For one of my first events as an intern with PHW, I had the pleasure of spending some time talking about health and wholeness with Wesley United Methodist Church, Reidsville, NC at their Golden Harvest Banquet. Initially, I was a bit nervous because this was my first time meeting them, but they made me feel welcome and even helped me set up!
The group was very attentive to my presentation as I explained each Power Point slide. Then I asked if anyone would like to share a success story. To break the ice, I shared how I made the decision to eat differently and prepare food by using olive oil instead of vegetable oil. Then others opened up about their success stories. One gentleman shared how changing how and what he eats has contributed to him losing weight and managing his diabetes. He explained that it was one of the best decisions he has made and that he feels good.
I truly enjoyed hearing these testimonies because it is confirmation that our message of health and wholeness is making a difference in people’s lives. Wesley United Methodist Church is PHW silver certified and are well on their way to becoming a gold-certified congregation!
–Crystal Rook, PHW Intern
Partners in Health and Wholeness is an initiative of the North Carolina Council of Churches. PHW aims to connect health as a faith issue. Please visit our website to sign your personal pledge to be healthier, and to find out about grant opportunities for places of worship in NC.