In this video, Kimberly Williams-Paisley shares stories from one of her recent trips to Haiti. She also shares that the United States spends less than 1% of its budget on foreign aid, and encourages us to stay informed on where that money is going and how it is being used. Thus, the importance of advocacy. Advocacy means calling or writing your member of Congress, and letting them know that you support them to protect funding for global health initiatives, such as healthy timing and spacing of pregnancies like you hear about in this video. Initiatives like this dramatically improve maternal and child health in developing countries like Haiti. Advocacy also lets our members of Congress know that we care about and are staying educated on matters that affect our nation’s budget and priorities.
Hope Through Healing Hands (HTHH) is on the front lines helping to improve the quality of life for citizens and communities around the world using health as a currency for peace. Through the prism of health diplomacy, HTHH envisions a world where all individuals and families can obtain access to health care information, services, and support for the opportunity at a fuller life. Specifically, they seek sustainability through health care service and training. This includes efforts to promote awareness and advocacy for maternal, newborn & child health; healthy timing and spacing of pregnancies; nutrition; clean water; extreme poverty; emergency relief; and global disease such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria. Strategically, HTHH encourages global health partnerships by working hand-in-hand with leading organizations that best address these issues in developing nations.
One of Hope Through Healing Hands’ current projects to raise awareness and advocacy for maternal, newborn, and child health is The Mother & Child Project. In the book, The Mother & Child Project: Raising Our Voices for Health and Hope, influential leaders such as Melinda Gates, Kay Warren, Senator William H. Frist, M.D., Christine Caine, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Michael W. Smith, Natalie Grant, Jennifer Nettles, Jennie Allen, Amy Grant, and many other inspirational leaders, cultural icons, political experts, academics, and service providers tackle the important topic of maternal and child health in developing countries. Through personal narrative and compelling research, this book educates and inspires people of faith to join in to empower mothers and children worldwide. This book also includes personal stories from women in places like Kenya, India, Uganda and Burundi. They describe how their lives and those of their children are impacted by the ability to plan the timing and spacing of their pregnancies, and by access to pre-natal and post-natal medical care.
We are so honored to partner with Hope Through Healing Hands through the Mobilizing Medical Missions (M3) Conference. Click here for more information about the work Hope Through Healing Hands is doing around the world.
During weekend services at Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, Dr. Paul Osteen shared about his experience from a two month mission trip to Iraq. He and Emily, a long-time member of Lakewood Church, recently returned home from Mosul, Iraq, where they volunteered at a Samaritan’s Purse field hospital performing surgery and giving medical care to victims of war. Although there was tragedy and loss of life, there were also signs of hope. He reminded us that we can all be the hands and feet of Jesus, and that we don’t overcome evil with evil, but we overcome evil with good! (Romans 12:21)
In this session at the 2017 M3 Conference, Dr. Russ White, Chief of Surgery and Director of Medical Education at Tenwek Hospital in Kenya, will look at Biblical, medical, and practical motivations for involvement in medical mission work. He will discuss common questions such as “How do I know if God is really calling me to missions?” and “Can’t I serve the Lord just as effectively in my current location rather than traveling overseas?” Finally, Dr. White will look at what distinctly characterizes us in our mission work. All of these issues will be illustrated with memories of more than 20 years of full time, foreign Christian medical mission work.
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Is God calling you to serve in urban missions? What is the need for urban missions? How do I reach the poor and neglected close to home? In this session at the 2017 M3 Conference, Joy Vonk, Clinician and Clinic Manager at Casa el Buen Samaritano in Houston, Texas, will discuss these questions and more. You will learn about local efforts to provide medical care to the disadvantaged, hear how God provides opportunities to minister to those in your very own community, and understand how to provide integrated faith-based healthcare.
Click here to learn more about the work of Casa el Buen Samaritano.