The Medical Work in Evangelism

Presentation at a Bible workers' meeting, Gen­eral Conference, San Francisco.

By MRS. B. M. HEALD, Bible Worker, Staten Island, New York

We should ever be thankful to God that we have a balanced program in this wonder­ful movement. We have already had an excellent presentation of the importance of instruction and demonstration in diet along with our evangelistic work. It would be too bad to stop here. Too often our own people and those with whom we come in contact think that all there is to health reform is refraining from the use of meat, tea, and coffee.

We are admonished through the Spirit of prophecy to "educate, educate, educate." There is a woeful lack of knowledge of true health reform. Surely we need to present a full health message as God has given it to us through His messenger. We read in "Medical Ministry:"

"The cause of God today would be far in advance of what it is had we in former years been more active in the training of nurses who . . had . . . learned to labor as evangelists in soul-winning service. . .

"The cause is in need of hundreds of workers who have received a practical and thorough education in medical lines, and who are also prepared to labor . . as teachers. God's . . . blessing will rest upon their labors. . . . They will be His helping hand."—Pages 58, 59.

I can testify today that this is so. It has been my God-given privilege to work in the mission field where truly the medical mission­ary work is the right arm. It has also been my privilege to work with evangelists in city efforts. We have found the following plans to be effective in bringing good results in soul winning:

(1) Allow twenty minutes each night pre­ceding the sermon for presenting short, pointed lectures, films, slides, and demonstrations cov­vering: "Nature's Six Doctors," "First Aid," "Hydrotherapy," "Harmful Drugs." We en­deavor to hold up Christ as the Great Physician who heals all our diseases and has love and mercy for sin-sick souls.

(2) Sometimes one whole evening in the week is given to health. At this time we en­large our program and frequently invite one of our doctors to speak and answer questions.

(3) At the close of the meetings we or­ganize a class in "Health Preservation and Home Nursing" for members and nonmembers. This class is held in a hall, the Y. W. C. A., Or a private home.

(4) Where no public effort is being held, a little notice in the newspaper announcing the organization of a class is effective. People are glad that there is a religious body interested in their needs, and they bring their friends. Many times this opens the way for further Bible study, and souls are brought to the Saviour. We read again in "Medical Ministry :"

"Christ stands before us as the attern Man, the great Medical Missionary, an example for all who should come after. His love, pure and holy, blessed all who came within the sphere of its influence. . . He came as an expression of the perfect love of God, not to crush, not to judge and condemn, but to heal every weak, defective character, to save men and women from Satan's power. . . We are to fol­low the path of self-sacrifice trodden by Christ. . . . We must be sanctified, soul and body, through the truth; then we shall honor the name, medical missionary"—Pages 20, 21.

Angels are by the side of the medical mis­sionary. May God grant that we may conse­crate ourselves anew to follow in the footsteps of Christ.

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By MRS. B. M. HEALD, Bible Worker, Staten Island, New York

September 1941

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