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IMB to host MedAdvance conference in Texas in August

A public health nurse checks a patient’s blood pressure at a mobile medical clinic in the Konkomba village of Gbangu-Nagbo, Ghana.

Registration is still open for the 2021 MedAdvance conference, hosted by the International Mission Board. The conference will be held Aug. 5-7 at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.

Organizers say as healthcare missionaries share from around the world, participants will discover how God is at work. Those working in or interested in the medical field will learn how they can serve on mission at home and overseas using their God-given talent, skills and experience.

Dr. Rebekah Naylor, global healthcare strategies consultant for the IMB and professor of missions at Southwestern, says healthcare missions is opening doors to a hurting world and granting gospel access to unreached peoples and places in unique ways.

“The MedAdvance conference provides a wonderful opportunity for healthcare professionals and students and church leaders to learn how they can be involved in praying, giving and going using health strategies to access the unreached, make disciples, form healthy churches and train leaders,” Naylor says.

The annual conference provides opportunities for healthcare workers, professionals, students and church leaders to connect with IMB missionaries and leaders for networking and discussion surrounding medical missions opportunities.

IMB President Paul Chitwood and Southwestern President Adam Greenway will speak during the conference’s main sessions.

Healthcare professionals and missionaries and IMB personnel will lead breakouts throughout the conference, including:

  • Rick Dunbar will lead a session titled “First Do No Harm – Healing that Helps.”
  • Victor Hou, AVP of global advance for IMB, will lead a breakout on healthcare strategies in global cities.
  • Geoff Little will lead “Virtual Mobile Clinics – No Passport Required.”

IMB healthcare personnel will present opportunities and needs for students, healthcare professionals and churches, specific to their regions of service.

For those not able to travel to an in-person meeting, a digital pass to view main sessions and a limited number of breakouts is available. Sessions will be recorded and available for viewing August 20-September 30.

You can be a part of providing help and hope to those who have never heard the gospel. Register today.

Read to learn about the impact MedAdvance had on a physician assistant in Central Asia.