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This summer, the ASI Southwest Chapter will launch Jumpstart Free Health Clinic to provide free medical, dental, vision, and other services to residents of the central Texas city of Killeen. Killeen is home to Fort Hood, the largest military installation in the world.
The July 14-15 endeavor, voted on by the ASI Southwest Chapter last August, was inspired by Your Best Pathway to Health, and is a Pathway to Health “baby,” so to speak. Many ASI Southwest board and chapter members attended Pathway San Antonio, as well as subsequent Pathway clinics.
Jumpstart director Floyd Courtney, who is also the recent past-president of the ASI Southwest Chapter, states, “I completely embrace the insight that the medical missionary work is the right arm of the gospel. After being involved in the Pathway programs, I felt that this was an important thing to do in our union.”
|The Jumpstart Free Health Clinic, scheduled for July 14-15, will offer several free health services, including dental care, as seen here in this Pathway to Health LA photo taken this past spring.
Photo by Tanya Musgrave
Courtney says that Jumpstart is an opportunity for the churches throughout the Southwest union to experience reformation and revival, and “to reach those that we have not been able to successfully reach before.” He adds, “This group includes even those in local governments who would not be attendance at our various outreach projects.”
Several members of the Killeen Seventh-day Adventist Church, who also participated in the San Antonio event, came away wanting to do more. Some of those members, including Rick House, D.D.S., and Earline Miller, R.N., have assumed leadership roles in Jumpstart Killeen.
Current ASI Southwest Chapter president Dawn Lewis was one of the Killeen members who also became inspired in San Antonio. She and her husband, Rory Lewis, an orthopedic surgeon, have attended the past three Pathway events. She was instrumental in presenting Killeen as a venue for the Southwest Chapter effort.
“When our church members returned from Pathway, we met with our pastor and local hospital leadership and began to pray about holding such an event in Killeen,” Lewis says. “We were so excited when ASI Southwest embraced the idea just a few months later. The Lord miraculously began opening doors and paving the way for the effort to come to fruition.”
Lewis explains how volunteers plan to come from near and far — and how the excitement is building. She says, “It is truly overwhelming to see it all coming together. I know that it is nothing that any of us are capable of doing by ourselves. As Dr. Lela Lewis, president of Your Best Pathway to Health always reminds us, ‘It is only through total dependence on the Lord that our efforts to reach people will be successful.’”
ASI Southwest Chapter members are already discussing where the next venue for Jumpstart will be in the union.
Jumpstart Killeen hopes to serve 1,500 patients during one and a half days. Please pray for the success of Jumpstart in reaching the people in the Killeen area with the tangible love of Jesus. To volunteer for Jumpstart Killeen, visit www.jumpstartkilleen.com.