By Mark A. Kellner, Online Content Editor, Adventist Review
Hundreds of residents of Bakersfield, California, received free dental, medical, vision, and chiropractic care—with some getting free haircuts—as the Bakersfield Hillcrest Seventh-day Adventist Church held a AMEN Clinic to serve its neighbors.
The Adventist Medical Evangelism Network, or AMEN, helps congregations run the clinics. This is the second year for such an effort at the Bakersfield Hillcrest church.
“You want to talk about something that brings every aspect of a church together as Jesus’ ministry does, it’s that AMEN clinic,” said Pastor Daniel Petsch, senior pastor at the church. “Doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners, nursing assistants — people who may not go door-to-door, but if they can go out and share their [professional] skills, their face will light up.”
At least 600 people were served at the clinic on Jan. 29—final numbers have yet to be tallied—and while that number was lower than the 900 who’d participated in 2016, Tui Silafau, AMEN’s clinic coordinator, said the level of enthusiasm was the same.