Dear GMMA Family!
Ecclesiastes chapter three reminds us that there is a time for every matter under heaven.
This chapter comes to mind as I am hearing about graduation news. Time moves forward and time brings change. One of the blessings of serving a college student ministry for over thirty years thus far is witnessing hundreds of students growing and graduating to the next life stages. I have met some students years later as fellow professionals and medical mission partners! This is the beauty of being a part of His kingdom family. This sense of family is more apparent in GMMA as graduates serve as mentors to the undergraduates and the professional school members serve as mentors to the post college members, and on it moves to the senior professional members; supporting and strengthening each other. The uniqueness of each group contributing to the generational unity is powerful. The relationship in GMMA is a continuation and does not stop with the graduation. This is witnessed on every medical mission trip. I will be leaving for another medical mission trip today, actually, with faithful professionals from various parts of the US, and the students of Florida and Georgia chapters to Piedras Negras, Mexico. Our worship involves generations serving together through the gift of medical missions, empowered by the power of faith in Christ, as one body. A worship pleasing to God! He is blessing GMMA with a time to grow, unite, and go in His name to the nations. So to the 2017 graduates of colleges and graduate/professional schools, congratulations for jobs well done! Let us continue to strive and move forward to great achievements for His glory and graduate with honors in the missional life! Though it is impossible for me to be at over 30 campuses for graduation ceremonies, my prayer of blessing goes out to each and every one of you. May joy be abundant as our fellow GMMA students and mentors celebrate together. I am so thankful for each of you, and I look forward to seeing you on future mission trips!
In His Service,
Peter Chung M.D
“He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.” Ephesians 4:16
Let us be concerned for one another, to help one another to show love and to do good. Let us not give up the habit of meeting together, as some are doing. Instead, let us encourage one another all the more, since you see that the Day of the Lord is coming.” Hebrews 10:24-25
On April 22nd, Dr. Sang Hoon Ahn led Biola and UCR campuses to La Alamar, Mexico. La Alamar is a small town just minutes from the Otay Mesa border crossing. We partnered with missionary Choi JaeMin to serve at a La Piedra Angular Church. It was a very poor village and God was able to use every single member of the team. The team consisted of 21 health professionals and 20 students. It was one of the only GMMA trips where the health professionals outnumbered the students! Because of this, the empty church was turned into a functioning clinic in only minutes! Through God’s sovereignty, we were used to be his hands and feet to bring medical care to 115 different people. The team gives all glory to God who had orchestrated such a beautiful opportunity for his outpouring of love on his children in Mexico and his children from the States. We thank everyone who supported the team with prayer.
Please click here to see the dates to all of GMMA’s summer mission trips.
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.
Click below for the May prayer calendar.
Featured Professionals of the Month
GMMA’s Executive Chairman
Dr. Hikon Chon, M.D.
Seoul National University Medical School, Radiology residency at Univ. of Pennsylvania hospital
Philadelphia College of Bible, Dallas Theological Seminary
His experiences are too numerous to list here as he has never ceased to serve at any point of his life. To name a few he has served as an Assistant Professor of radiology, School of Medicine at Univ. of Pennsylvania, Adjunct Assist Professor of medical missions at Fuller Theological Seminary, Visiting Professor, ACTS in Korea, First president of KAMHC/GMMA, Retired elder of Korean United church of Philadelphia and former Board of Trustees of many organizations.
Serving Medical Missions:
Annual short term missions around the globe for 33 years since 1984
Missionary of PGM (Professional for Global Mission).
Gifted teacher and writer. Author of 5 books including Health in Mission. Accomplished Tenor with extensive performance history and 6 CDs.
What do believe is the purpose in life?
1. Joy to me. 2. Joy to others. 3. Joy to God.
What would you consider a life well-lived?
I would like to put one word on my tombstone ‘Satisfied’ I am satisfied because God loved me. I loved God and I tried to do God’s work through living out a missional life for His glory.
Inspiring story about Dr. Chon:
Besides being a prominent radiologist, Dr. Chon learned many skills and utilized each skill to be a helpful agent at mission sites all over the world. He received certificate in ESL to teach English, he learned how to cook on a professional level to be able to cook, he studied music to teach and perform, and he went to seminaries to teach about medical missions/God’s word. According to Dr. Chon, he wanted to be useful and be God’s channel of love on mission sites without medical facility. Reflecting on the 33 yrs of living a missional life, more than he served, God enriched his life abundantly with experiences and relationships not possible if he just settled to live as a radiologist. Missions transformed him and his life. He encourages our rising stars of young professionals and students to press on to live out the missional life with Him and be receivers of His amazing grace and love.
Sarah Oh, DDS
University of the Pacific BS 2010, University of the Pacific DDS 2013
Current Work Site:
La Maestra Family Health Center, FQHC San Diego, Ca
What has it been like to lead mission trips with students?
I have been on mission trips since I was in the 7th grade but my concept of missions has changed since I went on a few trips with GMMA and especially after I co-led the March trip with Dr. David Choi. When we think of mission trips, we focus so much on the dates of the actual trip and tend to (unintentionally) minimize all the training, prayer, and preparation that leads up to it. The mission trip allows us to put to use the spiritual muscles that we have built throughout the months of prayer and more intentional fellowship with our team and with the Lord. I have learned so much more of the importance of prayer and depending on The Lord. The students teach me the importance of giving your all on and off the field and that God is the one who sustains us.
What is your passion in life?
Do justly, love mercy, walk humbly with the Lord.
Do you have any words of wisdom for the GMMA students?
Be intentional. With friends that you meet, in the work that you do, in the church that you serve. I am a firm believer that God is glorified when we serve Him with all that we have, even if it’s not a lot; but when we give Him our all, He is pleased.
How you want to live out this life until God calls us to heaven?
Lord willing, I would love to serve God’s people with my future husband and family, wherever He calls us.
What is something that you enjoy doing?
I love spending quality time with people, in smaller groups. I am really really shy, so smaller groups provide opportunities for people to see the real (derpy) me and to bring out the inner derp in them.
What is your favorite food?
I don’t have a favorite food but I LOVE Mexican food, to the point that my coworkers want me to marry a Mexican person. Haha.
If you know any healthcare professionals who would gladly serve as mentors for these chapters, please email us at email@example.com.
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
- 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.
- June mission trip to Mexico from 6/19 to 6/26/2017 consisting of Midwest region chapters.
- So Cal’s Senior Banquet June 3, 2017.
- GMMA Post grad and young professionals gathering of So Cal 6/10/2017.
- If students are interested in serving on the 2018 Global Medical Missions Conference coordination team, contact email@example.com.
- Congratulations to Justin Cho of University of Florida Chapter for getting the most votes for the 2018 Conference T-shirt contest. Thank you to all members who submitted design ideas!
- God is connecting GMMA to additional global mission partners to work together in doing medical missions. Praise the Lord for His faithfulness!
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.