Beware of the Pitfalls of "ER" Missions Trips

by Sarah Mayer PA-C

Sarah Mayer PA-C

Sarah Mayer PA-C

Siloe Ministries

Date: June 25, 2016

  • Speaker: Sarah Mayer PA-C
  • Source: GMMA/KAMHC 2016
  • Language: English
  • Length: 40 Minutes 58 Seconds


As Christ-followers who take part in short-term medical trips, it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of missions, and lose sight of why and how medical care can be a pathway to fulfilling the Great Commission.  Sarah will discuss lessons learned through her leadership of Siloé Ministries, the medical non-profit she co-founded in Baja California, Mexico in 2008. Her talk will encourage attendees to avoid treating short-term medical missions like an “ER visit”, embracing instead a relational, responsible approach that leaves a lasting impact on the lives in communities, both in the practical and spiritual sense.


Sarah Mayer (PA-C) is a graduate of UC Santa Barbara and holds a Master’s in Physician Assistant Studies from Loma Linda University.

In 2008, after practicing for several years in Southern California, Sarah and her family answered God’s calling and moved to Baja, Mexico. They founded a community medical clinic that provides free care to poor families in a rural village one hour south of the U.S.-Mexico border. Sarah serves as the primary practitioner and medical director of Siloé Clinic, which treats thousands of patients annually and hosts medical missions teams.

She believes strongly in relational, whole-person care that addresses the underlying causes of chronic illness and most importantly leads patients into authentic relationships with Jesus Christ. Sarah and her husband, Brendan, have three daughters and live in Mexico full time.

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