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Comprehensive Health Ministry in Leading People to Jesus

By Arnelio A. Gabin

The message of good health encompasses all aspects: mental, social, physical and spiritual – a comprehensive ministry. The Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy unite about the connections of comprehensive health ministry and evangelism.

“Medical missionary work gives an opportunity for carrying forward successful evangelistic work” (Evangelism p. 516).

At the launching and implementation of the Philippines for Christ 2018, the Department of Health Ministries took an active part in leading the following initiatives:

Health and Family Evangelism (February 2-9) Led by the NPUC Health Director, the meeting in Alicia, Isabela ushered 94 new believers to Jesus. The free medical, dental and surgical mission headed by the Adventist Hospital - Santiago City served 390 patients.

Operation Hope International and Evangelism (February 16-24) Held at Lagonoy, Camarines Sur, the mission work served 7, 453 patients and 93 baptisms. Special recognition to the team leaders: Dr. Felix Dela Cruz and Nixon Bathan.

AWESNA Medical Services and Revelation of Hope Seminar (February 23-March 1) The services attended to 5,121 patients and led 497 new believers to Christ including Vice Mayor Baticos of Roxas, Oriental Mindoro. The team was led by Dr. Tavi Quijada in partnership with Gov. Umali, Roxas municipal government, St. Luke’s Medical Center, Epetha Foundation and AUP Clinic. Pastor Jose Manalo served as speaker of the Revelation of Hope Seminar.

Medical Outreach and Evangelism (February 1-10) Mr. & Mrs. Orland Palitang of Loma Linda, California led the medical outreach at the un-entered town of San Jose, Batangas and served 503 patients. The evangelistic campaign yielded 23 precious souls with Pastor Luis Bon as the speaker.

White Horse Media Ministry (March 21-31) A total of 1,437 patients received free eye clinic and eyeglasses. The 11 speakers of the team led the evangelistic meetings held in Pangasinan area and 338 accepted Jesus in their lives.

San Jose California Medical and Evangelistic Mission (March 16-24) The team, headed by Pastor Dan Botabara served in Maliliput, Albay and served 627 patients and led 51 people to Jesus.

Mt. Zion Church Mission (April 22-28) Pastor Jess Anunciacion and Andrew Skytte led the mission trip to Legazpi City and they rendered feeding to children, medical outreach and reaping campaign. Praise God for the 300 patients served and 210 people who surrendered their lives to the Lord.

SAU Evangelism (May 11-19) Southern Adventist University (SAU) brought 16 speakers in Bulacan with a total baptism of 300 souls.

San Francisco Central Church Mission (May 18-26) The team, led by Pastor Roldan Abello held a 3-day medical clinic and catered 322 patients. The two evangelistic meetings gained 102 new believers.

SSD Mission Trip (May 30-April 2) The SSD administrators and office workers went to Taytay, Palawan for Health Expo, Health/Family/Youth Development seminars, coastal clean-up, and nightly evangelistic meetings. They served 1,695 patients with the support of Adventist Hospital Palawan. Praise God for 54 people who surrendered their lives to Jesus.
Arizona Sonshine Mega Clinic and Evangelism (June 29-July 7) Hon. VP Lennie Robredo, Cong. Bordado, Mayor Bongat, and the City Council welcomed the Arizona Sonshine team who sponsored the 3-day Mega Clinic held at the Jessie Robredo Coliseum in Naga City. A total of 5,716 patients received medical services and assistance. Thanks for the support of Medicspedition, SLM Medical team, Naga City Pharmacists and NPUC/SCLC medical team. Mass baptism counted 425 new believers.

Amazing Love Mission (June 6-14)
The team from Maryland Filipino Group (USA) conducted evangelistic campaigns, school and community services at Busuanga and Coron, Palawan. A total of 91 people were baptized including a university professor.

AWR Mega Clinic and Evangelism for Palawan (July 14-28) The 3-day Mega Clinic was the first-of-a-kind program that happened on the big island of Palawan. Held
at the Puerto Princesa Coliseum, the medical team served 8,990 patients. The City Government passed a resolution of gratitude to Palawan Adventist Mission for suchalaudablecommunityservice. Itwasfollowed by 35 evangelistic meetings with speakers coming from Australia, USA, and Canada; 451 new believers were added to the church.

The SEARCH Team in Baguio City (July 26-August 4) The team led by Dan Smith served 8 evangelistic sites and 6 days of medical and dental clinics. As a result, 510 people were baptized and more than 1,000 patients were served. The team also helped in the construction of local church building and Baguio SDA Academy.

Europe for Jesus (August 2-11) Dr. Jan Cabungcal led the team who served 8 evangelistic sites in San Jose, Occidental Mindoro. They conducted a prison ministry and other community servicesaswell. PraiseGodfor530newbelievers baptized.

AWR Evangelism - South Oriental Mindoro(August 10-25) 51 preachers from mainland China came and participated in the 2-week evangelistic meetings in South Oriental Mindoro area. They also reached the Mangyan Buhid tribe and gave medical services. There they also baptized village people including a pastor of the Assembly of God denomination. A total of 1,800 surrendered their lives to the Lord.

OTHER INITIATIVES FOR PHILIPPINES FOR CHRIST

• Fielded 6 full-time medical missionary workers • Trained medical missionaries
• Offered 154 medical, dental, surgical, optical and other services
• Conducted Health Fairs and Expos
• Assisted in the construction of 2 new church buildings

HIGHLIGHTS ON HEALTH

• Five workers finished Masters in Public Health • NPUC Food Handlers and Nutrition Seminar
• NPUC-wide Mental Health Conference
• Philippine-wide Adventist Medical Evangelism Network (AMEN) Convention
• Youth Alive Facilitators Training – a Positive Peer Prevention Program training for AUP organization leaders
• Youth Alive Conference for Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Officers
• After-care programs for drug recoveries

All praises and glory to God! We express our sincere appreciation to all my health counterparts, mission
and conference administrators, Adventist Hospitals - Manila, Palawan and Isabela, and all medical teams. Thank you for the guidance and support of our NPUC administrators, fellow workers, and Hope Channel Philippines. Special recognition to all visiting evangelists and groups who partnered in the Philippines for Christ (PFC) 2018. 

“I wish that thou mayest prosper

in all things and be in health,

just as your soul prospers.”

3 John 2

 

 

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