News Releases 2008

LETU Pre-Med Students to Attend Global Missions Health Conference

Mon, Nov 3 2008

Four LeTourneau University pre-med students will attend the 13 th annual Global Missions Health Conference (GMHC) Nov. 13-15 in Louisville, Ky., thanks to the help of some anonymous local East Texas doctors who provided scholarship funds for the students to attend.  
The purpose of the GMHC is to promote sustainable and innovative programs to provide medical assistance for the poor across the globe. It is the largest conference of its kind, attracting more than 2,000 attendees annually. The conference will allow the LETU students to connect with others who share their interest in medicine and missions through a relationship to Christ. 
Karen Rispin, associate professor of biology and faculty sponsor for the conference, attended the conference last year and became interested in providing the opportunity for pre-med students to attend. She contacted a local doctor who helped secure funding. 
“Last year when I was at GMHC with LEGS, I saw how valuable it would be to our students,” Rispin said.  It’s aimed at medical professionals and students heading into the medical professions who might be interested in missions.  Virtually every sending organization is there and many medical professionals who work full or part time in missions.  It was a wonderful spiritual challenge as well.”
The students will hear from experts working to improve maternal and child health, prevent diseases like malaria, HIV/AIDS, and provide care for orphans. The goal is to empower others to improve the quality of life and change the world through sustainable programs that local people can run themselves, thereby training them to solve their own problems. 
The four pre-med majors each wrote applications to qualify for scholarships to attend the conference. Tiana Schufeldt wrote in her application, “I know that by attending the GMHC, I would be better equipped to serve others through medical missions work, whether here in the States or in another country—service for God’s glory.”  
Rene Terrall wrote that she felt it would benefit her to be exposed to people who have experienced this field before she commits her life to it. Nick Bergren, wrote that the conference would help him see what opportunities he would have to glorify God as a doctor, both in the United States and abroad.
“I believe the Lord wants me to be involved in global medical missions in a permanent way,” wrote Jesse Swingle, “and this conference would be an incredible opportunity that He could use in my life.”