By Andrew McChesney, Adventist Mission
Dr. Viriato Ferreira says 10 days is often all that is needed for guests attending his health programs in Portugal to accept the seventh-day Sabbath.
Take, for example, a successful middle-aged businesswoman who enrolled in a 10-day program at his VitaSalus Wellness Center, perched on a lush-green mountain overlooking the medieval town of Penela.
The woman had decided to visit after reading a patient’s account of VitaSalus — which means “life and health” in Latin — and its depression recovery program in a popular magazine. She nearly changed her mind when an online search found that the center was operated by Seventh-day Adventists. But she had suffered a painful divorce, and she showed up for the start of the program on a Sunday.