“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” (Hebrews 10:24-25)
GMMA April 2018 Monthly Newsletter
Register for the 2018 GMMA Conference
2018 GMMA Global Conference
Dear GMMA Family, Let us labor together in sharing about the upcoming medical missions conference to people around us. Pray and guide them to register as God is allowing an amazing gathering of medical missionaries from around the world. It will truly be life changing. Don’t miss the opportunity. You can get further involved by signing up to volunteer at the conference!
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CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS FEATURE
Brett Curtis, Ywam Ships Kona President/CEO
The seminar will show how YWAM Ships, running 26 vessels throughout the world, delivers healthcare development and education to some of the most isolated and remote islands of the world. There is great synergy between bringing in the physical felt need and the often more deeper spiritual need that these people have. We will highlight work being done especially in Papua New Guinea where over 100.000 medical services are delivered each year. The community engagement side resulting in bibles being distributed and man, woman and children of all ages coming to know Christ has also reached into its thousands. There is an unique opportunity lying ahead this year for service on board our YWAM Ships from Europe, the Amazon and around the Pacific. There will be times for questions and answers and an inning.
Dr. Alexander Philip – “God, Theology and Medicine. A Call to Medical Missions in the Work Place”
Medical expertise and service offers one of the most significant expressions of human care and service. As Christian practitioners, medical and nursing professionals are called to be “the salt and the light”, with no exception. Our beliefs and priorities, enshrouded in the Great Commission and Great Commandment need to be demonstrated in the work place. This workshop will explore the tension between proclamation and demonstration of the Gospel, counting what needs to be counted and measuring impact. For those who are called to create impact locally, nationally or internationally this workshop will be a wake-up call to serve with great diligence in a post-modern world where the boundaries of humanism and authentic missionary medical services are thinning.
Dr. Susanna Choi, OB-GYN –“Women and Family in Medicine”
This workshop will address the issues of being a woman and a doctor, involved in world missions and raising a family. The speaker will discuss the challenges that this journey brings. Come hear one woman’s attempt to do it following God’s way. (Proverbs 31)
“From February 26th to March 3rd, Dr. Ruth Yoon led a team of 6 University of Michigan students, nurses, a general practitioner, and an optometrist on a mission trip to Nuevo Laredo, Mexico near the Texas-Mexico border. We flew to Houston, TX and then took the 8-hour Greyhound trip to Laredo, TX. We crossed the border every day to Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. We served in both a clinic and a deportee center providing medical assistance and stirring spiritual revival. May God bless Pastor Lorenzo and his family for hosting us at their church. May God bless our mentors, Dr. Ruth Yoon and Pastor Peter Yoon, for their faith, humor, and complete funding for our trip. They made the trip so memorable and fun for us, the GMMA Student Chapter at the University of Michigan. May God bless the children, women, and men of Nuevo Laredo. May He show mercy and guidance for the people being constantly deported every day in hundreds. Many don’t even know Spanish or have family in Mexico, some have also unwillingly lost their children to the foster care system due to their deportation. Ultimately, may He continue to feed the seed planted in our chapter. We believe and give glory to Jehovah Jireh, God Elohim. “Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” – Isaiah 6:8.”
– Tiuska Alegria, University of Michigan Chapter Mission Coordinator
From March 6th to 11th, Doctors Peter Chung, Sr. and Paul Jo led a team of a nurse, two pharmacists, one dentist, four medical doctors (urology, internal medicine, nephrology, cardiothoracic surgery), and 56 students from the University of Florida and University of Virginia GMMA Chapters on a mission trip to Honduras. They visited three schools, teaching VBS songs and doing crafts in the classrooms to teach the Gospel. Over the span of three days, they met with nearly 400 patients in the clinics, providing medical assistance, pharmaceuticals, dental care, and many prayers! The team had the opportunity to visit the slums where they danced, sang, and prayed for a small church full of little children. Team members also shared the Gospel through VBS songs, skits, and dances in the middle of a food court mall in Honduras! The team also coordinated a CPR class with about 70 dental, medical, and nursing students.
“From March 22nd to March 26th, Dr. David Choi led two different teams to a mission site near Ensenada, Mexico. The first team was with students from University of Washington, Yale, and Union College. The second team was with students from UC Davis, UC Berkeley, and UC Irvine. The trip was overall filled with blessings! The teams got a glimpse of a few ministries there and the bigger of picture of God moving in Mexico. The trip was in general more focused on children ministry rather than medicine, so that was a different, but great experience. In terms of transportation and safety, everything went smoothly! We were praying a lot for spiritual unity among all the different campuses, and God definitely graciously answered that prayer so that’s a huge praise report!”
– Sara Park, University of Washington Chapter Mission Coordinator
How intimately do we know God’s name? As much as we know God’s name personally, we glorify Him through our prayers. Please lift up the GMMA student chapters and mission efforts for the kingdom of God.
Click below for the April prayer calendars.
Professional Activity Highlights
March was a busy month with numerous activities, below are just some of them.
• New mentors joined GMMA to serve together!
• Dr. Chung and Dr. Jo along with Eunice, R.N. traveled to Canada to support the Canada Regional GMMA Conference.
• Dr. Choi, Dr. Ahn, and Dr. Chung appeared on CGN (Christiaan Global Network) to share about faith, doing medical missions with the next generation, and the upcoming conference.
• Many professionals participated in the three mission trips of March.
• Professional members are traveling to different campus sites to serve as guest speakers at the general meetings and supporting the students.
• Westcoast professionals gather to pray together every month. For the March meeting, Dr. Oh lead praise with amazing guitar accompaniment. Luke Shin – 4th year med student joined and supported Dr. Oh with impressive drum accompaniment.
• Dr. Ahn and Dr. Jen Roh are coordinating another Young Professionals Meeting taking place on 4/28/18 from 5-9pm at OMC-Oriental Mission Church.
GMMA members supported Bethel Church mission team to Guinea-Bissau, West Africa, and served in various capacities. They were able to see the completion of the very first church they built as a gift. They took the church bell from California! They delivered the good news of Jesus Christ in the midst of many physical and environmental challenges.
Dr. Oh visited Black Mountain, North Carolina to pay respect to an amazing community of missionaries. Many of them are descendants of early medical missionaries to South, Korea. They served them with warm homemade meals and shared special fellowship reflecting on the historical and strategic movement of evangelism of South, Korea. One of the residents will be coming to the June conference as a speaker!
Upcoming Events & Announcements
As the GMMA family is growing, there are too many events occurring in the US, Canada, and Sydney, Australia to list them all in the monthly newsletter. We praise the Lord and pray that we will continually love Christ and love each other to live out the missional life in faith. Let us not get weary of following His leading to increase serving and partnering opportunities.
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