By: Pat Humphrey, North American Division News
"Tremendous!” “Impressive!” “Amazing!” This is how volunteers, patients, and community members alike described the most recent Your Best Pathway to Health event, a three-day mega-clinic held in Fort Worth, Texas, United States, September 19-21, 2018. The eighth in a series of Pathway to Health community health clinics held in cities around the U.S. over the past five years, the Fort Worth event stands out as unique.
“We had 2,200 volunteers, and approximately 50 to 75 percent of them were new,” said Kim Goodge, who manages volunteer registration for Pathway to Health. “We also had a large number of volunteers who are not members of our church — probably the largest ever,” she added.
Also noteworthy is the large number of school groups — more than in any previous event, with the exception of the Los Angeles, California clinic — that came to volunteer. These numbers are indicative of a growing trend in both the Seventh-day Adventist Church and the community: many people have the desire to serve and to make a difference in the lives of others — to be the “hands and feet” of Jesus. The volunteers in Fort Worth did just that, with more than 6,800 patients receiving about US$25 million’ worth of free services provided.