SDAGMMM has trained medical missionaries in America and Africa. In 2012, we conducted a training course at the Mount Calvary Seventh-day Adventist Church in Huntsville under the leadership of Senior Pastor Marcel Wip and Health Ministries Leader Joy Cavins.
To advance our educational mandate, we have trained interested students in gospel medical missionary work, what the North American Division Health Ministries now calls Comprehensive Health Ministry. We wanted students to be able to go back to their churches and to be out in the community doing health evangelism.
To invest the graduates of the training course, there was a Health and Temperance Day certificate ceremony on July 18, 2015, at the Mount Calvary Seventh-day Adventist Church in Huntsville, Alabama, where Dr. Rupert Bushner, Jr., is the senior pastor, and Mark and Kindra Moore are the Health Ministries Leaders. The invited guest speaker for the 11:00 divine worship service was James Hartley, the founder and director of the Lay Institute for Global Health Training (L.I.G.H.T.) at Wildwood Lifestyle Center in Wildwood, Georgia. Wildwood is one of the oldest supporting ministries of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, founded in 1942 by the late Elder W.D. Frazee and company. L.I.G.H.T.’s Essentials of Health Evangelism was the primary text book for the training course.
During the historic service, quite likely the first of its kind in the North American Division, several teachers and students participated. Kindra Moore, Health Ministries Leader, gave a health-oriented Children’s Story. Jared and Kendra Lewis shared two beautiful musical selections that left the congregation spellbound. James Hartley then delivered an informative, stirring message that so moved the congregation that nearly the entire church responded to his appeal to minister to others as Christ did. See The Ministry of Healing, p. 143. Certificates were awarded by Pastor Bushner and Brother Hartley. Following the divine service, there was a celebratory dinner at the Powell Auditorium of the Bradford-Cleveland-Brooks Leadership Center on the campus of Oakwood University, during which the graduates were shown giving their testimonies and were given the cookbook, Bountiful Blessings, to help them in their ministry as newly trained Gospel Medical Missionary Evangelists. They were then sent out into the world to heal and to save souls.