Pre-Conference 2020: What Makes a Really Good Missionary?

What makes a really good missionary? Have you ever wondered what local healthcare professionals expect and want the most from a short-term missionary, both medically and spiritually?

During this year’s pre-conference, you will have a unique opportunity to hear from the perspective of an African surgeon receiving missionaries and an American physician who serves on short-term medical mission trips. Dr. Jacques Ebhele, Head of Surgical Department at Daeyang Luke Hospital, Malawi, and Dr. Allan Sawyer, OB/GYN, who for the past 16 years has served at various mission hospitals around the world, will share their perspectives in this exclusive three hour session.

Register for the 2020 Mobilizing Missions Conference and save $5 with code: M3MISSIONS20 or find out more information about pre-conference topics here.

M32020 Welcomes Emily Smith, PhD

Children in Africa suffer a significant burden of health conditions — particularly congenital deformities and wound-related conditions — that could be bettered by surgery, but most of these needs are going unmet, according to a study co-led by Emily Smith, PhD and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The need is especially pronounced in rural areas of Somaliland, a country in the Horn of Africa with a population of more than 3.5 million residents, most of whom live more than two hours from a surgeon and as far away as 24 hours. Read about Dr. smith’s research and conclusions in this article.

M32020 is pleased to welcome Emily Smith, Ph.D., assistant professor of epidemiology at the Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences at Baylor University and adjunct assistant professor at Duke Global Health Institute at Duke University as a conference speaker. Her research interests include global surgery and the strengthening of health systems in low-income countries. Her research takes place in Uganda, Nigeria, Somaliland, and Latin America.

Join us at M32020 to hear Dr. Emily Smith along with other inspiring speakers. Go to to register for the 2020 Mobilizing Missions Conference and save $5 with code: M3MISSIONS20

M32020 Welcomes Dr. Mike Chupp

The demands in the life of a healthcare missionary are such that fitting in evangelism discipleship or even prayer with staff, patients and their families may seem nearly impossible. This session will focus on practical ways to integrate faith and spiritual ministry into the daily life of a healthcare missionary when serving cross-culturally. Listen to this audio recording from M32019 where Dr. Mike Chupp shared this helpful and timely breakout session.

M3 is pleased to welcome back Mike Chupp, MD to be a plenary speaker at the 2020 Conference.  Dr. Chupp and his family completed 20 years of service as career missionaries with World Gospel Mission, serving at Tenwek Mission Hospital in Kenya. He now serves as CMDA’s new Chief Executive Officer. Christian Medical & Dental Associations motivates, educates and equips Christian healthcare professionals to glorify God by:
Serving with professional excellence as witnesses of Christ’s love and compassion to all peoples, and;
Advancing biblical principles of healthcare within the Church and to our culture.

Come Tour the Ebola Treatment Center at M32020

M3 is pleased to announce that Samaritan’s Purse – World Medical Mission will be back again as exhibitors! They will host 4 booths representing their Children’s Heart Project, Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART), Post-Residency Program, and their overall Short-Term and Long-Term mission opportunities.

Another exciting addition is their Ebola Treatment Center that will be set-up and available for conference-goers to tour. Samaritan’s Purse has continued to be on the front-lines helping bring relief and aid to victims of disasters, disease outbreaks, and other humanitarian crises.

The 2014-2016 Ebola outbreak in West Africa was the largest on record. More than 11,300 people died as Ebola spread throughout Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone. Their work in Liberia—where Samaritan’s Purse has had a country office for 14 years—included providing clinical care, as well as campaigns focused on awareness and prevention.

The Democratic Republic of the Congo is grappling with the world’s second-largest Ebola epidemic on record, with more than 2200 lives lost and 3300 confirmed infections since the outbreak was declared on 1 August 2018.

Samaritan’s Purse stands ready to respond at a moment’s notice whenever and wherever disaster strikes. So in January 2019 Samaritan’s Purse opened a treatment center in the northeast Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in response to an Ebola virus disease outbreak. They specialize in meeting critical needs for victims of conflict, disaster, famine, and epidemics throughout the world, often working through ministry partners on the ground. They provide food, water, shelter, medicine, and other assistance in the Name of Jesus Christ.

From the outside, the Samaritan’s Purse ETC looks very similar to the mobile hospitals used by other organizations. What sets it apart, however, is that the medical work that goes on inside is about both physical and spiritual healing. Medical personnel and non-medical staff minister to patients, pray with them and share the hope of the Gospel in the midst of the disaster.

Please pray for people suffering in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Pray for Samaritan’s Purse staff as they serve with compassion in Jesus’ Name. This website shows current DRC Ebola stats. We encourage you to visit the mobile treatment center during M3 to learn how you can join Samaritan’s Purse DART teams.

Click here to register for the 2020 M3 Conference and experience the Samaritan’s Purse Ebola Treatment Center yourself!