Connecting Columbia Union Seventh-day Adventists

Sharing Christ Through Health

Editorial by Jerrmain Clarke

Earlier this year, the New Jersey Conference launched its natural wellness program titled “New Jersey Healthy 2020.” The mission of this program is to share Christ’s message of hope, health and wellness. The vision is to educate and train the mind, body and soul through the therapeutic application of God’s eight laws of health, known as GOD’S PLAN: Godly trust; Open air; Daily exercise; Sunshine; Proper rest; Lots of water; Always temperate; and Nutrition for the preservation and restoration of health.

Whereas man’s plan is to medicate—and at times this is necessary—GOD’S PLAN is to educate and prevent. Therefore, it is our objective to collaborate with the local church health directors to help teach the principles of health to our members. We intend to accomplish this through the circulation of a monthly health newsletter, health seminars, vegetarian cooking classes, medical missionary training schools and community health expos. Our long-term goal is to establish a Wellness Center at Tranquility Camp (TVRC) to meet the needs of our members and the wider community.

With the steady rise in health awareness, it is clear that the health message is the best means of opening doors and reaching the hearts of those who have not yet accepted Jesus Christ. We believe that “Christ’s method alone will give true success in reaching the people” (Ellen G. White, The Ministry of Healing, p. 143).

Following the four S’s of Jesus—socialize, sympathize, serve and save—we are breaking down barriers and reaching many of whom we would not have had access.

Jerrmain Clarke is the Natural Wellness Program director for the New Jersey Conference.

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