In Indonesia, Adventist Church Promotes Health and Wellness

Health expo in Jakarta focused on Chinese communities in the nation’s capital.

Edward Rodriguez, Southern Asia-Pacific Division, and Adventist Review
In Indonesia, Adventist Church Promotes Health and Wellness
A recent Health Expo in one of the largest malls in Jakarta, Indonesia, helped Adventists share a message of health and well-being with residents. [Photo: Southern Asia-Pacific Division News]

In what leaders called a remarkable display of community engagement, the Chinese Ministry Center in Jakarta, Indonesia, organized a Health Expo on June 21. The Chinese Ministry Center, one of the ongoing ministries of the Adventist Church in Jakarta (JAC) that specifically reaches out to Chinese communities through health programs, collaborated with the Adventist Church in West Indonesia (WIUM) to share the health message in an engaging way.

The event presented the church with an excellent platform to expand its reach into Chinese communities and largely Muslim communities as well in providing various health services and presenting numerous ways to improve health and lifestyle. This effort, led by WIUM health director Jimmy Havellar and JAC health director Guthe Mahaedhie, in collaboration with partner ministries, shows the Adventist Church’s dedication to comprehensive well-being and compassionate care.

Jakarta, the busy Indonesian metropolis, hosted the expo in one of the city’s largest malls. The church’s strategic choice of the venue allowed them to engage with a varied range of people, creating opportunities to promote physical and mental wellness.

“We firmly believe in the importance of extending our services beyond the confines of our congregations,” Jimmy Havellar said. “By actively contributing to the well-being of the broader community, we were able to live out our faith.”

The Health Expo presented a variety of health services tailored to the attendees’ specific needs and interests. Attendees could get free health examinations such as blood pressure checks, cholesterol testing, and glucose monitoring. Health specialists and volunteers from the Adventist Church and partner organizations were on hand to offer guidance, answer questions, and provide personalized advice on how to live a healthy lifestyle.

Aside from medical services, the event featured interactive health education displays that emphasized the significance of nutrition, exercise, and stress management. Visitors could take part in seminars and presentations to learn about preventive health measures and wellness practices.

One of the Health Expo’s main goals was to develop bridges with various groups in the community. This interfaith outreach project encourages mutual tolerance and understanding. “Our goal is to promote harmony and motivate dialogues between people of different religious backgrounds,” Guthe said. “By reaching out through health care, we establish connections and build relationships that are rooted in compassion and shared humanity.”

The Health Expo is a component of the Southern Asia-Pacific Division’s Strategic Plan, which calls for the organizing of health and wellness programs in various regions. The goal of this effort is to mobilize church members to participate in both personal and public outreach initiatives. Furthermore, this provides an opportunity to collaborate with community health advocates in sharing ideas to promote a healthy way of life in these challenging times, organizers said.

The original version of this story was posted on the Southern Asia-Pacific Division news site.

Edward Rodriguez, Southern Asia-Pacific Division, and Adventist Review