Lanardo fulfills a wish to bring the health message to his island.
by Lanardo Rolle
“I can’t afford to miss a night!” exclaimed Merralee, a regular attendee during the “Health Is Your Treasure” seminar held in Exuma, Bahamas. For two weeks attendees learned how to prevent and treat many diseases with remedies from their kitchen cabinets.
The Lord has placed a burden on my heart to minister to the people on my island. Whenever I visited home during school breaks, I was overwhelmed with questions from church members and people in the community such as “What can I do to lower my blood pressure?” or “How can I improve circulation in my legs?” Seeing this need, I made plans to bring God’s health message to those who were suffering in my country.
The Lord confirmed His hand in this work by providing all expenses. We posted flyers and invited people, and the turnout was wonderful! Many came from near and far to hear how they could improve their health. We focused on major diseases common on the island, teaching how to prevent and manage them through kitchen remedies, hydrotherapy, and NEWSTART principles. We also provided free blood pressure and glucose screenings.
People showed up every night with note pads and questions. “When will you have another one of these seminars?” they asked. “Can you bring this program to my island also?” “This was so much good information!”
The Lord used this mission trip to open doors and remove barriers for the church members in their communities. “The Lord blessed our small team to do much with health work in Exuma,” said Angela Pulley, director of Hartland’s Lifestyle Education Center and one of the presenters. But the Lord was not done working yet.
My last day there, I had the opportunity to meet with Senator Fred Mitchell, the former minister of foreign affairs and immigration. I told him I am studying health ministry abroad for the Seventh-day Adventist Church, and he responded, “Oh! Well-spoken-of people.” After talking, I asked him if I could pray with him, which he freely accepted. Our meeting has grown into a friendship, and I’m seeking God for wisdom to reach this politician. This trip has intensified my desire to return home to share the gospel through the health message.