The Global Missions Health Conference is a favorite happening at Southeast Christian Church as thousands come from around the world to learn, network, be inspired and encouraged. They are medical students, pastors, leaders of nonprofits and volunteers.
This year, the GMHC is both virtual and in-person at the Blankenbaker Campus.
“Last year the GMHC went virtual out of necessity and was a huge success,” said Southeast Missions Leader Charlie Vittitow. “This year, we have the privilege of doing both. We gather as the need for medical missions is greater than ever before. So is the opportunity.”
There are so many reasons to attend: 150 breakout sessions on topics such as end-of-life discussions, healing through hard experiences and cyber security. Plenary sessions taught by world leaders in missions are free and open to the public. This year, hundreds of faith-based organizations working around the world will be set up in the exhibit halls.
“We want to provide pathways in healthcare missions,” said GMHC Executive Director Will Rogers. “We want to guide people through short-term, long-term, marketplace and traditional missions.”
Dr. Jason is a keynote speaker. He is a general surgeon, and his wife is a registered nurse. They serve with their four children in a Muslim-majority country with 70 unreached people groups that are among the least developed in the world. Their last names are withheld to protect their identities.
“We left the U.S. with four young children to serve in the impoverished Sahel of Africa,” he said.
It is incredibly hot, disease-ridden and unpredictable. There are assault rifles everywhere. Islam and the occult seem to be in control, and everyone knows children and young adults who have died. Six years later, we have learned important concepts of parenting, planning and persevering.”
Dr. Daisey Dowell also is a keynote speaker. Her mother died when she was 6. When her father forbade her to bring books home from school, she sold worms to neighbors to buy her own books. Dowell said going into foster care at 13 was the best thing that happened to her. She now specializes in Pediatrics for Lawndale Christian Health Center on Chicago’s West Side.
There is much for nonmedical attendees. There are breakout sessions on refugee care in the U.S., spiritual warfare, community health evangelism, care of malnourished children, what happens when the global church works together, caring for women and children in the Middle East, missions in the face of the caste system and thriving in a difficult place.
Dr. Val Tramonte comes to the GMHC from Tulsa.
“I love GMHC. It is a unique gathering of Jesus-loving people from all over the globe who want to live sold-out lives for God. I always leave fuller than when I arrived with a renewed hope in God’s active working in people and in the world at large.”
Registration is still open at www.medicalmissions.com.
There also is a need for housing. Opening your home to GMHC attendees is a great opportunity to meet some amazing people. Meals are provided at the conference; guests just need a place to rest. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are able to house a guest from the conference.