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Mobilizing Medical Missions (M3) Conference offers opportunities to serve mankind with medical skills and knowledge
by Lynda Guidry
Friday, February 08, 2019

Interview with Dr. Paul OsteenFor the fourth year Houston’s Lakewood Church will host the Mobilizing Medical Missions (M3) Conference, a two-day gathering slated for Friday, February 22nd and Saturday the 23rd.

This yearly conference was designed by Dr. Paul Osteen, M.D. and his wife Jennifer Osteen to bring 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.

Dr. Osteen recently spoke with Guidry News about how his vision of inviting fellow medical professionals and faith communities to network each February and  unite in their common goals. Listen to the conversation: (21:08)

Dr. Osteen, the eldest son of Lakewood Church founders John and Dodie Osteen, had pursued a medical career in general and vascular surgery and trauma care, as well as extensive work in burn care and pediatric medicine in Little Rock, Arkansas until the death of his father in 1999. 

Upon returning to Houston to help his family in the transition of his father’s ministry to the leadership of his brother Joel, Dr. Paul, as he is affectionately known to the Lakewood community, felt that he was being called by God back to Houston to become more deeply involved in the church’s pastoral care and to be closer to his mother and family.

Osteen and his wife have for many years been serving as medical missionaries for several months each year in far-flung and remote places to relieve medical missions personnel and hospital administrators so they can rest and reconnect with their families and congregations in their home countries.  

Their intimate knowledge of the trials and stresses that missionaries and their families endure inspired them to reach out to the huge medical community in Houston, many who were already involved in such work, but didn’t know each other and many who wanted to know more about how to offer their skills in a unified faith-based effort.

Since its 2016 inception, (M3) has grown much the way the organizers envisioned, by helping people who have a heart for the work to find each other and the resources they need.

Dr. Osteen stressed that the goals of the conference are to connect, inspire and educate professionals and those who want to participate in supporting missions, adding that it’s a great place for students and young professionals to find direction for their education and careers and to meet other young people with an interest in medical missions.

Mobilizing Medical Missions (M3) ConferenceSeventy-five exhibitors will be on hand to answer questions about their organizations and acquaint attendees with the resources they offer as well as to become acquainted with fellow exhibitors.

Everyone who feels called to help in missions outreach is encouraged to attend. Those who can't attend or can't go into the mission field are asked to pray for those who do and to support missions financially through their local church.

The conference begins on Friday and wraps up by mid-day on Saturday. Lunch on Saturday is included in the registration.

Speakers will lend their experience and inspiration throughout the two days, covering such topics as Disaster Assistance * Refugee Care * Human Trafficking * Urban Missions * Nutrition * Clean Water Accessibility * Infectious Disease * Cultural Considerations and many more.

(M3) is also excited to have the Samaritan's Purse Mobile Ebola Treatment Center on site and open for tours.

Learn more and register here.

Remembering Jim Guidry GRCC M3 Global Medical Missions

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