ATCU Participates in Health Initiative Training

ATCU Participates in Health Initiative Training
Apr 17, 2015 09:10 AM Filed in: Health | Health Ministries

ATCU Participates in Health Initiative Training
By Communication Department, ATCU

“What does the story of Jesus casting out the money changers from the temple have to do with us living healthy lives?” asked Mrs. Sherline Henriques, health ministries director of the Atlantic Caribbean Union of Seventh-day Adventists (ATCU), as she addressed participants from the South Bahamas Conference (SBC) attending the “Train the Trainer” seminar on Sunday, April 12, 2015, at the Breath of Life Seventh-day Adventist Church, Nassau, The Bahamas in preparation for the launch of ATCU’s “I Want to Live Healthy” initiative.

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“Jesus wanted the temple to be a house of prayer, and in this same manner, He wants our bodies to be cleaned out so that it can truly be His temple and be used by Him,” explained Mrs. Henriques.

For 2015, ATCU has adopted the health initiative dubbed “I Want to Live Healthy” that will challenge church members to live healthy and encourage them to go out into the community to inspire others to do so as well.

The major difference between this health initiative and other such programs is that instead of church members inviting people to come to a health program conducted at their churches, they will be going to homes and communities to challenge individuals and families to follow basic health principles. 

Mrs. Nathelyn LaCroix, health ministries director of SBC and organizer of the event, explained that the health principles will be introduced incrementally, and those who will be introducing them as well as those receiving the information will work to adopt them as a part of their lifestyle. Therefore, if during the first week someone is challenged to drink eight glasses of water daily for 7 days, then at the commencement of the second week, the person would be challenged to add eating more vegetables to the newly acquired habit of drinking eight glasses of water every day.

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Pastor Peter Kerr, executive secretary of ATCU, represented the union’s administration at the seminar and indicated that the program had the full support of the union president, Pastor Leonard Johnson as well as the other administrators. He further expressed excitement at seeing so many health professionals and laypersons from SBC enthused about sharing the health message. “This conference is rich in talent and resources in the field of Health Ministries,” said Pastor Kerr who recognized a number of nurses, medical doctors, and professional nutritionists participating in the training.

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Mrs. Belkis Archbold, health ministries director of the Inter-American Division of Seventh-day Adventists, made a presentation on the impact that the “I Want to Live Healthy” initiative has had in countries around the world, particularly Mexico. “As a result of the program, schools have removed soda machines from their campuses and the Ministry of Health in Mexico has asked for the program to be introduced in the public schools around the country,” expressed Mrs. Archbold.

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Participants were trained on how to introduce the health principles and were implored to first be an example by practicing the health principles that they will be presenting to the people in the community. As a part of the training, Mrs. Archbold taught participants how to promote what she referred to as the four Pillars of Health and Reformation: Pleading in Prayer, Prevention of Illnesses, Practice the Health Principles Learnt, and Proclaim that the Healer and Master Physician is Jesus.

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At the end of the Train the Trainer Seminar, over thirty-five persons received certificates and expressed enthusiasm for carrying forward the “I Want to Live Healthy” initiative throughout SBC.

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