GMMA April 2017 Monthly Newsletter
Experience the Power of Obedience
April reminds us of the significance of the cross through Easter; the death and the resurrection of our Christ. The phenomenal power of obedience comes to mind when I look at the Cross. Jesus’s resolute obedience to God’s will reconciled us to God and gifted us with eternal life. His obedience reversed, realigned, restored, and resurrected the power of faith. We, in turn, do missions with this power! His obedience empowers us to be obedient, leading us to blessings that this world cannot supply. Historically, we are the outcome of the twelve disciples’ obedience to Christ’s last command to “go and make disciples of all nations.”
GMMA is participating in the obedience to this command as well. Our obedience today will take part in the history of building tomorrow’s leaders of medical missions.
I would like to make a special invitation to all the professional members, to become discipling mentors to the student chapters of the US and abroad. Our amazing college students are serving diligently to live a missional life. Let us support and guide them. God said, “obedience is better than sacrifice…” Samuel 15:22. If God stirs your heart to serve as a mentor, please say “yes”. Obedience leads to glory and honor. May the transformative power of Easter touch each heart of the GMMA family and resurrect greater faith to serve Him mightily. Let us be great history makers for His glory!
In His Service,
Peter Chung M.D.
March Mexico team prepared and traveled to La Misión in Baja California, Mexico. Throughout the trip, the team meditated on John 4:23-24 “…the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth…”
The team gathered their efforts at Siloé Clinic to see patients and help take inventory for the pharmacy’s move to the Wellness Center. The students were able to shadow a hematologist-oncologist, dentist, internist, and a pharmacist.
On Saturday, the team went to Templo Embajadores de Cristo, which houses over 200 Haitian refugees. There, they provided medical and dental examinations, medicine, manicures, and hosted a VBS and English camp for many refugees. Ministry went on for the entirety of the day with broken Spanish, English, and French Creole. Many friends were made as everyone danced to the “Cha Cha” together!
On Sunday, the team joined Templo Elim for worship, and performed “Above All” body worship and “Set Me Free” skit. The rest of the congregation joined in doing the motions to “Above All” to praise the Lord. After a delicious lunch, the team split into two groups to work at the Siloé Wellness Center and to do Children’s Ministry at Buena Vida Orphanage.
This trip was a tremendous blessing to all of the members, as they truly enjoyed serving God and exploring what it means to “be” with each other. It was an incredible blessing to work alongside people of many different languages and to serve the Haitian people, of all places, in Mexico. Please pray that God will continue to provide and lead the Haitians who are in Mexico now.
“ROMANS 12:2: Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is; his good, pleasing and perfect will.
I was completely transformed. The huge rock underneath my soil was the fear of being involved in a church and being unfaithful to God. My rote was to pray to God every single night before bed. Prayer was all I maintained, but I now realize what I lacked. Being a true worshipper isn’t fulfilled by simply praying on my own. Being a true worshipper is to pray, read the Gospel, fast, and most importantly sharing with and spreading to others. From this trip, I realized how important it is to share with others. As Gina said, there isn’t only a vertical relationship with God and me, but there’s a horizontal relationship between the other sons and daughters of God as well. Through this trip I learned not only how beautiful His offspring are in their faith and love, but how amazing He is as our father. He was patient, He was loving, and He was willing. That’s what has brought me here on this short but powerful weekend. Through every experience: training, clinic, fellowship, orphanage, and Little Haiti; I have been transformed and have been enlightened on His good, pleasing, and perfect will.
I have the desire to be his good and faithful daughter. I have a fire in me to share this desire with everyone I know and don’t know. I feel His love radiating like the sun’s rays, I think everyone just needs to realize that the warmth they feel is from Him.”
– Testimony by Jessica Lee, UCSD
We believe that prayers will relieve our burdens beyond imagination. This is because our heavenly Father is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us. May God bless our GMMA family as we pray for each other.
Please lift up the GMMA student chapters and mission efforts for the kingdom of God.
Click below to see this month’s prayer calendar.
Featured Member of the Month
Dr. Sang Hoon Ahn
Dr. Ahn was born and raised in S. Korea where he earned his medical degree and master’s in public health from Seoul National University. He was initially trained in Family Practice at Seoul National University Hospital, and then went on to complete a Cancer Prevention and Screening fellowship program at the National Cancer Center in Korea. This was followed by U.S. training at the University of Arizona where he completed residency in Internal Medicine and fellowship in Hematology and Oncology. He was a faculty at the University of Arizona concentrating on GI oncology and Phase I clinical trial program. He currently works as medical oncologist at LA and Buena Park Cancer Centers. He has been serving GMMA/KAMHC since 2008.
Dr. Ahn likes watching sports games and enjoys well balanced spicy Korean food. His favorite character in the Bible is Paul because “he truly was an exemplary Christian who lived out the commission.” He believes that GMMA can change the future of medical missions and considers it as the most important ministry in his life. He resides in LA with his wife and has two sons.
GMMA is so grateful for Dr. Ahn’s unwavering commitment to living a missional life with the students. He has lead multiple mission trips every year, training the students and serving communities together. He is truly one of the shining stars of GMMA.
University of Florida GMMA
If you know any healthcare professionals who would gladly serve as mentors for these chapters, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
- GMMA California prayer meeting to be held on April 23rd.
- April one-day mission trip to Mexico with Biola and UC Riverside chapters with healthcare professionals from the LAwill be on 4/22/17.
- May mission trip to Pierdras Negras, Mexico (5/9/17-5/14/17) with Emory, Georgia Tech, and University of South Florida chapters.
- May one-day mission trip to Siloe Clinic, Mexico (5/27/17) with UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC Irvine, UC San Diego, and University of Washington chapters.
- If students are interested in serving as interns during the summer of 2017 for the 2018 Global Medical Missions Conference, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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,
Please share about KAMHC & GMMA and let us all remember to Arise and Shine for His glory.