“He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.” (Ephesians 4:16)
GMMA February 2017 Monthly Newsletter
My heart goes out to the GMMA members who were affected by Hurricane Harvey and Irma. The increasing intensity and frequency of these natural disasters around the globe are amounting to much devastation. The affected people are experiencing an array of emotions and difficulties. I, too, was in the midst of it, as a resident of Florida. During the decision making process of whether to evacuate to a shelter or not, Psalm 77:16-20 came to me. My wife and I decided to ride it through at our home. We are safe, but our surrounding needs much work due to the fallen trees, debris, and the flooded streets. Leaving this behind, I am traveling to Korea to represent GMMA at Korea Medical Missions Conference and also to follow up on GMMA Korea chapter formation. Yes, there are many things happening: new disasters reported from around the world every day. The Bible informs us that this is the way it will be. We press forward in doing His work. “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me.” John 14:1. Requests for medical mission assistance is significantly increasing and God is moving to grow us into a community, to respond and be His agents of healing. So, brothers and sisters in Christ, we overcome the weakness of this world through the strength of the faith gifted to us, and shine His light in the midst of darkness. We are aware that many of us, including myself, are experiencing difficulties in various aspects of life. But, God reminds us not to focus on the issues, but to focus on Him. We call out to Him together and experience the power of united prayer. Then, worry transforms into Worship, fear turns into Faith, terror becomes Trust, and anguish melts into Adoration. Thank you all for doing the missional life together for His glory under all circumstances. We will overcome!
In His Service,
Peter Chung M.D
Santa Rita, Honduras
From August 8-13, Drs. Peter Chung and Paul Jo led a team of students and professionals to Santa Rita, Honduras. The 23 students were from Cornell, University of Virginia, University of Toronto (Canada), University of Toronto Dental School (Canada), University of Western Ontario (Canada), University of South Florida, and Johns Hopkins. The team stayed with Missionary Lee at his mission site which had a school and dental clinic. Each day started with QT & sharing as well as sharing from the healthcare professionals on faith. During the day, the team drove up to the mountaintops of Honduras to set up temporary clinics where they provided care and did VBS with the children through skits, games, and body worship. On the last full day in Honduras, Dr. Jo led a CPR course for the local Honduran dental students, who were also able to have a time of praise and fellowship with the mission team. Each night after arriving back to the missionary site, they had dinner, praise, prayer, testimony sharing, and personal sharing from the healthcare professionals and missionary. It was a blessed time of revival, joy in serving, and fellowship with one another. Thank you for all of your support and prayers!
Xela/Guatemala City, Guatemala
UC Berkeley participated in a trip to Guatemala from August 12-19th. Find more details in the featured “Students” section and watch the video recap below!
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 May prayer calendar.
“Faith In Action” Stories
There is a local Mexican nurse, Miriam, at Siloe clinic in Mexico, where GMMA has been visiting almost monthly. Her father (a pastor) urgently required a new pacemaker, and was not doing well in the hospital. The family could not afford the cost of a new pacemaker (about $5,000). Upon hearing this, Alex Nam, a GMMA graduate and an official Spanish translator for GMMA, began praying about it. The situation continued to worsen. After much prayer, Alex decided to drive down to Siloe himself to pay for the pacemaker with his new credit card. This was the action of a man with compassion and faith. Alex was not able to come up with the funds alone, but there he went, with faith. He arrived on the day of the surgery and paid the cost, and Miriam’s father received the pacemaker that he very much needed. Upon hearing of this, the rest of GMMA joined in on the action. During the GMMA bimonthly prayer meeting, about 25 attendees were all inspired by what had happened and raised $3400 on the spot. One mentor stated, as she emptied her wallet “,If Alex can go broke, so can I!” Other GMMA student members responded to Alex’s Facebook post, and $680 was raised through Venmo. The rest was contributed by a 2017 Guatemala mission team. Shortly after, the entire goal was met; Siloe Clinic & Miriam were notified. Brandon, the Siloe director’s husband, replied “,GMMA is amazing! So generous. Thanks for loving Miriam & her family!” Through this motion, it was once again evident that GMMA is a God-loving people and that God works with us! Thank you Alex for your act of compassion and faith!
Featured Professionals of the Month
Volunteering to lend a hand for the hurricane Harvey victims in Houston Texas.
Professional Activity Highlight :
GMMA professional members are serving in various capacities around the globe. We are so blessed by their proactive life of faith and compassion!
Dr. Roh, Dr. Kim, and Jamie Roh volunteered for the disaster relief in Houston. The following are the words of Dr. Roh, sharing about her experience:
“Dr. Yong Sik Kim took us to George R Brown convention center where the flood victims are sheltered. We registered with the American Red Cross and went through a brief orientation session where we met various volunteers from all over the US, and even one individual from Toronto. Jamie was assigned to help sort through donation goods. Dr. Kim and I were given a tour of the entire facility (no pictures were allowed of the dorms to respect the privacy of the flood victims). At one point of last week, the center housed 17,000 people, but now they were down to 1,500. We were quite impressed with the logistical coordination that went into organizing the chaos. They were providing free services including: 3 meals daily, showers, laundry, medical, dental, pharmacy, optical and even pet services to name a few. FEMA representatives were present as well as numerous volunteers. Texas state guard servicemen and policemen maintained security at high levels. The medical clinic areas were not busy so Dr. Kim and I spent our time mingling with the flood victims and listening to their stories; it was heartbreaking. Most of them had already applied for FEMA assistance, but were just waiting to be relocated for more permanent housing. We encouraged them by listening and offering up prayers, which they willingly received.”
Please pray about serving in GMMA’s committees that best align with your areas of gifts and talents. We assure you that this will be an incredible opportunity. We are in need of members to serve in: Intercessory Prayer, Mission Coordination, Information and Media Management, Mentorship, Proof Reading and Writing, Photograph and Video Management, Fundraising, and Event Coordination.
If you are interested in serving with us,
please contact us at Gmma7.email@example.com .
Upcoming Events & Announcements
1. One of GMMA’s medial missions partners in India is needing urgent assistance.
You may have heard of recent floods which have swamped most of northern Bihar, India, affecting about 20 million people and over 1000 have died already.
If you are willing to join a GMMA medical relief team to serve in India, please connect with us. There are many ways to help. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
2. The 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 our faithful God.
3. Upcoming events:
September 23rd Quarterly Health Professional Meeting in Los Angeles, CA, for SoCal members.
October 21-22 Texas Region Intercampus Fellowship
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.
November 20 Joint General Meetings — USC + UCLA // UC Davis + UC Berkeley // UC Irvine + UC Riverside + Biola
4. Please visit the website www.gmma7.org and sign up for mission trips, apply to be a board member, and apply to be a mentor!
5. If you would like to share your testimony with us, send us an email at email@example.com by the first week of each month for consideration.
Until next time ,
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