This morning I came across two articles in the LA Times that really caught my interest. The first one - “Healing bodies, winning hearts” reports on the great work being done by US Special Forces in Afghanistan to help local villagers. U.S. soldiers called in a medical helicopter unit to get help for a village elder who had been stricken with severe chest pains. Other incidents –a 4-year-old girl who tumbled down a well, a boy mauled by a dog, another boy with fingers blown off by a land mine –describe how all were scooped up and flown to a medical station for treatment. “The extraordinary effort to treat a single villager is one way the U.S. military is trying to woo Afghans away from the Taliban in parts of southern Afghanistan.”
The second article: “Junk Food should be treated like tobacco” by David Lazarus poses the question – “What to do about the obesity epidemic?” In fact, more than two-thirds of adults over 20 are either overweight or obese, the CDC says. Dietary guidelines issued recently by the U.S. Department of Agriculture basically say Americans need to ease up on the salt, sugar and saturated fat and instead eat more fruit and vegetables. “If we really want to solve the national public health challenge, we must focus on educating Americans through comprehensive approaches that include nutrition education based in fact and focusing on total diet and exercise,” Susan Neely, head of the American Beverage Assn. said in a statement.
The thrust of theses two articles capture the essence of our Health and Wellness Ministry: Healing bodies and winning hearts through Bible education and education on nutrition, diet and exercise. As we go about our efforts, I am reminded of Matthew 9:36-38.
The Workers are Few
36When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. 38Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field."
Blessings, Peace and Love,