28th June 2017

Members of the community in Hackney flocked to the local Seventh-day Adventist church to learn some practical lessons on how to live healthier lives and maintaining positive family relationships during a two-week campaign. The campaign, entitled One Life, took place between 3-17 June at the Hackney Seventh-day Adventist church, with practical presentations on the benefits of good health presented by overseas health evangelists James Luke and Natalie Nash. In addition, there were seminars on how to promote positive family relationships presented by Hackney's very own evangelist and pastor – Joojo Bonnie.Campaign-Evangelist-Pastor-Joojo-Bonnie

Those with a keen interest in health enrolled in the daily medical missionary training sessions led by the two health evangelists who present a leading Caribbean radio show – Natural Healing through the Laws of Health, which addresses the health concerns of those who listen and call in to the show. Every night, the church was full to capacity with members of the community from different cultures and beliefs united in their desire to receive some practical information which would positively impact in their health and family relationships. Attendees to the campaign included SEC Personal Ministries director, Pastor Kirk Thomas.

A range of health topics were covered including high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes and fibroids. However, the two most popular topics covered were those on cancer and the importance of vitamin D.

Some of the health nuggets brought out were:

·  Due to the lack of sunshine in the UK, many if not all of the population have a deficiency in vitamin D which if not addressed can severely compromise the body's immune system to fight off illnesses such as heart disease, liver failure, stroke and cancer.

·  All are advised to see their local GP and request a 25-hydroxy vitamin D test to determine the level of deficiency and then to take the suitable amount of vitamin D3 supplements (as prescribed) to boost and then maintain the required levels needed to protect the immune system and make the bones strong.

·  1 in 2 people in the UK born after 1960 will be diagnosed with some form of cancer in their lifetime (see:

·  The 7 warning signs of cancer are: a change in bowel or bladder habits; unusual bleeding or discharge; a sore that does not heal; thickening or a lump in the breast or elsewhere; indigestion or difficulty in swallowing; obvious change in a wart or a mole and a nagging or hoarse cough.

 ·  Causes of free radicals in the body which could lead to cancer include: certain medication; exposure to radiation; metabolic processes; food additives; physical stress; emotional stress; smoking; overeating; high blood pressure; chronic diseases and smog.

 ·  Early detection is critical, so if in doubt, check it out by going to see your local GP. Additionally, by adapting a vegan based diet, free from animal fat and sugars and based purely on fruits, vegetables, nuts and grains along with adequate sleep, sunlight, air, rest, exercise and water will go some way in boosting the immune system, offering the protection needed to fight off potential life-threatening illnesses and diseases.

There were other tips on positive relationships:

·  Love comes from God. God created us and has demonstrated His love for us by sending His only Son to die for us. We are to love our families in the same way God has loved us.

·  King Solomon wisely advises that we should never let the sun go down on our wrath – that is – we should always resolve disputes with loved ones as soon as possible as this is our Christian duty. Whenever there is a need to argue perhaps the following African proverb should be considered: "When 2 elephants fight, it is the ground that suffers."

·  God is both our creator and redeemer. He is also our healer and restorer. He has a doctorate, a PhD in restoring broken relationships. As we put God first in our lives with Jesus at the centre of our homes, we will experience the love, joy and peace God wants for us within our family relationships.

For those attending Hackney's One Life campaign – they found these messages both inspiring and rewarding. God desires us all to live healthier lives, we have one life to live – so let us live it right.

[Darell Philip]

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