GMMA was founded under the guiding principles of fellowship, mentorship and medical missions. Our desire is to spread the healing message of God through medical missions work, whether it is in a different country or here at home. We want to mobilize like-minded individuals united through the love and grace of Christ, to provide medical and spiritual assistance to those who need it most.

Vanessa Villarreal

President

“Through GMMA, God has continuously manifested immeasurable amounts of grace, love, and faithfulness to His children, myself included. Never would I have imagined a simple prayer to grow closer to Him 3 years ago make way for a wave of opportunities to feel His presence and grow in my identity in Him. Through GMMA, He continues to work in and through me to tell them ALL of the good, gracious Father we have.”

Christy Ma

Vice President 

“Being a part of GMMA has taught me the importance of vulnerability in order for growth in a Christ-centered life. It has helped me foster a missional heart that is long-term and present in my everyday life. GMMA is particularly special to me because like-minded people are able to come together as one body of Christ and be used as vessels to move in peoples’ lives. GMMA is a family that works to use our individual gifts and talents to bring people to Christ by displaying God’s unconditional love for His people, and I’m so thankful to be serving and loving on this body.”

 

Gloria Johnson

Secretary

“I can truly say that it was God alone that brought me to GMMA. It gave me a community of brothers and sisters in Christ who shared a passion for serving the underserved, to be in fellowship with one another, and to be a light on UF campus.  GMMA allowed me to grow in my faith more than I could have ever imagined. GMMA taught me the value of vulnerability, humility, and accountability in my faith and relationships with others.  I am so thankful for our mentors and how this community allowed me to center my life around Christ and reflect Him in everything I do.”

 

Elise Mills

Treasurer 

“To me, GMMA is a family. The people I have met through this organization inspire me to do my best in order to spread the Word and love of God while making lasting connections. GMMA has given me the opportunity to open up in my faith and see how that can be translated into my career in the health field. Before GMMA, I thought there was no place for faith in the health field, but the very dedicated mentors have proven me wrong. GMMA has also given me a support system, one I can turn to when I am struggling, and I think that is something hard to find.”

 

Sarah Joe

Mission Coordinator 

Through GMMA, I found community: a family of like-minded brothers and sisters in Christ that encourages, prays for, and loves one another deeply.  The accountability and opportunities to share Christ’s light through serving has strengthened my love for Jesus and encouraged me to seek Him wholeheartedly. GMMA showed me what it looks like to prioritize God in the midst of pursuing academics and how to live a life of worship by glorifying God through my career. 

Naomi Dejeu

Mission Coordinator 

“GMMA intertwines four of my favorite things in life: Jesus, medicine, volunteering, and missions! GMMA is not just an organization, but a family that I can go to and lean on for support. I love GMMA for everything and all that it stands for because it allows me to do what I love and apply it to my life.”

 

 

Gavin Leung

Public Relations

GMMA is more than just an organization. It is where strangers become family. GMMA to me is a community where anyone can worship our God. It is what God has called us to, to grow with one another. I’ve wanted to become a dentist for the longest time because I wanted to help people. GMMA has given me an opportunity to combine my professional goal along with a mission-related one. The things that God allows GMMA to do is amazing and I am so glad to be apart of it!

Rebecca Neal

Historian

“God brought GMMA to me when I was beginning my college journey and, boy did He know something I didn’t. GMMA has given me a community to cry with during hard times and celebrate with during the good ones. In GMMA, I found accountability, I found a family, I found my calling. This organization has filled a place in my heart I didn’t even know was missing. I can only thank God for the amazing brothers, sisters, mentors, friends, and experiences GMMA has given me.”

Chelsea Han

Worship Leader

“GMMA to me has grown to be a family that has given me encouragement and clarity as I pursue my calling to glorify God as a pre-health student. It has been amazing to see God’s presence and nearness made known everywhere. One of my pastors often says, “Two things are eternal: the Word of God and the souls of people”. I’m thankful that my role is so directly correlated to this statement: it allows me to serve by leading people to see Truth through song, while simultaneously giving me the opportunity to build meaningful relationships with them that the Gospel might go forth!”

Upcoming Events

GBM #2: | Thursday, January 30th | 7:00 – 9:00 pm | Reitz G330 | 

w

Announcements

Resources

Vanessa Villarreal                  villarrealv@ufl.edu

Christy Ma                               christyma@ufl.edu

Gloria Johnson                       gloria.johnson@ufl.edu

Elise Mills                                elisemills@ufl.edu

Sarah Joe                                 sarahjoe@ufl.edu

Naomi Dejeu                           naomi.dejeu@ufl.edu

Gavin Leung                            gleung77@ufl.edu

Rebecca Neal                           rebecca.neal@ufl.edu

Chelsea Han                            chelseahan@ufl.edu

Meeting Recaps

During our first fall semester general body meeting, Dr. Jo introduced the history and core values of GMMA. We also introduced our chapter’s student officers, national leaders, and mentors. Furthermore, we discussed the active membership requirements, announced upcoming events, and spent quality time in fellowship with one another.

Our second fall semester general body meeting consisted of a small showcase of local ministries here in Gainesville, in hopes to provide our members with outside resources and communities. We were blessed to hear from four representatives regarding their respective ministries, after which we separated into small groups for a more one-on-one Q&A with each representative. 

In our third fall semester general body meeting, we were blessed to hear from one of our local mentors, Dr. Rogers. Dr. Rogers shared his own testimony and personal experiences as a Christian physician and closed with answering questions from our members. Additionally, we were able to engage in a fun “icebreaker” in which the officers, members, and mentors bonded. 

Our fourth fall semester general body meeting was our Student Health Panel, in which various graduate students joined together to share their testimonies as future health care professionals. We were blessed to hear from medical, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry, physician assistant students. Throughout the night, we engaged in precious fellowship with one another as we learned more about our prospective career paths. 

Our fifth fall semester general body meeting was conducted around the topic of confronting the stigma of mental health as Christians. During this meeting, we learned about what the Bible says about mental health and how we can approach it as faithful Christians. Students shared their experiences with various resource centers on campus to bring awareness to others that may be in need of their services. Finally, we spent time in small groups learning to master the skills of meditation, time management, and self-awareness. 

During our first spring semester general body meeting, we spent some time in fellowship reflecting on what God has done in 2019 and what we are hopeful He will do in 2020. We are so thankful that God has provided such a beautiful community of Christ followers to surround ourselves with. 

Honduras Mission Trip | March 2019 | UF + UPenn

Facebook

Visit our Facebook page!

Instagram

Follow us on Instagram!

Email

Email us at ufgmma@gmail.com!

Follow Us

Share This