My name is Christine Ellis, and I have been serving with MMO since 2016. Being able to coordinate the organization’s program, staff, volunteers, and host missionaries to accomplish the goal of pointing others to the Great Physician is my role and my passion. My background is in education, but missions makes me tick. My husband Robbie and I were missionaries in Honduras for six years, where we were first introduced to MMO as hosts to multiple teams. When the opportunity came to join the staff full-time, we were thrilled to do so, having seen first-hand the incredible impact that medical missions has on local churches in developing nations. Join me for a coffee, and I’ll talk you into taking that missions trip of a lifetime. I also might talk your head off about running, books I’m reading, and Claire and Greyson, my favorite little humans.
Fun Facts About Me
My favorite trip location is the Philippines. I think this trip is highly underrated. More people would take it if they knew how amazing the Filipino people and culture are. It’s a place you fall in love with.
The best piece of advice I've ever been given is switch from margarine to real butter. I have never looked back.
If I could invent a holiday, it would definitely involve solitude, a hammock, and a book I’ve read so often it feels like an old friend.
I piece of advice I would give a volunteer team member who wants to join one of our trips would be to journal your experience to maximize its impact on your heart and mind. You’d be surprised how much you will eventually forget.
Cats or dogs? Nope. But if I have to choose…dog. Outside. In someone else’s yard. Because it doesn’t belong to me. I’ll wave to it as I jog by.
My favorite word in the English language is nostalgia.
If I could snap my fingers and become an expert in something it would be linguistics. I want to talk to ALL THE PEOPLE. And then go back to my hammock.
The most inspiring part of my job is that I get to see first-hand all the blood, sweat, and tears that go into pulling off a great medical missions trip. Most people don’t get to see how hard the host church has worked to obtain licensing and permissions from local government and setting up a clinic site that will work, staffed with church volunteers. I get to work with missionaries and national pastors around the world, bonding over red tape and endless paperwork to pull off a great trip and reach their communities with the gospel. We serve with some incredible people whom I have grown to love and admire very much. Having a connection to them through working toward a common goal is a privilege I am grateful for.
The most important thing I learned before high school was how to fold a fitted sheet. Are you in awe of me? It’s very impressive.
If I were a superhero, my superpower would be teleportation so that I could drop in on teams and eat lunch with them, even when I’m not on that trip. Either that or make fresh-baked bread a superfood like kale. I could do some damage in a bakery. Can I just do both and bring the team my super-food muffins?