News Outpost Center in Portugal models a way to reach people in cities

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.

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