“Just say yes” doesn’t mean you have to be a missionary “in” Africa. M3 friend, Linda Moore, said “yes” and utilized her relational gift of networking to connect Texas, Alaska and Africa.
Linda and her husband, Randy, have been leading mission teams from Texas to Alaska for several years, and in that time, have enjoyed getting to know MCA Church, Alaska Medical Missions and their respective teams. Linda and Randy have played an integral role in preparing to bring the first Champions Club for special needs children to Alaska, which will be housed at MCA Church. Two years ago, they had the pleasure of meeting M3 Conference speaker Dr. Anne Alaniz, who is also the Co-Founder of Pothawira (Safe Haven) in Malawi, Africa. Then, leading up to this past M3 Conference, they made a connection with Judah 1.
In God’s perfect plan, four of these organizations – Alaska Medical Missions, Champions Club, Pothawira and Judah 1 – were exhibitors at the 2019 M3 Conference, and that’s when the pieces started falling into place. With her special insight, Linda went to work introducing and connecting these organizations, and on June 23rd in Anchorage, Alaska, this beautiful collaboration came full circle. Judah 1 took the needed equipment and supplies for the Champions Club from Texas to Alaska, and then successfully loaded up 25 ICU baby cribs onto Judah 1’s aircraft, which were supplied by Alaska Medical Missions, to be taken to Malawi, Africa, where they will be utilized at the Pothawira (Safe Haven) clinic.
As Linda says, “No human can possibly take credit for the blessing that took place.”
This is why we at M3 do what we do. Testimonies like this motivate and reaffirm our vision to help people connect with others, be inspired, and find their mission. To be a part of this amazing global healthcare experience, click here to register for the 2020 M3 Conference to be held on February 21-22 in Houston, Texas. Register by July 31st and save 25% with code: M32020SPECIAL
The Gospel Coalition recently published an article about “21 Ways to Get Involved in Orphan Care,” and the following is a list of their suggestions:
- Pray—”Father, what do you want me to do to help with the orphan crisis?”
- Start small—talk, read, volunteer.
- Support good organizations (M3 partners with several great organizations who care for orphans; click here to see a list of our exhibiting partners to connect with them.)
- Speak up—orphans are not only powerless, they are also voiceless.
- Be alert and practice hospitality—cultivate sensitivity to the needs around you in your life now.
- Sponsor others in the process of adoption.
- Care for the functionally fatherless—those who have fathers who are present physically but not emotionally or spiritually.
- Provide practical care for adoptive/foster parents.
- Fund adoptions.
- Provide for needs as you hear about them.
- Train leaders.
- Plant churches—planting churches in hard places is one of the best ways we can care for the poor and the marginalized.
- Promote/support in-country adoption.
- Move—go live among the poor and the orphan.
- Visit with purpose; have a plan.
- Provide transitional assistance as orphans “age out” of orphanages.
- Use your vocational skills.
- Fight trafficking
- Prevent orphans—fight poverty and poor education, which often perpetuate the breakdown of the family unit.
Click here to read full article.
As Dr. Paul Osteen serves the beautiful people of Zambia at Mukinge Mission Hospital, he is also able to help teach in-country doctors through the Pan-African Academy of Christian Surgeons (PAACS) surgical residency program. In this picture, Dr. Paul is working with Dr. Kimutai, a 4th year resident from PAACS on his rural hospital rotation at Mukinge.
PAACS is working toward increasing and retaining African surgeons working in rural hospitals. Click here to learn about the progress of their work recently published in the World Journal of Surgery or visit their website at www.paacs.net.
To learn about the work of Mukinge Mission Hospital, click here.
In this podcast episode, Dr. Paul Osteen and guest Natul Middlebrook, Executive Director of HandUp Global Ministries and the HUGG Mission Market, discuss the purpose and the philosophy behind Fair Trade. Natul says, “We believe in the power of giving people living in impoverished communities a hand up and not a handout because we’re looking for sustainable solutions. I like to tell people, no one ever climbed out of poverty with their hands out and open. We do it through innovation, ingenuity and a strong work ethic.” Listen to learn how the HUGG Mission Market creates a unique missional experience that invites shoppers to take part in fashion that fuels social change in under-resourced communities by purchasing products crafted in these communities. Visit https://huggmissionmarket.org/ for more info.