Students attend Global Missions Health Conference
December 09, 2008

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Because of a generous grant from Dr. and Mrs. Wesley Harris' ministry, the World Evangelism Foundation, seven Bryan students were able to attend the 13th Annual Global Missions Health Conference, Louisville, KY, November 13-15.

Left to right, back row: Tim Harris, David Villanueva, Nate Rogers.
Front row: Jana Watson, Elisa Cruz, Cayla Rohrer, Megan Devaney
Senior pre-med major Jana Watson commented that the experience was "challenging, encouraging and refreshing." She said that it was an amazing experience to be with over 1800 people and to have opportunities to talk and learn about faith-based mission work, medical school, and providing medical care to people all over the world who have little or no access to it. Jana said she especially enjoyed being "with like-minded individuals who are farther down the line than I am and to be reminded that God will carry out His work in me through to completion."
Conference attendees were challenged and encouraged by many experts in innovative, sustainable development including the following:
  • Dr. Carl Taylor, Professor Emeritus at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, has worked around the world to improve health care in developing nations
  • Dr. Henry Perry has 35 years of clinical and field experience in maternal and child health programs and health care in resource poor settings
  • Admiral Tim Ziemer works as the US Malaria Coordinator for the President's Malaria Initiative, an historic $1.2 billion, five-year initiative to reduce malaria-related deaths by 50 percent in 15 African countries 
  • Left to right:  Elisa Cruz, David Villanueva, Dr. John Patrick, and Jana WatsonKay Warren, wife of Rick Warren, calls the Church to take on the global giants of AIDS, poverty, spiritual darkness, and disease
  • Elizabeth Styffe is Director of Saddleback Church's HIV/AIDS, Orphan Care and Rwanda Initiatives and leads efforts both locally and globally
  • Dr. John Patrick (pictured with Bryan students on right) lectures throughout the world on morality and medicine, faith and science, working for the Christian Medical and Dental Society in Canada and the Christian Medical and Dental Association in the U.S.

Senior pre-med major David Villanueva stated that he was able to make incredible contacts, adding that he now has "access to people and organizations that can help guide me and empower me on my vocational journey for years to come, and I never would have found them on my own."