2018 M3 Conference

Connect with Others. Be Inspired. Find Your Mission.

What is the M3 Conference?

The Mobilizing Medical Missions (M3) Conference is designed to bring together doctors, nurses, dentists, and other healthcare professionals, as well as anyone who has a desire to use their skills to meet pressing global healthcare needs. At M3, hear from experts in the field of global health and be inspired by men and women who are in the trenches, often in resource-limited settings, doing what they can to make a difference in people’s lives. In the M3 Exhibit Hall, connect with over 70 organizations working in the areas of medical missions, orphan care, WaSH (water, sanitation or hygiene), human trafficking, poverty and injustice.  Join us to find out what you can do and how you can be involved. Held in Houston, Texas each year, the M3 Conference reaches around the world to touch the hearts and lives of people in need.

The 2019 M3 Conference will be held on February 22nd and 23rd, 2019.

Paul Osteen

Conference Emcee

Paul Osteen, MD, FACS

General and Vascular Surgeon, serving globally 4-6 months a year, and Co-Founder of the M3 Conference
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Caleb Magnino

Keynote Speaker

Gary Haugen, JD

Founder and CEO, International Justice Mission
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Plenary and Breakout Session Speakers

Buumba Bubala, MD, MPH

Rick Allen

President and CEO, MedSend
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Aileen Coleman, RN

Tom Byrd, MD

Board Member and Clinical Consultant, The Cries of a Child, Burundi
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Jenny Dyer, PhD

John Cropsey, MD

Professor of Ophthalmology, serving with Serge mission at Hope Africa University and Kibuye Hope Hospital, Burundi
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Mitch Duininck, MD

Mitch Duininck, MD

President and CEO, In His Image Family Medicine Residency Program and Executive Director, In His Image International, Tulsa, OK
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Peter Hotez, MD, PhD

Amy Fogleman, RN

Faith Outreach Director, Hope Through Healing Hands
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Steve James

Jennifer D. Gray, MD, FAAP

Pediatrician, active in short-term missions with Mission of Hope Haiti
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Philip Kemp, DDS, AAACD

Dan Haseltine

Lead singer of Jars of Clay and Founder of Blood:Water. Consultant for Hope Through Healing Hands.
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Mark Kuhl

Mary E. Hermiz, RN, MSN, EdD

Missionary Emeritus, World Gospel Mission
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Joël Malm

David Jackett

Texas Regional Director, Perspectives Study Program
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Andrew Mayo

Douglas Jackson, PhD, JD

President and CEO, Project C.U.R.E.
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Lee McCluskey, MD

Perry A. Jansen, MD, DTMH

Senior Vice President for Strategic Partnerships, MedSend
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William Moore

Sarah Jennings, BS, RDMS, RVT

Clinical Application Specialist
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Dorcas Musili, MSN, RN

Phillip Kemp, DDS, AAACD

Founder and CEO, Hope Smiles
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Josh Riggsbee, MD

Kristin Long, MD

Endocrine Surgeon, serving with KenyaRelief.org building surgical capacity in Western Kenya
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Sarah Riggsbee, Speech Language Pathologist

Kathy Marquardt, RDMS, RVT

Sr. Clinical Applications Specialist
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Jim Tour, PhD

Martin Nkundeki, MBChB, MBA

Medical Director, Wentz Medical Center, Uganda, an outreach of Africa Renewal Ministries
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Jim Tour, PhD

Jennifer Osteen, RN

Missionary nurse and Co-Founder of the M3 Conference

Jim Tour, PhD

Sue Price, RN

Vice President/Executive Director, International Medical Outreach
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Todd Price, MD

Todd Price, MD

President/Chief Executive Officer, International Medical Outreach, and Infectious Disease Specialist
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Russ E. White, MD, MPH, FACS, FCS (ECSA)

Issam I. Raad, MD, FACP, FIDSA, FSHEA

Founding President, Health Outreach to the Middle East (H.O.M.E)
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Keir Thelander, MD, FACS, FWACS, FCS (ECSA)

Mike Reiszner

Founder, Coreluv International

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Joy Vonk, PA-C

Allan T. Sawyer, MD, MS, FACOG

Obstetrician-Gynecologist missionary, serving with World Medical Mission, the medical arm of Samaritan’s Purse
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Todd Price, MD

Greg Seager, RN, MSN

Founder and CEO, Christian Health Service Corps
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Todd Price, MD

Kelly Sites, RN

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

Yancy Stermer

Surgical Technologist, serving globally with Samaritan’s Purse Disaster Response Team (DART)
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Russ E. White, MD, MPH, FACS, FCS (ECSA)

Elliot Tenpenny, MD

Emergency Medical Response Manager, Samaritan’s Purse
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Keir Thelander, MD, FACS, FWACS, FCS (ECSA)

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

Janet Topazian, PhD

Active in short term missions with her husband Mark. Chair, Board of Directors, Next Chapter Ministries
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Joy Vonk, PA-C

Mark Topazian, MD

Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Mayo Clinic. Active in short-term missions
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Russ E. White, MD, MPH, FACS, FCS (ECSA)

Russ E. White, MD, MPH, FACS, FCS (ECSA)

Chief of Surgery and Director of Medical Education, Tenwek Hospital in Kenya
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February 23-24, 2018

Lakewood Church | Houston, TX
Subject to change without notice

Friday, February 23, 2018

9:00am
Pre-Conference 3-hour Workshops

registration required and additional fee applies

 

Made for More: Finding Your Place is God’s Global Purpose

Facilitator(s):
David Jackett, Texas Regional Director, Perspectives Study Program

Room:
The Chapel, 3rd Floor

Description:
Get a taste of God’s unchanging global purposes and how you can co-labor with Him as He works to complete all He has planned. Using key ideas from the Perspectives™ course, these sessions will look how God’s story is unfolding among all peoples.

What does it mean to integrate life for Christ’s global purpose as a “world Christian”? Explore practical ways of pursuing God’s purposes, such as going, sending, welcoming, mobilizing, community building, giving, praying, and learning.

Sessions:

  • Session 1: You Were Made for More!
  • Session 2: The Practices of a World Christian
  • Session 3: The Disciplines of a World Christian

 

Ultrasound for Medical Missions

Facilitator(s):
Sarah Jennings, BS, RDMS, RVT and Kathy Marquardt, RDMS, RVT

Room:
Mission Control, 3rd Floor

Description:
Ultrasound is an invaluable tool to use for diagnosis and procedural guidance and is often the only imaging modality that can be taken to remote areas.  This 3 hour workshop will teach you the basics of how to use ultrasound in these areas.  You will also gain access to a program that allows you to borrow ultrasounds for your mission trips at no charge to you.

12:00pm
Lunch on Own
Samaritan’s Purse Emergency Field Hospital Open for Tours

Location:Timmons Lane Circle Drive

1:00pm
Pre-Conference 3-hour Workshops

registration required and additional fee applies

 

Preparing for a Life in Missions

Facilitator(s):
Mitch Duininck, MD and John Cropsey, MD

Room:
The Chapel, 3rd Floor

Description:
Veteran healthcare missionaries share their wisdom on how to best prepare for a life in missions.

Sessions:

  • Session 1: What Not to Do if You Want to Do Missions
  • Session 2: Sin, Failure and Unbelief: Prerequisites for Medical Missions
  • Session 3: Misconceptions about Missions and Missionaries
  • Session 4: Transformation through Teaching Teams

 

Serving the Great Physician in Disaster Zones

Facilitator(s):
Elliott Tenpenny, MD and Kelly Sites, RN

Room:
Mission Control, 3rd Floor

Description:
This workshop is an introduction to Samaritan’s Purse and its Biblical basis for disaster response. We will cover the Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) mentality, the sectors we primarily work in, and focus specifically on our medical response capabilities.

Sessions:

  • Session 1: Overview of Disaster Response
  • Session 2: Disaster Response Mentality
  • Session 3: Emergency Medical Response
4:00pm
Dinner on Own
Samaritan’s Purse Emergency Field Hospital Open for Tours

Location:Timmons Lane Circle Drive

6:00pm
Registration Check-In
Exhibit Hall
7:00pm
Plenary Session 01

Serving God with Open Hands

Speaker(s):
Kelly Sites, RN

Room:
Main Sanctuary

Description:
Often times we hold those we love, our passions, goals, dreams and skills, our future, our professions, and serving God, with clenched fists. We want to maintain control and keep a firm grip on it all. Learn how serving God with open hands sets you free and takes you on a wild adventure of knowing a bigger God and a fulfilling life of service.


 

It is God Calling You

Speaker(s):
Martin Nkundeki, MBChB, MBA

Room:
Main Sanctuary

Description:
Christians around the world come face to face with people in difficult situations, many times we may walk away, offer a hand and go on, or we think it’s for someone else, some other group, or for the government, but when, like Moses, we stop to look closely at the situation, we see ‘’God in the burning bush”, we see more, feel more and realize we can do more. This is a story of a Ugandan doctor at a mission hospital in the outskirts of Kampala, Uganda’s capital. Stepping out of my office in the new clinic to go out and visit, and see. The plenary session will discuss how being involved in a community led to a decade long relationship with nearby slum communities, working with them to create solutions to their problems, and using a medical outreach team of Village Health Volunteers to spread health information, change lifestyles and bring hope. It’s about discerning the stirrings and opportunities, and recognizing it is God calling you. God needs you as a conduit of His grace, an ambassador of His dream, to bring hope and courage, and an exodus of His people to a higher quality of life.


 

Closing the Culture Gap of Medical Missions

Speaker(s):
Greg Seager, RN, MSN

Room:
Main Sanctuary

Description:
Understanding culture in missions is foundational, but do we understand missions culture? There is a culture gap in medical missions but it is not the culture gap we usually consider. The biggest culture gap in medical missions is often the one that exists between short-term and long-term medical missions. This plenary will look at these two cultures and the importance of closing the gap between these two worlds.


 

When the Will of God Feels Scary: How do we follow Jesus when it’s not safe?

Speaker(s):
Gary Haugen, JD

Room:
Main Sanctuary

Description:
We want to follow Jesus wherever He calls us, but how do we follow Him (and lead others well) in a fallen world of brokenness, lies and pain? Let’s explore what Jesus taught about following God with joy and power in a dangerous world.

 

9:00pm
Dessert and Coffee
Exhibit Hall
Samaritan’s Purse Emergency Field Hospital Open for Tours

Location:Timmons Lane Circle Drive

10:30pm
Exhibit Hall Closes

Saturday, February 24, 2018

7:00am
Breakfast
Exhibit Hall
Samaritan’s Purse Emergency Field Hospital Open for Tours

Location:Timmons Lane Circle Drive

8:30am
Breakout Session 01

Breakout Sessions are held on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th floors.
2nd Floor Map | 2nd Floor Map Key | 3rd/4th Floor Map

Global Healthcare Missions: An Unpresented Opportunity to Impact the World

Speaker(s):
Rick Allen

Room:
The Chapel, 3rd Floor

Description:
Not since the days of the Roman Empire has there been an opportunity to transform individuals, communities and nations through the use of healthcare missions. The delivery of Healthcare allows access to areas of the world where other forms of Christian witness are not permitted. New strategies and fresh approaches are required. This has opened up opportunity for a new generation of thought leadership and planning. This session will be an opportunity to hear about and participate in building strategies for global healthcare missions.


 

Missions 101: Tips on Volunteering Abroad

Speaker(s):
Tom Byrd, MD

Room:
Trailblazers, 2nd Floor

Description:
If you feel the call to serve and have the heart for missions, this session will provide tips for preparing for both short and long term missions as well as advice on pitfalls to avoid while volunteering abroad. This session will be helpful for those planning their first mission trip as well as experienced missionaries. The talk will conclude with several helpful resources for volunteering abroad.


 

Caring for the Victims of Humanitarian Disasters and Military Conflict

Speaker(s):
Mitch Duininck, MD

Room:
The Warehouse, 4th Floor

Description:
Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) face significant challenges to their health and well-being that are unique due to lack of necessary resources including food, water, sanitation, shelter, security, and healthcare. Caring for people in these situations requires an understanding of their unique needs as well as having realistic goals regarding what can and cannot be done for them.

As followers of Jesus, we are called to serve “the least of these,” and victims of disasters and crises certainly qualify. Often these events, though causing much hardship and suffering, create the possibility for doors and hearts to be open that otherwise would be closed to the message of Jesus. We must be both willing and well prepared if we are to serve well when we are called to respond to those in need.

Our recent experiences in providing healthcare for the victims of disasters in Nepal, Kurdistan, Haiti, Lebanon, and Turkey – both natural and manmade – highlight the need to be well prepared when serving in these difficult situations. Focus areas for the presentation and discussion will include team selection and preparation, travel and logistics issues; identifying and addressing the needs of the people being served, including physical, psychological, and spiritual needs; partnering with other organizations and local authorities; and returning home successfully.


 

The Long and Short of It: Realizing the Bigger Vision while Serving Short Term

Speaker(s):
Jennifer D. Gray, MD, FAAP

Room:
Room 3022/3023, 3rd Floor

Description:
In this session we will discuss how short-term medical missions can renew, refocus and redirect your personal practice of medicine.  We will also discuss how to apply the lessons you learn through a mission trip to your everyday mission field.  We will explore the value of serving short term alongside an organization and the lasting impact you can have on those you serve, your team members as well as your practice and community.


 

In Pursuit of Success or Significance?

Speaker(s):
Phillip Kemp, DDS, AAACD

Room:
Room 2028/2029/2030, 2nd Floor

Description:
Many dental professionals have reached high-levels of “success”, some even at the very pinnacle of success by all professional measures. But countless have woke up in the morning wondering, “is there more to my life, my talents, and my practice than this!?” Many have longed to utilize their gifts, talents, and expertise in dentistry to leave a lasting impact on the world, only to find themselves frustrated at seemingly “short-term” activity that does not begin to provide long-term solutions to change the paradigm of dental care around the world. Dr. Phillip Kemp leads an intriguing and insightful explorative conversation around the opportunity before the dental community to make a tremendous and significant impact for the Kingdom of God around the world.


 

Disaster Response Nursing: What You Need to Know Before You Sign Up

Speaker(s):
Kelly Sites, RN

Room:
The Loft, 4th Floor

Description:
Learn what a disaster response nurse does, what skills you need, and what life is like before, during and after a deployment.


 

Serving Outside Your Comfort Zone: Loving Your Neighbor as Yourself

Speaker(s):
Allan T. Sawyer, MD, MS, FACOG

Room:
Room 4023/4024/4025, 4th Floor

Description:
Doing things outside your comfort zone was a popular business growth strategy in the 1980’s; however, serving outside your comfort zone is Biblical. Through a candid discussion of serving outside his own comfort zone, Dr. Sawyer will challenge the audience to serve well beyond their comfort zone.


 

Lessons from the Lion Story: Learning to Help People Help Themselves

Speaker(s):
Greg Seager, RN, MSN

Room:
Room 3024/3025, 3rd Floor

Description:
Much has been said in recent years about relief vs. development in global health missions, and missions in general. We know that it is often harmful to engage in relief when what is needed is development. Yet, the vast majority of global health missions are relief oriented with little understanding of development processes. This session will review participatory approaches for community engagement that facilitate community response to their own problems. We will review key concepts such as: community ownership, community participation ladder, stakeholder analysis, and building cross cultural partnerships that escape the trap of paternalism and dependency.  These principles apply broadly to both short and long-term global health missions.


 

Raising a Mission-Minded Family

Speaker(s):
Janet Topazian, PhD and Jennifer Osteen, RN

Room:
Mission Control, 3rd Floor

Description:
Missions is a Biblical mandate. A missional outlook will set your family apart and bring you closer to God and each other! In this session, we’ll share intentional strategies (including short-term trips and year-round priorities) that the Lord has used to inspire our families for missions.

 

9:15am
Break
9:25am
Breakout Session 02

Breakout Sessions are held on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th floors.
2nd Floor Map | 2nd Floor Map Key | 3rd/4th Floor Map

Top Ten Do’s and Don’ts of Medical Missions

Speaker(s):
John Cropsey, MD

Room:
The Loft, 4th Floor

Description:
We will explore the heart-level adjustments required to productively engage in cross-cultural relationships and medical care. We will review common pitfalls made by short-term and long-term missionaries.  We will examine how one’s faith informs the missions experience in which one will be faced with advanced presentation of pathology in the setting of severe resource limitations and crippling poverty.


 

The Nutritional Value of a Stone: A Christian Perspective of Global Food Security

Speaker(s):
Dan Haseltine & Amy Fogleman, RN

Room:
Room 3024/3025, 3rd Floor

Description:
This session will discuss the global landscape of food securities and the importance of meeting nutritional needs around the world. Why, in the midst of great global need, is help least likely to be found? How can we as Christians help turn the tide and reshape the global landscape through community and influence?


 

Rural Missionary Nursing Then and Now

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

Room:
Room 2028/2029/2030, 2nd Floor

Description:
Nursing in the 1970s in rural Papua New Guinea (PNG) was very primitive; And being the highest trained health care worker for 10,000 people with limited resources was a challenge. After 10 years in PNG, it was a dramatic change to work in Kenya (Tenwek Hospital) and start their school of nursing. From living on a small medical compound in PNG, to living on a large medical station with a 300-bed hospital came with an awareness of the many differences. Nursing was vastly different. However, equipping the nationals for hospital nursing, midwifery and community health along with giving spiritual care was very rewarding. Stories, along with the struggles and blessings of those times will be shared.


 

Surgical Safari: Low Resources, High Complexity

Speaker(s):
Kristin Long, MD

Room:
Mission Control, 3rd Floor

Description:
What do you do when the nearest surgeon is HOURS away?  In this breakout session, we will discuss the disparities in surgical availability in Sub-Saharan Africa, including an assessment of the feasibility and effectiveness of KenyaRelief.org’s ambulatory surgery center as a model for building capacity.  Additionally, we will examine some of the clinical and ethical challenges of providing highly complex surgical interventions in this setting and discuss how forming sustainable community partnerships are essential to long-term success in the mission field.  Finally, we will review the unexpected, never-boring challenges that come with venturing out on a “surgical safari” as KenyaRelief.org helps you “Take the First Step” towards a surgical mission trip!


 

10 Years of Clinic Growth, Village Health Teams and Sustainability

Speaker(s):
Martin Nkundeki, MBChB, MBA

Room:
The Chapel, 3rd Floor

Description:
Dr Martin Nkundeki from Wentz Medical Center in Gaba, Kampala, Uganda, shares lessons learned about missions, the local church, the community and hospital sustainability. This one medical center raises up to 90% of its funds from local services. Additionally, the medical center has supported the establishment of 4 other rural health units using medical camps, church engagement, village health teams and measured levels of care to keep healthcare as a sustainable instrument of Christian medical witness.


 

Infected in Rural Africa

Speaker(s):
Todd Price, MD and Sue Price, RN

Room:
Room 3022/3023, 3rd Floor

Description:
Many in the rural areas of the developing world are forgotten, and the diseases with which they struggle are neglected. But we have a great opportunity to effect a change in these rural communities by pursuing healthy behavior and addressing their neglected diseases.


 

Through the Eye of the Needle: Preparing for Medical Missions Now; Things I Wish I Knew

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

Room:
Trailblazers, 2nd Floor

Description:
Dr. Keir Thelander will be speaking about living a missional life now in preparing for service. You will hear about Keir’s preparations for the mission field, his 10 years of experience, as well as reflection and insight as to what he wish he had known and done. He will be presenting his “hindsight” view of preparing for life as a missionary.


 

Best Practices in Short-Term Medical Missions

Speaker(s):
Mark Topazian, MD

Room:
Room 4023/4024/4025, 4th Floor

Description:
Short-term medical trips can be transformational for both short-termers and their local hosts. In this session we’ll consider factors that maximize the positive impact of short-term trips, including aligning expectations, appreciating cross-cultural values, flexibility, a relational approach, assessing local assets, and the value of returning.


 

Are Short Term Medical Mission Trips of Any Value Whatsoever?

Speaker(s):
Russ E. White, MD, MPH, FACS, FCS (ECSA)

Room:
The Warehouse, 4th Floor

Description:
There are many arguments both for and against the value of short term medical mission trips.  Dr. White has served continuously for 20 years at Tenwek Hospital, which literally hosts hundreds of short term medical visitors every year.  In this session, Dr. White will review the good, the bad, and the ugly of short term medical mission trips and review the reasons to “Take the First Step”, and perhaps the reasons not to initiate this ambulation.

 

10:15am
Plenary Session 02

Privileged to Serve

Speaker(s):
Yancy Stermer

Room:
Main Sanctuary

Description:
The battle to re-take the city of Mosul from ISIS control was expected to be protracted and grueling with enormous consequences for the surrounding population. In response to the growing humanitarian crisis, Samaritan’s Purse deployed its Emergency Field Hospital (EFH) to provide emergency trauma care for all in need.  In stark contrast to the surroundings, the EFH was filled with peace, love, compassion and hope.  We’ll take a glimpse inside the protective blast walls at the mission and the people who made it happen.


 

Calling to the Greatest Need: Medical Missions Past, Present and Future

Speaker(s):
Perry A. Jansen, MD, DTMH

Room:
Main Sanctuary

Description:
Medical missions has historically been critical to early Christian missionary efforts, meeting the “felt needs” of communities in Christ’s name. Mission hospitals have been used to advance the gospel, plant churches and improve health outcomes in some of the world’s most needy and hard to reach places. But the work is far from done. There are still millions of people with poor access to essential health services. There are also millions in hard to reach areas who have never heard the good news of Jesus Christ. Many are in “closed access” countries that do not allow “missionaries” but welcome well-trained health providers. We will explore these opportunities and how the Lord is using this generation of health care providers to advance His kingdom. How will He use you?


 

Living Matthew 25: A Mandate for a Blessed People

Speaker(s):
Douglas Jackson, PhD, JD

Room:
Main Sanctuary

Description:
The parables in the 25th Chapter of Matthew establish a clear roadmap for our culture and community in using our resources to care for the people closest to God’s heart. Central to the founding of Project C.U.R.E., these directives are applicable to anyone serious about using what we have been given to impact the world.

 

11:30am
Boxed Lunch
Exhibit Hall
Samaritan’s Purse Emergency Field Hospital Open for Tours

Location:Timmons Lane Circle Drive

12:55pm
Plenary Session 03

Defend the Orphan

Speaker(s):
Mike Reiszner

Room:
Main Sanctuary

Description:
Coreluv believes that James 1:17, “Learn to do good. Seek Justice. Help the oppressed, Defend the Orphan. Fight for the rights of widows.” is not merely a suggestion but a commandment. Unless someone defends the orphan, they are defenseless. Unless someone speaks for them, they will not be heard.


 

Smile on Purpose

Speaker(s):
Phillip Kemp, DDS, AAACD

Room:
Main Sanctuary

Description:
With dentistry being the #2 most unmet healthcare need in the world, it’s easy to fall into the trap of serving over impact. Dr. Phillip Kemp will present how Hope Smiles is seeking sustainable impact over running on the treadmill of can we do enough. It is our hearts that will make the difference in people’s lives, not our hands!


 

Mission Impossible, Made Possible

Speaker(s):
Issam I. Raad, MD, FACP, FIDSA, FSHEA

Room:
Main Sanctuary

Description:
Describing how the impossible mission of reaching the suffering people of the Middle East caught in the cross fire became possible through faith in Him who eternally loved people unto death of the cross. Specific examples will be given on the power of firefighting faith in action in making the impossible made possible.


 

Charge the Darkness

Speaker(s):
Gary Haugen, JD

Room:
Main Sanctuary

Description:
How the followers of Jesus can switch from playing defense to playing offense in a hurting world. Let’s explore Jesus’ invitation to throw off the bondage of fear and despair to be authentic light in the darkest corners of the world.

 

3:00pm
Exhibit Hall
Samaritan’s Purse Emergency Field Hospital Open for Tours

Location:Timmons Lane Circle Drive

3:30pm
Conference Ends

Pricing

Registration includes access to the Exhibit Hall, access to Plenary and Breakout speaker sessions, dessert on Friday, and a breakfast and boxed lunch on Saturday.

Registrant Type

Early Bird Rates* / Rates Starting Jan. 1, 2018

Physician/Dentist

$60 / $80

Nurse/Other Medical Professional

$50 / $70

Non-Medical Professional

$50 / $70

Missionary

$40 / $40

Medical Resident

$40 / $40

Student

$40 / $40

*Early Bird pricing ends December 31, 2017

EVENT REGISTRATION CANCELLATION/REFUND POLICY:
1. Due to processing costs, no refunds will be issued for cancelled registrations.
2. Please note that in the event of circumstances beyond its control, Lakewood Church reserves the right to cancel any event. Lakewood Church is not liable for any expenses incurred by participants as a result of such cancellation.

Lakewood Church Hotel Vendors

Special M3 Conference Rates Coming Soon

Doubletree by Hilton
6 Greenway Plaza East
Houston, Texas 77046
713-629-1200
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Hilton Houston Galleria Area
6780 Southwest Freeway
Houston, Tx 77074
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Special conference rates available.

Sheraton Suites near the Galleria
2400 West Loop South
Houston, Texas 77027
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Four Points by Sheraton Houston Greenway Plaza
2828 Southwest Fwy
Houston, TX 77098
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With the conference venue being at Lakewood Church, other area hotels provide a discount when you ask for the “Lakewood Rate.” Click here for a list of participating hotels.

Lakewood Church

3700 Southwest Fwy
Houston, TX 77027

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Doubletree by Hilton

Doubletree by Hilton
6 Greenway Plaza East
Houston, Texas 77046
713-629-1200
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Hilton Houston Galleria Area

Hilton Houston Galleria Area
6780 Southwest Freeway
Houston, Tx 77074
713-977-7911
Special Conference Rates Available
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Sheraton Suites near the Galleria

Sheraton Suites near the Galleria
2400 West Loop South
Houston, Texas 77027
713-586-2444
Special Conference Rates Available
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Four Points by Sheraton Houston Greenway Plaza

Four Points by Sheraton Houston Greenway Plaza
2828 Southwest Fwy
Houston, TX 77098
(713) 942-2111
Special Conference Rates Available
Book a Room

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can attend the conference?

The conference’s primary focus is global health and medical missions, but other areas of interest include human trafficking, WaSH (water, sanitation, and hygiene), orphan care, disaster relief, and other missionary work. So if you are a physician, nurse, dentist, pharmacist or other healthcare professional, or you are in medical, dental, nursing or pharmacy school, or you are a college or high school student who is interested in medical missions, we believe this conference will be a great encouragement to you. In addition, if you are not in the medical field but have a heart and passion for missions, you will fit right in and be inspired in your faith. So the answer is—anyone is welcome!

What is included in my conference registration?

When you register for the conference, you will receive access to the conference Exhibit Hall, access to all Plenary and Breakout speaker sessions, dessert on Friday evening, breakfast on Saturday morning, and a boxed lunch on Saturday afternoon.

What does my registration fee cover?

Your registration fee helps cover the cost of putting on the conference (i.e. speakers, meals, materials, etc.).  All other expenses not covered by the registration fees are generously provided by our conference sponsors and Lakewood Church.

Additionally, each year, a portion of the conference proceeds goes toward a “featured project.”

What is the refund policy?

EVENT REGISTRATION CANCELLATION/REFUND POLICY:
1. Due to processing costs, no refunds will be issued for cancelled registrations.
2. Please note that in the event of circumstances beyond its control, Lakewood Church reserves the right to cancel any event. Lakewood Church is not liable for any expenses incurred by participants as a result of such cancellation.

What is the conference schedule?

Friday, February 22, 2019
6:00 p.m.-10:30 p.m.

Saturday, February 23, 2019
7:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Click here for a more detailed schedule.

What meals are included in my conference registration?

The following meals are included with your registration:

  • Dessert following Friday night’s session;
  • Breakfast and coffee on Saturday morning; and
  • Boxed lunch on Saturday afternoon.
Outside of the meals provided at the conference, what are my other meal options?

On Friday, Feb. 22, 2019, from 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., there will be food trucks available in the Timmons Lane/Circle Drive area of the conference venue to purchase food.

In addition to the food trucks, click here for a list of several area restaurants, coffee bars and juice shops that are within walking distance or a short drive from the conference venue.

Where is the conference taking place?

Lakewood Church
3700 Southwest Freeway
Houston, Texas 77027
www.lakewoodchurch.com
713-491-5108

The Exhibit Hall will be located on the 2nd floor level, the Plenary Sessions will be located in the main auditorium, and the Breakout Sessions will be located in various locations on the different floors. The conference schedule, along with a map of each level of the conference venue, will be provided at the conference in the program you will receive.

Where do I park for the conference?

Free covered parking is available starting at 6 p.m. on Friday and all day Saturday in the B1 and B2 parking garages. Also, there will be police officers, signs, and volunteers to help you park and find your way into the building. Click here for a map showing the location of the B1 and B2 garages.

Will there be any Pre-Conference Sessions?

Yes, we will once again host Pre-Conference Sessions during the day on Friday, February 22, 2019.  More detailed information will be coming soon.

Is the Pre-Conference included as part of my main conference registration?

No, the Pre-Conference Sessions are only available for a separate registration fee.

Where is the Pre-Conference taking place and where do I park for it?

More information will be coming soon.

Are special hotel rates available?

Yes, click here for more details.

Also, with the conference venue being at Lakewood Church, other area hotels provide a discount when you ask for the “Lakewood Rate.” Click here for a list of participating hotels.

How far is the airport from the venue?

George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) is approximately 25 miles from the conference location.

William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) is approximately 15 miles from the conference location.

Because Houston is a large metropolis with fluctuating heavy traffic, make sure to give yourself an ample amount of time to travel from the airport to the venue, and vice-versa. We recommend allotting yourself a minimum of one hour of transportation time.

Will there be translation available for other languages at the conference?

No, not at this time.

I am traveling from another country; do you provide a “Letter of Invite” for a visa application?

We are not currently providing letters of invitation from M3 to international persons who wish to attend.

What should I bring?

We recommend that you bring a pen and a notebook.

How should I dress?

Casual−jeans are acceptable. Keep in mind it can get very cool in the auditorium.

Who will be speaking at the conference?

Please refer to the speakers section on the conference page to learn more about the dynamic panel of people sharing at this year’s conference.

Who will be exhibiting at the conference?

Please refer to our exhibitors page to learn more about this year’s conference Exhibitors.

Is childcare available?

No. At this time, childcare is unavailable.

Are scholarships available?

Yes, a limited number of scholarships to attend the conference are available. Scholarships only cover the conference registration fee and do not include travel or other expenses. Please email us for more information.

The deadline for scholarship applications is December 31, 2018, or until all scholarships are given out, whichever comes first.

Can I sponsor a student or missionary?

Yes. To sponsor an individual, contact us.

What is a Church Partner and how can I get my church involved?

A Church Partner is a Christian congregation, no matter what denomination, that stands behind M3 and wants to help promote the event to members who may have an interest in medical missions or missions in general. We really want this to be a cross-denominational, Kingdom event. There is no financial obligation whatsoever to become a Church Partner, only time and a passion for missions. We want to get the word out to as many people as possible, so if you’re interested in becoming a Church Partner, click here!

How can I become an exhibitor?

Exhibitors must meet certain criteria and must go through a pre-approval application process. Please note that priority is given to organizations that have a global health focus. Exhibitor spaces are limited.

Click here for more information.

Click here to begin the application process. New Exhibitor applications will be processed starting September 1st.

How can I become a sponsor?

If you are interested in becoming a conference sponsor, please click here to request more information. You can also click here to download sponsorship level and benefit information to review.

To begin the sponsorship application process, click here.

How do I contact M3?

Please email us at info@m3missions.com or call us at 713-491-5108.

M3 Partners

Sponsors

M3 sponsors help support the vision of M3 by contributing financially and have an opportunity to promote their own organization through partnering.

Exhibitors

M3 exhibitors have the opportunity to present and educate about their organization, as well as connect with people looking for a place to serve.

Church Partners

M3 church partners are ministries from many different denominations who believe in and support the heart and vision of the M3 Conference.