This is a series of sessions from leading experts in healthcare missions.
The Biblical Foundation for Meeting Physical Needs as Ministry: When we look at the life of Jesus, we see that His ministry had components of preaching (to the crowds), healing (individuals), and discipling (primarily the 12). As followers of Jesus, we want to do as He did. “Preach and heal” are not mutually exclusive things. While the spiritual realm is eternal and the physical realm is temporal, people still have real physical needs. Jesus did not ignore these needs. At the same time, many get so concerned about physical needs that they forget about the spiritual origin of these physical needs. As Christians, we know that the origin of death, pain, and disease ultimately goes back to man’s rebellion against God in the Garden. This discussion will attempt to establish a Biblical framework for healthcare ministry. How God introduced me to His way of missions, that brought Him the glory due Him alone: After experiencing the exhilaration of seeing God use my dental skills to serve His Kingdom, I became overwhelmed by the futility of going and doing. It was time for a new model, one that was consistent with the way God works. 12 years ago a group of us started training local believers to meet the dental needs of their community and witnessed, amazing God-sized results. Allow me to share what God did. Short-Term Medical Missions Effect on Long-Term World Healthcare and the Kingdom of Heaven: Short-Term Medical Missions are becoming a major factor in global healthcare that accounts for millions of dollars spent on travel, accommodations, personal time and effort, but are we truly impacting the Kingdom of Heaven. There is no standardize governing body to evaluate the quality, sustainability or accountability of Short Term Medical Mission’s. Since most organization reports are somewhat biased by their own reporting and when we stop and evaluate cost, efficiency and sustainability are we influencing world health without creating dependency and effectively sharing the good news? When we look at specific metrics, education is usually not a primary goal and in fact, the belief that any care is acceptable regardless of the quality, is widespread. It is the goal of many like-minded mission organizations that “education” of indigenous believers is the answer to the problem of dependency, sustainability, long-term world health and expanding the Kingdom of Heaven. How to Develop Sustainable Healthcare on a Short Term Trip: It is a general perception that the short-term missions is one sided. Often creating dependency- teams from USA go to the underdeveloped country to help and bring short term relief and address felt needs in the comminutes of the countries they visit. While that may be true, short term teams could actually do lots more by way of ‘passing on of skills’ and change the trend to make optimum use of the time and resources. Short term team could provide long term and sustainable projects and help move from ‘relief’ to ‘development’ and in establishing self sustaining projects that could be carried out by the local partners on an ongoing basis.Passing on the skills would thus make an impact on the ground. The Long Term Impact of a Sustainable Healthcare Model: A sustainable healthcare model is based on several factors: Preparing the local church through training, selecting the right students; practical and relevant training for the students; and follow up till the clinic volunteers become competent. The result they are able to minister wholistically to many patients over time and have a good business model that generates income to keep the medical ministry running.
Divine Design - Who You Are Matters To Missions: Knowing your particular strengths, skills, personality, spiritual gifts and passions, we will seek to help you understand how their unique fit can guide you to an awareness of where your life can make the greatest impact. Great Expectations - The Sending Church and the MPW: Exploring how the Market Place Worker sending model differs from the traditional missionary sending model, and what each party in the process should expect—church leaders, the Market Place Worker, the congregation. Opportunity Knocks — Landing a Job in a Global Market: Identifying global employment opportunities in the healthcare sector and ways to increase your chances of getting hired. Painting a realistic picture of employment overseas and the process to get you there. Incredible Journey — Real Life Stories from Real Live MPWs: Hear from real people intentionally living out their lives in a workplace and a neighborhood where Jesus is not yet known. Understand what questions they get asked, what friendships are like and how they “do ministry”. Get a glimpse into their inspiration, their journey and the opportunities they see for Market Place Workers. Your Move — Stepping Into God’s Design: Point out tools available to participants that can help them continue learning and progressing toward a decision to take a job overseas and serve as a MPW. Provide a time for finalizing earlier personal reflections and group discussions on the topics presented. Submit questions for the panel to address in the closing Q&A session.
Spiritual Vitality: In John 15 Jesus said that apart from Him we can do nothing. Without a sure and solid foundation in Jesus we have nothing to give. Scripture and prayer are essential in preparing for and in doing ministry, not just later on in a cross-cultural ministry setting, but it must start right now. Managing Expectations: If misplaced expectations are the number one reason missionaries leave the field, how can one set accurate expectations? This session will help address major issues to consider in preparing for missions. Becoming a lifelong learner, determining what success looks like and expecting to be flexible are just a few. Developing Cross-Cultural Relationships: Developing cross-cultural relationships is vital to a missionary's ability to thrive and minister effectively in a new host culture. A biblical understanding of cross-cultural living will help inform and guide our personal journeys as we serve in cross-cultural settings. Dealing with the Tough Stuff: This intensive session will explore the biblical perspective of personal suffering and the suffering of those we serve. It will look at the challenge of trusting in a loving and sovereign God amidst suffering. Stories will shed light on the “Why?” question, how to prepare for the tough stuff, how to help others, and how to survive through tough times. Friendships & Support: Missionaries need friends in order to thrive. This session will focus on understanding the value of friendships and support in building resilience. A variety of relationships are essential for a healthy missionary and require intentionality.
Key Issues in Planning and Assessing STM : What are the top 2-3 areas to explore when you are getting ready to engage in STM?How can you match your priorities with the priorities of potential STM groups and locations? Partnering with Nationals: What are the key steps to take to prepare to serve with nationals on STM? What is it about me that needs to change for me to be an effective partner on STM? Spiritual Growth as a Student on STM: What are the 3 most important things I should do in order for God to use me as a student on STM? What does successful spiritual growth look like for a healthcare student? Working Across Cultures on STM: Healthcare here and there – what’s the big difference? Do I really need to prepare to work in another culture? It’s just a short trip! Working with others on STM: I get along great on group projects at school. Isn’t a STM trip about the same? I’m more of an introvert and like to work on my own. No problems, right?
Understanding Islam: This intensive session will explore the urgency for understanding Islam as a religion and political structure and its impact on Western culture. Understanding the Muslim World: This intensive session will explore the importance of understanding the various Muslim cultures, backgrounds, and heart felt needs in an effort to effectively and winsomely communicate the Gospel. What is the Gospel to Muslims: This intensive session will explore why more Muslims have become followers of Jesus in the last twenty years than in the previous 1400 years combined. Tools to share the Gospel: This intensive session will explore practical tools to help the Church speak to the hearts and minds of Muslims. Where to meet and engage Muslims in the Gospel: This intensive session will reveal where to find Muslims in the local community and across the ocean with the ultimate goal of sharing the Gospel.