The Community Health and Cultural Competency class for public health students at East Tennessee State University (ETSU) has invited the Johnson City Adventist Church in Tennessee to share its beliefs and philosophy on health in the fall and spring semesters for the past three years.
They open the 75-minute class with two or three of the church members giving their personal testimony for Christ and healthful living. Next they watch 10 minutes of the film, The Adventists, and then are introduced to the founding of the church, Ellen White’s role in promoting health, and the key doctrinal beliefs. After a Q & A session, the C.R.E.A.T.I.O.N. Health acronym is used to share the principles of healthful living.
This planting of seeds makes a deep impression on some of the students. One young woman shared that she had just about given up on Christianity before hearing our group speak.
“If I ever join a church some day, it will be the Seventh-day Adventists,” she said.
All of the students write a feedback paper on the presentation and these are then forwarded to the church members by the teacher. Most of the feedback is quite positive and when they learn that Adventists live eight to 10 years longer, they are impressed.
by Paull Dixon, pastor of the Johnson City Church