“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” (1 John 3:16-18)
GMMA July 2017 Monthly Newsletter
How quickly time moves on! The half mark of 2017 has already past as July begins the second half of the year. I pray that all of us are safe and blessed in our respective places. I am currently preparing for the upcoming Honduras medical mission trip with the students of the east coast chapters, and attending meetings to pray and plan together with campus officers and board members for upcoming events, especially for the 2018 global conference. I pray all of us will be in attendance to worship together with the medical mission community from around the world. Please mark it in your calendars now and plan intentionally as it is less than a year away. Let us pray together for a spirit anointed conference that will inspire, inform, and involve all those called to live out the missional life. The conference is another way that GMMA serves the world of medical missions, so get involved in being a part of the planning and execution. You will be blessed.
As I am attending the campus chapter officers’ retreat to listen and share the goals and the vision of GMMA, I witness continual growth of the chapters, and the amazing young men and women of God stepping forward to serve. I stand in humble awe and holy fear as God is bringing hundreds of students and young professionals to love and to guide. Each of us will be accountable to how we respond to this move of God. On every campus, one thing has become crystal clear—the significant need of more mentors. As Jesus led and cared for his flock, GMMA’s dedicated mentors are a vital life line for each individual chapter and the future of GMMA. Many of us support in different capacities, but the ministry needs more proactive mentors who will do Christ centered missional life with our students and young professionals like how Jesus loved and mentored His disciples which changed the course of humanity. The impact of the generational mentorship, since Christ is the reason you and I are living as believers, will lead us to heaven’s gate. We are His disciples and we are called to make disciples.
This month, I challenge each of you to seek how God is speaking to you on who you can serve more proactively as a mentor. There are different ways to serve as a GMMA mentor according to your availability of time and talents. This is outlined in the mentoring section on the website (gmma7.org) under the student tab. Simply visit the website and read through the information and contact the mentor’s department to find out the specifics. The email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” 1 John 3:16-18
Let us truly love each other.
In His Love,
Peter Chung M.D.
On June 19, 2017, a team of health professionals, graduate students, and undergraduates (led by Dr. Thomas Pae and Dr. Christine Jun) met in Southern California and drove down to Baja California. The health professionals were from the greater Chicago area and also from Indiana. The students were mainly from the Chicago area and Southern California, but we also had students from Michigan and Florida. There were graduate students from PA school, medical school, and dental school. For three days, they served with Siloé Clinic in La Mísíon and in Descanso. It was such as blessing to partner again with Siloé Ministries! We saw the progress of the Wellness Center and prayed together. The most unique thing about this team is that they had a “spiritual counseling” station along with the typical medical and dental stations. Praise God! Many people were saved through the direct preaching of the Gospel! They were given Bibles also. At nights, God was speaking so clearly to the team through Pastor William Pak. On the fourth day, the team did a medical and dental outreach for a church in Tijuana. There, the team saw patients and familes from the community, South Americans from a shelter, and recovering drug addicts from a men’s rehabilitation center right below the church. It was an eye-opening experience and the team felt the hand of God as the pastor of the church had cried out to God for a medical team to visit the men and his community for over a year! The team gives all glory to God for what He has done!
“Going into this missions trip, I felt unprepared and nervous, especially because this was my first trip with GMMA. However, God still willingly used me, even when I felt unprepared, and showed me that it is Him who is working through me and in the patients’ hearts. When we went to the church in Tijuana, it was encouraging for me to see how open the patients were to accepting Christ into their hearts. I was working in the spiritual station, and at one point, I felt really drained, but the Holy Spirit continued to stir in these patients hearts, and few even had tears in their eyes because of what Good was doing in them. This mission trip also reminded me of God’s heart for those who are sick and those who are lost. By observing the professionals’ genuine love and care for each patient, I was reminded that God loves each and every one of these people so much.”
– Christine Kyu Eun Kim, Northwestern undergraduate
Please click here to see the dates to all of GMMA’s summer mission trips.
“That no layman who is not of the descendants of Aaron should come near to burn incense before the LORD; so that he will not become like Korah and his company-just as the LORD had spoken to him through Moses” (Numbers 16:40)
“Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrew 4:16)
Korah and his company of 250 died because they came to the LORD against Aaron whom God appointed as His priest. No one except the descendants of Aaron were able to come near to burn incense before the LORD.
Now, God’s only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, tore His body to allow us open access to the throne of God. How much do we take this great privilege seriously with a thankful and joyful heart?
Please lift up each GMMA student chapter on a daily basis as our offering to God and also pray for GMMA’s mission efforts for the kingdom of God. Click below for the July prayer calendar and for Prayer Requests from Admin Staff.
Featured Professionals of the Month
William I Han, M.D.
Seoul National University, College of Medicine – M.D. degree
Temple University Affiliated Allegheny General Hospital, PA -OB/Gyn, Uro-Gyn
Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA – Master of Arts
Bethel Korean Church, Irvine, CA – Elder
KAMHC/GMMA – previous President, now Board of Directors member
KAMHC, EDU/SEI – Ministry chair
Fountain Valley Regional Hospital, Huntington Beach Hospital – attending physician
Private practice for Uro-gynecology
What does it mean to live a missional life for you?
It means all to me, since I can live a missional life only by the pure Grace of God with the help of the Holy Spirit living inside of me.
Favorite memory of a mission trip?
I have attended short term medical mission trips since 1990, throughout 25 different countries every year. There were so many good memories, but the trips to Paraguay, Kyrgyzstan and Thailand were most memorable.
What would you consider a life well-lived?
If I have lived a life to serve the least of brothers or sisters in Jesus satisfactorily.
Your favorite activity to do on your day off?
Walking on the beach, reading, and golf.
Your advice to next generation of Christ-centered health professionals.
Being a professional is a gift and privilege received from God. If you use your gift and privilege for your own self interest, God will be sad. But if you will use your given talent wisely, you will be blessed not only in this world but in the world to come abundantly.
On 6-10-17, GMMA hosted the second young professional members’ event to share and connect in California. New members were welcomed and informed of the opportunities to serve as mentors and to participate in the summer mission trips to Honduras, Guatemala, and Cambodia. The program included testimonies, an Egypt mission trip report, announcements of serving opportunities, and of course, great food and fellowship. God is blessing GMMA with a growth in the young professional members’ group. We are so thankful! This post-college members’ gathering will be meeting quarterly. GMMA thanks the dedicated coordination team led by Dr. Ahn. It is through their amazing commitment to promote a Christ-centered missional life that makes this possible. A special warm thanks to Elly, Allison, Jessica, Joy, Alex, Christine, Paul, and Esther.
Many of our professional members are attending various mission trips around the world, praying and serving as His healing agents. Please pray for them.
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
- If students are interested in serving on the 2018 Global Medical Missions Conference coordination team, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Faithful campus officers and mentors are gathering together for officer retreat in California, Texas, New York, and other states to prepare for the next academic year.
- August 7-12 mission trip to Tex-Mex border with Dr. Yong Sik Kim in Texas.
- August 8-13 mission trip to Honduras with Dr. Peter Chung with Toronto (Canada), Cornell, UVA, and Johns Hopkins chapters.
- August 12-18 mission trip to Guatemala with Dr. David Choi with West Coast chapters.
- Bi-monthly Prayer meeting on August 27, 2017 in Orange County, California.
- September 9-16 mission trip to Cambodia with Dr. Sang-Hoon Ahn with West Coast chapters.
- Quarterly Health Professional Meeting (of SoCal) on September 23, 2017 in Los Angeles.
- Please visit the website and sign up for mission trips, apply to be a board member, and apply to be a mentor!
- 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.