By Japhet De Oliveira
Pacific Union College received $569,112 from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to provide emergency financial aid grants directly to PUC students affected by the COVID-19 crisis.
Adventist Health is blessed with over 37,000 associates. All are living God’s love by inspiring health, wholeness, and hope in both the Pacific Union Conference and North Pacific Union Conference territories. Every day our associates deploy across 22 acute care hospitals, containing 3,200 beds. Every day they serve in our nine hospice agencies or 14 home care agencies, with nearly a quarter million home health visits a year. Every day, in over 280 ambulatory care clinics, they minster with love and healing. Every day, in many of the 65 rural health clinics, they are on the frontline as the only healthcare available. Every day the people of Adventist Health are actively owning the mission.
We are thrilled to be present for the miracle of birth. We are privileged to provide God-inspired care and healing throughout life’s journey. We are honored to be there during the sacred final moments of those who are dying, and we hold to the hope of the day when death and pain will be no more.
For that blessed team of 37,000 associates, it is every day. It is not a shift. It is not Monday to Friday. It is not a weekend. It is every day. Owning the mission means that every action, every conversation, every moment, every line of data, every story, every encounter has to keep the patient at the center. The mission does not end when a patient leaves one of our facilities. Our mission calls us to stay connected and to help transform the whole community. This is every day.
The Bible is filled with great examples that teach us we are stronger when we have others in our lives. When Moses needed to keep his arms raised high to win the battle, Aaron and Hur aided him, one on each side (Exodus 17:11-12). We all need support in our lives. That is one of the most wonderful gifts of the local church. We gather each week to support each other. We meet through small groups, prayer meetings, and acts of service. Church members and the associates at Adventist Health can own the mission, support each other, and lift each other up.
In April 2020, Adventist Health released the Simply Mission app online for every type of mobile device, Android, Google, iPhone, and even Roku and Apple TV. The Simply Mission app was created to lift you up, to inspire and raise hope every day. It was created not only for the 37,000 associates of Adventist Health but also for church members in the North Pacific Union Conference and the Pacific Union Conference. Every day, seven days a week, you can enjoy a passage from the Bible. Join our Bible reading plan. Try the Daily Word, a 300-word reflection sharing insights for your life. If you enjoy the visual and spoken arts, listen to the Daily Connect, a two-minute inspirational video to start you in the best space possible. Our interMission messages, which were formerly only offered at Roseville, California, have now been digitized. Every week there is a fresh 12-minute message for you to watch or listen to. These are just some of the resources that we are developing and offering through the Simply Mission App.
How can you find this app?
Open your phone or tablet device and search within your app store for two words: Simply Mission. If you have any difficulty, you can reach out to me directly (contact details below) and I will help you get connected. One final note: I would recommend that you register for notifications as well, because those gentle reminders are a great feature.
Together, let us continue to lift each other up every day. #TogetherInspired
For more information, contact Japhet De Oliveira at DeOlivJ@AH.org.