“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”
(Romans 8:28)

GMMA July 2019 Monthly Newsletter

It is my great pleasure to share my story.  I was born into a devout Christian family in Seoul, Korea.  Growing up, I don’t remember missing a Sunday service.  However, growing up in a very religious setting, I did not fully grasp the notion of developing a personal relationship with God.   I did not realize that God loved me as a person.  Thankfully, my life took a drastic turn when I entered college.  In my first week as a young college Freshman, I met Jesus as my personal Lord and Savior.  My life has never been the same since I met my Lord.  This was over 40 years ago.  I can say without hesitation that my life has been a testament of God’s grace, mercy, and His favor.  In my walk with God, there are several biblical truths I have learned which I would like to share with you.

The first truth is that God truly loves me.  Everything He does and asks me to do is because He loves me. I have come to learn that there is not a single thing that God allows to happen in my life that He cannot use for my benefit, both good and bad.  God causes all things to work for my good. (Romans 8:28)  Yes, I have learned that my heavenly Father truly loves me.

The second truth is that my life is not about me, but it is about my Father in heaven and that I am created by Him for His pleasure.  God created me in order that I may have fellowship with Him, and that through this fellowship, I can get to know God more deeply.  As I get to know Him more, I can receive His love for me, and learn to love Him back.  The best model God has given us is the parent-child relationship.  When a child is born, a child has no idea who his parents are.  However, as the child grows up, he begins to understand that his parents are there to meet his needs, and the parents share in the pleasure of seeing their child grow up.  Now, who really gets the benefit?  It is the child.  But who gets the pleasure of seeing the child grow up? It is the parents.  This is precisely what happens to us.  You see, I’ve learned that everything I do and I have is from God.  By doing what I have been made to do, and being in this fellowship with my heavenly Father, He receives pleasure from my life.

The third truth is that God’s highest and ultimate goal for me is to become like His Son Jesus.  God’s “Mode of Operandi” is for me to take on His character.  God will place circumstances and hurdles so that I will learn to become like Jesus.  I mean, in everything!  Whatever it takes to remove impurities in my life, He will use it.  This means not only through successes but also failures as well.  Trust me, I’ve had my share of successes and failures.  But ultimately, God will use all these events for my benefit.  Yes, God loves me and adores me because I am His, and I am precious and dear to Him.  Whatever happens to me is very important to Him.

The fourth truth is that I do not need to fear.  There is nothing that happens to me without my heavenly Father’s knowing. There is nothing I need to worry about.  For some, this may sound irresponsible and carefree.  However, knowing that God is for me, and that “there is nothing that my enemy can do to harm me” gives me an undeniable freedom and strength to live this life without fear.

These truths are the reason why I have chosen to “Never to say NO” to God.  The more I say “YES” to Him, the greater blessing it is to know Him and experience His Kingdom and His Son Jesus.  I believe going on a mission trip or helping others who are in need are some of the best ways to experience God and His love for you.  This is not a secret, but those who trust in Him and do the things He asks us to do are the ones who are blessed and, in the process, are able to have a deeper fellowship with Him.

I pray that you also will “Never say NO” to God no matter what comes your way.  May you begin to experience all that God has for you, and begin to develop a deep and genuine fellowship with God.

David Roh, MD

Missions

“The May 2019 Honduras trip was lead by Dr. Paul Jo, who is a Urologist in Florida. Our team was blessed to have a variety of healthcare professionals join our trip, which included several physicians, a pediatrician, and a dentist. The team also consisted of undergraduate students from GSU and UGA. After roughly 8 mission training dates, our team set out to Honduras on May 18th, 2019 to May 24, 2019.
Overall 4 healthcare professionals, 2 post-grads, and 18 undergraduate students added up to a total of 24 people on the team. As a team, we practiced VBS dances and skits, then shared testimonies with one another, and prayed for one another throughout the months of March, April, and May. On the day of the mission trip, our team prepared for a 16 hour trip to a small village near Trujillo. We prepared and packaged medicine for our medical clinics. At 1AM the next day, we rode on a bus for 14 hours before going on a boat for 2 hours to arrive at our mission site. On the first night at the mission site, all of the students performed VBS and skits for the local church there. On the second and third day, half of the students helped the doctors run the medical clinic and the other half of the students performed VBS and skits for the children. On the fourth day, we rode another boat for an hour to serve at another community by running a medical clinic and performing VBS and skits for the children there. In both locations, over 400 patients were seen.
GSU and UGA, as campuses, saw blessings in all the members that attended. Since this was GSU’s and UGA’s first mission trip as a GMMA chapter, a lot of the students were blessed by one another, by the community in Honduras, the doctors, Pastor Lee and by God who provided everything on the trip. We as a team struggled physically on the way to our first mission site. Our bus broke down and most of us were dehydrated during our journey. Depending on God’s provision for everything, brought the whole team closer and closer to God as well. Our worship and prayer nights were overfilled with the Holy Spirit.”

– Matthew Lee, May 2019 Honduras Student Leader

Our mission trip in Paraguay (June 21-28) led by Dr. David Choi consisted of 26 members which involved physicians, dentists, and a medical student. Undergraduate participants came from UC Irvine, UC Riverside, UC Davis, and UC Berkeley. During the trip, we visited local communities of interest to our hosting missionary including an isolated Guarani village and developing churches, with the goal of providing medical and spiritual care. I am so grateful to have participated in the trip and to see God’s love working through the professionals and volunteers on the mission field. It was a blessing to join them, and to serve Him and spread His word, especially to the children of Paraguay.”

– Bernard Koh, June 2019 Paraguay Student Leader

 

GMMA JUNE 2019 PARAGUAY

Regional Health Reports

WEST COAST

Praise Report:
On June 29, officers gathered for the West Coast Officer Retreat. They learned more about GMMA’s ministry and vision, focused on their individual officer roles, prayed for and encouraged one another, heard how God is working in other chapters, and were overall equipped for the upcoming school year!

On July 13, GMMA postgrads and professionals gathered for the “Know My Calling” conference. Attendees were able to learn more about GMMA and have a great time of fellowship with one another during the intergenerational and intragenerational small groups.

Additionally, we ask that you welcome, encourage, and pray for our new West Coast chapter: Pomona!

Regional Outreach & Needs:
Please also pray for all of our chapters and officers to be able to rely on God completely, especially as they transition into the new school year. Pray for spiritual revival, encouraging mentors, and servant hearts for all of the chapters.

Please pray for the two west coast mission trips to Honduras: August 2 – 8 and August 31 – September 7.

Regional Coordinator Message:
“One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to inquire in his temple.” (Psalm 27:4)

I pray that like David, we may have this one desire – to seek the LORD. Lately, I have been overwhelmed with responsibilities – work, mission trip prep, coordinator tasks, and personal life. It is easy to feel burned out and anxious when I blindly focus on the things I need to accomplish. But above anything, God wants me — not my works. I pray that all of GMMA will share this heart to simply desire to sit upon the LORD and gaze upon His beauty.

West Coast Officer Retreat

CENTRAL

Praise Report:
God has opened so many doors for the Texas chapters. There was a mission conference couple months back, and we got in contact with the dean of a new medical school in Houston, Texas. God graciously allowed the new Texas public health team to meet with the dean of the medical school to get advice and wisdom about our project. It was overall an amazing and blessed time.

Regional Outreach & Needs:
We have leaders retreat coming up in August. As we prepare for the leaders retreat, please pray for us that God will move and inspire hearts at the retreat.

At the end of July, we will be heading to Honduras. We are implementing a new public health program to our medical mission trip. We will observe the prevalence of soil-transmitted helminth infections, and we will treat those who are infected. Please pray that our team will be always focused on the main goal: to be the light and salt.

Regional Coordinator Message:
Personally, God has been convicting me to stop idolizing the blessings he has placed in my life, and to use it for His glory and kingdom. I encourage everyone reading to give thanks for your blessings and lay it at the feet of Jesus.

EAST COAST

Praise Report:
As summer has begun on the east coast, students are taking time to rest with family and friends and some are preparing for summer mission trips. While some find rest, God is opening doors for others to serve and expand His kingdom- God is awesome! We just had a team of students from the University of Georgia and Georgia State University come back from a mission trip to Honduras. This team was special because for many it was their first GMMA mission trip. Many students returned with testimonies of God’s power and feeling blessed to have found a family like GMMA. Moreover, the east coast is extremely grateful that God hears His people. After many unanswered questions and prayers, God has faithfully brought us two students who are willing to take over the east coast student representative role.

Regional Outreach & Needs:
With this in mind, we ask that you continue to pray for our transitions in leadership. In addition to this, please pray for the east coast leadership retreats that will be taking place August 30 in Atlanta, GA for the southeast chapters and September 6 in Philadelphia, PA for the northeast chapters. Pray for hearts to become eager and passionate about God’s plans for them and their chapter. Also, pray that future student leaders would feel encouraged and edified.

Regional Coordinator Message:
As the time for me to pass on my role as the east coast student representative and begin a new chapter of my life quickly approaches, I am reminded of Jeremiah 18:1-6, “The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: “Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will let you hear my words.” So I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was working at his wheel. And the vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter’s hand, and he reworked it into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to do. Then the word of the Lord came to me: “O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter has done? declares the Lord. Behold, like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel.”” God is constantly breaking us down to build us up to something greater, but sometimes we think of ourselves as the potter, trying ever so diligently to shape and mold ourselves and our lives. Our need to control, pride, stubbornness, stand in the way of God stepping in to take His rightful place as the potter. Isn’t it time we rejoice in being the clay and stop trying to be the potter? My hope and prayer is that we here on the east coast would continuously humble ourselves to God’s hand and allow Him to mold us into the people He envisions us to be. GMMA on the east coast welcome the Holy Spirit into our hearts and ask Him to continue to make us more like Jesus. We are thankful that we have you guys to encourage us and hope to be a source of encouragement for you guys too. Once again, thank you for your endless love and support. Until next time!
Praise Report:
God has opened so many doors for the Texas chapters. There was a mission conference couple months back, and we got in contact with the dean of a new medical school in Houston, Texas. God graciously allowed the new Texas public health team to meet with the dean of the medical school to get advice and wisdom about our project. It was overall an amazing and blessed time.

Regional Outreach & Needs:
We have leaders retreat coming up in August. As we prepare for the leaders retreat, please pray for us that God will move and inspire hearts at the retreat.

At the end of July, we will be heading to Honduras. We are implementing a new public health program to our medical mission trip. We will observe the prevalence of soil-transmitted helminth infections, and we will treat those who are infected. Please pray that our team will be always focused on the main goal: to be the light and salt.

Regional Coordinator Message:
Personally, God has been convicting me to stop idolizing the blessings he has placed in my life, and to use it for His glory and kingdom. I encourage everyone reading to give thanks for your blessings and lay it at the feet of Jesus.

Chapter Feature

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

During the month of June, we witnessed many incidents of the beauty of collaboration. Postgrad coordinators and professionals working together for the New Officer’s Retreat at All Nations Church in June. The same team also coordinated the Knowing My Calling one day conference for postgrads and professionals at Bethel Church.  We are so thankful of partnering churches allowing GMMA to use them as event venues. Precious pastors are joining during GMMA mission trips guiding willing hearts to accept Jesus as their savior. Another beautiful collaboration is the serving together with local clinicians volunteering to help the GMMA mission teams. It was an enormous help for June Paraguay team as we saw over 700 patients.  Local pediatricians and dentists were priceless as it can be physically challenging for all to be done by GMMA professionals.  Praise the Lord for His grace to us and moving in the hearts of locals to join in.  The local clinicians expressed their thank you and encouraged us saying how it touched them that we traveled across from the US to reach out to their poor which the locals should do.  It was a God moment of tears and building relationships. The local professionals informed they wanted to join in on future GMMA mission trips around the world. Many to share, but lastly for the July issue is the beauty of generations collaborating together for missions.  Dr. Alex Nam, who was one of the founding members of campus chapter development from UCI, is now a med student serving as a mentor to college students.  His father, a dentist from Argentina, joined to serve together in Paraguay.  It was an enormous gift of God, especially through Dr. Nam’s powerful prayers in Spanish.  We pray and look forward to the continuing expansion of the body of Christian healthcare professionals to serve together for His kingdom. Gloria a Dios!

 

Prayer Requests 

Please click below for the Student and Staff prayer requests.

Upcoming Events & Announcements 

GMMA’s Biennial medical conference dates are set for 7/17-18/2020. 

Save the date and do early bird registration to save and secure a seat in popular workshops. Great main speakers like Pastor Francis Chan, Dr. Dan Jones, Dr. Anne Alaniz along with over 30 workshops, career counseling, and personal meetings with missionaries/mission organizations. 

West Coast Mission Dates 2019-2020 Academic Year.
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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