A partnership forged between the US-based, House of Blessing Lifestyle Centre and the Central Jamaica Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, resulted in a ground breaking ceremony for the construction of a 20-room Five Star Lifestyle Centre on the grounds of the Adventist-owned site at Camp Verley in Spring Gardens, St. Catherine on December 22, 2016.
The Memorandum of Understanding between both organisations was signed earlier in 2016. The House of Blessing Lifestyle Centre is co-owned by Venice Henry, an Oncological Nurse and Sharon King, a Psychologist.
According to the House of Blessing Lifestyle Centre website, “our goal is to combine healthy living and a fun-filled vacation getaway into one attractive package.” While offering regular hotel accommodation, guests at the Lifestyle Centre are expected to be integrated into a full health-focused program that includes interactive cooking workshops, fun-filled activities, treatment and therapy, hydrotherapy, vegetarian/plant-based menus, exercise/weight-loss programs, delicious entrees and much more.
“The goal is for guests to eat like they are on a vacation, but achieve the benefits of weight loss and/or other rejuvenations that they require”, the website continued.
The ground-breaking ceremony took place on the grounds of Camp Verley during a special service which saw Mr. Rico Hill, Speaker/Director of the Beehive Ministry and host of the program, “From Sickness to Health” on the Adventist-owned International Television Station, 3ABN (Three Angels Broadcasting Network).
“From Sickness to Health” is an interview programme that promotes healthful living by featuring various experts in the field of health.
Mr. Hill posited that “A health revolution is taking place” in the secular world. He, therefore, urged Adventists to be more proactive in living by and promoting the health principles that are outlined in the Bible and the writings of Ellen G. White. He continued by noting that, “We have more hospitals, yet we are still sick. The only food source that is scientifically proven to reverse disease, is a plant-based diet.”
Pastor Roy Dennis, Health Ministries Director of the CJC, who brought greetings during the service, said that “this is a monumental occasion to which we have come. This project has come at a most appropriate time to fill the need for a place and a program where God’s natural laws of health and remedies can be applied.”
Venice Henry and Sharon King shared with the audience the journey of how the vision for the Lifestyle Centre took shape. According Ms. Henry, the first impressions about the need for a facility that would promote natural healing came while she worked as an Oncological Nurse. She said that her exposure to the way cancer patients are treated, made her realize that there must be a better/different way to treat this and other diseases.
She was also inspired to choose Jamaica as an ideal location because of its natural beauty, vegetation, climate and the reference made by Ellen G. White over 100 years ago, about Jamaica as an ideal place for establishing a Sanatorium.
She expressed thanks to Pastor Levi Johnson, President of CJC for being one of the first persons to catch the vision for the establishment of the Centre, construction of which is expected to begin in early 2017.