How do you keep up with the demands of ministry while balancing the needs of family, not to mention your own needs? How do you keep doing more with less? How do you protect yourself from burnout while advocating for the least of these? How do you establish boundaries without neglecting the needs of your community? These are some of the questions Dr. Thomas and his wife, Jessie hopes to explore as they shares lessons from the field. Dr. Thomas serves as the Chief Medical Officer at Dayspring Family Health Center answering a call to serve vulnerable and marginalized communities. Jessie serves as the National Director of Student Programming at Christian Community Health Fellowship (CCHF.) They have three teenage children. Serving their family and discipling their children are some of their top priorities. They are also active leaders in their local church. Despite the busyness and numerous challenges of ministry and family life, they have learned the importance of balance, boundaries, and rest. If you are experiencing burnout or having a difficult time keeping “afloat”, this session may give you some insights on how to maneuver through the ups and downs of missional living.
Providing a safe delivery in developing nations represents a priority in global health. Even with supervised facility-based deliveries, complications are common and alternative resources can be a challenge. Several simple and practical management options for the intrapartum patient can increase her chances for having a healthy delivery.
Let’s be honest, the eye is scary, delicate and complicated. Most of us don’t want anything to do with it. Too bad! As a medical missionary, chances are you will be forced to sooner or later. No worries! We will simplify the anatomy, examination, diagnosis and treatment for the most common scenarios so that even you can care for eyeballs while preserving the patient’s sight and a bit of your dignity.
Short Term Missions in the "Spiritually Darkest" areas of the world are becoming a challenge as access is being denied to western missionaries. The Lord has provided a model to equip indigenous believers with medical skills that will provide opportunities to share the Gospel. These believers know their language and culture that allow access to evangelize and transform communities in the name of Christ. Dr. Tom McKechnie founder of Teach To Transform and Kingspride Hammond founder of Alabaster Project in Ghana will discuss the impact of this model as an evangelical tool.
According to the United States Census Bureau, nearly 1 in 5 people in the United States have a disability. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that in the U.S., 27.1 percent of years lived with disability (YLDs) are caused by mental and behavioral disorders. In other words, we are continually interacting with individuals with physical, mental, and emotional disabilities within our local communities, including our churches. The Bible tells us that “the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor” (1 Corinthians 12: 2-23), yet these “less honorable” individuals are often missing from our communities, if not ignored and rejected altogether by local churches. This presentation will look at mental health and disability from a biblical perspective and discuss the ways the Lord uses mental health and disability for His glory. We will share challenges and joys in helping and treating individuals with mental health and disability. We will share the spiritual lessons the Lord has taught us through our work as Christian health professionals in our respective work places. We hope to raise awareness of mental health and disability and to encourage and challenge fellow Christians.