Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart;
Be all else but naught to me, save that Thou art;
Be Thou my best thought in the day and the night,
Both waking and sleeping, Thy presence my light.

GMMA August 2019 Monthly Newsletter

Last summer, I put together a 1000-piece Thomas Kinkaid puzzle that was a beautiful painted scene of a cottage by the sea at sunset.  At the beginning, it seemed like all the pieces were all identical.  The tiny pieces made no sense by themselves to me.  When I tried putting up each piece to the picture on the cover of the box, I could not figure out where the pieces fit. But as I started to match a few of the pieces together, I realized that each piece had a special place in the entire puzzle that no other piece could replace.  Sometimes the shapes were identical and it looked like the pieces fit, but the drawing on the piece did not connect to the adjacent piece.  When the proper pieces were connected correctly, the puzzle pieces together started to make sense.  As I approached the finish, I panicked when I realized that there was one missing piece right in the center of the puzzle.  It stood out like a sore thumb and without it the puzzle was ruined.  I searched frantically for the missing piece and sighed in relief when I found the last piece hiding under the sofa.  What joy I had in putting in that last piece, as the puzzle seemed to glow in its completion.

I learned a lot of lessons putting that puzzle together.

Firstly, all of us like puzzle pieces have been created by God as part of His greater scheme.  We may think we are replaceable, but no, we are all unique.  Our shapes may be similar, but through our individual colorful experiences that are totally unique to each of us, we are all different.  The dark colors of pain and suffering that may have dotted our lives with colors may not be the bright colors that we want, but it is a part of what makes us who we are.  When we recognize each other’s unique shapes and designs, we can then also celebrate each other in our differences.

Secondly, like a puzzle piece, God created us to be connected to each other in community, not hiding under the sofa. We are called to unity in the body of Christ as we recognize that when we are connected as in a puzzle, we can together show off the beauty of God’s design.

Lastly, our lives may seem small and insignificant, but the fact is that when we entrust our lives into His hands, He will guide us and show us His ways and His Vision.  When we open our eyes to see from His perspective, we are able to see that each seemingly insignificant brush stroke may be actually the very thing that sets us apart to give us purpose.  Sometimes when we are too close up, the colors blur and the picture makes no sense like a modern art piece with random colors splattered onto a canvas.  But when we look from God’s perspective in light of eternity, each paint stroke is deliberate and has been artfully placed by the Painter’s skilled hands for His purposes.

The theme for next year’s GMMA National Conference is, “Be Thou My Vision” taken from a famous old Scottish hymn.  The first verse goes as follows:

Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart;
Be all else but naught to me, save that Thou art;
Be Thou my best thought in the day and the night,
Both waking and sleeping, Thy presence my light.

 

In GMMA, I hope that God will be our Vision, that we will all keep our focus on Him to see the world through His eyes.  Let’s focus not just on ourselves and our individual puzzle pieces but see with God’s Vision to see our place in light of the entire puzzle and celebrate together the role that each of us have in His big picture.

I look forward to seeing what God will do in and through GMMA as we become connected to one another to complete God’s masterpiece—all for His Glory.

Mary Roh, MD

 

Missions

“The Texas chapter has been blessed with the Lord’s grace and the opportunity to serve him in El Progreso, Honduras. Being there from July 28th through August 2nd of 2019, we were able to do God’s work. Dr. Yong-Sik Kim, being lead by the spirit, was able to bring five different chapters within Texas together to bring up a team of 21 students and 6 professionals. Our team consisted of students from Texas A&M, UT Austin, UT Dallas, University of Houston, Rice University, and 2 high school students who could feel God calling them to learn about GMMA. A dentist, a psychiatrist, 2 family physicians, and 2 chaplains were able to come to be apart of this trip. Even though the team may have been small in number, God gave us his strength. Throughout the trip, we were able to see 424 patients and have 7 people turn their lives to God. This mission trip was a blessing for the Texas chapter as we were able to see that God is the same wherever you are in the world. Honduras is a beautiful place with blessed people with blessed hearts. God is truly doing wonderful work in Honduras.”

– Samuel Karsky, July 2019 Honduras Trip Student Leader

 

Honduras 2019

Edited by Kiujoy Kokko

Regional Health Reports 

WEST COAST

Praise Report:
God blessed many of our west coast members during the Honduras mission trip from August 2-8, led by Dr. David Choi. Thank you to everyone who prayed for us and supported us! In preparation for the upcoming school year, our coordinators and west coast chapter presidents have been meeting together to plan logistics, share prayer requests, and encourage one another. Our coordinators also met up together in order to fellowship with one another and plan for the upcoming year.

Regional Outreach & Needs:
Please pray for the west coast chapters as the school year begins and student leaders start to hold their general meetings and recruit new members. Pray that the officers would be able to grow in fellowship and accountability. Please especially for the Pomona chapter, as they are starting new this academic year.

Regional Coordinator Message:
24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. (Hebrews 10:24-25)
As meet with the west coast chapter presidents, my fellow west coast coordinators, and the GMMA student coordinators from all of the different regions, I am so blessed and encouraged to be a part of this community. I hope and pray that this spirit of encouraging and meeting up with one another is one that grows in GMMA this upcoming year!

CENTRAL

Praise Report:

God has been so good this past month, especially with the Honduras mission trip (7/28-8/2). Right now, the leaders are fired up for God and His kingdom work, and we are ready to start off the school year strong.

Regional Outreach & Needs:
Please pray for our leader’s retreat (8/9-8/10) that God would move in the hearts of the leaders and remove any selfish ambitions. I pray that the retreat will be a time of empowerment and encouragement for our leaders to be a light wherever they go. Also, please pray for University of Michigan chapter that God would raise up leaders for this chapter. Lastly, there is a new chapter forming in Baylor University. Please keep the new leaders in your prayers that God may use them to bring his reign in Baylor.

Regional Coordinator Message:
Right now, God has been challenging me to serve the “least of my brothers” in my own community. My prayer is that God will place this conviction in each of the chapters to be a light in their campuses and communities.

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You can explore all of the GMMA chapters, including information about the leadership, meeting times, contact, Instagram handles and more, on our website here.

If you know any healthcare professionals who would gladly serve as mentors for these chapters, please email us at admin@gmma7.org.

Professional Development

July was full of events for the postgrads and the professionals. It’s always thankful to observe the intergeneration serving together; from retired physicians to recent college graduates. Another thankful observation at each event is the collaborative effort of medical mission partners. New connections informing on more opportunities to serve around the world. God has placed beautiful diligent missionaries all over the world to serve as His encouragers and His healers.  Based on their reports, we realize the laborers are few but the harvest is plenty. We continue to pray that GMMA can be an encouraging help to medical missionaries around the world. Calling all professionals to join in and get more involved for His glory. There is plenty of serving to do.

 

Prayer Requests 

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Please click below for the Student and Staff prayer requests.

Upcoming Events & Announcements 

  • 2020 Global Medical Missions Alliance Biennial Conference is set for July 17-18, 2020!
    SAVE THE DATE! 

    West Coast Mission Dates 2019-2020 Academic Year.
    Mission trips are happening almost every month. Please check the website for dates and connect with mission department. Inquire at missions@gmma7.org.   

    October 26 – Lead Mentor: Dr. Iris Lee

    • Pomona College
    • University of Southern California
    • UC Berkeley

    November 16 – Lead Mentor: Allison Lee, RN

    • UC San Diego
    • UC Irvine
    • Biola University

    December 16-19 (quarter schools) – Lead Mentor: Dr. David Choi

    • University of Washington
    • UC Davis
    • University of the Pacific
    • Northwestern University

    January 13-16 (semester schools) – Lead Mentor: Dr. David Choi

    • UC Berkeley
    • Chapman University

    February 15-16 – Lead Mentor: Dr. Peter Chung Jr.

    • UCLA
    • Biola University
    • University of Washington
    • Pomona College

    March 21-23 (spring break) – Lead Mentor: Dr. Sanghoon Ahn

    • UC Riverside
    • UC Santa Barbara
    • UC Irvine
    • UC San Diego

    April 18 – TBA

    • UC Davis
    • University of Southern California
    • Chapman University

    May 16 – TBA

    • UCLA
    • UC Santa Barbara
    • University of the Pacific

Until next time,
Please share about GMMA and let us all remember to Arise and Shine for His glory.

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