The Mobilizing Medical Missions (M3) Conference is designed 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. At M3, hear from experts in the field of global health and be inspired by men and women who are in the trenches, often in resource-limited settings, doing what they can to make a difference in people’s lives. In the M3 Exhibit Hall, connect with over 70 organizations working in the areas of medical missions, orphan care, WaSH (water, sanitation or hygiene), human trafficking, poverty and injustice.  Join us to find out what you can do and how you can be involved. Held in Houston, Texas each year, the M3 Conference reaches around the world to touch the hearts and lives of people in need.

The 2020 M3 Conference will be held on February 21-22, 2020.

2020 M3 Conference Speakers

Paul Osteen

Conference Emcee

Paul Osteen, MD, FACS

Missionary Surgeon
Co-Founder, M3 Conference
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Caleb Magnino

Conference Emcee

Jennifer Osteen, RN

Missionary Nurse
Co-Founder, M3 Conference
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Pre-Conference, Plenary and Breakout Speakers

Buumba Bubala, MD, MPH

Kate Abraham, MD, MPH

Resident Physician,
Cahaba Family Medicine Residency
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Buumba Bubala, MD, MPH

Anne Alaniz, DO

Co-Founder, Pothawira (Safe Haven) Christian Mission Organization, Malawi
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Aileen Coleman, RN

Michael Chupp, MD, FACS, FCS (ECSA)

Chief Executive Officer, Christian Medical & Dental Associations
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Jenny Dyer, PhD

Nicholas Comninellis, MD, MPH, DIMPH

President, Institute for International Medicine (INMED)
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Mitch Duininck, MD

Bruce Dahlman, MD, MSHPE, FAAFP, ABFM

Global Family Medicine Education Consultant,
Christian Academy of African Physicians,
Africa Inland Mission
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Mitch Duininck, MD

Terry Dalrymple, MDiv

Founder and Coordinator,
Global CHE Network
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Mitch Duininck, MD

Jenny Eaton Dyer, PhD

Founder,
The 2030 Collaborative
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Joy Vonk, PA-C

Jacques Ebhele, MD, FCS (ECSA)

General Surgeon/Head of Surgical Department,
Daeyang Luke Hospital, Malawi
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Joy Vonk, PA-C

Jeremy K. Everett, M.Div

Executive Director,
Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty
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Joy Vonk, PA-C

William Griffin, DDS

Vice-President for Dental Ministries, Christian Medical & Dental Associations
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Joy Vonk, PA-C

Mary E. Hermiz, RN, MSN, EdD

Missionary Emeritus,
World Gospel Mission
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Joy Vonk, PA-C

Rev. Shelley Homeyer

Theology and Trauma,
Shalom Women’s Center of the Third Ward

Joy Vonk, PA-C

Kristin L. Long, MD

Endocrine Surgeon,
KenyaRelief.org
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Lee McCluskey, MD

Andrew Mayo

President and Chief Executive Officer,
Medical Benevolence Foundation (MBF)
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Joy Vonk, PA-C

Timothy Myrick, MD

Institute for International Medicine (INMED)
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Joy Vonk, PA-C

Michael E. Navolio

Founder, Clean Water Climb
Child Legacy International, Malawi
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Joy Vonk, PA-C

Agneta Odera, MD, FCS-ECSA Gen-Surg, FCS-ECSA Peds-Surg

Consultant, Tenwek Hospital, Kenya
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Joy Vonk, PA-C

Alyssa Pfister, MD

Missionary Physician
Kibuye Hope Hospital, Hope Africa University, Burundi
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Joy Vonk, PA-C

Molly Raney

Executive Director,
Houston Welcomes Refugees
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Joy Vonk, PA-C

Allan T. Sawyer, MD

Missionary Physician,
Samaritan’s Purse
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Joy Vonk, PA-C

Andrew Scott

President/CEO Operation Mobilization USA,
OM’s Global Leadership Team Member, Operation Mobilization (OM)
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Joy Vonk, PA-C

Greg Seager, RN, MSN

Founder and CEO,
Christian Health Service Corps
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Joy Vonk, PA-C

Kelly Sites

Disaster Assistance Response Team Nurse,
Samaritan’s Purse
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Russ E. White, MD, MPH, FACS, FCS (ECSA)

Laura Smelter, MD

Director of Training,
Christian Health Service Corps
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Joy Vonk, PA-C

Emily Smith, PhD, MSPH

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology,
Baylor University/Duke Global Health Institute
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Joy Vonk, PA-C

Stephen J. Spann, MD, MBA

Founding Dean,
University of Houston College of Medicine
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Todd Price, MD

Elizabeth Studley, CRNA, MS

Vice Chair Board of Directors,
KenyaRelief.org
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Joy Vonk, PA-C

Kerri Taylor, MS, CCC-SLP

Executive Director,
Unbound Houston
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Joy Vonk, PA-C

Keir Thelander, MD, FACS, FWACS, FCS (ECSA)

Chief Medical Officer,
Pan-African Academy of Christian Surgeons (PAACS)
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Joy Vonk, PA-C

David Vanderpool, MD

CEO,
LiveBeyond, Haiti
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Joy Vonk, PA-C

Cindy Wu, MA

Program Manager,
Houston Welcomes Refugees
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… And more speakers to come!

February 21-22, 2020

Lakewood Church | Houston, TX

Friday, February 21, 2020

8:00am
Pre-Conference Workshops

Pre-Conference Workshops
(only Workshop #5 starts at 8 a.m.; the rest at 9 a.m.)

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12:00pm
Lunch on Own
Samaritan’s Purse Ebola Treatment Center Open for Tours

1:00pm
Pre-Conference Workshops

Pre-Conference Workshops

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4:00pm
Dinner on Own
Samaritan’s Purse Ebola Treatment Center Open for Tours

6:00pm
Conference Check-In & Exhibit Hall
7:00pm
Plenary Session 01

Rural Medical Education in LICs as a Solution for Migration of Health Care Workers

Speaker(s):
Alyssa Pfister, MD

Room:
Main Sanctuary

Description:
Brain drain of healthcare workers is a huge challenge to low-income countries, particularly in rural areas, and yet these locations represent arguably the greatest healthcare needs in the world.  This session will discuss rural medical education as a potential solution to brain drain by raising up compassionate competent healthcare workers in the local setting.


 

Moved by Compassion for the Sake of Others

Speaker(s):
Jacques Ebhele, MD, FCS (ECSA)

Room:
Main Sanctuary

Description:
At the beginning of my career as a general practitioner, I was powerlessly observing, due to my lack of expertise, my own people suffering and dying from surgically curable diseases.  It became painfully apparent that in order to take care of needy people in Africa, in particular in the DR Congo, I would need to gain more knowledge and surgical skills.  So, I decided to surrender my job as a general practitioner and pursue a specialization in surgery.  I was moved by compassion for the suffering of others.  Similarly, the centurion’s example in the Bible (Matthew 8:5-13) who went to see Jesus for the sake of his sick servant will be emphasized.


 

The End of Hunger: Achieving Sustainable Development Goals Together by 2030

Speaker(s):
Jenny Eaton Dyer, PhD
Jeremy Everett

Room:
Main Sanctuary

Description:
Twenty-five years ago, 23.3 percent of the world’s population lived in hunger. Today, that number has dropped to 12.9 percent giving rise to the renewed hope that what once seemed unthinkable, is now within reach. The challenges are great, but the fight to eliminate malnutrition and hunger in the U.S. and around the world is one we can win. This session will discuss how attendees can get involved in the work of eradicating global malnutrition and feeding the hungry.


 

Go Ahead and Make Those Plans, but the Lord…

Speaker(s):
Michael Chupp, MD, FACS, FCS (ECSA)

Room:
Main Sanctuary

Description:
Solomon reminds us that we “can make many plans, but the Lord’s purpose will prevail.” (Proverbs 19:21)  Those seeking to follow God’s call and daily die to self will discover that God’s plans for our lives are good and satisfying, beyond anything we could ask or imagine.

9:00pm
Dessert & Exhibit Hall
Poster Presentation Session

Location: New Beginnings Room, 2nd Floor

Samaritan’s Purse Ebola Treatment Center Open for Tours

Saturday, February 22, 2020

7:00am
Breakfast & Exhibit Hall
Samaritan’s Purse Ebola Treatment Center Open for Tours

8:00am
Breakout Session 01

Dental Mission Trips: Blessings in Disguise

Speaker(s):
William Griffin, DDS

Room:
3024, 3rd Floor


Description:
Why do dental professionals give away their time and skills, traveling long distances to foreign cultures at their own expense, to help treat the needy? This session will consider some of the more and less obvious benefits of short-term dental mission trips, including their potential effect on private practice back home. Various types of dental mission trips will be considered – medical/dental treatment trips, remote third world training trips, and trips involving dental students.


 

Title: TBD

Speaker(s):
Philip Keiser, MD

Room:
Warehouse, 4th Floor


Description:
TBD


 

Running on Empty: Wellness, Burnout, and Compassion Fatigue in Humanitarian Work

Speaker(s):
Kristin L. Long, MD, MPH, FACS

Room:
The Chapel, 3rd Floor


Description:
This session will address the critically important and timely concepts of burnout and compassion fatigue in medical providers.  Humanitarian work can be extraordinary, fulfilling and purpose-driven; and in many cases may provide a cure for the emotional exhaustion many us feel at home.  On the other hand, the stress and demands of providing care in low-resource settings can also cause these exact same problems.  We will examine how medical mission work could be the cause OR the cure for burnout and how to prevent compassion fatigue.


 

A New 21st Century Medical Missions Model: Integrated Countrywide Clinical Networks

Speaker(s):
Andrew Mayo

Room:
3022, 3rd Floor


Description:
Medical missions for the 21st Century is moving from a broad dependency model to one which creates a long term, financially sustainable platform for the indigenous church to share the Gospel. In virtually every country in Sub-Saharan Africa, local churches have established primary care clinics to serve their local community. Unfortunately those clinics are almost universally plagued with substandard medical care and financial loses. In Malawi, a new model is being created which integrates a standardized clinical and financial model with a nationwide network of mission hospitals. Initial outcomes have been substantial.


 

When Dreams Catch Fire

Speaker(s):
Agneta Odera, MD, FCS-ECSA Gen-Surg, FCS-ECSA Peds-Surg

Room:
Mission Control, 3rd Floor


Description:
We all have within us an innate desire to achieve the purpose for which we were created.  Often one finds themselves burdened with a dream that seems impossible or unattainable.  But that is when God steps in, because He uses what seems foolish and weak to prove Himself strong and draw people to Himself.  If we present ourselves just as we are.  If we allow ourselves to dream big and be ignited by God’s great passion for salvation, healing and restoration, we will be left in awe and with an overwhelming sense of privilege of what God is doing in and around us for His glory.


 

Redefining Success

Speaker(s):
Emily Smith, PhD, MSPH

Room:
The Loft, 4th Floor


Description:
What does “having it all” really mean? It is easy to think we succeed if our global health programs work correctly, if we treat enough patients in our rural settings around the world, if we land a scientific publication with our name on it, or if we raise perfect children. If we’re not careful, this can become confidence to us and a faulty definition of success. In this session, we will explore real success as defined in Philippians 3 through the lens of Jesus. “But this one thing I do…” – Philippians 3:13


 

International Disaster Response:  5 Keys to Successful Deployment

Speaker(s):
Kelly Sites, RN

Room:
Trailblazers, 2nd Floor


Description:
Disasters happen with little notice.  You get a call to leave within hours and travel across the world into countries ravaged by earthquakes, hurricanes, disease outbreaks and war.  Learn about the Disaster Assistance Response Team and how to prepare for a successful deployment before you go.


 

Critical Role of Mission Hospitals in the Developing World

Speaker(s):
Keir Thelander, MD, FACS, FWACS, FCS (ECSA)

Room:
3021, 3rd Floor


Description:
During this session, we will look at the current role of mission hospitals in the developing world from multiple perspectives.  We will look at their role in the over provision of health care in a country, as well as their potential for influence on health systems of countries.  Finally, we will look at how the criticality of this role provides openings for greater Gospel impact both with patients and with other health care workers in the country.

9:00am
Break
9:10am
Breakout Session 02

Serving the Forgotten

Speaker(s):
Nicholas Comninellis, MD, MPH, DIMPH

Room:
3021, 3rd Floor


Description:
Leaders in government, ethics, and healthcare agree on the imperative of health for all people. But while enormous gains have been made towards this end, today there exist multitudes of forgotten people who suffer preventable diseases and receive no healthcare. These forgotten people often include immigrants, refugees, minorities, elderly, disabled, non-English speakers, urban and rural poor, and victims of disaster and war. In their defense, health leaders must become effective advocates – rallying resources on their behalf. Health leaders must also prioritize prevention and treatment of forgotten disease like measles, leprosy, vitamin A deficiency, polio and tetanus.


 

HIV and AIDS: The Road to Controlling the Epidemic by 2030

Speaker(s):
Jenny Eaton Dyer, PhD

Room:
Trailblazers, 2nd Floor


Description:
As we stand at the precipice of halving the number of people dying of HIV and AIDS over the past 15 years, we face a future of potential decreased funding, youth bulge in Africa, and complacency which could allow for a resurgence of the disease worldwide. How will the church respond today? What will you do to ensure the U.S. and the global faith community lead in controlling the epidemic by 2030?


 

Finding God’s Calling

Speaker(s):
Michael E. Navolio

Room:
3024, 3rd Floor


Description:
At the age of 56, a pleasure African safari trip turned into a life-changing experience that resulted in God calling Mike to start Child Legacy’s Annual Mt. Kilimanjaro Clean Water Climb. Mike will provide insight on his journey of how God has ordered his steps to reveal the answer to the elusive question, how do you find your calling?


 

Rural Medical Education in LICs as a Solution for Migration of Health Care Workers

Speaker(s):
Alyssa Pfister, MD

Room:
The Chapel, 3rd Floor


Description:
Paradox. Sabbath. Theology of Suffering.  Global Humility. Lament. Rhythms of Work and Rest. Community. Grace at the Fray.  This session will highlight lessons learned and unlearned over the speaker’s first 10 years in medical missions.


 

Go Therefore and Take Your Job with You

Speaker(s):
Andrew Scott

Room:
The Loft, 4th Floor


Description:
The opportunities have never been greater for medical professionals to take salaried jobs in parts of the world where Jesus is less known.  In Operation Mobilization (OM), we see this becoming a major pathway for Americans to be part of the global mission effort as authentic followers of Jesus on mission with Him.  If God made you to be an Oncologist, Pediatrician, Radiologist, Accountant, Mechanic, Lawyer, etc., come learn how you can be part of this new missions movement.


 

Global and Local Medical Missions Experiences:  Unique Learning and Teaching Opportunities for Healthcare Professionals and Students

Speaker(s):
Stephen J. Spann, MD, MBA

Room:
Warehouse, 4th Floor


Description:
Medical mission experiences, both global and local provide unique learning and teaching opportunities for healthcare professionals and students.  A broad number of areas including social determinants of health, epidemiology of disease, primary and secondary disease prevention, clinical problem-solving, and chronic disease and acute infectious disease management are different in the medical mission context with constrained diagnostic and therapeutic resources.  Caring for patients in this setting allows us to learn, and teach knowledge, skills and attitudes that enhance our care of patients in all settings.  The speaker will draw from his own 40 years of experience learning and teaching in the global and local medical mission context, and engage the audience in sharing their own experience in this setting.


 

Human Trafficking: Raising Awareness to Identify Victims in the Clinical Setting

Speaker(s):
Kerri Taylor, MS, CCC-SLP

Room:
3024, 3rd Floor


Description:
Human trafficking doesn’t happen here…does it?  Come learn what every citizen needs to know in order to keep their families safe and how medical professionals can identify potential victims in their practices and spheres of influence.  Recognizing the victim in front of you takes knowledge and insight.  This presentation is designed to equip you with the tools you need to prevent victimization in that critical window of opportunity just before it begins.  This session offers CNE credit for nurses, but is appropriate for all medical professionals with application to medical missions.  CNE credits can only be awarded to those attending the entire hour of the presentation. Make plans to be in attendance when the session begins.


 

Title:  TBD

Speaker(s):
Mercy Ships (TBD)

Room:
3022, 3rd Floor

Track:
Veteran Missionary

Description:
TBD


 

10:10am
Break
10:20am
Breakout Session 03

Title: TBD

Speaker(s):
Kate Abraham, MD, MPH

Room:
Room 3024, 3rd Floor


Description:
TBD


 

Balance: Juggling Your Family and Serving High Acuity Patients Who Seem to Need You More

Speaker(s):
Anne Alaniz, DO

Room:
The Chapel, 3rd Floor


Description:
It is often difficult for mothers to leave their children and work outside of the home. This is even more difficult for medical mission moms who are working in settings where their children are feeling displaced without their friends, family and living out of their comfort zone. On the other hand, there are critically ill patients who are facing life and death situations with minimal resources and options that naturally seem to need your attention more than your children. Finding balance, contentment and joy in serving both family and high acuity patients can easily turn into an impossible mission.  Can we have it all? This session will review those challenges, discuss what the bible says about service/work, and practical ways to find balance between work and family even in these challenging settings.


Surgery in Rural Africa:  Challenges and Opportunities

Speaker(s):
Jacques Ebhele, MD, FCS (ECSA)

Room:
3021, 3rd Floor


Description:
In this session, I will explain the challenges that I face on a daily basis as the only surgeon in a hospital.  Low-resource settings present a great opportunity for short or long-term missionaries to increase the capacity of the local staff through the sharing of their knowledge and skill.


 

Excellence in Nursing: Spiritual Care

Speaker(s):
Mary E. Hermiz, RN, MSN, EdD

Room:
3022, 3rd Floor


Description:
Nursing is a profession that is focused on meeting the needs of patients: physical, emotional and spiritual. We will discuss using the nursing process as a guide to assess the spiritual needs of patients. Through exploring case examples from Kenya, participants will learn how the nursing process is utilized in providing spiritual and holistic benefits to patients.


 

Collaboration for Surgical Education, Training and Research in Africa

Speaker(s):
Agneta Odera, MD, FCS-ECSA Gen-Surg, FCS-ECSA Peds-Surg

Room:
The Loft, 4th Floor


Description:
Safe and affordable surgical care has been recognized as an important component of global health.  One of the challenges in providing safe and affordable surgical care is the shortage of trained surgical workforce.  Surgical education in Africa may be limited in general, but particularly for the postgraduates due to lack of financial resources, teaching faculty, or clinical training opportunities.  Research in Africa for the benefit of Africa equally remains untapped resource.  As interest in global health skyrockets, students, trainees, and doctors in high-income countries (HICs) have expressed keen interest in working in resource limited settings.  How then, can we develop a mutually beneficial collaborative framework that shapes the African healthcare foundation for a stable and brighter future?


 

Building Global Research:  The Intersection of Epidemiology, Economics & Policy

Speaker(s):
Emily Smith, PhD, MSPH

Room:
Warehouse, 4th Floor


Description:
Global health research is often viewed through siloed lenses of disparate disciplines. However, real-life global health issues are often interdisciplinary in nature and encompass many aspects of a person’s life, including personal experiences, social networks, and the larger community/policy/economic aspects a person lives within. This session will explore these intersections and provide real-world application examples in the field.


 

Defying the Odds in Attempt to Remain Organizationally Sustainable

Speaker(s):
Elizabeth Studley, CRNA, MS

Room:
Trailblazers, 2nd Floor


Description:
KenyaRelief.org is a faith-based non-governmental organization in Migori, Kenya with a school, orphanage, and medical clinic that has been in existence since 2002. Throughout countless challenges and constant prayer, Kenya Relief continues to grow despite being in a world where way more businesses fail than succeed. There are some critical factors that will be shared and must be considered in attempt to remain a sustainable organization.


 

Best Practices Models in Short Term Missions from the Perspective of a Long Term Missionary

Speaker(s):
David Vanderpool, MD

Room:
Mission Control, 3rd Floor

Track:
Local Ministries

Description:
Dr. David Vanderpool has lead Short Term Missions for 10 years and for 6 of those years, he has been a full-time missionary. Dr. Vanderpool has seen first-hand the damage that well-meaning short term missionaries can cause to long term Kingdom work. He is sharing his vast knowledge of tips, insight, and mistakes made so that you can lead successful Kingdom enhancing mission trips.


 

11:30am
Lunch & Exhibit Hall
Samaritan’s Purse Ebola Treatment Center Open for Tours

1:00pm
Plenary Session 02

Broken. Healed. And Carrying Out God’s Calling on My Life.

Speaker:
Elizabeth Studley, CRNA, MS

Room:
Main Sanctuary

Description:
Medical missions experiences have a major impact on the formation, as well as the education, of health care professionals whatever their stage of development. The speaker will share insights from his lifelong experiences in medical missions as a clinical provider and teacher, addressing the value of role modeling and the unique learning opportunities in this setting.


 

Title:  TBD

Speaker:
Anne Alaniz, DO

Room:
Main Sanctuary

Description:
“My mother called me ‘loose’ when I told her what he tried to do to me and now I wish I never said anything “(anonymous age 14).

“My friends and family abandoned me and called me a traitor for calling the police to arrest my husband because he was beating me” (anonymous age 28).

These are statements from real women who have suffered real abuse and are paying the steep price for speaking up. Women on medical missions have a unique platform that allows them to connect more intimately with the female patients and open the door for victims of abuse to discuss their plight. How do women in medical missions use that platform to help other women and young girls deal with issues of violence/abuse against women in cultures where this is acceptable and considered the norm? How do empowered women from other cultures use their position to empower and encourage these women while respecting the culture? What is the biblical perspective on these issues?


 

The Mission:  God’s Story…or Mine?

Speaker:
Agneta Odera, MD, FCS-ECSA Gen-Surg, FCS-ECSA Peds Surg

Room:
Main Sanctuary

Description:
TBD


 

Scatter

Speaker:
Andrew Scott

Room:
Main Sanctuary

Description:
Our existing missions models have excluded many from participating or relegated them to part-time service through short-term trips, giving or prayer.  Added to this, missions can have a very narrow interpretation of ‘calling’ and a low view of anything other than proclamation.  But what if the Mission of God is for every follower of Jesus and for every part of life?  What if God’s glory among the nations was on all of our job descriptions?

3:00pm
Samaritan’s Purse Ebola Treatment Center Open for Tours

3:30pm
Exhibit Hall Closes / Conference Ends

Advance Pricing

Main conference registration includes access to the Exhibit Hall, access to Plenary and Breakout speaker sessions, dessert on Friday, and breakfast and boxed lunch on Saturday. (Pre-Conference workshops will be available for a separate registration and fee.) NOTE: These prices are available online until 12 p.m. Friday, February 21. Onsite registration pricing will change.

Registrant Type

Early Bird Rates* / Rates Starting Jan. 1, 2020

Physician/Dentist

$70 / $90

Nurse

$60 / $80

Other Medical Professional

$60 / $80

Non-Medical Professional

$60 / $80

Missionary

$50 / $50

Medical Resident-in-Training

$50 / $50

Student

$50 / $50

*Early Bird rates end December 31, 2019

EVENT REGISTRATION CANCELLATION/REFUND POLICY:
1. Due to processing costs, no refunds will be issued for cancelled registrations.
2.Please note that in the event of circumstances beyond its control, Lakewood Church reserves the right to cancel any event. Lakewood Church is not liable for any expenses incurred by participants as a result of such cancellation.

Lakewood Church Hotel Vendors

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Houston – Greenway Plaza
6 E Greenway Plaza
Houston, Texas 77046
713-629-1200

Click here to reserve your room at a special M3 Conference rate.

Hampton Inn Houston – Near the Galleria
4500 Post Oak Parkway
Houston, Texas 77027
713-871-9911

Click here to reserve your room at a special M3 Conference rate.

Sheraton Suites Houston near the Galleria
2400 West Loop South
Houston, Texas 77027
713-586-2444

Click here to reserve your room.
Ask for the special Lakewood Church rate.

With the conference venue being at Lakewood Church, other area hotels provide a discount when you ask for the “Lakewood Rate.” Click here for a list of participating hotels.

Lakewood Church

3700 Southwest Fwy
Houston, TX 77027

713-635-4154
LakewoodChurch.com

Doubletree by Hilton

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Houston – Greenway Plaza
6 E Greenway Plaza
Houston, Texas 77046
713-629-1200
Book a room

Hampton Inn Houston – Near the Galleria

Hampton Inn Houston – Near the Galleria
4500 Post Oak Parkway
Houston, Texas 77027
713-871-9911
Book a room

Sheraton Suites near the Galleria

Sheraton Suites Houston near the Galleria
2400 West Loop South
Houston, Texas 77027
713-586-2444
Book a room

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can attend the conference?

The conference’s primary focus is global health and medical missions, but other areas of interest include human trafficking, WaSH (water, sanitation, and hygiene), orphan care, disaster relief, and other missionary work. So if you are a physician, nurse, dentist, pharmacist or other healthcare professional, or you are in medical, dental, nursing or pharmacy school, or you are a college or high school student who is interested in medical missions, we believe this conference will be a great encouragement to you. In addition, if you are not in the medical field but have a heart and passion for missions, you will fit right in and be inspired in your faith. So the answer is—anyone is welcome!

What is included in my conference registration?

When you register for the conference, you will receive access to the conference Exhibit Hall, access to all Plenary and Breakout speaker sessions, dessert on Friday evening, breakfast on Saturday morning, and a boxed lunch on Saturday afternoon.

What does my registration fee cover?

Your registration fee helps cover the cost of putting on the conference (i.e. speakers, meals, materials, etc.).  All other expenses not covered by the registration fees are generously provided by our conference sponsors and Lakewood Church.

Additionally, each year, a portion of the conference proceeds goes toward a “featured project.” The 2020 M3 Project of the Year will be chosen at a later date.

What is the refund policy?

EVENT REGISTRATION CANCELLATION/REFUND POLICY:
1. Due to processing costs, no refunds will be issued for cancelled registrations.
2. Please note that in the event of circumstances beyond its control, Lakewood Church reserves the right to cancel any event. Lakewood Church is not liable for any expenses incurred by participants as a result of such cancellation.

What is the conference schedule?

Friday, February 21, 2020
6:00 p.m.-10:30 p.m.

Saturday, February 22, 2020
7:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Click here for a more detailed schedule.

What meals are included in my conference registration?

The following meals are included with your registration:

  • Dessert following Friday night’s session;
  • Breakfast and coffee on Saturday morning; and
  • Boxed lunch on Saturday afternoon.
Outside of the meals provided at the conference, what are my other meal options?

Click here for a list of several area restaurants, coffee bars and juice shops that are within walking distance or a short drive from the conference venue.

Where is the conference taking place?

Location:
Lakewood Church
3700 Southwest Freeway
Houston, Texas 77027

There will also be Pre-Conference Workshops. Click here for more info on the Pre-Conference Workshops.

Where do I park for the conference?

Free covered parking is available starting at 6 p.m. on Friday and all day Saturday in the B1 and B2 parking garages. Please note that these garages are connected to the conference venue by underground/covered walkways. Click here for a map showing the location of the B1 and B2 garages. (NOTE: Once you park, we suggest making a note or taking a picture of where you parked to assist you in finding your car after the conference.)

If you are attending a Pre-Conference Workshop, you will need to park in a different location on Friday only. Please click here for detailed Pre-Conference Workshop parking information.

Will there be any Pre-Conference Sessions?

Yes, we will once again host Pre-Conference Sessions during the day on Friday, February 21, 2020.

Click here for more detailed information.

Is the Pre-Conference included as part of my main conference registration?

No, the Pre-Conference Sessions are only available for a separate registration fee.

Are special hotel rates available?

Yes, click here for more details.

Also, with the conference venue being at Lakewood Church, other area hotels provide a discount when you ask for the “Lakewood Rate.” Click here for a list of participating hotels.

How far is the airport from the venue?

George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) is approximately 25 miles from the conference location.

William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) is approximately 15 miles from the conference location.

Because Houston is a large metropolis with fluctuating heavy traffic, make sure to give yourself an ample amount of time to travel from the airport to the venue, and vice-versa. We recommend allotting yourself a minimum of one hour of transportation time.

Will there be translation available for other languages at the conference?

No, not at this time.

I am traveling from another country; do you provide a “Letter of Invite” for a visa application?

We are not currently providing letters of invitation from M3 to international persons who wish to attend.

What should I bring?

We recommend that you bring a pen and a notebook. Also, please keep in mind that it can get very cool in the auditorium, so we suggest bringing a light jacket or sweater. If you want to bring your own water bottle, we will have stations to refill it in the Food Court area, as well as in the break areas near the Saturday morning Breakout Sessions.

How should I dress?

Casual−jeans are acceptable. Keep in mind it can get very cool in the auditorium.

Who will be speaking at the conference?

Please refer to the speakers section on the conference page to learn more about the dynamic panel of people sharing at this year’s conference.

Who will be exhibiting at the conference?

Please refer to our exhibitors page to learn more about this year’s conference Exhibitors.

Is childcare available?

No. At this time, childcare is unavailable.

Are scholarships available?

Yes, a limited number of scholarships to attend the conference are available. Scholarships only cover the conference registration fee and do not include travel or other expenses. Please email us for more information.

The deadline for scholarship applications is December 31, or until all scholarships are given out, whichever comes first.

Can I sponsor a student or missionary?

Yes. To sponsor an individual, contact us.

What is a Church Partner and how can I get my church involved?

A Church Partner is a Christian congregation, no matter what denomination, that stands behind M3 and wants to help promote the event to members who may have an interest in medical missions or missions in general. We really want this to be a cross-denominational, Kingdom event. There is no financial obligation whatsoever to become a Church Partner, only time and a passion for missions. We want to get the word out to as many people as possible, so if you’re interested in becoming a Church Partner, click here!

How can I become an exhibitor?

Exhibitors must meet certain criteria and must go through a pre-approval application process. Please note that priority is given to organizations that have a global health focus. Exhibitor spaces are limited.

Click here for more information.


Click here to begin the application process.

How can I become a sponsor?

If you are interested in becoming a conference sponsor, please click here to request more information. You can also click here to download sponsorship level and benefit information to review.

Click here to begin the application process.

How do I contact M3?

Please email us at info@m3missions.com or call us at 713-491-5108.

M3 Partners

Sponsors

M3 sponsors help support the vision of M3 by contributing financially and have an opportunity to promote their own organization through partnering.

Exhibitors

M3 exhibitors have the opportunity to present and educate about their organization, as well as connect with people looking for a place to serve.

Church Partners

M3 church partners are ministries from many different denominations who believe in and support the heart and vision of the M3 Conference.