Health professionals and health ministry directors from across Southern Asia gathered in Cavite, Philippines on March 18-21 to attend the first Adventist Recovery Ministries training for the Division. A collaboration between SSD and the GC Health Ministries, the training was instrumental in equipping leaders to launch Adventist Recovery Ministries (ARM) in in the surrounding countries. According to Dr. Lalaine Alfanoso, SSD HM Director, addictions are a major public health issue in several countries in the region. The governments of many countries in Southern-Asia have tough laws on those enslaved by substance abuse, and they often are looking for faith-communities to provide effective resources. Drs. Reinert, Sedlacek and Alfanoso provided the training to nearly 100 attendees who left motivated to start Christ-centered recovery care groups that will provide support to individuals trapped by addictions.