27 December 2018 | The Adventist Church in Jamaica has announced plans to formally endorse the government’s “Jamaica Moves” wellness program on January 8, 2019.
Pastor Everett Brown, president of the denomination in the country, framed the decision to support the government by saying that the denomination’s mission is to help people spiritually by doing “whatever we can to benefit mankind.”
The church will support the government by organizing a number of countrywide events in 2019, all promoting healthy habits.
The president of the General Conference of the Adventist Church, Ted Wilson, will attend some of the key wellness events planned by the denomination in early February 2019.
“We want our members to use their resources to address people’s needs within the community. We believe that a healthy person will be a more productive individual, and we want to encourage healthy lifestyles. [As such], we fully endorse [Jamaica Moves] and want to use our resources to support this process,” Brown stated, according to the Jamaica Observer.
According to the Adventist denomination’s Office of Archives Statistics and Research, there were 304,021 members and 683 churches in Jamaica as of June 30, 2017.