The director of the Health Ministries Department of the South Bahamas Conference of Seventh-day Adventists attended the 2019 Health Summit held in Albuquerque, New Mexico under the theme ‘Healing of the Nations’. The meetings, hosted by the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists based the summit on Revelation 22:2, “And the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
There were professional development training courses, including Foundations of Faith - Community Nursing, Emotional and Spiritual - Care Provider; along with instruction on Cancer Prevention and Recovery, Wellness Training, Massage Therapy, Stress & Mental Health, Urban Missions and Coaching.
Emphasis was placed on healing for those who are administering health services as practitioners, health professionals, Pastors, administrators so that the needs of the persons they minister to would be met effectively.
Elder Ted Wilson, President of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, who was in attendance said, “We want our world leaders to understand that if you are a promoter of comprehensive Health Ministry or medical missionary work, you yourself have to see the benefits personally. That will be the greatest testimony to make sure the health message is promoted.”
He shared details about the Church’s Global Leadership Summit which is being held in Jamaica this year. The purpose of the summit is to focus on reaching people of the cities as well as the rural areas. The leaders will undergo biometric screenings at the beginning of the summit and will be led to be mindful of their diet and physical activity in order to reflect positive changes not only at the end of the event, but as a part of their lifestyles.
Elder Wilson also empowered attendees to see themselves as leaders in their respective fields when it comes to sharing God’s health plan. Representing ATCU at the summit were Mrs. Nathelyn LaCroix and Mr. Osmond LaCroix from the South Bahamas Conference and Health Director Annie Price and L. Gay from the Cayman Islands Conference. Nathelyn LaCroix, Health Director.