“The need is overwhelming” were the words of Dr. Allan Sawyer as he and his wife carried out their 6 day mission to the Hewa tribe in Papua New Guinea. Dr. Sawyer, an obstetrician and gynecologist, retired from his private practice in Arizona to follow God’s call to devote himself to serve and teach at mission hospitals around the world. His visit to the Hewa tribe all started with him taking the first step outside his comfort zone and stepping into the unknown…
Through their church, Dr. Sawyer met Jonathan and Susan Kopf, missionaries to the Hewa people – a people extremely reliant on the teachings of their ancestors. While much of the world is constantly advancing in medical knowledge, the Hewa people remained unaware and uneducated still following the folklore of their past, just as their parents before them. Because of this, their infant mortality rate was extremely high, threatening their extinction as a people group.
Samaritan’s Purse followed Dr. Sawyer and his team to visit these beautiful people in Papua New Guinea and captured their story on film. We invite you to watch this video and be challenged and inspired on how God uses medicine to bring hurting people healing, not only physically but spiritually as well. When we take that first step to where God is calling us to go, the Healer Himself will show up and do more than we can ask, imagine or think.
M3 is humbled and honored to have Dr. Allan Sawyer join us at the 2018 M3 Conference. We invite you to join us as well on February 23-24, 2018, in Houston, Texas. Take the first step and click here to register to attend the annual M3 Conference. At M3, you can connect with others, be inspired, and find your mission! Use Promo Code: TAKETHEFIRSTSTEP18 to save 25% off your registration. This offer is good through November 30th.
To see what Dr. Sawyer is up to, click here to visit his blog.
Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) face significant challenges to their health and well-being that are unique due to lack of necessary resources including food, water, sanitation, shelter, security, and healthcare. Caring for people in these situations requires an understanding of their unique needs as well as having realistic goals regarding what can and cannot be done for them.
Recent experiences in providing healthcare for the victims of disasters in Nepal, Kurdistan, and Turkey – both natural and manmade – highlight the need to be well prepared when serving in these difficult situations. In this session at the 2017 M3 Conference, Dr. Mitch Duininck, President and CEO of In His Image Family Medicine Residency Program, will discuss team selection and preparation; travel and logistics issues; identifying and addressing the needs of the people being served, including physical, psychological, and spiritual needs; partnering with other relief organizations and local authorities; and returning home successfully.
We are called to serve “the least of these,” and the victims of disasters and crises certainly qualify. Often these events, though causing much hardship and suffering, create the possibility for doors and hearts to be open to the message of Jesus that otherwise would be closed. We must be both willing and well prepared if we are to serve well when we are called to respond to those in need.
Click here to learn more about the work of In His Image Family Medicine Residency Program.
You’ve got a heart to reach the world, but how do you pay for it? Travel is expensive and the needs are so great. In this session at the 2017 M3 Conference, Joël Malm will give practical tips to help you find creative ways to fund the call God has placed on your heart for the world.
Click here to learn more about the work Joël Malm is doing through Summit Leaders.
Russ E. White, MD, MPH, FACS, FCS (ECSA) – Rapid Expansion of Opportunities in Cardiac Surgery in Sub-Saharan Africa
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 the relative burden of cardiac disease in the developing world, and particularly the Sub-Saharan region of Africa. Most people generally think of infectious diseases and trauma-related conditions as necessarily being the priority for health care in the developing world. However, non-communicable chronic conditions represent an enormous portion of the disease burden in Sub-Saharan Africa, with surgically correctable cardiac conditions causing a disproportionately high amount of loss of life and productivity. Dr. White will discuss the opportunities which are developing within the region to begin to meet this enormous challenge. As Christian health care providers, we have a unique opportunity to bring complete healing of hearts to a large group of often forgotten people.
Click here to learn more about the work of Tenwek Hospital.