Churches in the Caribbean have a huge role to play in assisting with the health of their members. Today’s church, just like the church in Biblical times and the church of our grandparents and their parents, continues to be a place of community where members’ needs, beyond the spiritual, are met. Along with praying for miracles for ailing members, pastors should also encourage their members to educate themselves to ensure preventative care. 3 John 2 states, “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” Pastors should be working towards that prosperity on two fronts.
Like the first century church, today’s church should have communal services to ensure the well-being of all. They should partner with community organizations to start community gardens where healthy foods are planted for the benefit of the members. Additionally, churches can forge the way alongside community organizations to start shopping cooperatives, designed to assist their members to be able to afford the more expensive, healthy food items that they ought to eat.
In conjunction with community health organizations and professionals, churches could host seminars on preventative care as a part of their anniversary celebrations.
Pastors give us your blessing as we forge ahead with Our Healthy & Happy Caribbean.