From Community Health to Community Transformation
Workshop » Global Topics
Dr. DJ and Dr. VC
Many pursuing God’s call to healthcare missions and community health are motivated by the desire to see people transformed by the gospel spiritually and physically. Can the gospel not only transform individual lives but entire communities, “that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:10)? Yes! In this session, we will study several examples from different cultural contexts to see how transformational community development can empower communities to use their own God-given creativity and resources to find long-term, local solutions to positively impact community health.
1. Develop a framework of wholistic health and integral mission for healthcare workers.
2. Understand foundational principles and processes of the Community Health Evangelism approach.
3. Examine several practical case examples of community transformation from a community health and wholistic discipleship perspective.
Dr. DJ has served in cross-cultural missions for 22 years, and as an Area and Regional Coordinator for the Middle East and East Asia for Medical Ambassadors International for nearly 18 years. Dr. DJ received his medical degree with a masters degree in microbiology from Chung-Ang University in Seoul, South Korea as well as completed a PhD course in biochemistry from Chung-Nam University. He completed medical training in general surgery and practiced as a general surgeon for 15 years before moving to the Middle East. Dr. DJ also completed a masters degree in theology from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary and a PhD in International Development focused on Community Health Development from William Carey International University. Dr. DJ lives with his family in the Bay Area of California.
Dr. VC has served with Medical Ambassadors International since 2007 and currently serves as global coordinator for field ministries. From 2011 to 2014, he and his family served with a Christian development NGO in Central Asia in the sectors of community development, preventive health, and disability. Dr. VC completed his MD at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine and his MPH at the University of California Berkeley School of Public Health. Prior to joining MAI, Dr. VC worked as a faculty physician in the Stanislaus County Family Medicine Residency Program in Modesto, California. He and his family live in the Central Valley of California.