Lifestyle Center News
Pat was doing push-ups! Although she hadn’t exercised at all at home, this retired lady was doing “table push-ups”—pushing against a table for upper body exercise—and she was walking for 30 minutes after each meal. And the meals! It was a big change from her usual junk food diet to a healthy plant-based one, but she was losing weight. That was her goal! By the time she left after 10 days, she had lost 10 pounds and was completely off her blood pressure medication. The practical, natural program used at Hartland Lifestyle Center is amazing!
It’s not only the simple but powerful lifestyle changes that make the program amazing, but the fact that God works through it. He not only helps the body reset itself, but He also uses the caring, dedicated staff to instruct, encourage, and pray for each guest, reflecting His love and sympathy. One such staff member is Carlynn from South Africa.
Carlynn is a 2018 Hartland graduate who now works full-time at the lifestyle center. She says, “To be in the treatment rooms with the health guests is the greatest blessing. Over the years, I have learned so many things about people and myself. I have learned that medical missionary work is a very delicate work, and it calls for you to be an all-rounder. I would not trade this ministry for the world. I believe it is where I am meant to be and work as a child of Christ.”
Jesus continues His healing ministry on earth through missionaries like Carlynn. This ministry has a powerful effect on the lives of Hartland’s health guests. Elizabeth first came to a session in 2016 and enjoyed the cozy atmosphere of the small lifestyle center. She has just completed the June 2020 session in the renovated, purpose-built one. She loved it! “The kitchen is beautiful, I love having my own private bathroom, and the hydro room is wonderful. These stairs are easier to climb, and if I need it, there’s an elevator. But the best part of the old program is still here—the kind, loving, Christ-like spirit of the staff. I just wish I could come once a month!”
COVID-19 shut down our lifestyle sessions for a while, but the ministry of healing continued. The staff used the time to reach out to the local community and past health guests with the love of God and health tips for the pandemic. Our ultimate goal is to extend the reach of Christ’s ministry of healing to the urban populations of Northern Virginia and Washington DC. We also consider it a sacred trust to expand our reach to the thought leaders and business professionals in our surrounding communities and the nation’s capital. Please help us pray for this!
Now that sessions have started again, the lifestyle center staff are also praying for more donations to the Worthy Health Guest Fund. We would like to continue offering the program to guests like Pat, who need Hartland’s health ministry but can’t cover the cost themselves.
Lifestyle Center Needs
$45,000 for the Worthy Health Guest Fund. This amount would fund one fully paid session for someone in need each month and assist one person with partial payment each month for a full year.
$10,000 to replace the hydrotherapy bathtubs. This fund will allow the hydrotherapy department to upgrade both whirlpool bathtubs.
It’s donors and supporters like you who make testimonies like Pat’s possible. Your financial support enabled Pat to receive not only better physical health, but spiritual renewal and encouragement.
Perhaps you remember Willy. He is one of our health ministry graduates, now working back in his Muslim country. Lockdown during the past spring brought Willy additional opportunities for ministry: “Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, God has opened doors for me to speak to many SDA churches online. Hartland has prepared me to do all that I’m doing right now including ministry in a hospital, through podcasts, in seminars, and in my local church!”
Willy particularly appreciates the Bible training he received as part of the health major: “Whatever major students choose, they have to take a lot of Bible classes. I think this is so key in preparing young people to share the everlasting gospel and the three angels’ messages in these last days.”
We see God continuing to open doors to help young people like Willy and Carlynn prepare themselves to be missionaries. One of the best ways Hartland can help these young missionaries is by providing solid biblical training. For this reason we have extended an invitation to Dr. Karl Tsatalbasidis to be a religion instructor at Hartland. Pastor Karl served as a pastor in the Michigan Conference for 16 years. He has a deep love for and knowledge of the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy, and he has a passion for training young people in biblical truths. He is ready to move onto our campus this summer.
This is where we need your help. We need proper housing for Dr. Karl and his family as well as others who have dedicated their lives to ministry on our campus, but many of our buildings are old. Here are our urgent repair projects:
We need your prayers! Hartland’s effectiveness rests on support from a faith community who keep us uplifted in prayer. Thank you for being part of that community!
$10,800 for four housing units that need to be shingled this summer.
The current shingles have been there for more than 30 years!
$3,500 per unit for a total of $28,000 to redo the decks on eight of our housing units. This is a must because these decks are required fire exits.
$15,000 for rewiring and replumbing the mansion. This is our main campus building that was built in 1918 and is in urgent need of upgrades. Recently the old pipes broke over our library, causing some damage. The current electrical wiring is inadequate, if not unsafe.
$120,000 to install a heating and cooling system in the mansion and in the student dorms. These are needed to prevent damage from dampness and mold, which are already threatening the dorms.
$20,000 each, totaling $40,000, to renovate two staff homes. They need insulation, new windows, and new bathrooms. These are sturdy old houses that were built more than 40 years ago!
WE ARE MOVING FORWARD BY FAITH BECAUSE WE NEED TO COMPLETE THESE RENOVATION PROJECTS THIS SUMMER!
The total cost for this summer’s projects is $213,800.
I am reaching out to you to invite you to partner with us in this venture of faith!
You can send your check for any one of these projects, or you can just specify in the memo that your donation is for the Build and Restore Fund or the Hartland Lifestyle Center.
You can also donate on our website at https://give. hartland.edu/
Many of these projects are urgent, but God has promised the gift of the Holy Spirit and the resources we need to reach out and impact lives for His kingdom in these last days!
We thank you for your past support, and we encourage you to receive the blessing of helping God fulfill His promises this summer!
In His service,
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