The Hole in Our Gospel

Who stopped by the World Vision booth at the 2017 M3 Conference and received a copy of The Hole in Our Gospel by Richard Stearns?  If you haven’t read it yet, we encourage you to do so.  And, if you have, please share how it has impacted you in the comment section of this post.  We would love to hear from you.  It truly is a life-changing book.

We were so blessed to have World Vision, along with Rich Stearns, join us at the M3 Conference. We applaud the work they are doing, both domestically and abroad. To learn more about the programs and projects of World Vision, click here and see how you can join them in making a positive difference in the lives of millions around the world.  Also, if you missed Rich Stearns’ keynote session at the conference, click here to watch it.

Keir Thelander, MD, FACS, FWACS, FCS (ECSA) – Surgery…The Neglected Child of Global Public Health

Public health now has a prominent role in the health initiatives of developing countries across the world. However, despite this push, development of an adequate surgical workforce has not occurred. The surgical disease burden continues to grow, now reaching unfathomable numbers. The Lancet Commission on Global Surgery reports, “Over half the global population cannot access the treatment they need should they hemorrhage after childbirth, suffer a burn, or develop cancer.” It is exactly a need like this that has given an opportunity for Christians to reach in to a needy world, giving the love of Christ’s hands and feet.

In 1997, God gave an inspiration to create a surgical training program in Sub-Saharan Africa to facilitate training and discipleship for some of Africa’s next generation of surgeons. The Pan-African Academy of Christian Surgeons (PAACS) was created to meet not only the physical needs, but be a strategic response to the spiritual needs. PAACS now has over 60 graduates and over 70 residents currently in training.

In this session at the 2017 M3 Conference, Dr. Keir Thelander, Chief Medical Officer of PAACS, reviews the growing surgical disease burden, the work of PAACS, and how you can make a difference.

Click here for more information on the work of PAACS.

Mitch Duininck, MD – 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 at the 2017 M3 Conference, Dr. Mitch Duininck, President and CEO of In His Image Family Medicine Residency Program, 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!

Click here to learn more about Dr. Mitch Duininck’s work at In His Image Family Medicine Residency Program.