"Right Arm" in Conference Work

Throughout the past fifteen years, doctors and nurses from the Washington Sanitarium have visited, over week ends, many of our churches in the large cities throughout the Columbia Union Conference.

By F. H. ROBBINS, President, Ohio Conference

Throughout the past fifteen years, doctors and nurses from the Washington Sanitarium have visited, over week ends, many of our churches in the large cities throughout the Columbia Union Conference. The meet­ings were announced in advance, and the peo­ple were always eager to hear the practical instruction given on the medical work.

In one church, the doctor and nurses vis­ited the assembly on the Sabbath. Three years later a member of that church told me that the medical talk given by the doctor that day had caused quite a number to adopt a bal­anced diet in their homes, and had influenced them to eliminate many hurtful articles of food. It had also resulted in their excluding flesh foods. The brother who told me of this experience seemed much encouraged and grati­fied over the progress which the members had made in spiritual lines and in healthful living. He dated the new life which had come into the church from the Sabbath on which that medical group had visited it.

Each year, as a result of the promotion of health principles, great good comes to our people in the camp meetings throughout the union. From the first meeting in the camp, inquiry is made by many concerning the doc­tors and nurses who will be present to give instruction and help. This ministry for the sick at our camp meetings has brought great relief to those suffering from physical ail­ments, and spiritual encouragement to our people.

For years, health classes and schools of cookery have also been conducted, which have paid large dividends to the work in this field. Several hundred have completed the work given in home-nursing classes. Only in eter­nity will be realized the good that has been accomplished by these self-supporting work­ers as a result of their going into the homes of neighbors and friends and ministering to them during their illnesses.

Truly the medical work is the entering wedge of evangelism into our cities, and the "right arm of the body." Not alone has this phase of the work been carried on for adults, but the children have had presented before them a practical program of health which grips their hearts and aids in the development of character. Sound bodies for our children mean future workers and missionaries for this cause who will be physically able to carry the heavy responsibilities that will come to them. And if the children are rightly trained in health principles, it will help to correct the wrong habits of the parents in the church.

I well recall the attitude of one church vis­ited by a doctor and his wife and a group of nurses. The members of this church had be­come quite careless in the use of foods not in accordance with the principles of our mes­sage. I felt very anxious, while the doctor was speaking, as to the result of the meeting. As he brought out clearly and tactfully to the congregation that their mode of living and the use of certain foods was detrimental to their health, the Spirit of the Lord came into that service and touched their hearts in a wonderful way. At the close of the meeting they expressed gratitude for the message and promised to try to live up to the principles of healthful living. Some months later I made inquiry concerning them and learned that they had been true to their pledge.

The need for a sane, intelligent, balanced health program, to be followed by our people, cannot be emphasized too strongly. Generally speaking, in this country as well as in many others, our people are living under favorable conditions which make it no hardship to put these principles into practice. Extremes are to be avoided, but surely there is need for reformation in the mode of living of many professed Seventh-day Adventists. Right do­ing makes for happiness and brings heaven's blessings in its train. Peace and joy are the ultimate aims in following the principles of right living.


Ministry reserves the right to approve, disapprove, and delete comments at our discretion and will not be able to respond to inquiries about these comments. Please ensure that your words are respectful, courteous, and relevant.

comments powered by Disqus

By F. H. ROBBINS, President, Ohio Conference

February 1938

Download PDF
Ministry Cover

More Articles In This Issue

What Youth Expects of Our Ministry

"They are searching not for imperfections on which to feed, but for positive realities by which to live."

True Revival and Reformation

Solemn and timely was the devotional hour led by Elder Wilcox at the Battle Creek Autumn Council. It was a message of rebuke and entreaty, a call to repentance, making a deep impression upon all pres­ent. A portion is here reproduced.

Losses in Membership—No. 2

Part two of series continues where we left of.

Debtors to All Mankind

The church of Christ today stands in the same relationship to the great gospel commis­sion as did the apostle to the Gentiles. We also are debtors to every nation which is in need of the gospel.

Imparting a World Vision—No. 2

Imparting a world vision means more than stimulating an interest in missions. It means creating in others an unbiased, intelligent, sympathetic fellow feeling with mankind in general.

Capitalize Mohammedan Beliefs

After more than twenty years of labor in Mohammedan fields, I have come to the conclusion that many of us have approached the followers of the green-robed prophet from the wrong angle.

Origin of the Papal Sunday—No. 1

The Ecclesiastico-Historical Phase

Archeology's Contribution to Faith—No. 2

The advisability of using tree rings as found in the charred portions of beams in archeological ruins is at present begin­ning to be discussed; and even beads, which are now being studied at the Field Museum in Chicago, are found to have enough different types, forms, and sizes to play their part in checking other chronological information.

A More Effectual Ministry

Articles on more efficient evangelistic methods and pastoral techniques.

"The Kings of the East"

Is it justifiable to apply "the East" of Rev­elation 16:12 to Japan?

Editorial Keynotes

The Ministry's Solemn Pledge

Catholicism and the Modern State

Today, when liberalism and democracy are everywhere giving way to collectivism and totalitarianism, the significance of the change in secularized Western culture is being observed.

Implications at Oxford—No. 2

A look at the concept of the church as a community.

Transfer of White Estate—No. 2

Now as we face the task of closing up the work of the White Estate at St. Helena, moving all the files and book properties to our denominational headquarters, and establishing the work there, it is proper that we should pause to consider what is involved in this move.

Practical Plans for Service

It would be not only a keen disappointment but a grievous mistake if the ideals and objectives of this Association were not projected into the field in definite activity.

A Rational Health Message

The health reform program of this mes­sage should be presented through an array of facts abundantly proved by sci­ence, and a line of Scriptural evidence that fully substantiates the claims of the proponent.

Basic Principles of Health Teaching No. 2—Avoid Overemphasis of Single Features of Health Message

Vocalized overdevelopment of any member of the human body is an unfortunate occurrence.

Motive in Service

True are the words that "a thoroughgoing Christian draws his motives of action from his deep heart love for his Master."

Dispensing Spiritual and Physical Health

Successful Methods for Auxiliary Departments in Our Sanitariums

Let us be Accurate

Suggestions on quoting, verifying, and crediting.

Editorial Postscripts

From the Ministry back page.

View All Issue Contents

Digital delivery

If you're a print subscriber, we'll complement your print copy of Ministry with an electronic version.

Sign up
Advertisement - Southern Adv Univ 180x150 - Animated

Recent issues

See All
Advertisement - Healthy and Happy Family - Skyscraper 160x600