Serving Outside Your Comfort Zone: Loving Your Neighbor as Yourself

I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year, “Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.” And he replied, “Go into the darkness and put your hand into the hand of God. That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way!” ~Minnie Louise Harkins (1875-1957)

When we put our hand into God’s hand and trust Him to lead the way, He usually leads us outside of our comfort zone. This has been true for Dr. Allan T. Sawyer.  Dr. Sawyer is an Obstetrician-Gynecologist missionary who serves with World Medical Mission, the medical arm of Samaritan’s Purse.  In this session from the 2018 M3 Conference, Dr. Sawyer leads us through a candid discussion sharing his personal experiences of serving outside his own comfort zone, and he challenges us to serve well beyond ours.

Defend the Orphan

Do you know the name of one orphan?

This is the question that led Mike Reiszner and his wife, Mandy, to start Coreluv International.  Coreluv believes that Isaiah 1:17, “Learn to do good. Seek justice. Help the oppressed, Defend the Orphan. Fight for the rights of widows.” is not merely a suggestion but a commandment. Unless someone defends the orphan, they are defenseless. Unless someone speaks for them, they will not be heard.

In this session at the 2018 M3 Conference, Mike will discuss how to live out the religion that James 1:27 says is pure and faultless: to look after orphans and widows in their distress.

Raising a Mission-Minded Family

The Great Commission is not an option to be considered; it is a command to be obeyed. ~Hudson Taylor

In this session from the 2018 M3 Conference, Janet Topazian, PhD, and Jennifer Osteen, RN, will discuss how to raise a mission-minded family. They will share intentional strategies (including short-term trips and year-round priorities) that the Lord has used to inspire their families for missions.  They remind us that missions is a Biblical mandate, and they show us how a missional outlook will set our families apart and bring us closer to God and each other.

Privileged to Serve

At the 2018 M3 Conference, Yancy Stermer, a surgical technologist who serves globally with Samaritan’s Purse Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART), spoke about his experience serving in Mosul.

The battle to re-take the city of Mosul from ISIS control was expected to be protracted and grueling with enormous consequences for the surrounding population.  In response to the growing humanitarian crisis, Samaritan’s Purse deployed its Emergency Field Hospital (EFH) to provide emergency trauma care for all in need.  In stark contrast to the surroundings, the EFH was filled with peace, love, compassion and hope.

In this session, Yancy gives us a glimpse inside the protective blast walls at the mission and the people who made it happen while reminding us that it is indeed a privilege to serve those who God has placed before us.