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“We Are Now Entering The Blue Zones!”
In November of 2005 an article was featured in National Geographic entitled "The Secrets of Long Life". In the article, author Dan Buettner shared research regarding five places on our planet where people live significantly longer than in other parts of the world. The locations are as follows: 1) Nicoya, Costa Rica; 2) Ogliastra Region, Sardinia; 3) Ikaria, Greece; 4) Okinawa, Japan; and 5) Loma Linda, California! These places became known as “blue zones”.
Naturally, the fifth location on the list caught the attention of Seventh-day Adventists throughout the world. We have always known that God has given this church a very special and powerful “health message” and here was yet another affirmation of God’s hand upon this movement.
Fast forward to 2015, just about 10 years from the publication of that National Geographic article on longevity factors. During this time, Dan Buettner and his associates have developed a nationwide program to help people in select cities work toward better health and longevity. At this moment Klamath Falls sits atop a list of cities, poised to become the first city in the Pacific Northwest to become the beneficiaries of a Blue Zones Project!
I discovered this brief explanation of the Blue Zones Project at the official "Blue Zones" website, www.bluezones.com: "The Blue Zones Project is a systems approach in which citizens, schools, employers, restaurants, grocery stores and community leaders collaborate on policies and programs that move the community towards better health and well-being. We implement long-term, evidence-backed policies and interventions that optimize environments within communities, nudging people towards healthier choices throughout their day."
This is certainly an amazing ministry opportunity for the Klamath Falls Church, but also for the entire Oregon Conference and North Pacific Union. Klamath Falls is expected to be a focal point for national media coverage, as the major news outlets monitor our progress over a period of two to three years. The national Blue Zones Project leaders are looking for local community leaders in Klamath Falls to rise to the occasion, to help promote health and wellness in our community. I believe that there is a group of people in this city that have already been called by God to be leaders in this endeavor. You can be one of them.
How important is the work of health ministry at this hour in earth’s history? Consider these words from the book Christian Service, page 134: “Again and again I have been instructed that the medical missionary work is to bear the same relation to the work of the third angel's message that the arm and hand bear to the body. Under the direction of the divine Head they are to work unitedly in preparing the way for the coming of Christ.”
As a pastor, I have never been more excited about an opportunity for ministry. Like Esther, I believe that God has placed the current leaders and members of the Klamath Falls Church “for such a time as this”! We can choose to let our lights shine before men, or in complacency and ease let the light remain hidden under a bushel basket. I know what God is calling me to do. Will you join me?
- Pastor Steve