Willy’s vision is to start a lifestyle program in Indonesia.
by Vanessa Sosa
“Hartland College changed my life,” Willy asserts. “It helped me have a mission focus and use my health knowledge as a tool to minister to others as Jesus did! I can’t get this kind of education in my home country.”
Willy Yonas is from Indonesia, the country with the largest Muslim population in the world. As a health ministry major, his vision is to use his health knowledge as a bridge to share the gospel.
“The knowledge I gained at Hartland has already been so useful during my internship, especially my nutrition and research writing classes, as well as the work ethic I learned from working at the farm and the lifestyle center.”
Willy applied to the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) in February 2018. His prayer was: “Lord, if You want me to be Your witness in Washington, DC, please open the way.” Five months later, God did! While there, Willy helped assess research studies, enter data, look into statistics, and prepare classes. He was even given the opportunity to give a lecture to study participants!
“My favorite experience was seeing the results of a 16-week study on how a plant-based diet affects people’s health. I watched patients’ metabolism increase, cholesterol levels come down, weight decrease, and even their gut microbiomes improve!”
Willy is striving to learn more about the scientific evidence in favor of plant-based diets. “This way, I can share the Seventh-day Adventist health message with support from scientific papers and thus reach out to intellectual groups.”
Currently, Willy is completing the second part of his internship with the Faith Community Health Department of Adventist HealthCare in Maryland. “Our goal is to train health ministry leaders of churches and faith-based groups to improve the health of their congregations and communities.”
Willy has a vision to start a lifestyle program in Indonesia with weekly support groups and health classes. He wants to give Indonesians an opportunity to change their lifestyle in a “cheaper and more effective way.”
“After experiencing what a plant-based diet and lifestyle change can do, I have a burden to share what I’ve learned with my people! I want to help them have a better quality of life. By God’s grace, this will be an open door for me to share Jesus with them!”
“I never regret that I came to Hartland,” Willy concludes. “It has thoroughly prepared me for my life calling.”