The Hole in Our Gospel

Who stopped by the World Vision booth at the 2017 M3 Conference and received a copy of The Hole in Our Gospel by Richard Stearns?  If you haven’t read it yet, we encourage you to do so.  And, if you have, please share how it has impacted you in the comment section of this post.  We would love to hear from you.  It truly is a life-changing book.

We were so blessed to have World Vision, along with Rich Stearns, join us at the M3 Conference. We applaud the work they are doing, both domestically and abroad. To learn more about the programs and projects of World Vision, click here and see how you can join them in making a positive difference in the lives of millions around the world.  Also, if you missed Rich Stearns’ keynote session at the conference, click here to watch it.

Keir Thelander, MD, FACS, FWACS, FCS (ECSA) – Surgery…The Neglected Child of Global Public Health

Public health now has a prominent role in the health initiatives of developing countries across the world. However, despite this push, development of an adequate surgical workforce has not occurred. The surgical disease burden continues to grow, now reaching unfathomable numbers. The Lancet Commission on Global Surgery reports, “Over half the global population cannot access the treatment they need should they hemorrhage after childbirth, suffer a burn, or develop cancer.” It is exactly a need like this that has given an opportunity for Christians to reach in to a needy world, giving the love of Christ’s hands and feet.

In 1997, God gave an inspiration to create a surgical training program in Sub-Saharan Africa to facilitate training and discipleship for some of Africa’s next generation of surgeons. The Pan-African Academy of Christian Surgeons (PAACS) was created to meet not only the physical needs, but be a strategic response to the spiritual needs. PAACS now has over 60 graduates and over 70 residents currently in training.

In this session at the 2017 M3 Conference, Dr. Keir Thelander, Chief Medical Officer of PAACS, reviews the growing surgical disease burden, the work of PAACS, and how you can make a difference.

Click here for more information on the work of PAACS.

Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine.

Mobilizing Medical Missions (M3) was honored to partner with Houston Methodist to help make the 2017 M3 Conference a success.  Houston Methodist’s mission is to provide high quality, cost-effective health care that delivers the best value to the people they serve in a spiritual environment of caring in association with internationally recognized teaching and research.  Houston Methodist, a Christian organization established by the Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, exists to provide quality health care services. As it fulfills this purpose, Houston Methodist participates in the redeeming activity of God that makes the world a better place for all humankind. This health system is based on the belief that God can heal through the lives, actions and words of persons, regardless of various religious perspectives. Therefore, in all endeavors Houston Methodist strives to treat everyone as a person of sacred worth and value, created by God.

Houston Methodist has many areas where they are leading the way in medicine, including their hospitals; research institute; institute for technology, innovation and education; hospital foundation; community benefits; specialty physician group; and primary care group. Each area is staffed by committed personnel who exemplify their five “I CARE” values: integrity, compassion, accountability, respect and excellence.

To learn more about Houston Methodist and how they are leading medicine, click here.