This year a group of 14 students and staff from Hartland College were in Indianapolis, participating in the first Pathways to Health event after COVID-19. The clinic ran from Easter Sunday, April 17, through Wednesday, April 20. Lucas Oil Stadium became a temporary health center where 4,225 patients received much needed services absolutely free!
This Pathways to Health was possible thanks to the 2,500 medical and non-medical volunteers from all over the United States who participated at their own expense. Examples of the professional services provided were dental care, prescription glasses, primary care, cardiology, women’s health, mental health, medical massage, lifestyle coaching, diagnostic testing, and more. Non-medical services included free haircuts, clothing, and legal services. Complementary childcare was also offered.
Ivonne Restrepo, Hartland’s Health Outreach Coordinator, was called to serve at Pathways to Health as the leader of the Active Manual Relaxation and Hydrotherapy Department. She shares:
“To train students professionally in the classroom—young people who in most cases have no previous experience in massage or hydrotherapy—and then minister with them in the mission field is a privilege for me as an educator. One of the most valuable lessons we would like Hartland students to experience, a vital aspect at Pathways to Health, is that love, compassion, empathy, and altruistic service are just as important for healing as any treatment technique in itself. Not even tiredness, missing meals, or cold hands and feet could prevent students from reaching out to the 750 needy souls who attended our department in those four amazing days. God worked mightily at Pathways to Health!”
“United We Serve” was the logo for Pathways, Indianapolis, under the empowering leadership of Ivan Golubic, President and CEO of Pathways to Health. He comments,
“This would not have been able to happen without the Hartland volunteers. The group has been absolutely amazing. We love you guys! We want you to be back every single time because you are holding up this whole section of the event, and that is so valuable.”
Educating professionals rooted in the missionary experience is our mission. Following the steps of Christ’s method alone is vital to our curriculum. Developing God’s character in the students is our aim. Having you as part of our team to support the missionary education at Hartland is our need. The Pathways to Health logo is appropriate for all of us—“United We Serve.” May God help us to press together, pray together, and labor together to hasten Jesus’ soon coming!
In His service,