Asbury Students Explore Medical Missions
December 15, 2016
WILMORE, Ky. — At Asbury University, faith informs every aspect of life, from the residence hall to the classroom. This commitment was evident recently as Dr. Bruce Branan, a Science professor at Asbury, led a student trip to the Global Missions Health Conference 2016 (GHMC) in Louisville, Ky.
Seven Asbury pre-medical students attended the three-day conference. Held each year at Southeast Christian Church, GMHC is the world’s largest gathering of medical professionals, students and organizations dedicated to healthcare missions. The conference featured 150 breakout sessions, plenary speakers, 170 missions exhibitors and special events, providing students outstanding opportunities to make connections and learn about advancing the Kingdom through medical missions.
“I gained many valuable insights into the lives of missionaries and was able to learn from their stories,” said freshman Bryce Forry. “Additionally, I met with several organizations that provide summer opportunities to undergraduate students. Because of the conference, I now have tangible ways to act on my interest in missions.”
GMHC brings together missionaries, medical and pre-medical students, medical professionals and mission organizations to focus entirely on medical missions. Breakout sessions ranged from practical topics to evangelism to relationships, including “Treatment of Malaria,” “Practical Suturing for the Non-Surgeon,” “Medicine, Muslims, and Missions,” “Building Effective Leadership Skills,” “Moving and Raising A Family Overseas” and much more.
“Attending GMHC has become a priority for our pre-health program,” Branan said. “Not only does it provide an amazing opportunity for students to listen to talks on subjects that supplement their growing knowledge about health and medicine, it also provides time for them to contemplate the needs of so many around the world, and hopefully have a vision of ways God will work in and through their career to meet those needs.”
For Hayley Sledge ’20, the conference was a reminder that all vocations should be grounded in a larger reality.
“GMHC was much more than I expected — in every good way,” Sledge said. “While I anticipated health profession connections, I found community. In my mind, it was a tiny hint as to what heaven will be like — men and women, young and old, from all places of the earth, standing as one, worshipping One. It stuck out to me that life is so much more than occupation or vocation or calling, not to minimize the importance of any of those things. This conference was a fresh reminder that God ought to be the center, and medicine or law or teaching secondary to Him.”
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