Health is wealth,” echoed true at the New Hope Church in Ellenwood, Ga. The weekend-long, pre-COVID, annual blood drive and Community Health Fair hosted by New Hope Church each summer for several years, returned this past summer.
This year’s health emphasis weekend lived up to the expectations as both events launched as planned with the blood drive on Sabbath afternoon, followed by the Community Health Fair on Sunday.
The blood drive, in collaboration with the American Red Cross, was well supported by church members and community members. The Red Cross phlebotomy team successfully collected 26 lifesaving units of blood. Each supporter left the event feeling a sense of satisfaction, and knowing their donation would make a difference in someone’s fight for life.
Sunday’s Health Fair was cohosted by New Hope and the Southside Medical Center, thanks to Melvin Preston, pastor of New Hope Church, who facilitated this alliance. The fair drew many patrons. The atmosphere was inviting as relaxing music played in the background. Snacks and refreshments were provided as attendees meandered around the fair tables and received services. The Southside Medical Center bus came fully equipped and staffed, ready to provide complete care for the whole family.
Available services included adult medicine, blood pressure, BMI and glucose screens, dental care, eye care, and women’s health. Members of New Hope staffed booths and tables with educational brochures and handouts. A few other healthcare vendors like Peach Care and Medicaid were also on site. The New Hope Health Ministries team members provided on-the-spot teaching and resources on a wide array of health topics including juicing for health, disease awareness, and mental health. At the same time, assortments of educational handouts and evangelistic booklets were free to all those who took advantage of the free event. The children who attended were treated to cool snacks and backpacks stuffed with supplies for school. A total of 47 individuals visited the Heath Fair.
New Hope Church is looking forward to the next event as they minister to their community in taking Christ to the world.
South Atlantic | January 2024