The CMDF Annual
Dinner was held at the new banquet hall of the National University
of Singapore Society (NUSS) Guild House. Some 300 participants,
including 60 medical and dental students turned up to support this
Dr. Goh Wei Leong
introduced Rev. Dr. Tan Soo Inn,
a dental graduate, as the new Chaplain who will undertake spiritual
mentorship of the doctors, dentists and medical/dental students.
We then enjoyed a
song item by the medical students and a mime of the hymn Amazing
Grace performed by Dr. Julian Tan.
The evening was rounded off by Rev. Canon
Gideon Byamugisha, who spoke on the holistic
Christian approach of the care of HIV/AIDS patients.
It was indeed a
blessed evening well spent!
COMMUNITY: CHANNELS OF
Dr. Limin Wijaya
The issue of HIV
and how the lack of support for individuals living with HIV may have
struck many of us but we often choose to be bystanders.
The two-day event
Community: Channels of Hope, A HIV Symposium for Christian Action
and Advocacy was held at St Andrew's Cathedral on 31st October
2008. Rev. Canon Gideon started
off with Community of Healing & Hope: On Being Light & Salt in
Society in which he addressed the current issue of the
stigmatisation of HIV positive individuals. He highlighted the need
to embrace these people with love.
Dr. Lim Poh Lian
and Rev. Daniel Koh further
reminded us of God's mercy and how we are not in the role to judge
but rather, to love as God loves.
The needs of the
people living with HIV were highlighted by all the speakers with
emphasizing that women and children had to bear more than just the
effect of the illness itself. There are psychological and social
issues surrounding people living with HIV who suffer from social
exclusion due to the stigma associated with this disease. These
individuals are forced to deal with a multitude of stressors with
We are called to be
'channels of hope' for these people – to step out and reach out to
them. Although the HIV symposium is over, it is only the start of
more exciting things to come…
I was asked to help
out in a health screening event conducted at the Kian Teck
dormitories in Boon Lay. Over 7000 foreign workers from either the
Indian subcontinent, Bangladesh or China are housed there. I had
thought it was an extrapolation of the Karunya clinic in Little
India which caters mainly to manual labourers. This was, however, a
different "clientele". They work in the surrounding industrial / IT
estates and shipyards in skilled or semi-skilled jobs. Most could
read, write and speak some English. I was reminded that often we
don't see them as individuals and "equal" to us. We exploit their
cheap labour, dismiss them as uneducated and bundle them off to
live in dorms far way where they won't "harm" us. In our personal or
professional lives, when we encounter maids or any other foreign
workers, do we treat them like how God our father has told we are to
love and treat our brothers/sisters? Or do we regard them as
inferior beings, tolerated because they provide services that we
was held on 12th Oct at Dr. David Cheong's
place. There were a number of missionaries doctors who were
back from the field and they were able to share their thoughts and
experiences to a group of MP (Mission Potentials) who are
considering missions in the future.
Dr. Tan SH, who came back for the
birth of their third child, shared about his work in East Asia and
has since gone back to serve the Lord faithfully with his family.
Praise God for
opportunity to encourage and inspire the next generation of doctors
Dental & Medical Carnival
in the heart of Geylang
Dr. Goh Siew Hor
The Medical &
Dental carnival was held at the HealthServe headquarters in Geylang
on 29th and 30th November 2008. Free medical screening and highly
subsidized dental care were provided by NUS/Duke medical students,
dental surgeons, dental therapists and NUS dental students. Most of
the foreign worker recipients felt that this event was helpful.
True to the
multi-faceted nature of Healthserve, many events were occurring
simultaneously during this 2-day event. Health-screening was
carried out by medical students from NUS-Duke Graduate Medical
School and NUS VCF in the thrift-shop area; dental screening and
treatment was being carried out for the first (but not the last)
time in Healthserve; a team from the Doulos was providing festive
music and a HIV survey and free screening was being carried out by
the Healthserve HIV team. Besides receiving goodie-bags,
participants were also engaged with posters from Health Promotion
involvement of such diverse groups is key to Healthserve's aim of
bridging communities, and this event did just that.
highlights the need for more counseling and HIV screening to be
readily available for these people and provides a platform for
directing our future work in HIV amongst the marginalized people.
Karunya Fellowship Sharing
Dr. Tan Kheng Liang
The session started
with a time of devotion and songs led by Eugene.
We were reminded of giving of our best to God in terms of time and
possessions through the song "Alabaster jar". The woman, out of
love, broke the jar of perfume equivalent to a year's wage, to
anoint Jesus. Luke 7:37-50.
Shin Yong then shared a
devotion, touching on Christ being our Mediator. We have been
reconciled to God and in Karunya clinic, we are in the business of
reconciliation, between man and God.
We also bade
farewell to our brother Selvin
who had been in Singapore for 6 years and was converted 3 years ago.
Through Karunya clinic he grew, becoming more regular and bold in
the sharing of gospel. We thank God for Selvin's testimony and we
ask that the Lord will continue to bless him richly as he returns to
India to get married and become a missionary.
We ended the time
with thanksgivings and prayers for the Karunya clinic ministry, the
migrant workers in need and brother Selvin."