This story was submitted by Renald Raphael, Dedham Temple Boston Compassion Coordinator.
Dedham Temple Haitian SDA Church, headed by Pastor Calerbe Agui, is delighted to share with Compassion Boston the outcome of their first Compassion Boston project, held on June 4, 2016.
As part of the three projects submitted to Compassion Boston, Dedham Temple under the leadership of the Health Department, headed by Pierre Lefaite, put together a health fair with a series of health activities, which included blood pressure screening, dental health screening, CPR training, and health education workshops. The health fair followed a morning service with a keynote address on the importance of total health: “A sanctified mind in a healthy body,” presented by Dr. Mona Dorsinvil.
At the end of the morning worship, a healthy menu made of rice and beans, fruits and vegetables was served to 150 church members and visitors. The health day activities were conducted with the support of the Connecticut CPR SDA team of 8 members, the Norwood Hospital team of 3 nurses, the health Associates clinic of Dr. Jean Bonnet, and El Shaddai Dental Health Mobile Clinic. The CPR activities attracted both young people age 9 to 18 years old, middle age adults, as well as older people from 60 to 80 years. “It was very exciting,” said Pierre Lefaite, “to watch some older women in the age of 70 to 80 years old participate in our CPR training.” Recognizing that health can be a very good vehicle to preach the gospel and the interest shown by a great number of participants, Dedham Temple is contemplating organizing a more systematic CPR training for the church members as well as for non-Adventists. To create awareness around the importance of oral hygiene among the children and youth, El Shaddai mobile dental clinic distributed free bikes and scooters to those ages 5 to 17 years old.
Our health workshops included medical information provided on PowerPoint by Dr. Jean Bonnet on chronic diseases (diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol), followed by questions and answers. The objective was to increase community awareness about the importance of healthy lifestyles and regular health screening for early detection and to prevent the development of chronic diseases. The health fair ended with an emphasis on the Seventh-day Adventist health message by the naturist Jean Marcelin, who stressed the importance of disease prevention, good nutrition, and the practice of natural health practices, including clean air, exercise, rest, meatless nutrition, and a balanced emotional and spiritual life.
Dedham Health Department and the Personal Ministries thank the health professionals and providers for their support in making this event a success.
Special Note: Our second project will consist of an evangelical series that will be conducted at Dedham Temple from July 16 to August 13, 2016. Five Dedham Temple church members participated in the Bible Workers training, held at Camp Winneakeg, May 27-29, 2016, in preparation for this crusade and the Compassion Boston evangelism series from October 7 to October 29, 2016. Dedham youth of the Pathfinder Club, extended a loving hand to Boston homeless mothers with flowers and prayers on May 8, 2016.
For more information, please contact Renald Raphael at 617-817-6376, Dedham Temple, 410 Washington St, Dedham. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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