Adventist Review Online | Sculpture Series Illustrates Christ’s Healing Ministry

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AdventHealth initiative helps passers-by reflect on Jesus’ whole-person healing.

As they drive up to work or walk to and from meetings, the employees of AdventHealth’s corporate campus in Altamonte Springs, Florida, United States, may be seen pausing in their tracks and reflecting before returning to the rush of the day. 

Their rest stops often include the ponds, flowers, and water features of the 30-acre campus, and at other times the biblically inspired, two-part bronze sculpture series located on the property.

The sculpture series, by artist Victor Issa, includes the installations Healing at Bethesda, located on the campus’s roundabout. with a final scene in its headquarters building; and The Master Healer, which sits on a walkway by the campus lake. Each one exemplifies Christ’s healing ministry on earth — very similar to what AdventHealth’s mission aims to do.

“We are so blessed to come to work every day and have an artistic expression of our faith, our ministry, right here on campus, and to have something that symbolizes what our organization stands for — whole-person healing,” said Sandra Johnson, executive vice president and chief administrative officer for AdventHealth.

AdventHealth, a national system of care sponsored by the Seventh-day Adventist Church, is made up of nearly 50 hospital campuses and hundreds of care sites. The system shares a single mission, “Extending the Healing Ministry of Christ,” and a focus to provide whole-person care — body, mind, and spirit. It is a sacred calling directly modeled after Jesus’ own wholistic healing ministry, which inspires team members to form healing relationships with the people they care for, including those team members who serve at the corporate campus rather than at the bedside. 

“I consider it a great privilege to work with Christ-centered institutions like AdventHealth to bring a distinct and meaningful three-dimensional representation of their mission and vision into existence,” Issa said. “On a personal level, working on major liturgical compositions offers me the opportunity to dig deeper into Christ’s ministry.”

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