by Jonathan Peinado

The 2017 Inspire Jacksonville campaign officially launched on Sunday, January 22, with 260 individuals registered for the inaugural River Walk 5K. Inspire Jacksonville is part of the larger Mission to the Cities initiative—a five-year emphasis of the Adventist Church to share Jesus' love and the hope of His soon return with people in some of the world's largest cities.

The four largest Jacksonville area churches of Florida Conference—Jacksonville First, Jacksonville Mandarin, Jacksonville Southpoint, and Orange Cove—collaborated together in this endeavor.

The purpose of the 5K was twofold. First, it was an opportunity to show the city of Jacksonville that Seventh-day Adventists are committed to healthy living, exercise, and wholeness. Second, it was an effort to build good will in the community by raising $2,000 for the First Coast YMCA's Adaptive Wellness Program, a post-rehab program providing support, guidance, and resources needed to achieve greater health and well-being to those with neurological challenges.

More events are planned for 2017 including a continuation of the CREATION Health Workshops, a concert series, community service projects, an evangelistic reaping series, and children's outreach focusing on dinosaurs and the creation story. For more information, visit Also, read about Jacksonville's city-wide health outreach program.

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