Are You Being Called to Long-Term Missions?

Do you sense a calling to long-term missions? If so, you do not want to miss this incredible Breakout Session from the 2018 M3 Conference given by Dr. Keir Thelander.

In this session, Dr. Thelander speaks about living a missional life now in preparing for service. You will hear about Keir’s preparations for the mission field, his ten years of experience, as well as reflection and insight as to what he wish he had known and done. He presents his “hindsight” view of preparing for life as a missionary.

Keir Thelander, MD, FACS, FWACS, FCS (ECSA) is the Chief Medical Officer for the Pan-African Academy of Christian Surgeons (PAACS). Click here to learn more about the work of Dr. Thelander and PAACS.

Infected in Rural Africa

Many in the rural areas of the developing world are forgotten, and the diseases with which they struggle are neglected. In this Breakout Session from the 2018 M3 Conference, Dr. Todd and Sue Price discuss ways to effect change in these rural communities by pursuing healthy behavior and addressing their neglected diseases.

Todd Price, MD, is an infectious disease specialist and the President and Chief Executive Officer of International Medical Outreach (IMO), and Sue Price, RN, is the Vice President and Executive Director of IMO.  Click here to learn more about the work being done in rural Africa by IMO.

Surgical Safari: Low Resources, High Complexity

What do you do when the nearest surgeon is HOURS away?  In this breakout session from the 2018 M3 Conference, Kristin Long, MD, will discuss the disparities in surgical availability in Sub-Saharan Africa, including an assessment of the feasibility and effectiveness of’s ambulatory surgery center as a model for building capacity.

Additionally, Dr. Long will examine some of the clinical and ethical challenges of providing highly complex surgical interventions in this setting and discuss how forming sustainable community partnerships are essential to long-term success in the mission field.  Lastly, Dr. Long will review the unexpected, never-boring challenges that come with venturing out on a “surgical safari.” Dr. Long will also share how can help you “Take the First Step” towards a surgical mission trip!

Kristin Long, MD, is an endocrine surgeon at the University of Wisconsin, and she serves with helping to build surgical capacity in Western Kenya.

Top Ten Do’s and Don’ts of Medical Missions


  1. Surrender your kingdom.
  2. Don’t be proud.
  3. Be relational.
  4. Withhold judgement.
  5. Be a learner.
  6. Be flexible.
  7. Do no harm.
  8. Be low maintenance.
  9. Don’t discourage.
  10. Remember God is GOOD.

In this session from the 2018 M3 Conference, John Cropsey, MD, will discuss his top ten do’s and don’ts of medical missions.  He will explore the heart-level adjustments required to productively engage in cross-cultural relationships and medical care, as well as review common pitfalls made by short-term and long-term missionaries.  Dr. Cropsey will also examine how one’s faith informs the missions experience in which one will be faced with advanced presentation of pathology in the setting of severe resource limitations and crippling poverty.

As a missionary kid, John Cropsey grew up at a mission hospital. As an adult, he began doing short-term mission trips, and then medium-term mission trips, which eventually led into long-term missions.  Today, Dr. Cropsey is a professor of Ophthalmology at Hope Africa University and Kibuye Hope Hospital, in Burundi. He and his family serve with Serge mission.

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