by Beth Thomas, courtesy of ANN
In the wee hours of Sunday, October 7, hundreds lined up outside of the World Church headquarters in Silver Spring, Md. to receive free vision and dental care offered by The Hope Clinic, a one-day collaborative effort.
General Conference volunteers, along with partners Adventist Medical Evangelism Network (AMEN), Housing Opportunities Commission (HOC), the Hope Channel, ADRA, and Emmanuel-Brinklow Seventh-day Adventist Church (Ashton, Maryland), pooled resources to sponsor the 3rdannual clinic, offering much needed medical care to the local community.
Days before the event, the interior of the World Church headquarters was transformed into a clinic with specific stations for eye exams, dental exams, extractions, and fillings, flu shots, HIV testing, and lifestyle counseling. There was also a special area for guests to receive free winter jackets, gloves, scarves and hats, haircuts, and massage therapy.
When doors opened at 7:00 a.m., people streamed in to register for services. General Conference Health Ministries associate director Torben Bergland was amazed as he surveyed the sea of people waiting in the auditorium. “It was emotional for me to see that many people in need of help,” he said.