|News from the Department
Nathelyn LaCroix, Director
“Our purpose is not, to make people healthier sinners but to point them to eternal life found in Jesus. .” Clinton Wahlen
To minister to the whole person – body, mind and spirit, in alignment with the Seventh-day Adventist philosophy of preparing souls for Christ’s Second Coming.
Purpose : The primary purpose of the Health Ministries Department is evangelistic. The mission is to demonstrate God’s love by promoting whole person health principles to Adventist church leaders, members and the community at large. Our aim is for each church in SBC to become a center for health, healing, and wholeness in the community where people may increase their health awareness, learn to incorporate standards for healthful living, and find restoration in Christ. Jeremiah 17:14 Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved: for thou art my praise.
OBJECTIVES : The Department proposes the following objectives
The Seventh-day Adventist health message is more than a vegetarian diet, hydrotherapy, and exercise. There is a real Spiritual connection. The most important reason for health ministry is that those with clear minds are able to better understand the will of God, and those with healthy bodies are better able to serve others. Such a foundational belief mandates a health ministry.
Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.
III JOHN 2
In III John 2 God says, “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” It was always God’s will that we strive physically, mentally, socially and spiritually which will maintain total health of mind body and soul. God’s original plan was for man to live forever. Sickness, depression, social unrest and death are all the result of sin and its curse.
Until the flood, mankind lived for 700 years or more. Noah’s grandfather lived 969 years. Unfortunately after the flood Abraham only lived a mere 175 years and today we may live three score and ten and if strong a little more. The truth is, today because of all the evils and unhealthy lifestyles, very few are making it to three score and ten. It is suggested that the flesh foods that God allowed man to eat after the flood has shortened our life span.
HEALTH MINISTRIES BLOG
8 Weeks To Wellness
It has been four weeks since over 200 participants and coaches started 8 Weeks to Wellness 2013. Already there are many testimonies of weight lost, inches shed, and lots of other important health benefits. Participants are excited to be a part of such a wonderful program.
Each Monday at exactly 6:00 pm participants dressed in their program T-Shirts and armed with their pedometers start their exercise of choice. Some head out to the field to walk with team leader Patricia Ferguson, others get a creative, but invigorating workout while sitting with our chair aerobics group led by Kim Scavella, while many others choose our most vigorous workout session led by Bruce Young and Andy Green. After the exercise session participants cool down to an important spiritual charge by Torri Knowles or Noel Brown. The most loved session of all is the time when we divide into 16 coaching groups. It is in the group sessions where participants get to commit to personal goals, share their accomplishments, their struggles, and encourage each other. Each group is led by one or two dedicated coaches who have committed to...
Work in progress. Return here for updates January 3.
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