The Changing Face of Missions<br />Ophthalmic Industry Fellowship<br />ASCRS – Boston, MA <br />April 2010<br />
Colossians  1:10<br />10And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every ...
James 1:22<br />Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.<br />Do What?<br />
Statistics<br />1988<br />World population<br />5.1 billion<br />Age 65 and up<br />320 million<br />Number of blind<br />...
Statistics – global blindness<br />45 million blind<br />(<3/60 in best eye)<br />37 million from eye disease<br />8 milli...
Cataract Surgery Rate - CSR<br />
Blindness<br />Physical<br />Inability to see 20/400 in your best eye<br />Spiritual<br />< 20/400 spiritual vision<br />I...
Spiritual blindness<br />A refusal to acknowledge God as Lord and Creator, while at the same time choosing to foolishly tr...
Levels of spiritual blindness<br />Key Spiritual Formulas<br />Jesus + Anything else = Spiritual Blindness<br />Jesus + No...
Medical and Spiritual Care<br />We need to study and prepare to deliver effective care in both these areas<br />There like...
Biblical mandates “of doing”<br />I John 3<br />18Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and...
Mission<br />What is mission?<br />What is your mission?<br />What is our mission?<br />How are missions changing?<br />
The changing face<br />Travel Ease<br />Internet/Cell phones<br />The standards<br />US Christians aren’t leading<br />Pol...
Mission – what I’ve learned<br />Mission is a privilege<br />Mission is a responsibility<br />Mission <> overseas<br />Mis...
Mission – the changing face<br />Traditional<br />Going<br />Doing<br />New Face<br />Going<br />Teaching<br />Connecting<...
Practical issues with current short term models<br />Reinventing the wheel<br />Go and Do mentality<br />Duplication of se...
Why MEN?<br />Duplication of wheel<br />Skills not being utilized<br />Information not known or easy to find<br />Raise th...
Mission Eyes Network(our vision)<br />Connecting people to mission<br />networking<br />Broadening the definition of missi...
Key Agendas<br />Advocate for mission agencies<br />Resource for mission information<br />Protocol for helping place volun...
Mission Eyes Network<br />
Mission Eyes Network<br />Fish<br />Eye<br />World<br />
Industry involvement<br />Traditional needs<br />Supplies<br />Place/need<br />People to help and go<br />Organization of ...
Your company<br />Define how your company wants to corporately support mission?<br />What is your niche – what is obvious,...
Industry involvement - #1<br />Commitment to skills transfer<br />Techniques for mission settings<br />New technologies<br...
Industry involvement -#2<br />Commitment to education<br />Support COS Missions meeting<br />Need dynamic speakers to draw...
Industry involvement - #3<br />Corporate sponsorship of your employees<br />How would they be involved?<br />Company spons...
Your involvement - #4<br />Mission Think Tank<br />Brainstorming group<br />Email format<br />Topics:<br />Missions<br />P...
Industry involvement - #5<br />MEN Partners<br />New section of Mission Eyes Network<br />Specifically for corporate invol...
Industry involvement - #6<br />OIF = many companies<br />MEN = many agencies<br />Strategic partnership with MEN to:<br />...
Industry Involvement - #7<br />Personal<br />Prayer<br />How will you, your spouse, your kids be involved?<br />What is yo...
Summary – How to Help<br />Skills Transfer<br />Education<br />Your Employees<br />Think tank<br />MEN partner<br />OIF/ME...
James 3<br />17But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, ful...
I Peter 4<br />10Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace i...
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Helen Keller<br />“It’s a terrible thing to see and have no vision”<br />
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  • God is the source of everythingGod gives meaning to everythingWe are spiritually blind unless we recognize our hopelessness and surrender entirely to the fact that God is sovereign over all
  • Another way to say it is this
  • Let’s talk about mission – defining questions for us all
  • Influences – internet, cellphones, information informationinformation, travel ease, political evironmentChristian missions not led necessarily by the US Christians
  • Give a man a fish, you have fed him for a day; Teach a man to fish, you have fed him for a lifetime.For industry, Give a man a fish, you have fed him for a day; Teach a man to fish, and you can sell him fishing equipment
  • Problem: No companies allowed100 docsGoals:&gt;1000 participantsLarge dynamic meeting stimulating involvement
  • Oif missions talk boston 2010

    1. 1. The Changing Face of Missions<br />Ophthalmic Industry Fellowship<br />ASCRS – Boston, MA <br />April 2010<br />
    2. 2. Colossians 1:10<br />10And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God<br />
    3. 3. James 1:22<br />Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.<br />Do What?<br />
    4. 4. Statistics<br />1988<br />World population<br />5.1 billion<br />Age 65 and up<br />320 million<br />Number of blind<br />37 million<br />Global cataract operations<br />5 million/yr<br />2008<br />World population<br />6.7 billion<br />Age 65 and up<br />500 million<br />Number of blind<br />45 million (2004)<br />Global cataract operations<br />15 million/yr<br />
    5. 5. Statistics – global blindness<br />45 million blind<br />(<3/60 in best eye)<br />37 million from eye disease<br />8 million from refractive error<br />17 million from cataract<br />
    6. 6. Cataract Surgery Rate - CSR<br />
    7. 7. Blindness<br />Physical<br />Inability to see 20/400 in your best eye<br />Spiritual<br />< 20/400 spiritual vision<br />Inability to trust God and experience His grace<br />
    8. 8. Spiritual blindness<br />A refusal to acknowledge God as Lord and Creator, while at the same time choosing to foolishly trust in ourselves<br />
    9. 9. Levels of spiritual blindness<br />Key Spiritual Formulas<br />Jesus + Anything else = Spiritual Blindness<br />Jesus + Nothing else = 20/20 spiritual vision<br /> - James Gills, MD - Overcoming Spiritual Blindness<br />
    10. 10. Medical and Spiritual Care<br />We need to study and prepare to deliver effective care in both these areas<br />There likely are “best practices” for delivering this combination of spiritual and medical help to those in need<br />
    11. 11. Biblical mandates “of doing”<br />I John 3<br />18Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.<br />James 2<br />17In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.<br />James 4<br />17Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn't do it, sins.<br />
    12. 12. Mission<br />What is mission?<br />What is your mission?<br />What is our mission?<br />How are missions changing?<br />
    13. 13. The changing face<br />Travel Ease<br />Internet/Cell phones<br />The standards<br />US Christians aren’t leading<br />Political environment<br />
    14. 14. Mission – what I’ve learned<br />Mission is a privilege<br />Mission is a responsibility<br />Mission <> overseas<br />Mission = getting out of bed in morning<br />We are all missionaries<br />
    15. 15. Mission – the changing face<br />Traditional<br />Going<br />Doing<br />New Face<br />Going<br />Teaching<br />Connecting<br />Supporting<br />Long Term Relationships<br />
    16. 16. Practical issues with current short term models<br />Reinventing the wheel<br />Go and Do mentality<br />Duplication of services<br />Difficult cases, less than ideal conditions<br />Difficulty finding information<br />On site<br />On procedures<br />On what is needed<br />
    17. 17. Why MEN?<br />Duplication of wheel<br />Skills not being utilized<br />Information not known or easy to find<br />Raise the bar for quality<br />WOMEN<br />World<br />Outreach<br />Mission<br />Eyes <br />Network<br />
    18. 18. Mission Eyes Network(our vision)<br />Connecting people to mission<br />networking<br />Broadening the definition of mission<br />Go/Do -> Support/Teach/Interchange<br />Supporting the process of mission<br />Education of doctors<br />Platform to communicate<br />Finding docs for clinics and missions<br />Engaging industry<br />
    19. 19. Key Agendas<br />Advocate for mission agencies<br />Resource for mission information<br />Protocol for helping place volunteers<br />Raise bar for quality<br />Build community of mission minded professionals<br />Allow better communication and networking<br />
    20. 20. Mission Eyes Network<br />
    21. 21. Mission Eyes Network<br />Fish<br />Eye<br />World<br />
    22. 22. Industry involvement<br />Traditional needs<br />Supplies<br />Place/need<br />People to help and go<br />Organization of trip<br />New model<br />Skills and skills transfer<br />Challenge to quality<br />Connections to make best use of skills available<br />Inspiration to Go & Support model<br />
    23. 23. Your company<br />Define how your company wants to corporately support mission?<br />What is your niche – what is obvious, what is not?<br />What parameters?<br />Who do you want to engage?<br />Overt or Covert?<br />
    24. 24. Industry involvement - #1<br />Commitment to skills transfer<br />Techniques for mission settings<br />New technologies<br />International post graduate training center <br />Commitment to quality<br />
    25. 25. Industry involvement -#2<br />Commitment to education<br />Support COS Missions meeting<br />Need dynamic speakers to draw audience<br />Residency education<br />Sponsor international ophthalmology fellowships<br />
    26. 26. Industry involvement - #3<br />Corporate sponsorship of your employees<br />How would they be involved?<br />Company sponsorship of a single mission/employee/lifetime?<br />Sponsor 50% of mission trip<br />Give one week off extra with no sponsorship<br />Local missions involvement in your community<br />
    27. 27. Your involvement - #4<br />Mission Think Tank<br />Brainstorming group<br />Email format<br />Topics:<br />Missions<br />Prayer<br />Innovation<br />
    28. 28. Industry involvement - #5<br />MEN Partners<br />New section of Mission Eyes Network<br />Specifically for corporate involvement<br />Communicate how your company wants to engage doctors involved in mission<br />How to post<br />Email: partners@missioneyes.net<br />
    29. 29. Industry involvement - #6<br />OIF = many companies<br />MEN = many agencies<br />Strategic partnership with MEN to:<br />Move the conversations<br />Emphasize quality<br />Inspire involvement<br />Enable the process<br />
    30. 30. Industry Involvement - #7<br />Personal<br />Prayer<br />How will you, your spouse, your kids be involved?<br />What is your local mission field?<br />Where are your international field(s)?<br />How will you lead your division, company or challenge your bosses?<br />
    31. 31. Summary – How to Help<br />Skills Transfer<br />Education<br />Your Employees<br />Think tank<br />MEN partner<br />OIF/MEN leadership<br />Personal involvement<br />
    32. 32. James 3<br />17But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.<br />
    33. 33. I Peter 4<br />10Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms.<br />
    34. 34.
    35. 35. 2008<br />
    36. 36. Helen Keller<br />“It’s a terrible thing to see and have no vision”<br />
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