Run to Battle

Growing up in a small town in west central Minnesota, the idea of becoming a medical doctor and traveling the world to serve those in great need seemed highly unlikely. But with God, the unlikely and unexpected often become the norm. In this session, Dr. Mitch Duininck shares stories from this journey of faith that will encourage, inspire, and challenge us to look not for the easiest path in life but rather to be open to a call from Jesus to be His hands and feet, to go to those who are suffering, and to run to the battle!

Caring for the Victims of Humanitarian Disasters and Military Conflict

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, Dr. Mitch Duininck 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 β€œthe 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.