M3 was once again honored to host over 40 of our local partner organizations at a luncheon to discuss the 2020 M3 Conference. M3 Conference Founders, Dr. Paul and Jennifer Osteen, led the luncheon program and shared about some new conference activities including the Samaritan’s Purse Ebola Treatment Center, Research Poster Presentations, a new Pre-Conference Workshop hosted by Christian Health Service Corps that will offer 6.5 hours of CME/CEU credits, and our Project of the Year, which will be Pothawira (Safe Haven) in Salima, Malawi.
The 2020 M3 Conference theme will be “Can You See It?” It will focus on the reality of the various global health statistics we all hear about, and hopefully offer practical and tangible ways that we can help change those statistics for the better.
We also enjoyed hearing from some of our partners like Dr. Anne Alaniz, Co-Founder of Pothawira, who shared about some exciting new developments including their new birthing center, as well as James Menephee, Director of Communications and Marketing for MBF-Medical Benevolence Foundation, who shared about their new Houston Heals Fun Run that will take place on February 8, 2020.
One of our favorite parts of the luncheon was when we all took time at the end connecting, encouraging each other, and finding ways that we can link arms to advance the work of medical missions. It was a great afternoon with great friends, and we look forward to all getting together again on February 21-22, 2020, at the 5th annual M3 Conference!
We invite you to join us – click here to register today and save $5 off the early bird rate through December 31st with code: M3MISSIONS20
M3 is honored to partner with friend and conference sponsor Agape Unlimited! Agape’s mission can be summarized in these four simple words – Go. Help. Share. Teach. Focusing on the former Soviet Union since 1993, Agape’s work covers a vast region with diverse people groups. They are working to accomplish their mission through four key areas – outreach, medical education, medical clinics, and their Agape Farm. To learn more about their work and how you can join them, please click here.
We invite you to join us at the 2020 M3 Conference on February 21-22 in Houston, Texas to connect with Agape Unlimited and other great organizations in the conference Exhibit Hall. Click here to register and save $5 with code: M3MISSIONS20
Dr. Carlan Wendler, his wife, Michelle, and their newborn daughter recently returned to serve with the Burundian people for the next two years. Before they left, Dr. Wendler shared this story that so beautifully illustrates how our love as parents reaches across any cultural or socio-economic divide:
On my last shift in the LA County + USC ER, I got to pray with a 37-yr old woman who was worried about her 20-yr old son, a medical student in Guatemala. She came in with burning, squeezing, left-sided chest pain that occurred after she would go for a walk around her neighborhood. After the resident presented her case I went to see her myself because 37-yr old women don’t tend to have heart attacks and something about the story didn’t add up. The more I spoke with her (in my now French-influenced Spanish), the more I realized that this was less a physical malady and more a psychological one. After concluding my questions, exam, and reviewing her EKG and blood results with her (all reassuring), I asked if she would like me to pray for her. She readily accepted and we shared a moment of prayer, specifically praying for her son who had been in a near-fatal car accident in Guatemala where he was supposed to be attending medical school. When I looked up at her afterwards I could see in her eyes that she was on the road to recovery. I love that look.
As I took leave of this caring mother, I paused to reflect on how similar and different our lives are. She had her first kid at age 17 in her home country of Guatemala. Now, though we are the same age, she is sending her firstborn to medical school. Michelle and I just welcomed our firstborn into our home 3 months ago. She lives thousands of miles away from him and worries about his life and career. We’re about to take Gabrielle thousands of miles away to Burundi where I will continue to worry about her. Yet we both have high hopes for our offspring. And the best thing we can do for our kids is pray for them…
We appreciate Dr. Wendler allowing us to share this story with you. While they were still state-side, Dr. Carlan Wendler was also able to speak for us at the 2019 M3 Conference, and you can click here to listen to his session. As the Wendlers return to their work at Kibuye Hope Hospital and Hope Africa University, please keep them in your prayers.
Also, please join us for the next M3 Conference on February 21-22, 2020, in Houston, Texas. We are very excited to have Dr. Alyssa Pfister, another member from the Kibuye Hope Hospital medical team, speaking at M3! Click here to register and save $5 with code: M3MISSIONS20
In a recent Lakewood Church service, Dr. Paul Osteen shared with the congregation about the last three and half months he spent in northwestern Zambia at Mukinge Mission Hospital. As a missionary surgeon, Dr. Paul spends several months each year serving in mission hospitals, and it is through this service that he was inspired along with his wife, Jennifer, to start the Mobilizing Medical Missions (M3) Conference. M3 is an annual conference with a vision to help people “connect with others, be inspired, and find their mission.”
To attend the next conference, which will be held on February 21-22, 2020, in Houston, Texas, click here to register and save $5 with code: M3MISSIONS20