Peace in the Pandemic: How Missionaries Can Navigate Vaccine Fears and Questions
Date and Time:
October 21, 9 am EST
Adventist missionaries live and serve in an unprecedented time — in a world engrossed in a wildfire of a pandemic. Given the magnitude of the disaster, every Adventist missionary is affected in some way or another together with everyone in their immediate sphere of influence.
One of the consequences is an emerging task that every missionary faces: the need to form an opinion and answer questions about the origins and science of the vaccines, which is better, and most important question of all, whether to vaccinate or not. Such healthcare issues may not have been at the center of our attention until recently, but now every person of influence faces them almost daily.
In this live event together with Dr. Peter Landless, we will sketch the best way forward for Adventist missionaries to be agents of peace and healing.
What you will learn:
- Principles of Adventist health ministry and why they are crucial today
- How central is the health message to Adventist global missionary work, especially during the pandemic
- How to answer vaccine questions
- How to project a balanced public health image for yourself and the organization you represent
- How to make a difference between vaccination-related conspiracy theories and objective science
About our Panelist:
Dr. Peter Landless is the Executive Director of the International Commission for the Prevention of Alcoholism and Drug Dependency (ICPA), and Director of the General Conference Health Ministries Department. He is originally from South Africa, where he was in academic and private practice as a clinical cardiologist with a special interest in nuclear cardiology. He was also actively involved in pastoral work and is an ordained minister of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The first eleven years of practice were spent in a mission program, which included obtaining a specialty in family medicine. During this time, two congregations were planted and church buildings completed. While specializing in internal medicine and cardiology, he was the associate pastor/pastor of a local congregation. He is privileged to have had a distinguished military and academic career, and a blessed, blended ministry involvement in the Lord’s vineyard. He is married to Ros, who is an organic chemist and now works as a software engineer. They have two daughters Bronwen, a music therapist, and Jill, who is an occupational therapist.
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