In February I was among over 1200 people who attended the Mobilizing Medical Missions (M3) Conference hosted by Lakewood Church in Houston Texas. Major sponsors and partners of the event were First Baptist Church, Hope City, Woodlands Church, First Presbyterian Church and Hope Through Healing Hands.
This year’s theme was “Say Yes” referring to the call to all attending to seek a way to use their time and talent to help those less fortunate.
M3 was organized as an international and multi-denominational effort of Christ followers in 2016 by Dr. Paul Osteen and his wife Jennifer with the help of numerous health professionals, faith-based organizations, including churches, non-profits and universities and others interested in working to relieve the suffering throughout the globe caused by war, disease, famine, poverty and corruption, bringing together doctors, nurses, dentists, and other healthcare professionals, as well as anyone who has a desire to use their skills to meet pressing global healthcare needs.
Attendees were met by enthusiastic volunteers ready to assist visitors in navigating the large exhibition space. The excellence and passion I encountered throughout the conference makes me eager to attend next year’s event.
Speakers from distant places and from Houston gave compelling talks recounting their own experiences, each highlighting the dramatic needs of people suffering throughout the world and opportunities to help save and better their lives.
The topics covered were such expected issues as the importance in assisting struggling populations in war-torn and developing nations with sanitation, access to clean water, hunger relief, education and medical treatment of disease, injury and basic health care.
For me, the over-arching message, especially to those of us who are not medical professionals and are not in a position to physically volunteer at this time, is the urgent need for the bi-partisan action of concerned citizens to contact their elected officials in Washington to request increased U.S. funding for world health and hunger initiatives.
Many of the speakers stressed the threat to our national security posed by “fragile nations” whose vulnerability to disease and political oppression are cause for global concern.
Issues here in Houston were also addressed in workshops dealing with human trafficking, hunger and urban missions to the poor and neglected populations.
I encourage readers to visit the conference website to review the impressive list of presenters, including world renowned healers, scientists, advocates, scholars and ministers.
Speakers Profiles: https://m3missions.com/conference/#speakers
During the closing program, Mukinge Mission Hospital in Kasempa, Zambia was honored as the “Project of the Year” with a $10,000 gift from proceeds of the conference registration by the M3 Conference Team.
The 2018 M3 Conference will be held on February 23rd and 24th, 2018.
Visit https://m3missions.com to learn more.
Check presentation photo credit: “Mobilizing Medical Missions”
Thanks to M3 team member Shana Shim for the invitation and assistance in this report.