Members of the Northside Church in Miami, Fla., brought together roughly 300 volunteers to provide health services for more than 1,000 community residents on March 24, 2018. Local universities such as Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine, Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine, Miami Miller School of Medicine, and Florida International University sent scores of medical students to provide on-site medical care, evaluations, and testing, including mammograms and tests for diabetes, HIV, and Hepatitis C. Also, local health care professionals volunteered their services to provide optical care, as well as answer questions about pre-existing conditions.
Several Adventist and non-Adventist organizations, local media outlets, and even a local school district office collaborated to organize and provide a comprehensive health awareness and care event that was completely free to the public. Also, attendees with extensive needs were given referrals for follow-up care at low or no cost. Children enjoyed puppet shows, biblical stories, songs, animal creations from balloons, and snack packs while parents browsed through the fair.
And, it wasn’t just the children’s area that told about God’s love. The health event was a living expression of the love of God. With a mission-driven mandate, the focus was to create partnerships that will continue over time to provide care and support and demonstrate God’s love.
Southeastern | June 2018