GMMA October 2017 Monthly Newsletter
Dear beloved family of GMMA! How invaluable you are, as you strive to live for Him. I see this beauty on every campus I visit. I am humbled by how much Christ loves us and is working through us. Many other campuses are reaching out to join the GMMA’s journey of living out the missional life. As we know, any worthwhile journey is full of challenges as the enemy will not leave us alone. The interruptions can come through an array of ways, but take the unshakable stand my brothers and sisters and fight the good fight and win each battle for His glory. Your decision to do this will bear amazing outcomes that our minimal minds cannot phantom. I take this to heart as challenges are real to me as well. As I meditate on His words and cry onto Him, it is so eminent that there is nothing more powerful than His words. So, I invite all of us to continue to not only read the words, but to live it out. I pray that each person of GMMA is blessed to share the life instructed in Colossians 3:10-17.
“Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him. In this new life, it doesn’t matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbaric, uncivilized, slave, or free. Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us. Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful. Let the message of Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. AND WHATEVER YOU DO OR SAY, DO IT AS A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST, giving thanks through him to God the Father.” (Colossians 3:10-17)
In His Service,
Peter Chung M.D
Under the leadership of Dr. Sang Hoon Ahn, a team of 10 professionals and 23 students gathered from UCLA, UCI, UCSD, University of Washington, and UCR went to Cambodia this September! Amongst the professionals, there was a surgeon, anesthesiologist, dentists, doctors and nurses. Together we had the undeserving opportunity to serve and love the people of Cambodia from Sept. 9 to Sept. 16. During our time there, we served at Hebron Medical Center, located in Phnom Penh. While the professionals humbly and faithfully served in their respective ways, the students were able to shadow them. In addition, we had the opportunity to present the Gospel and pray for patients in the waiting room. We performed body worship, skits and VBS for their children. Our team also set up a mobile clinic in a local village. There, the students held VBS and health education skits with the children. We also set up a prayer station, providing us with the chance to pray for the patients. Although our schedule was a little busy, by God’s grace, we had unique and valuable experiences with the people.
We also stayed at a village, Krangyov, where Missionary Hyunjoo Hwang runs a school. News of free medical service attracted many adults and children throughout the village. On our first day, we saw a total of 180 patients. The next day nearly 70 patients received medication and dental treatment. Most of our stay here was not only medically focused, however. Through Missionary Hwang’s testimony our team was humbled and reminded of what it means to abandon all to follow obey Christ. We also got to hear our translator Sothea share his testimony of becoming a Christian in a country where it is only 2% Christian. Though we stayed only for two days, we formed a bond with the kids as we did VBS body worship and played with them. We can all say that we left a bit of our hearts and brought back precious memories of the children there.
Although being there only five days seemed short, it was packed with learning about Cambodia and serving the people. I firmly believe that God used this trip to give us a heart, not just for Cambodia, but also for the nations. Praise be to God that he is the Lord of Cambodia, the Lord of all. Soli Deo gloria.
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 October prayer calendars.
Professional Activity Highlights
Young Professional Quarter Meeting in California
Young professionals of GMMA gathered together for an evening of worship and fellowship in September. This was the third quarterly meeting. The gathering featured worship and prayer, great dinner and fellowship, and sign-ups to serve for the upcoming mission trips. The evening featured special guest YWAM missionary, Praise Kim, who encouraged and blessed the efforts of GMMA. Jen Roh, who will be leading a support group for the post graduate students of GMMA delivered a succinct overview of the purpose of GMMA and ways to get connected in this community. Thank the Lord for her heart!
Serving the flood victims of India
Dr. David Roh, Dr. Mary Roh, and their daughter Jamie, who serves as the Director of Global Campus Chapters, traveled to northern Bihar, India to serve the flood victims. The flood affected about 20 million people and over 1000 individuals have died. This followed their attendance at the Korean Medical Missions Conference in South Korea. The joy of serving the Lord exudes from Dr. Mary Roh’s contagious smile. We are blessed!
CAMPUS CHAPTERS UPDATE
Director of Global Campus Chapter Development : Jamie Roh
A thankful addition to the campus chapter department has been confirmed in September. Jamie Roh has kindly agreed to manage the global campus chapter development, with a focus on the east coast and overseas chapters. Since leaving Goldman Sachs, she has been devoting her time to equip and serve in NK with her parents. Since the door to NK has been closed to US citizens as of September, she has graciously agreed to serve GMMA! We pray for a smooth transition, wisdom, and lots of joy and thanksgiving as she begins this journey of serving in this new position.
If you know any healthcare professionals who would gladly serve as mentors for these chapters, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2018 GMMA Global Conference
Register early and take advantage of the Early Bird Discount. Start planning the trip, don’t miss out on the life-changing experience. Register at conference.gmma7.org
Email email@example.com if you will like to volunteer and help out!
Missionary Loren Cunningham – Plenary Speaker
Loren Cunningham is the founder of Youth With A Mission (YWAM) at the University of the Nations. He started YWAM in the United States in 1960 with his wife, Darlene Cunningham, at the age of 24. The work of YWAM encompasses evangelism, training and mercy ministries and is manned by nearly 20,000 full-time staff plus 25,000 students from more than 200 nationalities and a wide variety of denominations that serve at more than 1,300 YWAM locations in 180+ nations and dependent countries. More than four million students, short-term volunteers and staff have been a part of YWAM since its inception.
Upcoming Events & Announcements
- Go to the Ends of the Earth with Bethel Team: Bethel Church is recruiting GMMA healthcare professionals and post graduates for a joint mission trip to Guinea Bissau from 1/26/18 to 2/3/18. Ginea Bissau is located in western Africa. The mission site is Ilha de Carache, a small island which is a 6 hour boat ride from the mainland of Guinea Bissau. This is truly an ‘end of the world’ where the Gospel has not yet reached. The team will focus on church construction, children’s ministry, along with medical missions. CONTACT: Dr. Sang-Hoon Ahn (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
- Helping Texas Flood Victims: Jordan International Aid welcomes professionals who can be a part of serving the flood victims of Texas. The current situation is very difficult, very needy, and may be far beyond our comfort. (Imagine camping in the heat of summer at a developing nation).
- Jordan International Aid is a Christian-based organization with a strong history of working alongside many different humanitarian/faith groups. Physicians & other health providers (PA, FNP, NP, RN, LVN, MA, etc.) should have a license in good standing in any state (current & without restrictions), without past felonies, disciplinary actions or malpractice claims against them. Please apply via http://jiarelief.org/take-action/volunteer/ . If you have any general questions please email email@example.com . For health care providers, email our medical director firstname.lastname@example.org , who will be attending the trip.
- Take a 5 minute survey and help a relevant study related to missions. The study is headed by Dr. David Narita, MD, an Adjunct Professor of Intercultural Studies at William Jessup University. Contact: email@example.com
- How good are we at addressing the issues that Asian-American Christians face as they explore a career in world missions? Take this 5-minute survey to add your voice in furthering His kingdom.
- 2018 Global Medical Missions Conference is a GMMA family event serving the world of medical missions. Everyone can have a part to serve. Students will be informed by their campus leaders on how they will be participating. Let’s have a great time planning and lifting up the conference as our worship to a faithful God.
- UPCOMING GMMA MISSION TRIPS – Please pray for the teams.
- October 28 mission trip to Mexico with Dr. Iris Lee with Biola, UC Berkeley, and USC chapters.
- November 11 mission trip to Mexico with Dr. Sang-Hoon Ahn with UCLA and UC Irvine chapters.
- November 11 mission trip to Mexico with Dr. David Choi with UC San Diego and University of Washington chapters.
- Intercampus Meetings
- October 21-22 Texas Region Intercampus Fellowship
- November 20 Joint Meetings — USC + UCLA // UC Davis + UC Berkeley // UC Irvine + UC Riverside + Biola
(Please refer to the master calendar on the website for all other meeting dates)
- If you would like to share your testimony with us, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org by the first week of each month for consideration.
Until next time ,
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