“After experiencing what a plant-based diet and other lifestyle changes can do for non-communicable diseases, I have a burden to share this with my people!” said Willy shortly before his graduation from Hartland College last spring. “By God’s grace, this will be an entering door for me to share Jesus with them!”
Thousands of miles from Hartland and back in an Islamic culture he knows well, Willy is seeing his health outreach dream become reality. He has a ministry called “Whole Health,” using podcasts and a YouTube channel to share widely. He’s also working on a website to offer an online lifestyle change program—the first in his country! Meanwhile, he offers the program
Locally, he holds seminars at a plant-based restaurant and works part-time with the health promotion department in a hospital. “I work together with the associate director of the hospital to educate patients and their families, hospital workers, and the community about health.” Through the hospital, he has been invited to give talks for local community groups and even a mosque. At a Vegan Society meeting where he spoke, Willy met social media influencers in his country who are excited about health. God has opened many doors!
“Last month, my friend’s mom was diagnosed with diabetes and fatty liver. It was a shock for them. After returning from the doctor’s office, my friend opened her Instagram and found my podcast about diabetes. It was God’s timing! She helped her mother transition to a plant-based diet and encouraged her to start exercising. After a month, the doctor reduced her medications from five to three, and also cut the dosage. He was amazed with the progress she’d made. After hearing the result, I texted my friend, ‘Praise be to God! God can use lifestyle change to improve your mom’s health!’
“Whenever I share about health, I try to uplift God the Creator, the One who can give us health. The Islamic community can accept that! In their daily prayers, they always ask for health from God. I hope and pray that God will continue to use me to be His witness.”
Our alumni need your constant prayers as they follow God’s call to serve in challenging places. Please stop and pray for Willy’s ministry right now. His longing to reach his Islamic country is from God’s heart. The more we pray, the more wonderfully God will work there!