Holistic Health Initiative Launched in EJC
Written by: Phillip E. L. Castell, Director, Communication, Public Affairs & Religious Liberty | Friday, August 10, 2018
Top leaders of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in East Jamaica Conference officially launched the Holistic Health for Personal and National Transformation initiative which is a life-changing programme geared towards improving the health and well being of Jamaicans, far and wide. The launch was strategically staged on August 4, 2018, the day designated ‘Day of Prayer for the Nation’ by the church.
In launching the Holistic Health for Personal and National Transformation initiative, Pastor Eric Nathan, President of East Jamaica Conference said this idea was an initiative of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists which has been embraced and adapted by the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Jamaica.
“Today we want to launch this special health initiative which is being put forward by the General Conference (GC) and which is being put forward by the Jamaica Union.”
“Next year we will be emphasizing holistic health,” Nathan told the church and added that “If we practice the laws of health, we will not get sick.”
The president highlighted that there are several books available to the church which speaks to the subject of health and mentioned Counsels on Diet and Health and the ‘Ministry of Healing’ both of which were written by Adventist Cofounder E.G. White. He then challenged Adventists to “give heed to the counsels found in these books” and was firm on the idea that the church should play a leading role in educating people on the principles of health and not the government.
In his overview of the Holistic Health for Personal and National Transformation program , Pastor Cunningham said non communicable diseases have been creating problems in our nation. " We want to TRANSFORM Jamaica" he told church members and called on the Health Ministries and Personal Ministries Leaders in the church to drive the program going forward as much will be expected from every member over the next few months.
“There will be hundreds of projects in the churches that will assist in bringing the testimonials of people who will be helped by our ministry,” Cunningham told church members.
He explained that in the initial stages of the initiative, training will be available to equip members with the skills they will need to impact members in their community.
He used the opportunity to challenge the members of the North Street SDA Church to establish 125 projects in the nearby communities to commemorate the church’s 125th Anniversary of providing ministry to the community next year.
“We cannot afford to be taking instructions from the government on health,” said Pastor Nathan. “We are putting 2019 as the year when every SDA will live up to the principles of health to support the government.”
In his message to the church which was focused on the theme ‘Transforming Jamaica from “Brokenness to Wholeness”, Pastor Meric Walker, Executive Secretary, JAMU said as individuals we are broken whenever God is missing from our lives and encouraged every member of the church to play their part in restoring Jamaica which was broken.
Walker challenged church members “do something about it” when they see poverty and challenges facing people around them. “When we look at the none communicable diseases in our country we have to do something about it from the inside,” he said, supporting the earlier calls made by Pastors Nathan and Cunningham for the church to do more in the area of healh.
“We are to be integrally involved in providing whatever it takes to build Jamaica. EVERY member should be involved,” Walker said. “We must not just pray, we must provide help for the needy.”
Walker ended his message on a positive note and called on Adventists to play their part in building a better Jamaica.
“We must not give up on Jamaica, we might be down with morality and up with crime but we must not give up on Jamaica. We must provide help for the poor and food for the hungry. We must stand as examples to build this nation,” he added.
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