One of the highlights of each of the past 15 years (excluding 2008 when civil unrest in Kenya forced cancellation) has been the Continuing Medical and Dental Education Conference. Held in Africa or Europe one year and the next year in Southeast Asia, it is a great time of encouragement and medical education for a good portion of the world’s Protestant medical missionaries. This year, over 500 medical missionaries, faculty members and their families attended. Many of these cross-cultural witnesses are in very difficult places and the field reports were a great wake-up call to all of us who listened – both because of what they were facing and also because of what God is doing. The children’s program was vibrant and a true blessing to both those kids who attended and to those children’s workers who contributed time and money to provide the program.
Sean is in 10th grade and despite a strong desire to attend the teen program with so many friends he has made, he didn’t feel he could miss classes (and therefore Micky had to stay home with him). I attended this two week conference alone as part of an extended trip which included the previous four weeks in Africa. I flew directly from Kenya via Abu Dhabi and Bangkok. Both connections were very tight and I suspect I created quite a spectacle as this old, bald, overweight guy sprinted the full length of both airports (and nearly died of respiratory failure at the gate!). Both times, I made it with literally only a couple of minutes to spare. But my luggage made it both times, for which I was very grateful.