Before I knew it, Bob was enthusiastically describing AMEN and inviting me to the next conference. It sounded intriguing, but also strange.
I’d been an Adventist all my life, a pastor’s kid no less, but the thought of praying with my patients seemed impossible. I was already too busy to spend much time with my patients, how could I add time to pray with each patient? I dismissed the notion by convincing myself that this would be unacceptable at Kaiser Permanente. After all, God certainly wouldn’t want me to jeopardize my employment. I told myself that prayer with patients would only happen if I ever had my own practice.
However, after much personal debate, I decided to attend AMEN in 2011 in Hilton Head, South Carolina. Not sure what to expect, I was pleasantly surprised to find out I knew a few of the attendees. What impressed me the most was to see healthcare professionals who were genuinely excited about the witnessing opportunities God was giving them. Throughout the seminars, I started to understand the true meaning of healing – physical and spiritual. The hesitancy I felt before soon gave way to enthusiasm.
Since that first AMEN conference I attended, God has blessed me with many divine appointments in my practice at Kaiser Riverside. For the first time, I’ve experienced the joy of offering a more complete and rewarding form of healing to my patients.
AMEN also inspired me to take a more proactive role at my local church. I’ve teamed up with the Health and Temperance department to promote the eight laws of health in the homes of church members. I’ve also been involved in monthly cooking classes and other community health events.
This most recent AMEN conference in Coronado, California rekindled my passion to help complete the work that God has committed to me as a physician and a Seventh-day Adventist.
I was inspired by Dr. Neil Nedley’s seminar on comprehensive temperance, which I believe should be the focus of our personal strategy as well as our witnessing efforts. Only through daily death to self and surrender to the Holy Spirit’s will can we finish the work of healing committed to us.
In the months leading to the conference, I followed in Bob’s footsteps by inviting several colleagues to attend. After handing out about a dozen AMEN flyers, I was thrilled to see two colleagues attend for the very first time. I want to encourage all AMEN members to take advantage of AMEN’s flyers and promotional tools to help spread the influence of this movement.
I’m thankful for an organization that encourages prayer and witnessing in medical and dental practices. I’m also thankful for AMEN’s emphasis on disease prevention through the eight natural remedies. I say this with conviction because my own journey back to Jesus would never have happened if I hadn’t been introduced to the eight laws of health. For fifteen months, I suffered from severe digestive problems. After conventional medicine had repeatedly failed me, I was at the end of my rope. But two weeks of natural remedies cured the problem. I now share these remedies as the central focus of treatment. Pills and knives are an adjunct option, not the other way around.
I’m grateful for AMEN’s influence in my life and sincerely hope that many other healthcare professionals will come to know the beauty of medical ministry by attending these conferences.