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Year End Report: Health Ministries

By Arnelio A. Gabin

January 2018 |

 

The New Picture of Comprehensive Health Ministry

Year 2017 marks a new chapter to the Health Ministries with fresh opportunities and prospects in the ministry. The department features Comprehensive Health Ministry (CHM), meeting people’s needs in a practical way by demonstrating God’s love and compassion.

We praise God for His faithful leadings as we worked on challenges and opportunities on the way. Galatians 6:10 states, “As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.”

Highlights and Initiatives:

  • 1300 local church health leaders involved in Revive by His Word and 777 Prayer worldwide programs.

  • 1500 booklets entitled "Why Adventist Church Promotes Healthy Living" were distributed and studied by local church health leaders.

  • Seminars and lectures about "Christ, Our Righteousness and Health Reform" were conducted.

  • Health leaders participated in Retreats and Fellowship. To efficiently and effectively serve, the department launched Capacity Building Training, Direction Settings, Consultations and Planning involving all missions, conferences and local church health leaders. Activities include:

    Consultation, evaluation, planning and bonding by Health directors of NPUC, missions and conferences held in El Nido, Palawan.

  • Mission/Conference Health Directors held direction settings, planning, and downloading of new programs with local church health leaders and pastors.

  • Project Management and Development Capacity Training was provided by Dr. Roger Ilagan, USAID Consultant and was attended by directors and administrators from NPUC territory.

  • Strong linkages, partnerships with government officials and non-government organizations were established this year.

  • Courtesy calls and presentations of Adventist Health programs with former Secretary Paulyn Ubial and other

  • Regional, Provincial, City and Municipal Health Officers.

Programs on War Against Drug:

The Health Ministries department responded to the thrust of President Rodrigo Duterte’s war against drugs when hundreds of thousands voluntarily surrendered to the authorities.

Memorandum of Agreement was worked out with the then Secretary Benjamin Reyes of the Dangerous Drugs Board with the Adventist Church as one of their faith-based partners for the recovery and prevention program for drug surrenders.

Pastors, health leaders, and other interested members brought it to the municipal, city and provincial governments, and the Philippine National Police (PNP), Department of Health (DOH) and Department of Local Government (DILG) tapped our church as their primary partners. Thus, our church is recognized as relevant and caring organization. I have the privilege to be invited as one of the delegates to the ASEAN Conference on Non-Communicable Diseases at Marriot Hotel, Pasay City last Oct 25-27, 2017.
In line with the initiative that endeavors to disciple, nurture and involve every individual in the life and mission, the Health Ministries Department team implemented the

 

following accomplishments:

  • More than 300 Healthy Lifestyle seminars were provided for church members.

  • Health screenings for pastors and other workers were conducted in order to determine those who are high risk to non-communicable diseases.

  • There were 75 Vegetarian Clubs organized in CLC territory alone.

  • More than 15,000 church members went through Health Screenings.

  • 42 District Health Fellowships provided Mental Health Seminars.

  • 2 Children and Women Health camps organized.

    Other Initiatives:

    The department assisted the renovations, beautification, and construction of churches’ comfort rooms. There were 35 comfort rooms that were assisted and improved. One of the highlights is the one constructed at Mountain Provinces Mission.

    Nine Youth Alive Conferences gathered young people from academies and districts. Youth Alive is a positive peer prevention program that helps young generation get away from substance abuse, suicide, teenage pregnancy and other compulsive behaviors.

    Southern Luzon Mission pastors and workers attended the training on Crisis Intervention and Psychological First Aid, as they were frequently hit by typhoons, and alarmed by Mayon Volcano Eruption. Jing Guerero, DOH Program Manager of Psycho-social Intervention Program was the main speaker.

The Adventist Medical Evangelism Network (AMEN) NPUC Chapter was formally organized. AMEN is composed primarily of medical doctors, dentists and optometrists with the purpose of involving them in the mission of the church. The first AMEN Sabbath fellowship was held on November 11, 2017 and more than 300 delegates attended.

Dr. Hans Diehl, founder of the Coronary Health Improvement Program (CHIP) came to NPUC and held Lifestyle Disease Prevention seminars.

Many other comprehensive health ministries were conducted such as: health expo, health fair, anti-drug, smoking, alcohol rallies, nutrition and cooking demos, feeding programs, healthy lifestyle seminars in schools, offices and communities.

The Health Ministries department is fully supporting evangelistic meetings, in preparing the grounds and during the actual crusades. In Baguio City, one new worship group was organized through health meetings held in the vegetarian restaurant. There were 248 medical outreach and 25,348 patients were served.

We appreciate the support of the administration of NPUC, missions and conferences that contributes to the success and impact of all the Health Ministries activities and programs. Thanks also for the collaborative efforts of the NPUC Health Team, Health leaders and professionals.

We are committed to continue providing comprehensive health ministry to church members and community around. Glory and honor to our Lord who wants nothing more but for His people to be well and healthy!

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