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ABOUT THE HEALTH MINISTRIES DIRECTOR
Mrs. Nathelyn LaCroix Health Director, SBC

Mrs. Nathelyn LaCroix
Health Director, SBC

“Our purpose is not, to make people healthier sinners but to point them to eternal life found in Jesus. .”  Clinton Wahlen



Our Mission

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:
To promote, in preparation for the return of our Lord Jesus Christ, physical, mental, social and spiritual health in the church and the community
To prepare educators and promoters of health in our churches
To minister to both Adventist and non-Adventist youth and to prepare them to be future leaders of our church and of the community
To involve Adventist professionals in the ministry of health and temperance of the church
To work with other organizations which promote health without compromising our original identity.
Conduct Community health programs and events
Promote local health programs for churches, Bahamas Academy and SBC
Establish Health and Wellness Centre
Provide opportunities for individuals interested in the Medical Missionary field
Provide opportunities for Upgrading and Training for Health Professionals
Provide opportunities for Family Island through health and wellness programmes and events
Increase the membership of the Adventist Health Professionals Association
Establish a directory of all Adventist Health Professionals
Promote and sensitize through an effective media programme the importance of the health message in the life of the church

Health Impact Day South Bahamas Conference 2015

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UPCOMING EVENTS
Jan 12 Conference Wide “Let’s Move – Fun, Run, Walk”

February
1 AHPA Prayer Breakfast
1 I Want to Live Healthy Training
9 8 Weeks to Wellness Community Program
14 Health Ministries Day
26 Public Health Lecturer
March
Mangrove Cay Health Weekend
Basic Life Support Training for Pastors (need a date from Pastor Scavella)
22 – 29 Conference Wide Plant-based Diet Challenge

April
6 Conference Wide “Let’s Move – Fun, Run, Walk”
13 8 Weeks to Wellness Graduation
18 Health Impact Day – Book of The Year Distribution
30 Public Health Lecturer

May
3 Conference Wide Vegetarian Cooking Class
22 – 25 AHPA Weekend Retreat (Postponed)

June
13 Health/Youth Speech Contest
Family Island Health Weekend
25 Public Health Lecturer
21 – 28 Conference Wide Plant-based Diet Challenge

August
27 Public Health Lecturer
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THE ADVENTIST PHILOSOPHY OF HEALTH MINISTRY
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. READ MORE...
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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...
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