Inter-American division connects with community during Breast Cancer Awareness month


IAD staff members prayed with passers-by and passed out bags with information and treats

October 31, 2017

Libna Stevens/IAD

Inter-American division connects with community during Breast Cancer Awareness month

[Photo Credit: Inter-America Division]

Seventh-day Adventist employees at the Inter-American Division (IAD) Headquarters in Miami, Florida, took time away from their desks to wave in drivers and nearby onlookers in celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness month. The two dozen women wore special t-shirts and passed out gift bags with treats, brochures on breast cancer information and offered prayers on Oct. 18, 2017. 

The activity was part of showing solidarity for one of the staff members at the office who has been undergoing treatment with the disease, said Jainie Pita, human resources director at the IAD and one of the organizers of the initiative.

“It was so wonderful to be able to put work aside and share with our office community about breast cancer awareness,” said Pita. “Many of us know someone who has breast cancer or has gone through it or has relatives or friends with the disease so it was an activity that was embraced by so many in the office.”

“We passed out more than 175 bags and prayed with many of those who stopped by,” said Pita.

The initiative was the first community outreach planned in collaboration with the women’s and health ministries departments.

“One of the things we as women’s ministries strive for is really caring for one another, supporting one another and being there for the good, the bad and the ugly,” said Dinorah Rivera, women’s ministries director for the church in Inter-America. Last year she organized a similar activity for the IAD staff but it was important to branch out into the surrounding community this year.

“We have lost many sisters across our IAD territory to this illness and the fact that it is so prevalent in almost every family needs to move us into reaching out more as Christians,” said Rivera, who spoke and prayed with many women who drove in and walked over from the nearby medical building.


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