“As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him.”
GMMA February 2020 Monthly Newsletter
Dear GMMA family,
Welcome to the GMMA February newsletter. Since my last greeting for March 2019 issue, God has allowed new learnings from mission team training. Among many learned lessons, one that taught me the most was a lesson about “calling”. Prior to the learning, I observed myself not being happy at work; ‘dragging’ myself to work and waiting to leave as soon as I can. One thing that did make me happy was doing mission trip trainings and spending time with the students/postgrads.
During one of the mission team training, the topic was on calling for one’s life. In preparing, I watched a lesson on How to Know Your Calling from God: What’s God Purpose for My Life? By Mark Ballenger. The teaching had good insights into the difference between a hobby, job, and calling. In short, a hobby is something you love to do but no one has to benefit from it. A job is something you do to make a living. You may not like it, but it’s necessary and can benefit others. Your workplace could be where your calling is, but then maybe not. A calling is when you like doing it with your passion, and people get blessed from it. This was a great discovery and a big relief for me. Prior to this, I was telling GMMA students to find out about their calling as early as possible and to live for it. I realized how unrealistic this was. It is quite rare for young GMMA students to find out about their calling in such a young stage of life. I should have advised them to get a job first since we go to college to learn and prepare to get a decent job. As for calling, you shall find it while you are on the job. The Lord may use your job skills to find your calling. Or it may be something totally different from your job setting. You may work as a nurse in California, but your calling may be to help orphans in Africa. Through this insight, I realized my job, which I thought was my calling, was not my calling. My calling is for me to be a mentor for the medical mission-minded next generation. Whenever I am around students, my heart starts pounding with excitement, feel like I have known them for life, and most (not all) get blessed from my act of service to train and live out the missional life together as a fellow Christ-followers! My job, as an oncologist, helps me to live out my calling.
This discovery made going to work more meaningful. I may not be happy at work, but knowing the job is useful in living out my calling makes it valuable. I pray all of you to find your own calling sometime in your life. Do not feel bad when your life is not filled with excitement all the time. Prepare yourselves to get a decent job, and then pray that your calling will come someday. Once you find it for your life, then no time to waste. Dive in all the way! Your life will be so much more meaningful!
Let us press on! May God Bless us all! Be sure to sign up for upcoming mission trips and don’t miss out on what God has in store for you to experience.
“As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him.” Matthew 9:9
From the medical office in Anaheim, Southern California.
David Choi, MD
GMMA Mission director
There are 13 Mission trips scheduled for Spring and Summer 2020.
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Please join the teams and be His channel of blessing and healing.
Featured Speaker: Dr. Sean Mark, M.D.
Sean Mark MD, DIMPH, a native to Kansas City, is a senior Emergency Medicine Resident at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He and his wife Kirsten have a passion to serve the forgotten people of the world by demonstrating the compassion of Jesus through medical care, public health efforts, and the preaching of the gospel. Sean became involved with the Institute for International Medicine (INMED) early during his medical training and completed their Diploma program in International Medicine and Public Health (DIMPH) in 2017. Through INMED he has done medical mission work in Honduras and East Asia. He now serves as an INMED faculty member equipping students and medical professionals to serve the forgotten. Sean is the proud father of 5 beautiful children, and he hopes to bring his whole family to the mission field in the coming years.
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Three GMMA northeast chapters: Binghamton, Cornell, and NYU went to Honduras from January 11~16, 2020 for an amazing, eye-opening medical missions experience. The trip was led by Dr. Paul Jo, a urologist practicing in Florida. Other professionals on the trip included Dr. Phillip Cho (radiologist), Nurse Cho, Dentist Seung Choi, and Elder Don Cho. There were a total of 48 people on the team. Through this trip, God truly revealed His faithfulness to everyone attending. Although this is only the 2nd full year since GMMA has been established in Binghamton University, we were so blessed to have 18 members go to Honduras from our chapter. Our chapter has been expanding so quickly, with students of all different backgrounds, and is a testament as to how our God’s love extends to all people. God is so good, and Binghamton GMMA is excited to see what more God has in store for us!
– Jessica Nam, Binghamton University Chapter President
The January 2020 Mexico mission trip was led by Dr. Yong Sik Kim, who is practicing family medicine in Houston, Texas. Our team was so honored to have a variety of healthcare and general professionals joining our trip, which included nurse practitioners, a dentist, chiropractic, a family medicine physician, pharmacy technician and physician assistant. The team also consisted of undergraduate students from the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Texas at Dallas, Texas A&M University, University of Houston, Rice University, and Baylor University. After one whole day of mission training at Texas A&M, our team went to serve in Piedras Negras, Mexico on January 2nd, 2020. We had about 80 people who went on missions including 60 students, 16 mentors, and 4 translators. Overall, God showed his grace by performing a skit and VBS dances at the local mall. Throughout the mission trip, it was a great blessing how prayers have the power to not only to heal patients, but also bring peace and a metal healing to students’ hearts. Even though we had such a great number of students, we sincerely took 40 days of QT seriously to prepare our hearts and created us to become one community as Texas Chapter of GMMA.
– Amber Lee, Texas A&M University Chapter PR/Historian/Fundraising
Global Medical Missions Alliance Winter Mission Trip 2020
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Regional Health Reports
It’s been a little less than a month since school started in the Central Region, and most of the chapters already had their first meeting. One of the most exciting thing that happened this month is the implementation of GMMA+ pilot project at none other than UT Dallas. Twelve students, along with mentors and post-grads gathered together to be equipped to bring holistic health to UTD’s community. UTD students made five action plan goals to bring holistic health to their campus, so please keep them in your prayers!
During the third week of February, some of the GMMA students will be tabling at a medical mission conference in Houston, Texas. Last year, we tabled during the same conference, and we were able to recruit four new mentors. Please keep the students who are tabling in your prayers that God will bring his faithful workers to serve as mentors for Texas GMMA.
Regional Coordinator Message:
For this month’s personal message, I wanted to take time and commend the UTD officers. I attended their general meeting this month, and I was so surprised at how organized and kingdom-focused these leaders were. So, I wanted to take this time to brag about them! They started something called the EV group. Basically, leaders would take a small group of people to evangelize on their campus and share life with each other. And they provided their general members with four different very meaningful volunteer opportunities. What I was most impressed about was that they had a volunteer workshop! Everyone who wanted to volunteer had to go through this so that they can have the right heart and mind as they serve. God bless these beautiful leaders, and may God continue to richly bless all of them!
Things have been picking up in the East Coast since the new semester has started! Many chapters are hard at work preparing for mission trips, sending out applications, starting trainings, and fundraising. Three faithful sisters have started officially started chapter activities at Thomas Jefferson University, completing their first fundraiser and introduction meeting. Please pray that God would continue to be with them as they navigate the challenges that come with forming a new chapter.
Regional Outreach & Needs:
Drexel GMMA is preparing to go on a mission trip to Haiti this March with their mentor, Dr. Richard Kim. This is the first time a GMMA chapter will be going to Haiti, and there are many things that may be different from past GMMA mission trips. The Drexel team will be serving with Missionary Simon Kim at the Jesus Medical Clinic. Please pray that God would be with the mission team in the planning and preparation and throughout the trip, and that he would continue to be faithful in his provisions for his children.
Regional Coordinator Message:
There are many exciting things going on in the East Coast and for GMMA with mission trips, the conference, and more. I am eager to see what God has in store for all of the chapters. Talking with the student leaders, many of them are also excited to see what God has planned, but they are also nervous about the uncertainty that comes with the future. I want to ask for your prayers for the students as they navigate another semester, and especially for the seniors. As a postgrad, I’ve experienced some of the struggles that come with the transition after graduation, and hope that we can continue to keep these brothers and sisters in our prayers as they faithfully move forward into another life stage.
Thank God for the opportunity to go on a mission trip to Hebron Hospital in Cambodia from Jan 14 to 23. It was truly a blessing to go with 11 Oceania medical missions Association (OMMA) members, 10 GMMA members. We had a range of experiences from general surgery to children’s ministry. But more importantly, despite our age and cultural differences, we became one in Christ. We pray that we can continue to cultivate this relationship.
Regional Outreach & Needs:
In Australia, universities are on summer breaks. Please for our members’ safety as they travel in and out of the country. Also please pray for Australia. We just suffered from the historical bushfires, losing acres of national parks, people and animals.
Regional Coordinator Message:
” I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him” Ephesians 1:16-17
I just pray that we can continue to pray for one another and remain in thankfulness because we have one another to run this race together.
GMMA kicked off the new year with a special prayer meeting at Bethel Church in Irvine, California. This is the venue for the 2020 conference. All generations gathered to pray together for the continuing the work of cultivating a Christ-centered community of mission-minded healthcare students and professionals; continuing the effort of going to medical mission trips together to sites around the world; continuing the effort of sustaining healthy relationships with our mission partners for greater work of medical missions; continuing the effort of coordinating events where we gather to worship and share fellowship together; and continuing the work of hosting the biennial global medical mission conference. It takes all of us to have each area moving forward for His glory. It’s amazing to witness how God is granting the growth and the resources that are necessary in perfect timing.
Below are a few images that share how God graciously keeps our members serving together. We attended conferences to learn and also share about our ministry. Special notes on how beautifully the postgrads and young professionals are engaged in the work of medical missions. Dr. Daniel Na DDS joined the January trip from Oklahoma and did a fantastic job of preparing the students for the dental portion of the mission trip. John and Lucas, two of the regional coordinators from Texas flew in for the January prayer meeting. Many postgrads from California served faithfully for the January prayer meeting taking leadership roles from decoration to food serving. We are ever so grateful for His love present among us to see the beauty of His people gathering to do His good work.
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