Medical doctors and professionals with different backgrounds in medicine are encouraged to attend the conference to learn about different mission opportunities.
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MedAdvance is coming to Oklahoma City, Quail Springs July 18-20, 2019. MedAdvance is an event that the Southern Baptist Convention’s International Mission Board (IMB) conducts yearly to equip medical professionals with evangelism strategy for mission work.

Rebekah Naylor, a decorated surgeon and longtime IMB missionary, is the physician in charge of organizing the conference. Last year, Hance Dilbeck, Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma executive director-treasurer, preached at the conference in Rockville, Va., which opened the door for the conference to come to Oklahoma in 2019.

MedAdvance will feature different training aspects like “a roadmap to becoming a physician on mission.” A manual from last year’s conference listed the steps, which include: Discern first steps; prepare spiritually; find mentors; prepare to make disciples; build your resume; portfolio and networks; explore possibilities and needs; find a job; connect with believers on mission and, finally, do life and work on mission among the unreached.

The MedAdvance Conference is open to any healthcare professional or healthcare student, as well as to pastors, mission pastors or anybody who has an interest in healthcare missions. The conference serves as a time to meet those who are involved full-time in healthcare missions and strategize how to best spread the Gospel through medical missions.

MedAdvance conference leader Rebekah Naylor said the event has ‘high rate of result’ for healthcare missions.
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The MedAdvance Conference, which started in 2009, has been a springboard for numerous healthcare missionaries. The conference also has a high rate of results for those who serve on short-term mission work.

Registration is open, and cost is $99. Speakers at this year’s conference are Dilbeck and Tom Elliff, former IMB president. The first 50 medical students to register for the conference will receive free admission. There will be an informational MedAdvance booth at the State Evangelism Conference at Del City, First Southern in January.

A future edition of the Messenger will feature a Q&A article with Naylor about this year’s conference. For more information, visit