“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight” (Proverbs 9:10)

GMMA February 2017 Monthly Newsletter

President’s Greeting

Prayer Lifeline

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Dear GMMA family,
As I pray for GMMA every morning, I humbly seek the Lord to bless each and every one of you! This month you are receiving my short greeting from Jerusalem, Israel.  My wife and I are spending a couple of weeks here, praying and being blessed to be where Christ spent his earthly life. It’s been an eye-opening experience walking through the biblical sights and seeing places I’ve read of in the Bible. I am learning new information about Israel and wanted to share some insight with you. According to my source, Jeru means “If you fear God,” and salem means “You will have peace.” Jerusalem means “If you fear God, you will have peace.” How true this is. May the fear of God be restored in Israel as the Bible tells us this is the beginning of wisdom (Proverbs 9:10). Wisdom in its power enables obedience which pleases God. I think all believers can agree that if all people live in obedience to God’s teaching, there will be true peace on this earth. May GMMA family members have holy fear of the Lord, a deep, abiding, reverence and respect for the Lord, and the peace in their hearts, that cannot be found from this world.  Another learning item which I consider as one of the most important personal messages of the trip, is that Israel’s core value has been from “wilderness, deserts” where “our nothing, God’s everything ” or “our minimum, God’s maximum'” resonate powerfully. This leads to the cross! God reaffirmed what He had before taught me, through my own personal wilderness experiences during which He strengthened my faith in His power. This revelation is a gift for me as this will be the basic spiritual foundation to serve GMMA as the appointed president; less of me and more of God; trusting on His manna, not of this world. I humbly seek for you to join me as we press onward for the ministry, especially as we begin preparing for the global conference again. Through genuine fear of the Lord and obedience, may the conference preparation glorify His everything, His maximum leading all of us closer to Him! Have a blessed and victorious month.

In His Service,

Peter Chung M.D

Missions

The Texas GMMA chapter attended their very first mission trip on January 6-9th. The team traveled to Piedras Negras, accompanied by Dr. Yun Kim (UT Austin’s mentor) and Texas A&M’s potential student leaders. The team served at DIF, a government owned clinic, and held a VBS for the children at Casa Bethesda, an orphanage for the mentally disabled. They also set up a mobile clinic at an AWANA club one day and visited one other orphanage. During the discussion times, the students shared about all the things that God had taught them during the ministries. Many expressed how truly touched they were by the children at Casa Bethesda. Please continue to pray for the new members of GMMA who attended this trip, as they embark on their new journey with us!

On January 14, a team of 34 health professionals, staff, GMMA graduates, and students from both Biola University and UC Berkeley went on a one day medical mission trip to La Misión, Mexico. The team spent the day seeing patients at Siloé and holding children’s ministry at Door of Faith Orphanage. Once back in California, they debriefed and shared about their thoughts and feelings with each other.

On February 18, Dr. Iris Lee will be leading a team with students from USC and UCI on a one day medical mission trip to La Misión, Mexico. Please pray for the remaining trainings and preparations that they have. Additionally, please pray that they will be God’s hands and feet during their day in Mexico.

Our very own GMMA President, Dr. Peter Chung, Sr. will be leading a team of students from Emory University, University of Florida, and University of Michigan on an extended medical mission trip to Honduras in March. As they have already started their training, please pray that God will work in their hearts. Please also pray that all preparations will go smoothly.

Please keep all the teams, their safety, and the trips in your prayers. Thank you.

Don’t forget! GMMA members will be serving at various mission sites throughout the year. If you are interested in joining us, check out our website at Gmma7.org for more details.

Prayer Requests

  • God will be glorified in all efforts at GMMA; from campus chapters, mentors, board members, and to our mission trips.
  • God would put a hedge of protection over GMMA.
  • Divine appointments are encountered and praised as new student and professional mmbers are added to GMMA.
  • Our students are gifted with strong faith, wisdom, and bold strength to do the right thing and make our heavenly Father proud in all their endeavors.
  • Each of the monthly mission trips is prepared with passion and dedication, supported through more prayer than talk time.
  •  Our monthly mission trips are anointed and led by the Holy Spirit, who would protect the team and bless every aspect of serving as His healers.
  •  Every board members’ hearts are filled with thanksgiving and joy as they share their talents and resources to support GMMA ministry, as a small offering of much they have received from the Lord.
  •  Every mentor will be gifted with wisdom and compassion to guide and love the mentees with the heart of the Savior.
  •  God’s provision will formulate the 2018 GMMA conference coordination team.
  • For the staff members to continue to serve, as to the Lord and not to men, and sustain fervency and zeal.

Professionals 

The highlight for this newsletter is about a couple of meetings that took place in January. During the last weekend of January, twenty-five of staff and professional members gathered together in California to brainstorm on seven main areas of GMMA. It was a blessed time of seeking His wisdom and sharing ideas that can move the ministry forward in 2017. In its midst, we discovered more about each other. Dr. Richard Kim, who serves as the mentor for the U Penn/Drexel Chapter enhanced the praise and worship through solo performances on his saxophone! Solomon Kang who serves as one of the mentors for Florida chapter is an awesome mechanical engineer not an MD. We discovered that many members are very musical. Dr. Ahn led praise with his guitar, sisters Dr. Roh and Esther Park harmonized beautifully, and Dr. Choi taught us body worship! Only in the beauty of faith He gave, was this meeting experience possible. We look forward to more meetings as such, so that more members can participate. As GMMA members are in diverse locations, we are in the works of conducting more regional, as well as national meetings to gather together.

Another important meeting during January was the PUST meeting in Colorado. PUST is one of the closest medical mission partners of GMMA. One of the GMMA board members is the founding dean of PUST school of medicine in NK, and many of the fellow GMMA board members are actively involved to support and serve together. You can view more information on pustsom.org

Students

California Intercampus Fellowship Day (Jan 16)

Southern California’s six schools (UCLA, USC, UCI, UCSD, UCR & BIOLA) gathered together on Martin Luther King’s Day and had a intercampus fellowship. The day was filled with praise, games and a lot of fun!

UFlorida Honduras Spring 2k17

In March, our Southeast Region will go on their first GMMA trip on their own to Honduras. Three schools participating in this trip are University of Michigan, University of Florida and Emory University. Our National Student Coordinator, Jessica and PR Coordinator Elly, have traveled to Florida to meet our GATORS.

They also just had a fundraiser to support their mission trip. They sold Korean BBQ with help of local franchise restaurant, Lollicup and raised $500

Please keep our Honduras team and two main lead mentors, Dr. Peter Chung Sr and Dr. Paul Jo in prayer.

Preparation for the New Semester/ Quarter

For the new semester and quarter, student leaders met up through different means. Pray for the guidance and wisdom from the Lord as they lead another semester, and elect their academic year of 2017-18 soon.

If you know any healthcare professionals who would gladly serve as mentors for these chapters, please email us at admin@gmma7.org.

Opportunities

Please pray about joining the 2018 conference coordination team.  We especially encourage all of our members with talents in organizational skills, artistic skills, writing skills, and networking skills.  It will be a great experience of praying and working together to bring people from around the world to Irvine California to be inspired, to be informed, and guided to be involved in medical missions. Please contact gmmaconference@gmma7.org.
For professional members who are interested in becoming a mentor please email mentors@gmma7.org.
For professional members who are interested in participating in one day or multiple day medical mission trips with campus chapters, please email missions@gmma7.org.
If you are interested in serving with us,
please contact us at Gmma7.org@gmail.com.

Member Testimonies

“QT beforehand – it helped me grow closer to God doing daily QT’s with accountability; the actual pharmacy work was good and helped me realize my job is not just my own but also God’s to use to help other grow closer to Him – working with other leaders/students who have some passions and backgrounds.”

– Judy Y., PharmD

“That it involved a lot of spiritual training which outweighs everything. I enjoyed that I got close to the members and that now I have more support system.”

– Hopey B.

“The biggest spiritual realization came as we were debriefing. One of the “Mission Debriefing Questions” was, “What did I learn/experience that will change the way I live and represent Jesus in my home community and church?” I was reflecting on the initiative of the missionaries/volunteers in Siloe. They sacrificed so much to help the people in Mexico. It encourages me to take the same initiative, not with people in Mexico, but with those around me like my friends, peers, teachers, and even strangers in my community. I want to have a mission-minded heart all the time.”

– Matthew C.

Upcoming Events & Announcements

  • February one day mission trip to Mexico 2-18-17 (USC, UCI chapters, led by Dr. Iris Lee)
  • GMMA conference chair, Dr. Joseph Chun is leading the Eureka Conference with his wife, Dr. Lydia Chun. It is a one-day workshop designed for young adults to discover how to unlock their full potential in life. They are offering special discounts for GMMA members. It will be held on March 11, 2017 at Sa Rang Church in Anaheim, California. You can register now at giftheal.com.
  • Multiple mission trips will be held in March to Honduras and Mexico.

If you would like to share your testimony with us, send us an email at newsletter@gmma7.org by the first week of each month for consideration.

Until next time,
Please share about KAMHC & GMMA and let us all remember to Arise and Shine for His glory.

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