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 KenyaRelief.org’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 KenyaRelief.org 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 KenyaRelief.org helping to build surgical capacity in Western Kenya.

Mission Impossible, Made Possible

We were honored to have Issam I. Raad, MD, FACP, FIDSA, FSHEA, join us at the 2018 M3 Conference!  He is the Founding President of Health Outreach to the Middle East (H.O.M.E.), and in his session at the recent M3 Conference, he shares how he discovered the power of medical missions.

As Dr. Raad says, “I was saved to serve, and I was born again to be burdened with the salvation and the eternal destiny of the people around me.”  Dr. Raad describes how the impossible mission of reaching the suffering people of the Middle East caught in the cross fire became possible through faith in Christ Who eternally loved people unto death of the cross. He shares how “medical missions represents the healing hand of Christ,” and through specific examples, Dr. Raad shows us how the power of firefighting faith in action makes the impossible possible.

Click here to learn more about Dr. Issam I. Raad and the programs and projects of Health Outreach to the Middle East (H.O.M.E.).

Living Matthew 25: A Mandate for a Blessed People

Endeavor to do something so great that if God doesn’t show up, you’ll surely fail. These are the words on the desk of Douglas Jackson’s father, the founder of Project C.U.R.E.

In this plenary session from the 2018 M3 Conference, Douglas Jackson will show us how the parables in the 25th Chapter of Matthew establish a clear roadmap for our culture and community in using our resources to care for the people closest to God’s heart. These directives are applicable to anyone serious about using what we have been given to impact the world.

Douglas Jackson, PhD, JD, is the President and CEO of Project C.U.R.E., the largest provider of donated medical supplies and equipment to developing countries around the world.

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.

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