Park Ridge’s “Adopt a Clinic” involvement results in 42 baptisms

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Pr Gary Kent baptising one of the 42 candidates. (Credit: Karyn Aldridge)

Park Ridge Adventist Church (Queensland) recently celebrated completed a successful “fly ‘n’ build” to Mt Diamond Secondary School in Papua New Guinea resulting in 42 baptisms and decisions for Christ and 1500 Bibles distributed to the school’s young people and staff.

A team of 15 volunteers recently returned from the 14-day service trip, making them the sixth fly ‘n’ build group from Park Ridge church to contribute to the Mt Diamond “Adopt a Clinic” program in the past 10 years.

Park Ridge Adopt a Clinic Co-ordinator Alan Aldridge stated, “We are blessed each year through our relationship with the Mt Diamond School and Adopt a Clinic program. Mt Diamond Adventist School has become part of our wider church family, and it’s a privilege to be invited to return every two years to work with the school’s leaders and support the initiative’.

Some of the team from Park Ridge. (Credit: Karyn Aldridge)

The “Adopt a Clinic” concept was developed by the Adventist Health department as a way to assist the 56 rural health facilities operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church across the South Pacific.

Park Ridge Church first partnered with the South Pacific Division (SPD) under the Adopt a Clinic program in 2007, and two years later sent their inaugural Fly n Build team to Mt Diamond to construct the first dedicated health clinic on the grounds of the Adventist school. Since then, a team from Park Ridge Church has returned every two years to support the clinic and conduct maintenance and extensions.

Building the frame in wet conditions. (Credit: Karyn Aldridge)

Throughout 2019, Park Ridge raised more than $A20,000 to construct accommodation for nursing staff onsite.

“Supporting the clinic has been a whole church focus,” said Mr Aldridge, “plus our Men’s Shed members from the wider community were also involved and built the interior fit-out of the ‘Nurse’s Inn’.  Providing this housing means nursing staff are able to live on-site and meet the needs of the local community, who often present for treatment after-hours.”

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