South America

Adventist Church in Brazil Offers Free Online Health Course

Taught by chatbot Esperança, the study addresses scientific, physiological, and spiritual aspects of the eight natural remedies.

Brasilia, Brazil | Vanessa Arba

At a time when the routine of millions of people in the world is severely altered, with limitations due to social isolation, good habits were losing ground to unhealthy practices for many people. Unsurprisingly, the demand for health-related information and content has grown. For this reason, the Adventist Church in Brazil has created a course on elementary habits for physical and emotional well-being.

It is a study guide that unravels scientific, physiological, and spiritual aspects of each of the eight natural remedies. Dr. Rogério Gusmão, director of the Adventist Church's health department for eight South American countries and one of the creators of the material, says this interdisciplinary approach is important.

“Health is a state of integral well-being, which involves the physical aspects, social, emotional, and spiritual,” he says. “They are interdependent.”

According to Pastor William Timm, coordinator of the Novo Tempo Bible School which administers the study, in just two weeks since it was made available, more than 1,500 people have accessed it, and many have already received the digital certificate of completion. 

“This program is a great start for those who want to develop the habit of studying,” Timm says, “with short lessons in very accessible language.”

The course is done exclusively by WhatsApp, free of charge. To access, visit the following URLs:, if the intention is to study alone. The link will direct you to a conversation with the chatbot Esperança. From then on, just follow her directions., to study with friends. In this case, it is necessary to create a group in the application with the interested people and add the chatbot number Esperança, which appears on the link page. Then send the message "Bible study" and follow the directions that will come.

This article was originally published on the South American Division’s Portuguese news site