Posted on Sep 04 2016

HOME  Impacts Lives in St Ann

Members of the Prayer band engaged in prayer throughout the fair

"As the right arm is connected with the body, so the health reform and medical missionary work is connected with the third angel's message, and is to work efficiently as the right arm, for the defense of the body of truth." (Ellen White RH June, 20th, 1899). 

The wisdom embodied in the Ellen White quote above has served as a catalyst for the Discovery Bay and Queen Hythe congregations in bringing awareness to one of the biggest challenges to public health today: chronic non-communicable diseases (NCDs). This led to the start of HOME - Health Outreach Ministry & Encounter.

A member of the community gets her blood sugar count by Sis. Minto of Discovery Bay

For over a month the team of HOME met, prayed and planned, allowing God to show the way forward and on Sabbath, May 28, 2016 HOME reached homes by touching the lives of over one hundred individuals from Discovery Bay, Queen Hythe and surrounding communities, who were traversing the Discovery Bay shopping area. Numerous services and ministries were conducted, including

  • Individual prayer and counseling
  • Random blood glucose check
  • Blood pressure check
  • Calculation of Body Mass Index
  • Health education
  • Medical check by a physician

Dr. Whyte, a medical practititioner, conducts health check on a patient

The enriching experience was a collaboration with the business community, resulting in the donation of cases of water for distribution to patrons as they relaxed waiting to receive service. One local pharmacy joined the venture and sent a message to the team offering 20% discount on all prescriptions filled from persons seen at the outreach. Additionally, free ECG checks were made on the day and during the ensuing week of the event.

The day saw a variety of community interest groups, visitors and business community interests visiting the area and actively participating in the health services, studies and prayers being offered.

When properly conducted, the health work is an entering wedge, making a way for other truths to reach the heart” (Ellen G. White, Testimonies for the Church, Vol. 6, p. 327, 1900).