects on campus and in the surrounding communities.

Chilean Theology Faculty Launch Course in Evangelistic Health Promotion

Fifty students, their family and friends joined the administrators and faculty at the Adventist University of Chile on March 24, 2015, to inaugurate the first Diploma in Evangelism and Health Promotion. This is the first course of it´s kind offered by a faculty of theology, and is a very significant step to blending the gospel ministry with the healing ministry of Jesus.