The Central Jamaica Conference of Seventh-day Adventists and the owners of the House of Blessing Lifestyle Centre (HBLC), a US-based company have signed a memorandum of understanding to establish a five-star quality lifestyle center/resort on a part of the property at Camp Verly in Spring Gardens, St. Catherine.
The signing took place on June 26, 2016 after months of negotiation and meetings between the parties.
Ground-breaking for the Sanitarium is expected to take place on December 21, 2016 with construction to begin in January 2017.
Citing a letter from the book, Manuscript Releases, Volume 14, pg. 248, by Ellen G. White, Pastor Levi Johnson, President of CJC suggested that, providentially, this Sanitarium is fulfilling a wish of the Adventist Pioneer Ellen G. White.
The full quotation reads as follows:
“I spent three weeks at the Paradise Valley Sanitarium, but was sick all the time. I contracted a severe cold on my way down there. In order that the others in the building might not be exposed, I kept very closely to my own room. The day before I left, Brother and Sister Richardson insisted on seeing me, that they might tell me of the many advantages that Jamaica possesses for sanitarium work. I certainly hope that this field may be entered by earnest laborers. I shall not attempt to tell you what Brother and Sister Richardson told me; for I was sick at the time, and could not hear all they said.” Manuscript Releases [Nos. 1081–1135, 1984–1985]. (1993). (Vol. 14, p. 248). Ellen G. White Estate.
According to Pastor Johnson, over the years, many proposals for income-generating and ministry projects for the property at Camp Verley have come on the table, but none has been brought to fruition. This is the first proposal to receive such financial backing and follow-up.
The agreement states that the Lifestyle Center is being established to meet the “need for wholistic medicine, in keeping with the health message of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.” The HBLC is, therefore, seeking to meet the following objectives:
- to offer holistic medicine as a viable alternative for chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes, hypertension and other cardiovascular diseases. HBLC will offer patient care with a 1:5 ratio of nurse to patients staffing.
- to launch a depression recovery programme
- to follow God’s natural laws of health, using them as a guideline to incorporate physical, mental and spiritual wholeness.
- to offer an attractive programme (to include a wide and delicious assortment of vegan/vegetarian dishes, scenic walking trails that encourage outdoor physical activities, a modern and fully equipped gym, bus tours to the north coast for additional recreation and relaxation, and an atmosphere that exudes spiritual energy).
- to incorporate all aspects of S.D.A culture such as Sabbath observance, eating habits, wholesome living, clean and exciting entertainment et cetera.
The five-star Lifestyle Center will be built in stages. The initial proposal is to build 10 rooms for the Lifestyle Centre and 10 rooms for the resort with the capacity for accommodating 20 guests. Further expansion will be done based on the demand for the service.