Attending Sunday church services and prayer meetings? Joining Christian youth groups in public high schools? Digging up empty lots to plant organic community gardens? Could all this really be part of Adventist medical missionary work? According to Rico Hill and Jared Thurmon—cofounders of The Beehive and developers of Community Health Advocate Training, or CHAT, the answer is a decisive “Yes!”
In the beginning Adventists called it the benevolent work, which is basically doing good, or truly being a Christian, Thurmon says. In other words, every member of the church should take up medical missionary, or benevolent, work.
We’ve got to get out of the mindset that medical missionary work is just medical; it’s not, helping someone fix their car or taking them to the grocery store. The first medical missionary work I ever did was clean up somebody’s house. CHAT is also about restoring the image of God back in humanity,Our health message is as relevant as ever, and people are searching for answers. We as Adventists have a wealth of knowledge, but we are either afraid to share it or we don’t know how. We’re trying to change that.
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I am a relatively new member of the Seventh-Day Adventist church, though I regularly attended for 6 years before agreeing with the Lord that I should join the church. As I attended and learned more of the positive aspects of the mission I would often say, “You, Adventists have done a disservice to the Christian faith by being too exclusive.” So, I am truly thrilled to read this, “Our health message is as relevant as ever, and people are searching for answers. We as Adventists have a wealth of knowledge, but we are either afraid to share it or we don’t know how. We’re trying to change that.” Now, I am glad I get to be a part of that change. This perspective is indeed phenomenal and a welcome paradigm shift for the obvious “end time” era in which we are privileged to live.
ADELANTE CHATyouniversity! The Lord continue to endue you with his grace to move forward with this vision!
Thank you so much for affirming the work will are doing in the last days. Please keep our efforts in your prayers and join us is equipping and getting the gospel out.