Adventist Church in EJC to Launch “Day of Prayer for the Nation” and “Holistic Health for Personal and National Transformation” on August 4, 2018

Written by: Phillip E. L. Castell, Director, Communication, Public Affairs & Religious Liberty | Thursday, August 2, 2018

Civic leaders across the country have been invited to join members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Jamaica in prayer for the Nation, on August 4, 2018 even as Jamaica celebrates 56 years as an independent country on Monday August 6, 2018.   The Church will also be launching an ambitious plan to impact the nation with its health message over the next few months and so bring  about positive transformation in the lives of people.    

Prayer Ministries Coordinator in East Jamaica Conference (EJC), Pastor Manley Phillips says instructions have been sent to all our churches to invite civic leaders in every constituency to join us as we pray for our country on Sabbath, August 4, 2018 which has been designated “Day of Prayer for the Nation” by the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Jamaica.

 “We will be praying for the spiritual healing of our nation as our nation is sick,” said Pastor Phillips when he addressed church leaders at the Kencot SDA Church on July 28, 2018. “

This year, the North Street SDA Church will be the main church site where top leaders in EJC will gather with Jamaican government officials for prayer this year under the theme “Transforming Jamaica from Brokenness to wholeness.”

Invitations have been sent out to the Governor General of Jamaica, Sir Patrick Allen, Prime Minister   Andrew Holness and Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips along with other civic and political leaders to join the Adventist church leaders at the North Street SDA Church this Sabbath.

The main message for the day will be delivered by Pastor Meric Walker, Executive Secretary for the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Jamaica.

HOLISTIC HEALTH for Personal and National Transformation

August 4 will also be the day when the “Holistic Health for Personal and National Transformation” initiative will be launched in all churches across the Conference as well.  This is initiative will be the next  major evangelistic thrust of the Seventh-day Adventist Church going forward for the rest of the year and into 2019.

According to Pastor Carl Cunningham, Assistant to the President for Leadership and Development, EJC, “this initiative is being led by the General Conference leadership, and will be officially launched in each church on August 4, 2018.”

But what is the Holistic Health for Personal and National Transformation all about? 

In answering this question, Health Ministries Director, Pastor Leonard Steele said we are embarking on an initiative which is not necessarily new. "We have been preaching for a long time that your health is your wealth and if you lose your health, you lose everything so we will be attempting to use the health message as the entering wedge to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ to the people,” said Dr. Steele.

 In other words, "we will be trying to get people to change from their bad health habits into a better healthier lifestyle,” Steele added with much optimism.

Pastor Carl Cunningham, who has been working very closely with Pastor Steele on getting this initiative off the ground, said this program   is for the entire church and requires total member involvement (TMI) from every member of the Church.

He explained that by its design, leadership for this initiative will come from the joint efforts of the Sabbath School and Personal Ministries department, the Community Services department and the Health Ministries department of our Church and noted that each church is to identify and implement special projects in the community which should be geared towards improving the health and well-being of both the church and community members alike.

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