“Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.” (Psalm 100:4-5)
“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
The month of November is often associated with Thanksgiving, a time of gratitude and the gathering of families and friends. The world focuses on thanksgiving once per year in a cumulative manner, but Christ tells us differently. He calls us to be thankful always, under any circumstance. I realize that whatever Christ instructs us to live out is always beneficial to us. According to an article from Harvard Health Publications, it has been shown that “gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness”. Furthermore, “gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships.”
During October, God allowed me to travel to many places to share about GMMA and meet with various groups of faithful servants. I visited Sydney Australia, where the GMMA Sydney chapter started up with valuable professionals stepping up to serve as mentors. I met with faithful brothers at John Hopkins University who are diligently serving to establish a GMMA chapter there. We recently held the first GMMA general meeting at USF in Tampa with a multi-ethnic group of students and acquired four excellent professional mentors there. These are three examples of the many ways that God is working in GMMA. I am so thankful that God is allowing many individuals of faith to join GMMA and share the passion of doing medical missions together. I am overwhelmed with thanksgiving. This thanksgiving has been a gift from God, which continues to sustain and strengthen me during my frequent travels. “Thank you” to all the GMMA members for being such a special part of my life! I pray for the blessing of living a life of thanksgiving, under all circumstance, for all of us. Happy Thanksgiving!
In His Service,
Peter Chung M.D
On October 22nd, UC Berkeley and USC GMMA student chapters participated in a one-day medical mission trip to La Misión, Mexico. An oncologist, two anesthesiologists, one nurse practitioner, and four GMMA graduates accompanied the students. The students shadowed the professionals, took patient vital signs, prayed with patients, and held a VBS for the children at an orphanage. The team experienced God’s perfect timing during the trip.
The UCLA and UCI student chapters will be traveling with professionals on a one-day medical mission trip to La Misión, Mexico on November 12th. Please keep the team, the team’s safety, and the trip in your prayers.
Watch a recap of the October medical mission trip below!
- Please continue to pray for the GMMA mission teams traveling to various locations almost every month. We are now capable of sending multiple teams on a single date to serve at different sites. Pray that the teams would experience strong unity in Christ, a servant’s heart, unshakable joy and thanksgiving, and the fruit of salvation.
- Please pray for blessing of health for the mission team leaders as they are so diligently serving GMMA in addition to their busy work and church schedules.
- Continue to pray for GMMA members and their family members who are experiencing different health challenges such as cancer.
- Let us pray for the US and the countries of our mission partners, especially for the leaders of each country to seek God’s wisdom and see the needs of the people.
The professional members across the US and abroad are faithfully serving in so many capacities. Many of our members are physicians as well as pastors serving to promote physical and spiritual healing. One of the highlights of October was the OMMA Conference attendance in Sydney Australia. OMMA (Oceanic Medical Missions Association) is based in Sydney Australia. More than 15 board members of GMMA attended as workshop speakers and Dr. Chung served as one of the plenary speakers there. GMMA’s executive chairman Dr. Chon even served with his talent and sang “Great is Thy Faithfulness” for the opening session. They were able to meet many students to share and pray for them. Resulting from a positive interest in GMMA, a Sydney Australia Student Chapter was created. More than 25 students signed up and four professionals confirmed to serve as mentors! The professionals witnessed God moving in the hearts of His people in Australia and were very blessed. As the GMMA family is growing and becoming more global, Dr. Chung emphasized the critical importance of establishing strong guidelines and fervent prayer support.
Following the Australia trip, Dr. Chung continues to travel, meeting amazing faithful students serving at different campuses. He reports meeting a faithful team at John Hopkins University who are working hard to establish a GMMA chapter on their campus. The professional members are joining in the effort to find more mentors to support the student body of GMMA. Further activities include Dr. Choi’s travel to UC Berkely to train the students for the October mission trip. Dr. Lee, serving as a full time medical missionary for Africa, was able to attend the October GMMA mission trip and provided valuable lessons for the students on how to be a “good” doctor for His glory. Dr. Ahn has been training the November mission team faithfully as well. We are so thankful for the many professional members attending the campus chapter meetings as speakers.
In October, USC and UC Berkeley partnered together for their first mission trip of the 2016-17 academic year. On Oct 22nd, students went to Mexico for a one-day mission trip. It was truly a time of blessing to serve Mexico with Siloe Ministry. We thank everyone who has kept our October team in prayer.
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UT Austin student chapter held a retreat in San Antonio where Dr. Yongsik Kim and his family hosted 27 students to fellowship and learn more about the UT medical school system.
Few of our student chapters recently held their first meeting. Please welcome Biola, USF (University of South Florida) and John Hopkins. Dr. Chung visited John Hopkins University and USF for their first introduction meeting.
Several student fundraisers were held throughout this past month, including Cornell’s crew-neck sweater shown below.
Another major fundraiser that is still going on is UFlorida’s Laptop sticker fundraiser. Check out the Facebook fundraiser page here. This fundraiser will fund the Spring Break Mission trip to Honduras.
In the West Coast Region, a Mt. High Lift Ticket fundraiser is being held to support the needs of GMMA’s mission partners including:
- Fences for Ebenezer School in Ebernethy, Honduras
- Haiti Flood rescue
- Mexico Siloe Wellness Center support
- GMMA campus acitivites support
You can find the Facebook fundraiser page and further details here.
As the West Coast Region sends out two separate teams to Mexico on November 12th, please keep each student and health professional in prayer.
December mission trips to Mexico include UWashington chapter from Seattle, UCR and Biola from Southern California, UIUC and Northwestern students from Midwest Region, and East Region’s Cornell and UVirginia chapters. With students participating from all over the country, please pray for their unity and safety.
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If you know any healthcare professionals who would gladly serve as mentors for these chapters, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
God has designed us to live in community with Him and with others, and He has blessed you with many gifts and talents! Please be a channel of blessing by serving with us. Here are some areas to consider: Intercessory Prayer, Medical Missions Coordination, Information and Media Management, Mentor-ship, 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
- Is God working in your life in wonderful ways? Do you have a testimony that you would like to share with the rest of the KAMHC/GMMA family? Please send us your story at firstname.lastname@example.org for an opportunity to be featured on our newsletter.
- Have you heard about our students’ fundraisers? Fundraisers range from laptop stickers to “Arise” sweaters to food items (not limited to donuts and cooked rice cakes) to lift tickets! If you are in the area, please support our students as they raise money for mission trips and for our mission partners.
- We are in need for mentors and speakers for our students chapters. Please contact us at email@example.com for further details.
- Health professionals! Would you like to go on our mission trips? Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- Volunteer to be one of the 70 who will commit to pray for GMMA daily, until June 2017. Sign up at gmma7.org.
November 12: California Chapter Mexico one-day mission trip
November 18-19: Special GMMA Sister’s Retreat
November 21: SoCal Health Panel
November 22: Cornell Fellowship
November 28: Atlanta Intercampus Fellowship
Until next time,
Please share about KAMHC & GMMA and let us all remember to Arise and Shine for His glory.