The Health Ministries Director
Sis. Gay Smith | Email: email@example.com
Gay Marie Smith Reyes, MHR, BSc, HEd, ASSc, LSD
Sister Gay Marie Smith was elected as Health Ministries Director for the Cayman Islands Conference during the Quadrennial Conference Session held in December 2015.
Sister Gay is a third generation Seventh-day Adventist who studies God’s Word devotedly. Bilingual (English-Spanish), she has worshipped and served at the Filadelfia Hispanic Church in various capacities since recommitting her life in 2002. Her service has included Health Ministries Leader and Sabbath School Teacher for 12 consecutive years. She has also served as leader in the areas of Stewardship, Community, Education, Communications, AY and other roles, including board secretary. She has been blessed with two wonderful children, Vanessa, a Registered Nurse, and Jovan, in 2016 studying IT at the college level, and one granddaughter McKayla.
Ms Smith brings to the role of Health Ministries Director a wealth of experience and training. She has been awarded more than 25 health education certificates through the General Conference and the North American & Inter-American Divisions Health Ministries departments. She has attended many health conferences, including the Global Health Conference on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD’s) held in Geneva in 2014. These conference have covered a wide range of subjects, including mental and emotional health.
Sister Smith holds a Master’s Degree in Human Resources Management and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Administration (in the course of which she received awards for academic excellence, among other honours).
During her 25 years’ experience, 18 shared between the Health Services Authority the Ministry of District Administration, Planning, Agriculture and Housing, serving at the latter as Personal Assistant and Office Administrator to the Minister, who was the then Leader of Government Business. In addition, she spent a number of years in the education sector, as a business owner and Managing Director of Kids Adventures Preschool. As a community-minded person and as President of a number of organizations, she has also spearheaded many successful community and fundraising events during the course of the past 25 years.
She is excited to respond to the call to work as co-laborer with the Lord in this role. She prays that the Holy Spirit will lead the way as she follows and embarks on this new venture of working to help in teaching, healing and finishing the work, so that we all can go home to dwell with the Lord forevermore, as is her strong desire.
Health Ministries Department
Health Ministries is a comprehensive Ministry aimed at enhancing a healthy body, mind and soul.
Our mission and desire is to emulate Jesus Christ in the healing work He did while on earth, following guidance from the Ministry of Healing: “Christ’s method alone will give true success in reaching the people. The Savior mingled with men as one who desired their good. He showed His sympathy for them, ministered to their needs, and won their confidence. Then He bade them, ‘Follow Me’.” (p19), and, on page 143: “During His Ministry, Jesus devoted more time to healing the sick than to preaching.”
Jesus thus demonstrated health evangelism in action.
We believe that God created us in His own image and thus we were wonderfully made; that we have the responsibility to care for our bodies as the temple of the Holy Spirit; that He is our great physician and healer; and even though we fail to follow the laws of health, He has provided us with avenues for restoration and simple healing methods through the exercise of faith.
Goals for 2015-2019
- To help others understand the physical laws governing the body and to bring life practices into harmony with these laws. This is a duty of first importance.
- To introduce and promote awareness programmes that will focus on prevention of diseases through health education and the adoption of practical lifestyle changes.
- To teach curative methods through prayer, faith and simple natural remedies that will enrich spiritual growth and trust in God.
- To educate, encourage and introduce practical programmes within our churches, corporate members and communities; the aims is to enable individuals to adopt healthier lifestyle choices that will lead to a health body, mind and spirit that will yield long life and create healthier, happier persons.
- To train and equip Adventist members to become Medical Missionaries to help in finishing the work during the last days.
Plans for 2016 and Projections for 2017-2019
Under the Theme: Equipping To Be Ready
- Let’s Move To Live
To Train, introduce and promote the Launch of the Let’s Move to Live practice in all Churches and communities on Sabbath 12 March, followed by a Grand 5K Joint Walk on Sunday, 13 March.
The Move to Live Programme is an initiative with the purpose of promoting exercise as an integral part of our everyday life and one of the key ingredients of achieving health and fitness. It runs from 13 March to 13 November. All steps/miles that are walked or run will be recorded and awards will be offered to individuals, families, groups, churches, corporations, communities, Conferences and Unions for individual participants and groups.
- I Want to Live Healthy
The I Want To Live Healthy initiative was launched on Sabbath, 30 April, 2016. This plan is designed to help individuals, families or groups to adopt healthier lifestyle habits, one per week for eight weeks.
- Creating a Vibrant Health Ministries Department
An important goal is to create a vibrant Health Ministries Department in each church in Ten-day prayer and fasting modules. During these sessions, attention will be given to studying the Ministry of Healing and providing leadership training to all Health Leaders and teams.
- Medical Missionary Training
Another key goal is to equip a hundred or more medical missionaries by 2019, with 25 or more trained each year in the intensive Global Light Medical Missionary programme. “Christ is no longer in this world in person to go through our cities and towns and villages, healing the sick; but He has commissioned us to carry forward the Medical Missionary work that He began.” 9T P168.
- Grand Health EXPO
A grand health expo is scheduled for 23 October 2016, when many churches, departments and local agencies will be invited to showcase their units and to recruit members for their programmes. Guests will benefit from learning through the displays, interactions and participation. Screening and other health tests will be available.
- The “Let’s Move to Live” initiative will restart in February each year.
- The “I want to Live Healthy” programme will be reintroduced each year.
- The Health Ministries Department will conduct a health assessment survey to determine the health needs of the churches. The survey will be repeated at the end of the fourth year to assess improvements.
Ultimate Goal for 2019
The overriding goal of the programmes of the Health Ministries Department is for every church to become a health and wellness centre.
While people are dying because of ignorance, we as Adventists have the answers as we have been commissioned by Jesus. 7T p62: “Everywhere people are perishing for lack of knowledge of the truth that has been committed to us. The members of the church are in need of an awakening, that they may realize their responsibility to impart these truths. Those who have been enlightened by the truth are to be light bearers to the world. To hide our light at this time is to make a terrible mistake. The message of God’s people today is “’Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee’.”
Health Department Launches Move to Live
The Let’s Move to Live initiative is an exciting exercise programme geared towards encouraging persons to develop an active lifestyle. The programme is being launched in churches across the three islands on Saturday, 12 March, and the a grand 5K walk/run is scheduled for Sunday, 13 March, starting at 6 am at Cayman Academy.
In the Cayman Islands the programme runs from the 5K on March 13, to November 13, 2016, during which period participants are encouraged to exercise and record their steps or their miles covered per day. A tally will be done in November and a grand Awards Ceremony will take place to recognize each participant and their accomplishment.
Exercise may take the form of any physical activity including walking, running, swimming and playing sports.
Participants are encouraged to wear a pedometer from the time they wake up to the time they go back to sleep. Alternatively, they may download a phone app that will record their activity. The aim is to make a minimum of 10,000 steps per day.
Steps or miles may be submitted on a regular basis to firstname.lastname@example.org.Move to Live Registration Form Let´s Move to Live Activities Log Health Song: Sing to the tune of Jingle Bells I Want to Be Healthy