By Thomas Tom and Allen Yee
We give thanks to t(he Lord for using Evergreen’s Health Fair to share God’s Love. The inspiration was “Loving God, loving others, make a difference by serving others.”
La Puente has one of the county’s highest population (39%) without health insurance. The reason is the number of undocumented residents. The Health Fair was an opportunity to care for the physical and spiritual needs of the local residents. The core planning team included Wil Chew (Setup/Registration/Dental), Peter Chee (Blood Pressure/Sugar Checks), Allen Yee (Prayer/Samples/Liaison to Food Pantry and Don Julian School), Harry Yen (Vision Check/Health Education), and Thomas Tom (Flu Shot/Lunch/Signage created by Irene Mar).
On Friday November 6th, perfect weather was upon the inaugural EBC SGV Health Fair. 62 faithful Evergreen volunteers with servant hearts came together. The Evergreeners shared the love of Jesus with the Don Julian community. In addition, 11 Spanish speaking volunteers came from our partner Vida Church, the exact bilingual number needed to adequately staff every station... an answered prayer.
Over 100 guests from the surrounding neighborhood came. In this outreach ministry project, we had served alongside Vida Church, LA County Department of Public Health, and Evergreen’s Community Food Pantry (partnering with the LA Regional Food Bank.) The faithful volunteers showed and shared God’s love by providing free medical care. Activities included Blood Pressure and Sugar checks, Dental and Eye screening, Health Education, and Prayer. Those needing medical follow-up were referred to County Clinics; while those needing spiritual care will be seen by Pastor Rudy of Vida Church. The Food Pantry reported over 100 more family units in attendance because of the onsite Health Fair.
From the beginning, God revealed His will. For example, the Department of Public Health normally does not host Flu Shot Clinics at new sites. Because an administrator was a former student at Don Julian Elementary, LA County provided free flu shots along with their Public Health Nurses.
We have asked the faithful volunteers to continue to pray for building up relationships with the Don Julian community.