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Health Awareness Sabbath

Start Date: 
January 9, 2021
End Date: 
January 9, 2021

Dear believers of the world church:


Greetings with Psalm 65:1: “You crown the year with your goodness, and your paths drip with abundance.”


I am excited to share that January 09, 2021, is our annual Health Awareness Sabbath. It was established by the General Conference Medical Department to bring together our churches for elevating our awareness as it relates to health and well-being. Last year, many churches used this event as a Sabbath to be remembered. This year I hope that no church will miss this annual health event!


Last year our church in Georgia shared their experience:

“We had a wonderful Health Sabbath: Our morning topics in Carrollton, Georgia, reminded us how to prevent and reverse heart disease and how to use hygiene and temperance in all we do. In the afternoon the youth praised God with reminders about the 8 laws of health!”


This year, due to the global health crisis of COVID-19, our annual health awareness Sabbath can play a more prominent role in our worldwide church. People are searching for answers and are open to lifestyle transformation. This is an excellent opportunity for our health message to reach our homes and communities and bring people closer to the Great Physician. We wish to encourage each church, conference, and union to creatively develop this health-focused event. 


We must seize this opportunity to share our health and wellness message for our benefit and that of our communities. Our evidence-based lifestyle solutions provide simple answers to complex problems that challenge our world’s health concerns. Drawing attention to one’s well-being at the start of a year allows people to include new lifestyle choices into their New Year resolutions. 


2021 can be a year of vibrant health! Let us use this opportunity to make lasting changes in our families, churches, and impact our communities for Christ. Thank you for collaborating with us in making this health awareness Sabbath a memorable occasion. 


Wishing you abundant health and a blessed New Year.

John Baer

Director of the Medical Department of the General Conference

Health Awareness Sabbath

Start Date: 
January 11, 2020
End Date: 
January 11, 2020

Dear brethren of our global church,


Greetings with Psalms 36:7, 9: “How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings. For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.”


As the New Year approaches, the Medical Missionary Department of the General Conference is planning to launch a special Health Awareness Sabbath on January 11, 2020. The purpose of this Sabbath is to encourage our members to renew their commitment to the health message by practicing healthy lifestyle habits and by sharing this special message with others.


“Our very bodies are not our own, to treat as we please, to cripple by habits that lead to decay, making it impossible to render to God perfect service. Our lives and all our faculties belong to him. He is caring for us every moment; he keeps the living machinery in action; if we were left to run it for one moment, we should die. We are absolutely dependent upon God.” Healthful Living, pp.11, 12.


We would like you to join us in listening to sermons and lectures on health on that special Sabbath. At the beginning of this New Year, let us recommit our physical, mental and spiritual health to our Creator and Redeemer. Why not ask Him, Who is the fountain of life, to give us the power to follow the healthy lifestyle habits He has outlined for us? If we are willing, He will give us the willpower to follow through on our commitments.


Thank you for your collaborating with us in “Reclaiming our Health.” May the Lord abundantly bless you and give you a healthy and happy New Year!


Yours in the Blessed Hope,


John Baer

Director of the Medical Missionary Dept. of the General Conference

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