On April 27–29, 2016, Hartland staff and students joined thousands of Seventh-day Adventist health professionals at Your Best Pathway to Health, a free mega-clinic outreach event in downtown Los Angeles. Here are some of their testimonies.
Maria, a 29-year-old mother from Mexico, had never seen a doctor. Scared to death that her infection of 14 years might be breast cancer, she came to Pathway to Health for help. I was privileged to be her translator, and as we got to know each other, she began asking questions: “Why are you doing this? What is ‘Seventh-day Adventist’?” Maria had no religious background, but as we talked, she indicated her desire to raise her children for the Lord. “I will go to an Adventist church because I want my kids to be in Sabbath School,” she told me. She eagerly signed up for Bible studies, and we prayed together. Maria was overjoyed when her test results came back negative for cancer and exclaimed, “The Lord healed me here!” I praise God for this divine appointment.
by Ivonne Restrepo, Health Outreach Instructor
My cousin in LA was unreceptive to religion but needed dental work. The doctors prayed with her, which really got her attention. She liked that no one was pushing religion on her, just offering good service and treatment. Afterwards she wanted to know more about health and natural remedies and happily accepted some books. The best thing was when she came with us to the Sabbath service for the first time. Just a month before Pathway to Health, I had offered to study the Bible with her, but she refused. It had seemed that all the doors were closed, but God opened them. Pathway to Health was a bridge to give my cousin the little push she needed.
I worked in the relaxation department—massage and hydrotherapy. Even though I’m from the LA area, I didn’t grow up downtown, so I never saw the great need there. Streets are filled with tents where homeless people live—tent cities. They’re in need of not only a solid place to stay, but of something more fulfilling in their lives. The Pathway to Health event showed me that there is a great need in the cities—mentally, physically, and spiritually. It confirmed in my mind that I want to help these people, especially with their health.