Kelly Sites Receives Nursing Hero Award

M3 would like to congratulate Kelly Sites for being honored by the Michigan Nurses Association (MNA) with the Nurse Hero Award. MNA presents this award to a Michigan registered nurse in recognition of their heroism.

M3 has been blessed to have had the privilege of Kelly speaking at our 2017 and 2018 conferences, and we celebrate her for receiving this well-deserved award.

To learn more about Samaritan’s Purse Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) program, click here.

Charge the Darkness

In this final session from the 2018 M3 Conference, Gary Haugen teaches how the followers of Jesus can switch from playing defense to playing offense in a hurting world.  He will explore Jesus’ invitation to throw off the bondage of fear and despair to be authentic light in the darkest corners of the world.

Gary Haugen, JD, is the Founder and CEO of International Justice Mission (IJM). IJM is a global organization with a plan to eliminate the slave trade everywhere. They do so by rescuing slaves, working with police to throw slave owners in jail, and as laws are enforced, the business model of slavery becomes unprofitable putting slave owners out to business.  Click here to learn more about the work of IJM.

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.

Calling to the Greatest Need: Medical Missions Past, Present and Future

Medical missions has historically been critical to early Christian missionary efforts, meeting the “felt needs” of communities in Christ’s name.  Mission hospitals have been used to advance the gospel, plant churches and improve health outcomes in some of the world’s most needy and hard to reach places.  But the work is far from done.  There are still millions of people with poor access to essential health services.  There are also millions in hard to reach areas who have never heard the good news of Jesus Christ, including “closed access” countries that do not allow “missionaries” but welcome well-trained health providers.

In this Plenary session from the 2018 M3 Conference, Perry A. Jansen, MD, DTMH, explores the opportunities available to health care providers to advance God’s kingdom.  Watch and learn how He can use you.

Dr. Jansen is the Senior Vice President for Strategic Partnerships at MedSend. Click here to learn more about MedSend’s programs and projects.