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One of the objectives of BMDF is to walk alongside our healthcare partners serving overseas or those healthcare students who have an interest in missions.
One way we walk alongside is provide funds for continuing education or scholarships for healthcare students wanting to go on mission trips.
By joining/renewing your membership and through your donations, BMDF has been able to help provide scholarships for missionaries currently serving overseas to attend CME conferences, but also for healthcare students, hoping to learn more about missions by participating in a mission trip.
M and M
Posted by Exec. Director, February 9, 2023
MW and her husband are both physicians. Recently, they wrote, “We have recently returned from our first overseas CMDE conference. It was our first time to attend. We really enjoyed the exceptional lectures from medical professionals and specialists from around the world. We also were blessed by reuniting with old colleagues from our Residency program (many whom now work oversea also) and meeting other medical professionals who work abroad. It was a full and encouraging almost two weeks. Thank you so much for the work BMDF put in to allow us to go and also for the funding to make it possible. We are so thankful for you.” (M and M W)
Excerpts from an email received in January from a student who was a BMDF scholarship recipient in 2022.
When asked what they learned, the student replied, “I learned that there are many needs for physicians and all areas of medical care in the country I visited … I learned a lot about myself as well including that this type of medicine is something I could see myself doing in the future.” When asked how they see this experience changing their personal or professional life the student replied, “This experience gave me a new perspective on all the luxuries I experience here in the U.S. and things I take for granted. Professionally, this has helped me to know that I have a passion for pediatrics and serving the underserved population…I’m not sure what my future looks like, but this has allowed me to begin to think more and for God to lead my heart towards people he would like me to serve” (MG)
Excerpts from an email received in December, 2022
“My name is AA. I became peripherally involved with BMDF back in 2011 as a medical student. I now serve as a full-time missionary in Africa. Please keep me current in BMDF events. I appreciate what you’re doing at BMDF and how BMDF helped me get my start in missions work years ago.” (AA)
Excerpts from a Grant recipient last summer (2022)
“I want to thank BMDF for approving the grant I need to be able to take the AAFP Family-Centered Maternity Care online course this summer. Not only has this course allowed me to finish the CME hours I needed before the end of the year, but it has allowed me the opportunity to update my knowledge and skills in prenatal care, labor and delivery, and postpartum care. During the past year, due to the extreme needs of our community, …our small team began to provide prenatal care and deliver babies, something foreigners have never been allowed to do. Although I worked in L & D during training, my skills were a bit rusty after a few years with a delivery. Now, with more than 130 deliveries, we feel confident in our ability to not only deliver these precious babies in our community, but to train others how to successfully manage a delivery.” (KL)
Excerpts from an email received on Christmas Day, 2022.
“I was blessed to attend the CME conference last Spring. As I continue to focus mostly on language acquisition in my first term, the conference was a breath of fresh air and served a very great and real need for both helping me to achieve my needed CE hours and giving me an opportunity to refresh myself medically/academically after a significant time out of practice. I also came back feeling encouraged by other attendees who were walking through similar challenges in other locations and united with them in the work of using healthcare strategies to serve the King.”
Family Medicine Physician
Excerpts received in an email dated December 2022.
“Bob, thank you so much for writing … My wife and I are family medicine physicians. We met while in Medical School. BMDF played a HUGE role in our lives while in medical school by helping us to go on short term trips to central America that the Lord used to call us into full time work. We are enormously thankful for BMDF helping us to be able to attend the CME conference that will be taking place this Spring … We are so thankful for BMDF and the impact it has had on our call to overseas medical work and also helping us persevere on the field.” (JL)
Excerpt from an email February 24, 2023.
“I wanted to take this opportunity to personally thank you and BMDF for providing the opportunity to attend the CMDE conference that has just concluded. For many years I had heard about this conference and the large number of CEUs it could provide. What I had not realized was the opportunities to network with healthcare workers from all over the world! The opportunity to ask questions and talk collegially with such experienced professionals was refreshing and encouraging. I believe what impressed me most was the number of servant-hearted medical professionals, currently serving in places of influence in relatively hostile to Christianity environments in the secular world, who were willing to give of their time to come and update those of us working in obscure places. It is deeply encouraging to know that God has placed these precious believers strategically and given them voices of influence—not all knees have bowed to Baal😊! I am looking forward to just how God will use all the cross-pollination I experience for His purposes here in South Asia! Please relay my deep appreciation to BMDF for their generosity and investment in Kingdom work around the world. (JS)