A group of 83 health promoters/medical missionaries conducted their first Community Health Expo after completing an 80-hours health evangelism training programme.
The dedication service took place on Sabbath, April 28, 2018 at the Spanish Town Church and the Community Health Expo the following day, Sunday, April 29, 2018.
The health training programme was hosted by the Central Jamaica Conference and the Jamaica Union Health Ministries Departments and was conducted by representatives from LIGHT (Lay Institute for Global Health Training).
LIGHT is a supporting ministry of the Seventh-day Adventist church devoted to providing health evangelism training worldwide, according to their website.
This one-month training was the first of its kind in Jamaica and was designed to train lay members with the knowledge and practical experience necessary to minister to the physical, mental, and spiritual needs of individuals and communities.
Dr. Bongelo Gombelle, president of the Adventist Health Professionals Association (AHPA) for the Jamaica Union was the guest speaker during the dedication service. Dr. Gombelle, charged the trainees to collaborate with other Adventist health professionals for guidance and counsel in carrying out their work.
Participants from this programme were trained in areas of Hydrotherapy, Massage, Health Evangelism, Health Talks, Nutrition, Vegetarian Cooking and Common Diseases. The trainees were also exposed to spiritual topics such as Prophecy, Evangelism and Christian Living.
During the service, Shaniel Fisher, one of the LIGHT presenters who did the training, charged the Medical Missionaries to always be in full cooperation with the leadership/administration of the Church; to service with humility and with an excellent spirit and to share compassionately the principles of health with the community.
Pastor Damian Chambers, Health Ministries Director of CJC, said he was happy for the training, because we now have more lay members who are equipped to help “extend the healing ministry of Jesus”. Pastor Chambers commended the graduates for sticking to the task despite the rigorous nature of the training schedule. The programme covered 80-hours’ worth of training for 4 days each week.
Jennifer Savariau Morris, from the Hellshire Church, and one of the trainees who spoke on behalf of the graduates, said the training was a dream longed for that God made possible. “We have the message and will not be silent”, she said, “we will not let our time being trained as Medical Missionaries, be in vain, we are committed to help to finish the work God has called us to do.”
First Health Expo
As part of their practicum, the trainees conducted a health expo on April 29, 2018 at the Willowdene Group of Schools (WGS) auditorium in partnership with the Parent and Teachers Association of the WGS.
During the expo over 60 persons were attended to for services such as Height and Body Fat Percentage Checks, Blood Pressure checks, Hydrotherapy, anti-stress back massage, health counselling and much more. The expo was organized with 8 stations—each focusing on one of the 8 laws of health—nutrition, exercise, water, sunlight, temperance, air, rest and trust in God.
Pastor Damian Chambers and Kimarley Walker Medley are Contributors