Pre-Field Orientation for New Healthcare Missionaries

August 11, 2021 – August 14, 2021

Boone, North Carolina

Join fellow outgoing healthcare missionaries and veteran missionary faculty for what could be the most valuable four days you’ll spend in preparing to leave for the field. Medical training and sending organizations do a great job laying the groundwork, but preparing well to step into life as a healthcare missionary presents unique challenges and opportunities. This gathering will provide you with tools, knowledge, and relationships that you’ll find to be invaluable as you assume your new role on the mission field. Don’t miss it! Our August Pre-Field conference is co-hosted by Samaritan’s Purse.



  • Acclimation and Assimilation
  • Culture & worldview sessions
  • Theology of ministry
  • Theology of medicine
  • Theology of suffering
  • Dealing with conflict/ team dynamics/ multicultural teams
  • Bioethics on the mission field
  • Partnerships, Teaching, and Training
  • Moral Injury, and Lessons learned
  • CHE and community development
  • Pain management- case study/ TED talk
  • Setting the tone- spiritual ministry for the healthcare missionary
  • Unburnout
  • Reslience in the healthcare missionary
  • Letter to my future self
  • Many hats, strong boundaries
  • Lessons from the field- Missionary in Residence Q&A
  • Caring for yourself and your family
  • Dealing with so much death
  • Addressing fears
  • Beyond thankfulness- incoporating praise in facing suffering / Commissioning
  • Price (includes meals):
    • $275 for individual
    • $485 for couple
    • $120 per child requiring childcare
  • Registration deadline 7/15/21
  • Cancellation- fully refundable until 8/1/21, 50% refund thereafter

Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Boone, NC boasts a peaceful blend of mountain beuaty and Appalachian charm. The conference will be held at Mount Vernon Baptist Church and will be co-hosted by Samaritan’s Purse, whose headquarters is based in Boone.

The Holiday Inn Express is nearby the conference site, offers a group rate, and has breakfast included. When booking your room, please let them know that you’re coming with Samaritan’s Purse in order to get the discounted rate.

Holiday Inn Express, Boone, NC
1943 Blowing Rock Rd, Boone, NC 28607

Breakfast will be at the hotel, Lunch and dinner will be provided (through Saturday dinner).


Nearest airports- Tri- Cities Regional (45 miles), Asheville (72 miles), Charlotte (80 miles); Please arrange your own ground transport

For all speaker biographies, download this handout:

Mike Chupp, MD

Dr. Natalie Cupples Pickering PhD, BCC

Rev. Bert Jones

Doug and Ruth Lindberg (MD and MD)

Jon (MD) and Stacy

Kris Prenger, MD

Jim Ritchie, MD 

Dr. R., MD

Gene Rudd, MD

David Stevens, MD, MA (Ethics)

Daniel Tolan, MD

Melinda Mitchell-