2020 M3 Conference

Connect with Others. Be Inspired. Find Your Mission.

2020 M3 Conference Speakers

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Paul Osteen

Conference Emcee

Paul Osteen, MD, FACS

Missionary Surgeon
Co-Founder, M3 Conference
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Caleb Magnino

Conference Emcee

Jennifer Osteen, RN

Missionary Nurse
Co-Founder, M3 Conference
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Pre-Conference, Plenary and Breakout Speakers

Buumba Bubala, MD, MPH

Kate Abraham, MD, MPH

Resident Physician,
Cahaba Family Medicine Residency
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Buumba Bubala, MD, MPH

Anne Alaniz, DO

Co-Founder, Pothawira (Safe Haven) Christian Mission Organization, Malawi
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Aileen Coleman, RN

Michael Chupp, MD, FACS, FCS (ECSA)

Chief Executive Officer, Christian Medical & Dental Associations
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Jenny Dyer, PhD

Nicholas Comninellis, MD, MPH, DIMPH

President, Institute for International Medicine (INMED)
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Mitch Duininck, MD

Bruce Dahlman, MD, MSHPE, FAAFP, ABFM

Global Family Medicine Education Consultant,
Christian Academy of African Physicians,
Africa Inland Mission
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Mitch Duininck, MD

Terry Dalrymple, MDiv

Founder and Coordinator,
Global CHE Network
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Mitch Duininck, MD

Jenny Eaton Dyer, PhD

Founder,
The 2030 Collaborative
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Joy Vonk, PA-C

Jacques Ebhele, MD, FCS (ECSA)

General Surgeon/Head of Surgical Department,
Daeyang Luke Hospital, Malawi
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Joy Vonk, PA-C

Jeremy K. Everett, M.Div

Executive Director,
Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty
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Joy Vonk, PA-C

Arnold Gorske, MD, FAAP

CEO, Standards of Excellence in Healthcare Missions
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Joy Vonk, PA-C

William Griffin, DDS

Vice-President for Dental Ministries, Christian Medical & Dental Associations
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Joy Vonk, PA-C

Mary E. Hermiz, RN, MSN, EdD

Missionary Emeritus,
World Gospel Mission
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Joy Vonk, PA-C

Philip Keiser, MD

Professor of Medicine,
Director, Center for Global and Community Health –
University of Texas Medical Branch,
Former Medical Technical Advisor –
AIDS Relief Kenya
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Joy Vonk, PA-C

Kristin L. Long, MD

Endocrine Surgeon,
KenyaRelief.org
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Lee McCluskey, MD

Andrew Mayo

President and Chief Executive Officer,
Medical Benevolence Foundation (MBF)
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Lee McCluskey, MD

Beverly Martin, MEd, LPC

Coordinator for Guidance and Counseling
Houston Welcomes Refugees
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Joy Vonk, PA-C

Timothy Myrick, MD

Associate Professor of Family Medicine, University of Missouri Kansas City,
Institute for International Medicine (INMED)
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Joy Vonk, PA-C

Michael E. Navolio

Founder, Clean Water Climb
Child Legacy International, Malawi
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Joy Vonk, PA-C

Agneta Odera, MD, FCS-ECSA Gen-Surg, FCS-ECSA Peds-Surg

Consultant, Tenwek Hospital, Kenya
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Joy Vonk, PA-C

Alyssa Pfister, MD

Missionary Physician
Kibuye Hope Hospital, Hope Africa University, Burundi
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Joy Vonk, PA-C

Molly Raney

Executive Director,
Houston Welcomes Refugees
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Joy Vonk, PA-C

Allan T. Sawyer, MD

Missionary Physician,
Samaritan’s Purse
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Joy Vonk, PA-C

Andrew Scott

President/CEO Operation Mobilization USA,
OM’s Global Leadership Team Member, Operation Mobilization (OM)
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Joy Vonk, PA-C

Greg Seager, RN, MSN

Founder and CEO,
Christian Health Service Corps
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Joy Vonk, PA-C

Kelly Sites, RN

Disaster Assistance Response Team Nurse,
Samaritan’s Purse
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Russ E. White, MD, MPH, FACS, FCS (ECSA)

Laura Smelter, MD

Director of Training,
Christian Health Service Corps
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Joy Vonk, PA-C

Emily Smith, PhD, MSPH

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology,
Baylor University/Duke Global Health Institute
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Joy Vonk, PA-C

Stephen J. Spann, MD, MBA

Founding Dean,
University of Houston College of Medicine
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Todd Price, MD

Elizabeth Studley, CRNA, MS

Vice Chair Board of Directors,
KenyaRelief.org
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Joy Vonk, PA-C

Kerri Taylor, MS, CCC-SLP

Executive Director,
Unbound Houston
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Joy Vonk, PA-C

Scott J. Temple, BSN, RN, CNOR

Missionary Surgery Nurse,
Mercy Ships
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Joy Vonk, PA-C

Keir Thelander, MD, FACS, FWACS, FCS (ECSA)

Chief Medical Officer,
Pan-African Academy of Christian Surgeons (PAACS)
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Joy Vonk, PA-C

David Vanderpool, MD

CEO,
LiveBeyond, Haiti
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Joy Vonk, PA-C

Cindy Wu, MA

Program Manager,
Houston Welcomes Refugees
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Conference Resources

2020 Mobilizing Medical Missions Conference Program

2020 Mobilizing Medical Missions Conference Mailer

This PDF was created as a mailer to provide detailed information about the M3 Conference. It includes a statement of our purpose, conference highlights, a list of speakers, and pre-conference and main conference session information.

This is a tremendous and concise resource to download and share with someone who may be interested in learning more about what we do, why we do it and how to get involved.

M3 Conference Schedule

February 21-22, 2020

Lakewood Church | Houston, TX

Friday, February 21, 2020

Pre-Conference Workshops

Pre-Conference Workshops
(only Workshop #5 starts at 8 a.m.; the rest at 9 a.m.)

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Lunch on Own
Samaritan’s Purse Ebola Treatment Center Open for Tours

Pre-Conference Workshops

Pre-Conference Workshops

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Dinner on Own
Samaritan’s Purse Ebola Treatment Center Open for Tours

Conference Check-In & Exhibit Hall
Samaritan’s Purse Ebola Treatment Center Open for Tours

Plenary Session 01

Rural Medical Education in LICs as a Solution for Migration of Health Care Workers

Speaker(s):
Alyssa Pfister, MD

Room:
Main Sanctuary

Description:
Brain drain of healthcare workers is a huge challenge to low-income countries, particularly in rural areas, and yet these locations represent arguably the greatest healthcare needs in the world.  This session will discuss rural medical education as a potential solution to brain drain by raising up compassionate competent healthcare workers in the local setting.


Moved by Compassion for the Sake of Others

Speaker(s):
Jacques Ebhele, MD, FCS (ECSA)

Room:
Main Sanctuary

Description:
At the beginning of my career as a general practitioner, I was powerlessly observing, due to my lack of expertise, my own people suffering and dying from surgically curable diseases.  It became painfully apparent that in order to take care of needy people in Africa, in particular in the DR Congo, I would need to gain more knowledge and surgical skills.  So, I decided to surrender my job as a general practitioner and pursue a specialization in surgery.  I was moved by compassion for the suffering of others.  Similarly, the centurion’s example in the Bible (Matthew 8:5-13) who went to see Jesus for the sake of his sick servant will be emphasized.


The End of Hunger: Achieving Sustainable Development Goals Together by 2030

Speaker(s):
Jenny Eaton Dyer, PhD
Jeremy Everett

Room:
Main Sanctuary

Description:
Twenty-five years ago, 23.3 percent of the world’s population lived in hunger. Today, that number has dropped to 12.9 percent giving rise to the renewed hope that what once seemed unthinkable, is now within reach. The challenges are great, but the fight to eliminate malnutrition and hunger in the U.S. and around the world is one we can win. This session will discuss how attendees can get involved in the work of eradicating global malnutrition and feeding the hungry.


Go Ahead and Make Those Plans, but the Lord…

Speaker(s):
Michael Chupp, MD, FACS, FCS (ECSA)

Room:
Main Sanctuary

Description:
Solomon reminds us that we “can make many plans, but the Lord’s purpose will prevail.” (Proverbs 19:21)  Those seeking to follow God’s call and daily die to self will discover that God’s plans for our lives are good and satisfying, beyond anything we could ask or imagine.

Dessert & Exhibit Hall
Poster Presentation Session

Location: New Beginnings Room, 2nd Floor

Samaritan’s Purse Ebola Treatment Center Open for Tours

Exhibit Hall Closes

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Breakfast & Exhibit Hall
Samaritan’s Purse Ebola Treatment Center Open for Tours

Breakout Session 01

Dental Mission Trips: Blessings in Disguise

Speaker(s):
William Griffin, DDS

Room:
3024, 3rd Floor


Description:
Why do dental professionals give away their time and skills, traveling long distances to foreign cultures at their own expense, to help treat the needy? This session will consider some of the more and less obvious benefits of short-term dental mission trips, including their potential effect on private practice back home. Various types of dental mission trips will be considered – medical/dental treatment trips, remote third world training trips, and trips involving dental students.


The Role of Academics in Missions

Speaker(s):
Philip Keiser, MD

Room:
Warehouse, 4th Floor


Description:
Academic Medicine and Faith Based Organizations (FBO) often have widely divergent views on missions. Academics are often suspicious that Faith Based Organizations place proselytization ahead of patient care while, FBO’s see Academics as interested only in research. However, there are successful collaborations between academic medical centers and faith based organizations that leverage the strengths of each. This session will highlight two successful collaborations in East Africa and will provide lessons learned from these endeavors.


Running on Empty: Wellness, Burnout, and Compassion Fatigue in Humanitarian Work

Speaker(s):
Kristin L. Long, MD, MPH, FACS

Room:
The Chapel, 3rd Floor


Description:
This session will address the critically important and timely concepts of burnout and compassion fatigue in medical providers.  Humanitarian work can be extraordinary, fulfilling and purpose-driven; and in many cases may provide a cure for the emotional exhaustion many us feel at home.  On the other hand, the stress and demands of providing care in low-resource settings can also cause these exact same problems.  We will examine how medical mission work could be the cause OR the cure for burnout and how to prevent compassion fatigue.


A New 21st Century Medical Missions Model: Integrated Countrywide Clinical Networks

Speaker(s):
Andrew Mayo

Room:
3022, 3rd Floor


Description:
Medical missions for the 21st Century is moving from a broad dependency model to one which creates a long term, financially sustainable platform for the indigenous church to share the Gospel. In virtually every country in Sub-Saharan Africa, local churches have established primary care clinics to serve their local community. Unfortunately those clinics are almost universally plagued with substandard medical care and financial loses. In Malawi, a new model is being created which integrates a standardized clinical and financial model with a nationwide network of mission hospitals. Initial outcomes have been substantial.


When Dreams Catch Fire

Speaker(s):
Agneta Odera, MD, FCS-ECSA Gen-Surg, FCS-ECSA Peds-Surg

Room:
Mission Control, 3rd Floor


Description:
We all have within us an innate desire to achieve the purpose for which we were created.  Often one finds themselves burdened with a dream that seems impossible or unattainable.  But that is when God steps in, because He uses what seems foolish and weak to prove Himself strong and draw people to Himself.  If we present ourselves just as we are.  If we allow ourselves to dream big and be ignited by God’s great passion for salvation, healing and restoration, we will be left in awe and with an overwhelming sense of privilege of what God is doing in and around us for His glory.


Redefining Success

Speaker(s):
Emily Smith, PhD, MSPH

Room:
The Loft, 4th Floor


Description:
What does “having it all” really mean? It is easy to think we succeed if our global health programs work correctly, if we treat enough patients in our rural settings around the world, if we land a scientific publication with our name on it, or if we raise perfect children. If we’re not careful, this can become confidence to us and a faulty definition of success. In this session, we will explore real success as defined in Philippians 3 through the lens of Jesus. “But this one thing I do…” – Philippians 3:13


International Disaster Response:  5 Keys to Successful Deployment

Speaker(s):
Kelly Sites, RN

Room:
Trailblazers, 2nd Floor


Description:
Disasters happen with little notice.  You get a call to leave within hours and travel across the world into countries ravaged by earthquakes, hurricanes, disease outbreaks and war.  Learn about the Disaster Assistance Response Team and how to prepare for a successful deployment before you go.


Critical Role of Mission Hospitals in the Developing World

Speaker(s):
Keir Thelander, MD, FACS, FWACS, FCS (ECSA)

Room:
3021, 3rd Floor


Description:
During this session, we will look at the current role of mission hospitals in the developing world from multiple perspectives.  We will look at their role in the over provision of health care in a country, as well as their potential for influence on health systems of countries.  Finally, we will look at how the criticality of this role provides openings for greater Gospel impact both with patients and with other health care workers in the country.

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Breakout Session 02

Serving the Forgotten

Speaker(s):
Nicholas Comninellis, MD, MPH, DIMPH

Room:
3021, 3rd Floor


Description:
Leaders in government, ethics, and healthcare agree on the imperative of health for all people. But while enormous gains have been made towards this end, today there exist multitudes of forgotten people who suffer preventable diseases and receive no healthcare. These forgotten people often include immigrants, refugees, minorities, elderly, disabled, non-English speakers, urban and rural poor, and victims of disaster and war. In their defense, health leaders must become effective advocates – rallying resources on their behalf. Health leaders must also prioritize prevention and treatment of forgotten disease like measles, leprosy, vitamin A deficiency, polio and tetanus.


HIV and AIDS: The Road to Controlling the Epidemic by 2030

Speaker(s):
Jenny Eaton Dyer, PhD

Room:
Trailblazers, 2nd Floor


Description:
As we stand at the precipice of halving the number of people dying of HIV and AIDS over the past 15 years, we face a future of potential decreased funding, youth bulge in Africa, and complacency which could allow for a resurgence of the disease worldwide. How will the church respond today? What will you do to ensure the U.S. and the global faith community lead in controlling the epidemic by 2030?


Finding God’s Calling

Speaker(s):
Michael E. Navolio

Room:
3024, 3rd Floor


Description:
At the age of 56, a pleasure African safari trip turned into a life-changing experience that resulted in God calling Mike to start Child Legacy’s Annual Mt. Kilimanjaro Clean Water Climb. Mike will provide insight on his journey of how God has ordered his steps to reveal the answer to the elusive question, how do you find your calling?


Survival Skills for Long Term Medical Missions

Speaker(s):
Alyssa Pfister, MD

Room:
The Chapel, 3rd Floor


Description:
Paradox. Sabbath. Theology of Suffering.  Global Humility. Lament. Rhythms of Work and Rest. Community. Grace at the Fray.  This session will highlight lessons learned and unlearned over the speaker’s first 10 years in medical missions.


Go Therefore and Take Your Job with You

Speaker(s):
Andrew Scott

Room:
The Loft, 4th Floor


Description:
The opportunities have never been greater for medical professionals to take salaried jobs in parts of the world where Jesus is less known.  In Operation Mobilization (OM), we see this becoming a major pathway for Americans to be part of the global mission effort as authentic followers of Jesus on mission with Him.  If God made you to be an Oncologist, Pediatrician, Radiologist, Accountant, Mechanic, Lawyer, etc., come learn how you can be part of this new missions movement.


Global and Local Medical Missions Experiences:  Unique Learning and Teaching Opportunities for Healthcare Professionals and Students

Speaker(s):
Stephen J. Spann, MD, MBA

Room:
Warehouse, 4th Floor


Description:
Medical mission experiences, both global and local provide unique learning and teaching opportunities for healthcare professionals and students.  A broad number of areas including social determinants of health, epidemiology of disease, primary and secondary disease prevention, clinical problem-solving, and chronic disease and acute infectious disease management are different in the medical mission context with constrained diagnostic and therapeutic resources.  Caring for patients in this setting allows us to learn, and teach knowledge, skills and attitudes that enhance our care of patients in all settings.  The speaker will draw from his own 40 years of experience learning and teaching in the global and local medical mission context, and engage the audience in sharing their own experience in this setting.


Human Trafficking: Raising Awareness to Identify Victims in the Clinical Setting

Speaker(s):
Kerri Taylor, MS, CCC-SLP

Room:
Mission Control, 3rd Floor


Description:
Human trafficking doesn’t happen here…does it?  Come learn what every citizen needs to know in order to keep their families safe and how medical professionals can identify potential victims in their practices and spheres of influence.  Recognizing the victim in front of you takes knowledge and insight.  This presentation is designed to equip you with the tools you need to prevent victimization in that critical window of opportunity just before it begins.  This session offers CNE credit for nurses, but is appropriate for all medical professionals with application to medical missions.  CNE credits can only be awarded to those attending the entire hour of the presentation. Make plans to be in attendance when the session begins.


Faith in Action: Surgery in the Mission Field

Speaker(s):
Scott J. Temple, BSN, RN, CNOR

Room:
3022, 3rd Floor

Track:
Veteran Missionary

Description:
Faith in Action: Surgery in the Mission Field provides an inside look at serving as an operating room nurse in West Africa. As a surgical team member in the mission field you are provided many opportunities to practice holistic patient care. Come discover how anyone willing to serve those in need can have the opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus through your journey of Faith in Action.


Break
Breakout Session 03

Living Missionally During Your Training Years

Speaker(s):
Kate Abraham, MD, MPH

Room:
Room 3024, 3rd Floor


Description:
For those with a future calling to overseas missions, radical obedience to Christ must be present now. The world presents medical school and residency as busy seasons centered on the pursuit of academic achievement and financial wealth, but the Gospel paints a different picture. Foundational principles of Christian work among unreached people groups — living among the people you serve, meeting regularly with other believers, frequent communion with God, and sharing the Gospel — are just as applicable to our lives while completing our medical training and can bring God great glory. Come hear thoughts on what obedience to the Great Commission could look like during intense seasons of medical training, and how those practices prepare you to launch to the unreached world.


Balance: Juggling Your Family and Serving High Acuity Patients Who Seem to Need You More

Speaker(s):
Anne Alaniz, DO

Room:
The Chapel, 3rd Floor


Description:
It is often difficult for mothers to leave their children and work outside of the home. This is even more difficult for medical mission moms who are working in settings where their children are feeling displaced without their friends, family and living out of their comfort zone. On the other hand, there are critically ill patients who are facing life and death situations with minimal resources and options that naturally seem to need your attention more than your children. Finding balance, contentment and joy in serving both family and high acuity patients can easily turn into an impossible mission.  Can we have it all? This session will review those challenges, discuss what the bible says about service/work, and practical ways to find balance between work and family even in these challenging settings.


Surgery in Rural Africa:  Challenges and Opportunities

Speaker(s):
Jacques Ebhele, MD, FCS (ECSA)

Room:
3021, 3rd Floor


Description:
In this session, I will explain the challenges that I face on a daily basis as the only surgeon in a hospital.  Low-resource settings present a great opportunity for short or long-term missionaries to increase the capacity of the local staff through the sharing of their knowledge and skill.


Excellence in Nursing: Spiritual Care

Speaker(s):
Mary E. Hermiz, RN, MSN, EdD

Room:
3022, 3rd Floor


Description:
Nursing is a profession that is focused on meeting the needs of patients: physical, emotional and spiritual. We will discuss using the nursing process as a guide to assess the spiritual needs of patients. Through exploring case examples from Kenya, participants will learn how the nursing process is utilized in providing spiritual and holistic benefits to patients.


Collaboration for Surgical Education, Training and Research in Africa

Speaker(s):
Agneta Odera, MD, FCS-ECSA Gen-Surg, FCS-ECSA Peds-Surg

Room:
The Loft, 4th Floor


Description:
Safe and affordable surgical care has been recognized as an important component of global health.  One of the challenges in providing safe and affordable surgical care is the shortage of trained surgical workforce.  Surgical education in Africa may be limited in general, but particularly for the postgraduates due to lack of financial resources, teaching faculty, or clinical training opportunities.  Research in Africa for the benefit of Africa equally remains untapped resource.  As interest in global health skyrockets, students, trainees, and doctors in high-income countries (HICs) have expressed keen interest in working in resource limited settings.  How then, can we develop a mutually beneficial collaborative framework that shapes the African healthcare foundation for a stable and brighter future?


Building Global Research:  The Intersection of Epidemiology, Economics & Policy

Speaker(s):
Emily Smith, PhD, MSPH

Room:
Warehouse, 4th Floor


Description:
Global health research is often viewed through siloed lenses of disparate disciplines. However, real-life global health issues are often interdisciplinary in nature and encompass many aspects of a person’s life, including personal experiences, social networks, and the larger community/policy/economic aspects a person lives within. This session will explore these intersections and provide real-world application examples in the field.


Defying the Odds in Attempt to Remain Organizationally Sustainable

Speaker(s):
Elizabeth Studley, CRNA, MS

Room:
Trailblazers, 2nd Floor


Description:
KenyaRelief.org is a faith-based non-governmental organization in Migori, Kenya with a school, orphanage, and medical clinic that has been in existence since 2002. Throughout countless challenges and constant prayer, Kenya Relief continues to grow despite being in a world where way more businesses fail than succeed. There are some critical factors that will be shared and must be considered in attempt to remain a sustainable organization.


Best Practices Models in Short Term Missions from the Perspective of a Long Term Missionary

Speaker(s):
David Vanderpool, MD

Room:
Mission Control, 3rd Floor

Track:
Local Ministries

Description:
Dr. David Vanderpool has lead Short Term Missions for 10 years and for 6 of those years, he has been a full-time missionary. Dr. Vanderpool has seen first-hand the damage that well-meaning short term missionaries can cause to long term Kingdom work. He is sharing his vast knowledge of tips, insight, and mistakes made so that you can lead successful Kingdom enhancing mission trips.


Lunch & Exhibit Hall
Nurses Networking Session

Location: Trailblazers Room, 2nd Floor

Samaritan’s Purse Ebola Treatment Center Open for Tours

Plenary Session 02

Broken. Healed. And Carrying Out God’s Calling on My Life.

Speaker:
Elizabeth Studley, CRNA, MS

Room:
Main Sanctuary

Description:
Medical missions experiences have a major impact on the formation, as well as the education, of health care professionals whatever their stage of development. The speaker will share insights from his lifelong experiences in medical missions as a clinical provider and teacher, addressing the value of role modeling and the unique learning opportunities in this setting.


To Whom Much has Been Given: The Role of Those Who Have Been Empowered in Lifting Marginalized Women in Societies Where Their Mistreatment is the Norm

Speaker:
Anne Alaniz, DO

Room:
Main Sanctuary

Description:
“My mother called me ‘loose’ when I told her what he tried to do to me and now I wish I never said anything “(anonymous age 14).

“My friends and family abandoned me and called me a traitor for calling the police to arrest my husband because he was beating me” (anonymous age 28).

These are statements from real women who have suffered real abuse and are paying the steep price for speaking up. Women on medical missions have a unique platform that allows them to connect more intimately with the female patients and open the door for victims of abuse to discuss their plight. How do women in medical missions use that platform to help other women and young girls deal with issues of violence/abuse against women in cultures where this is acceptable and considered the norm? How do empowered women from other cultures use their position to empower and encourage these women while respecting the culture? What is the biblical perspective on these issues?


The Mission: God’s Story…or Mine?

Speaker:
Agneta Odera, MD, FCS-ECSA Gen-Surg, FCS-ECSA Peds Surg

Room:
Main Sanctuary

Description:
In every human person there is a God shaped imprint and void that only He can fill, causing the things that grieve Him to naturally grieve us. The indwelling of God within us awakens our ears and eyes to the suffering and injustices around us, and yielding our lives to His purposes is the only meaningful response that honors God. Upon stepping into God’s calling, He gives us a peace beyond human understanding to handle what we feel called to do. This peace is so deep that those who experience it are willing to risk all… comfort, and sometimes even life itself. We however, are challenged to remember that He is already at work around us, and it is a privilege to be involved in the process of reconciling God’s creation back to Himself. And, He receives all of the glory. God constantly inspires us to dream big, to dare more boldly, to stop sailing close to the shore and to venture into rougher seas whereas Francis Drake puts it “the storms show us God’s mastery, where in losing the sight of land we shall find the stars”.


Scatter

Speaker:
Andrew Scott

Room:
Main Sanctuary

Description:
Our existing missions models have excluded many from participating or relegated them to part-time service through short-term trips, giving or prayer.  Added to this, missions can have a very narrow interpretation of ‘calling’ and a low view of anything other than proclamation.  But what if the Mission of God is for every follower of Jesus and for every part of life?  What if God’s glory among the nations was on all of our job descriptions?

Samaritan’s Purse Ebola Treatment Center Open for Tours

Exhibit Hall Closes / Conference Ends

2020 M3 Pre-Conference Schedule

Morning Workshops
9am to 12pm

Workshop 01
Morning Session

Helping Babies Breathe

Time:
9am-12pm

Room:
Mission Control, 3rd Floor

Facilitator(s):
Nicholas Comninellis, MD, MPH, DIMPH
and Timothy Myrick, MD

Hosted By:
INMED – Institute for International Medicine

CME/CNE/CEU:
None

Description:
One million newborns die each year from respiratory distress. Helping Babies Breathe (HBB) is an evidence-based educational program that equips healthcare personnel with the skills and knowledge to teach basic neonatal resuscitation techniques to midwives and birth attendants in low-resource locations.

Session 1:
Burden of Preventable Mother and Newborn Deaths

Session 2:
Newborn Resuscitation Techniques Learned with Hands-on Experience

Session 3:
Teaching HBB to Others

Workshop 02
Morning Session

Refugees 101 + Mental Health

Time:
9am-12pm

Room:
Warehouse, 4th Floor

Facilitator(s):
Beverly Martin, MEd, LPC,
Molly Raney,
and Cindy Wu, MA

Hosted By:
Houston Welcomes Refugees

CME/CNE/CEU:
None

Description:
Mobilize your city to welcome refugees with compassion, hope, and honor as they resettle and start a new life in your city. Houston Welcomes Refugees exists to ease the resettlement process for new refugees arriving to Houston by mobilizing invested, caring volunteers, and fostering hope amidst crisis. This pre-conference session will introduce you to the global refugee crisis, discuss resettlement in Houston, and explore how mental health challenges impact refugees. Participants will leave with increased knowledge and tools to help expand the current services provided or to engage in care to refugees in their local areas.

Session 1:
Introduction to the Global Refugee Crisis

Session 2:
Refugee Integration and Mental Health Challenges

Session 3:
Resources for Hope and Healing for Refugees

Afternoon Workshops
1pm to 4pm

Workshop 03
Afternoon Session

Diseases of Poverty

Time:
1pm-4pm

Room:
Mission Control, 3rd Floor

Facilitator(s):
Nicholas Comninellis, MD, MPH, DIMPH
and Timothy Myrick, MD

Hosted By:
INMED – Institute for International Medicine

CME/CNE/CEU:
None

Description:
A number of diseases are particularly associated with poverty, predictably appearing in times of disaster, economic depression, or civil unrest. This workshop will equip and update clinicians to manage the most prevalent and generally unfamiliar diseases of poverty.

Session 1:
Overview of the Diseases of Poverty

Session 2:
TB & Leprosy + HTN & Syndrome Management

Session 3:
Tropical Medicine Case Studies + Tropical Fever

Workshop 04
Afternoon Session

The Heart of Medical Missions

Time:
1pm-4pm

Room:
Warehouse, 4th Floor

Facilitator(s):
Jacques Ebhele, MD, FCS (ECSA)
and Allan T. Sawyer, MD

CME/CNE/CEU:
None

Description:
Learn what local healthcare professionals expect and want the most from a short-term missionary, both medically and spiritually. A unique opportunity to hear from the perspective of an African surgeon receiving missionaries and an American physician who has served on short-term medical mission trips for 16 years.

Session 1:
Serving Exceedingly Well in Short-Term: Culturally, Professionally, Spiritually

Session 2:
What Makes a Really Good Missionary

Session 3:
Interactive Session, Questions & Answers, Case Studies

Full-Day Workshop
8am to 4pm

Workshop 05
Full-Day Session
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Continuing Education:

Accreditation Statement
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Christian Medical & Dental Associations and Christian Health Service Corps. The Christian Medical & Dental Associations is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The AMA Designation Statement
The Christian Medical & Dental Associations designates this educational activity for a maximum of 6.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Dental Credit
Christian Medical & Dental Associations
Nationally Approved PACE Program Provider for FAGD/MAGD credit.
Approval does not imply acceptance by any regulatory authority or AGD endorsement.
1/1/2019 to 12/31/2022
Provider ID#218742
6.5 Lecture Hours Available.
No prior level of skill, knowledge, or experience is required (or suggested)

Course designed for physicians and dentists and other healthcare professionals

Physician Assistant
AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. by an organization accredited by the ACCME or a recognized state medical society.
Physician assistants may receive up to 6.5 credits for completing this activity.

Nurse Practitioner
The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME. Individuals are responsible for checking with the AANPCP for further guidelines.
Nurse practitioners may receive up to 6.5 credits for completing this activity.

Nursing
This educational activity has been approved by the Ohio Nurses Association (ONA), an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (OBN-001-91).
6.5 contact hours approved.

Description:

The purpose of this workshop is to provide tools, knowledge, and strategy to help you, your church, organization, or mission program implement effective healthcare missions. We will also look at ways individuals and groups can connect with Christian mission hospitals and health programs globally.

Topics to be discussed include: how to engage with mission hospitals, preparation for surgical work overseas, medical education as a mission model, lifesaving strategies for low-resource settings, what medications are and are not safe in developing communities, international standards for healthcare delivery in developing countries, and community health strategies for low-resource settings.

Time, Session and Credit Details:

Time
Session Titles
Number of Credits

8am – 9am
Christian Mission Hospitals: Improving Access to Healthcare
1.0 Hour

9am – 9:30am
Packing: A Missionary Surgeon’s Perspective
0.5 Hour

9:30am – 10am
Medical Education as a Global Health Missions Paradigm
0.5 Hour

10:15am – 10:45am
International Standards for Disaster & Refugee Response
0.5 Hour

10:45am – 11:15am
An Asset-Based Approach to Community Health
0.5 Hour

11:15am – 11:45am
Top Drugs Not to Bring to the Mission Field
0.5 Hour

1pm – 2pm
Breakout Sessions
(Choose One)
Breakout Session #1
WHO/UNICEF Guidelines for Child Health in Resource-Poor Settings
1.0 Hour

Breakout Session #2
WHO Safe Surgery Guidelines for Resource-Poor Settings
1.0 Hour

Breakout Session #3
WHO Guidelines for Health Education in Resource-Poor Settings
1.0 Hour

2pm – 3pm
Case Studies in Tropical Medicine
1.0 Hour

3pm – 4pm
Global Health Grand Rounds (Panel Discussion)
1.0 Hour

Educational Objectives:

  • Describe the purpose for integrated ministries such as Community Health Evangelism.
  • Identify transformational indicators used to measure the success of an integrated Community Health program.
  • List the steps in implementing a Community Health Evangelism program.
  • Analyze resources and collaborative partners to help build and expand their programs.
  • Discuss three keys to building successful integrated community health ministries.
  • Describe the story of successful CHE programs in different contexts around the world.
  • Assess critical systems problems inherent in Short-term Medical Missions (STM).
  • Identify simple evidence-based systems solutions to life threatening STM drug-related problems.
  • List the WHO guidelines based on the work of missionary mentors and scientific evidence.
  • Compare this holistic evidence-based approach to the STM drug-based approach.
  • Summarize Christian missionary contributions to WHO international standards and guidelines.
  • Identify how STM physicians, pharmacists and other providers can have the greatest impact for patient health.
  • Discuss Best Practice references founded on evidence-based international standards and guidelines.
  • Discuss the Biblical basis and missionary influence on WHO evidence-based guidelines to “save the most lives and prevent the most suffering.”
  • Demonstrate how even poorly funded urban churches and short-term global missions can utilize WHO guidelines to enable a long-term, culture-changing, community-wide impact, without the adverse effects of drug-based treatment (Health Screening & Education and other approaches).
  • Describe how the same education program has been utilized at all levels of care from hospital to local community; by physicians, nurses, pastors, teachers, as well as community health workers; in the US and throughout the world.
  • Compare the integrated, evidence-based, holistic approach with the drug-based approach for treatment/prevention of the most common causes of death and suffering in the US and globally.
  • List necessary preparations and needed items for the delivery of safe medical surgical care in resource-limited settings.
  • Discuss ways to engage in global health initiatives that support both patient safety and Christian mission hospitals, struggling to provide care and medical education in the developing world.
  • Discuss WHO/UNICEF and evidence-based guidelines and standards as they relate to child health in resource-poor settings.
  • Discuss WHO and evidence-based guidelines and standards as they relate to treating the most common tropical diseases.
  • Discuss how to effectively practice medicine in resource-poor contexts through asking questions and discussing key ideas.
  • Describe the key standards, resources, and documents available to guide international medical relief work in the area of disaster and refugee situations.
  • Describe the scope of possible methods of serving as a medical educator.
  • Construct a more holistic approach to the participants’ desired method of serving as a medical educator.
  • Discuss the issues confounding the development of Christian training programs.
  • Discuss WHO standards and guidelines for surgical safety in developing world hospitals.
  • Discuss the key points of the day.
  • Synthesize learning from the various sessions of this conference.

2020 M3 Conference Sponsors

Presenting Sponsors:

Lakewood Church

Platinum Sponsors:

Houston's First Baptist Church
Woodlands Church
Samaritan's Purse

Gold Sponsors:

Medical Journal Houston
The RGDG Fund, a Donor Advised Fund of The Signatry

Silver Sponsors:

The 2030 Collaborative
First Presbyterian Church Houston
Hope City
Medical Benevolence Foundation
MVTI (Mission Valley Travel, Inc.)

Nickel Sponsors:

Joyce Meyer - Hand of Hope
Café las Misiones
Living Water International

Bronze Sponsors:

Agape Unlimited
Café las Misiones
HeartGift
Houston Methodist
Jason's Deli
Medical Bridges
Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church
West University Baptist / Crosspoint Church
Northside Lexus
West University Baptist / Crosspoint Church

2020 M3 Conference Exhibitors

Nursing and Mission Hospital Resource Center