Deliverance Outreach Ministries: Impacting Health in their Community
August 20, 2016

Today, many face severe health conditions impacted by lifestyle including heart disease, cancers, Chronic Lung Disease, diabetes, and liver disease. These disorders could be significantly improved or prevented if those suffering had received the necessary education and intervention early on. This is a philosophy that Pastor Tyrone Oliver of Deliverance Outreach Ministries supports. His church is not solely a place of worship, but also a place of healing and educating.

Deliverance Outreach Ministries started in the living room of the Pastor Oliver, who became a minister in 2008 and ordained as Pastor in 2014, with his wife Emily Debose Oliver. In addition to the Sunday Service, Deliverance Outreach Ministries is home to a volunteer run Medical Clinic. “We have 5 doctors and 2 dentists on staff right now,” says Pastor Oliver, “and we are looking for a Spanish speaking doctor to expand our outreach.” In addition to local physicians, there are volunteer ARNPs and RNs. Their patients must be 18 or older, have no insurance and have income that is below the federal poverty level.

Pastor Oliver supports focusing on all aspects of health which includes physical, mental and spiritual well-being; he wants the church to be an overall environment of healing. This is why Oliver made the choice to be Tobacco Free with the help and support of Measure Up Marion. In the treatment of others, he wants to make sure the congregation and church patients are protected from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke, but to also encourage smokers to adopt healthier lifestyle choices.

Measure Up Marion, a Partnership In Community Health program funded by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, is providing the opportunity to engage this congregation through education and awareness. On August 23rd at 7:00pm, Community Health Advocates with the QuitDoc Foundation will be on hand to provide information on secondhand smoke and tobacco health issues, and have will resources available for those that might be interested in quitting.

 

 

 

If you are inspired by the efforts of Pastor Oliver and Measure Up Marion in providing for a healthier community, you can join in our efforts. Contact Sarah Damien to find out more about the Celebrate Tobacco Free workgroup for Faith-Based Organizations by calling 352.539.1941 or email SDamien@QuitDoc.com. You can get more information about the medical, dental, physical therapy, and chiropractic clinic through their website at http://deliveranceoutreachministriesofocala.org/.

Measure Up Marion works to ensure that Marion County residents can live, learn, work, worship and play in environments with smoke-free air, easy access to healthy foods and beverages, and have the necessary information to prevent and reduce the effects of chronic diseases. For more information, visit www.measureupmarion.org. 

Made possible with funding from the Centers for Disease Control Prevention