A two-week health ministry in villages surrounding the capital of Papua New Guinea recently served more than 1,500 people. Free health services were performed in the Hanuabada and Elevala villages as residents recover from fires that caused widespread damage.
The "Our Hands, His Touch" ministry was organized by the Hohola Seventhday Adventist Church. It included a free medical clinic during the day and evening health sessions from local Adventist doctors and members. The clinic offered free general health screenings. Guests could also have exams and evaluations by eye-specialists and surgeons.
The evening health sessions emphasized what the Bible and science say about healthy lifestyles. Topics included HIV, tuberculosis, cancer and kidney ailments.
A local church, Elevala United Church, allowed the Adventist clinic and meetings to take place in its building. While outreach to the villages has been unsuccessful in the past, the health services have established a relationship between the Adventist Church and the communities. Plans are underway to conduct follow up assessments in 4 months. [photo: Central Papua Conference of Seventh-day Adventists]