“Rejoice always, Pray without ceasing, in everything Give Thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (I Thessalonians 5:16-18)
GMMA June 2017 Monthly Newsletter
Prayer has been my bedrock and place of consistency through the ebbs and flows of my life. Prayer is the way that we can walk with God, truly discern His will, become intimate with Him, and cling to Him with all that we have. Our journey of life entails an array of trials, but I believe prayer leads to paths of sustainability and victory. It is during life’s difficult moments that we can truly learn the most through the art of prayer. Prayer unites, prayer instills hope, and prayer empowers. It is God’s way of refining us to become the people he wants us to be.
I urge the GMMA family to fuel our calling with the power of prayer. The GMMA ministry started with four student chapters in Southern California. Not by our might but by the spirit of our gracious Father responding to our prayers, at the present, 37 chapters stand nationwide. We believe this is His movement and our foresight project many more chapters in the near future. Fervent corporate prayer support is needed more than ever as we are trying our best to serve this medical missions ministry faithfully.
About two and a half years ago, God assembled a prayer warrior group in GMMA. We committed to serve together in obedience and to gather together in his name to pray over His vision for this ministry. For me, this meant waking up an hour earlier before work to diligently seek His heart and pray. This prayer life opened my eyes to see the urgent spiritual needs of not only GMMA but that of my family and friends. Daily prayer life humbled me to realize that I cannot do anything apart from Him and that He is the core of who I am and what I do. There are testimonies upon testimonies which echo that of the fellow prayer warriors. I would like to invite every member of the GMMA family to experience this. Let us pray together. We are all spread out, but our spirit in Him is one, and prayer will unite us stronger. We are currently adding to our daily prayer group of 70 members. The number 70 has powerful significance since ancient times. It symbolizes ultimate unity and togetherness. Biblically, the Israelites believed the whole world was comprised of 70 nations, Moses appointed 70 elders, and Jesus sent out 70 disciples to witness for him in Luke 10. Sign up on the website and receive the prayer list and become one of the 70! May your June be blessed with renewed prayer life. I am praying with and for you.
In His Service,
Peter Chung M.D.
From May 9 to 14, a team of health professionals and students from the Emory, GA Tech, and USF chapters led by Dr. Peter Chung, Sr. spent a week in Piedras Negras, Mexico. The team set up clinic at a local church while holding VBS. Throughout the week, the team divided into different groups and visited various orphanages. They also had an opportunity to visit a school and witness there. It was such a blessing as the team not only prayed over students, but as the students prayed over the team as well. This short description does not do justice of how greatly our God moved in each and every single one of the members. God is good!
“At that point it showed that no matter where each person was in their walk, they were united under the heart of serving the kingdom with a missional mindset…Experiencing the joys and struggles, the successes and failures together has been an unforgettable journey, but more importantly being able to glorify God together was worth every single hardship along the way.” – Celine Joo, Emory ’20.
On May 27, Dr. Iris Lee led a team of professionals, post-grads, and 20 undergraduate students from UCSD, UCB, UCLA, and University of Washington on a one-day mission trip to La Misión, Mexico. They spent the day at the clinic at Siloé Ministries and spent one-on-one time with kids at the local Door of Faith Orphanage. Through God’s grace, some of the patients the team members prayed for experienced healing! What an amazing God we serve!
“Through my hands and my prayer, God healed two patients right before my eyes and it was truly miraculous, something that I will never forget.” – Michelle To, UCSD ’18.
We thank you for praying for the May teams. We ask that you keep the June team (June 19-23) to La Misión, Mexico in your prayers, as well as all other summer mission teams that are training.
Please click here to see the dates to all of GMMA’s summer mission trips.
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.
How intimately do we know God’s name? As much as we know God’s name personally, we glorify Him through our prayers. Please lift up the GMMA student chapters and mission efforts for the kingdom of God.
Featured Professionals of the Month
This month, we are featuring one of the founding members of this ministry whose commitment and dedication is allowing GMMA to press on for His glory.
Dr.Kang, pictured on the furthest right.
Dr. Junhee Kang, M.D.
Dr. Junhee Kang is a Neonatologist at Loudon and Fairfax hospital in Virginia. He serves as a Board member of KAMHC/GMMA and Medsend. Dr. Kang’s attended Seoul National University medical school, and completed his Pediatric residency at SNUH and Emory University. He also went on to complete his Neonatology fellowship at Wayne State University. He has a passion for medical mission training and has attended short-term medical mission trips to Mexico, Venezuela, Peru, Haiti, China, and Ethiopia.
We are also featuring rising dedicated young professionals mentoring and leading our invaluable students.
Dr. Lee, above: shown praying for a patient, and below: seen second from the bottom right.
Iris Lee, DO
Professional training: Western University of Health Sciences DO, Valley Hospital Medical Center Internal Medicine Residency, Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center Nephrology Fellowship
Current Work Site: Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Park
Serving as: Mentor for USC chapter and Mission Team Leader
What has it been like to lead mission trips with students?
As a leader, I am reminded of who God is, and it has been a stretching and growing process. In trying to lead well, I have learned to let go to Him because He is the Leader. I have seen several times His sovereignty and power. For instance, even if it was suppose to be raining hard in Mexico during the worst rainstorm, God made the skies clear till the end of clinic where there was a light drizzle to show us a double rainbow. He truly provides, and He asks us to pray, trust, and obey. It has been a privilege to teach the students what I have learned: to pray and believe that God can heal right now. Then after the students pray, seeing the look in their eyes when they see God heal right in front of their eyes reminds me of my previous moment when I had first learned what it means to have faith of a mustard seed and to believe in His healing power.
What is your passion in life?
To love Him more daily, to go on His adventures, and to share who He is and what He’s done with others.
Do you have any words of wisdom for the GMMA students?
Every morning, renew your mind daily with His word in order to remember and believe all of who Jesus is and your identity as a child of God so that you can walk victoriously with the power of the Holy Spirit as you worship and obey Him. Receive daily from Him, and then be a good steward of what has been given to you. Trust Him and let God be God in your life. Don’t lose heart, and keep believing.
How you want to live out this life until God calls us to heaven?
To know Him more intimately, believe, and walk in obedience with Him. In being His daughter, to be more like Him so that others may see who He is and come to know Him as well.
What is something that you enjoy doing?
I enjoy hiking and trying new restaurants.
What is your favorite food?
I don’t have a favorite food, but I can never get tired of eating Korean food.
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.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming Events & Announcements
- June 19-23 mission trip to Mexico with Midwest chapters and students in or going to graduate schools.
- GMMA Post grad and young professionals gathering of Southern California on June 10, 2017.
- Bi-monthly Prayer meeting on June 25, 2017 in Orange County California.
- If students are interested in serving on the 2018 Global Medical Missions Conference coordination team, contact email@example.com.
- Conference coordination team will start from last week of June 2017.
- 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. More professionals welcome.
- August 12-18 mission trip to Guatemala with Dr. David Choi with West Coast chapters.
- September 9-16 mission trip to Cambodia with Dr. Sang-Hoon Ahn with West Coast chapters.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.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.