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 Congratulations to Dr Darryl

Chew (2nd from right) and

Sharon (2nd from left) on their marriage. Darryl, Sharon and

their best man, Jason Low

(extreme right), have been

actively leading our students’

work and the Karunya clinic.

 

 

 

Dear brothers and sisters,

 

The season of Lent is a time to reflect, confess and intentionally consider our following of Jesus as a CMDF community. Bishop Dr Robert Solomon reminded us how we must recognize Jesus daily at the recent re-dedication service.

 

In preparation for the year ahead, the leadership team met for a retreat. While reviewing and exploring new platforms of ministry, we realized that we need to keep each other focused on eternal realities and to help and encourage one another to live wholeheartedly as a community of faith and as a people of pilgrimage. Along this journey, we thank God that our team members Drs Tan Hun Hoe and Tan Siew Pin had the opportunity of expressing their faith while helping out during the Haiti Earthquake.

 

Do join us for the first ever Christian medical ethics seminar in March jointly organized by Trinity Theological College, CMDF and the National Council of Churches in Singapore. It would help guide us as we struggle to be the Salt and Light in our society as Christian medical dental professionals.

 

May this season of Lent grow into a deeper understanding for us on what it means for God to embrace us and what it means for us to embrace God and those he brings into our lives as a CMDF community.

 

Shalom, 
Wei-Leong

 

 

 

 

 

CMDF Re-Dedication Service

The CMDF re-dedication service was a cosy gathering of about 30 doctors and dentists and a few medical students, held on the January 14 at the GCF conference room. The event started with a time of worship, followed by prayers and scripture reading. Dr Kelvin Chen shared with us about his mission ministry in Africa while medical student Jonathan Tan shared on the present concerns and struggles of medical students.

 

Bishop Dr Robert Solomon delivered his message on “Recognizing Jesus”. Drawing on an analogy of a little child who trembles with excitement when he sees his mother, so too, should our souls shake with joy when we see and recognise our Lord Jesus. We were all reminded once again of how we should enrich our lives with God’s words and prayers, so that we may communion with and recognise Him daily. In closing, everyone recited the dedication pledge together, recommitting our lives and our work into God’s hands, and looking with excitement towards what this new coming year may bring. – Ms Grace Ng

 

 

CMDF Retreat

The placid premises of City Beach Resort was the location for an afternoon retreat on January 30. Opening with a prayer and bible reading from Luke 5: 1-11, the leadership team reflected and shared with one another the personal struggles as well as God’s blessings upon our individual lives. Dr Goh Wei Leong and Dr Chua Choon Lan revisited the history and milestones of CMDF for the younger doctors. After that, everybody present discussed about the challenges ahead in the various ministries.

 

It was agreed that we should focus our resources on the medical students who are our next generation of doctors and missionaries. Drs Goh Siew Hor, Tan Tzu Jen and Wong Lee Yuen offered new perspectives as well as ideas to attract medical students to join the CMDF and help them grow as Christian medical professionals. After the four-hour session, we came away with renewed hearts and energy, and a gentle reminder from Wei Leong and Choon Lan to be more intentional with our interaction with students and to identify ourselves with CMDF.

 

Students & Doctors Gathering

 

January 2 was a much-anticipated day for us. Not only was it the second day of a brand new year, but it was also our first doctor-student gathering. God had been extremely good to us by providing a hospitable and gracious host, Dr Tan Tzu Jen, who not only very gladly invited us over to his place, but also very readily invited other fellow doctors and friends over to be with us.

 

The gathering saw more than 30 medical students, 5 doctors, 10 other friends as well as Dr Tan’s three cute daughters, who greeted everyone whole-heartedly at the door with their beautiful smiles. It was a great time of worship, games and fellowship, with our dearest doctors sharing on how they guarded and lived out their faith in their profession. This was certainly inspiring and refreshing in light of our recent clinical postings through medicine, surgery, orthopedics, family medicine and psychiatry. And who can forget the wonderful spread that night, which included Dr Wong Lee Yuen’s delicious pie and our own 3rd year medical student Grace’s home-baked quiche.

 

What better way than to kick-start the new year in the company of fellow brothers and sisters. As Hebrews 10:24-25 mentions that we ought to “spur one another on toward love and good deeds… and not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another-and all the more as [we] see the Day approaching.” Indeed, the gathering at Dr Tan’s place marked the start of many new friendships, and reminded us once again the importance of sharing God’s love in fellowship. We pray that there would continue to be such opportunities where doctors and students can freely share God’s work in their lives. – Mr Andrew Chua

 

 

 

Mission Potentials Meeting

 

It was a lovely evening of good food and fellowship at Dr Luke Tan’s home on February 23. The atmosphere of the gathering was relaxed and informal even as Dr Loh Cheng shared about his work in Kunming, Yunnan, China. He talked about the challenges, the lessons he had learnt, the logistical issues that potential missionaries have to grapple with, the preparation of the heart before embarking on a long-term overseas mission, and the need to have downtime for self-reflection and rest.

 

Dr Nyo Yoke Lin shared about his mission work in Cambodia and the possibility that he may go there for the long-term. Prayers were said for those had plans to go abroad for mission work. At the end of the night, we came away with a better understanding of what long-term missions entail and what missionaries may have to go through to do the Lord’s work.

 

 

Christian Medical Ethics Seminar 2010 - POSTPONED

This seminar, comprising six sessions, provides an overview of the Hippocratic / Judeo-Christian tradition in medical ethics against the background of biblical-theological discussion of human nature, medicine and healing. Due to unforseen circumstances, the seminar has been postponed to 2011. Registrants will be contacted shortly. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

 

 

Medical Missions Foundation - Golf Tournament & Fund Raising Dinner (May 26)

The Medical Missions Foundation's Annual Golf Tournament is back for the sixth year! Registration is open so please spread the word to your golfing buddies. The tournament and fund-raising dinner will be held at the Orchid Country Club on May 26. For more details, please email: mmf.singapore@gmail.com

 

 

 

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GCF Intersect 2010

In an increasingly fragmented, relativistic and consumerist world, how does the Christian and the Christian commnunity stay true to the worldview of the Bible, and reach out and work for God's Kingdom on Earth? What is this core Biblical worldview, what are the global trends that threaten it, and how do we work with, through and on it to shape Singapore society?

 

Venue: Singapore Bible College, 9 Adam Road, Singapore 289886

Date: 18 March (8pm) to 20 March (5pm) 2010

Speakers: Dr Michael Schluter, Dr Vinoth Ramachandra, Rev Dr Daniel Koh.

For more details click here! For Programme details click here! To download Registration Form click here!

 

 

ICMDA 2010 XIV World Congress

You are warmly invited to the International Christian Medical and Dental Association (ICMDA) XIV World Congress to be held, God willing, for the first time in South America. It will be in the beautiful seaside resort of Punta del Este – Uruguay, Hotel Conrad Resort from July 1-8.

Students & Junior Graduates World Conference: July 1-4

ICMDA World Congress: July 4-8

Theme: Priorities in professional practice:
Who are you working for? More information, please visit: www.icmda2010.org

 

 

 

 


(Photo courtesy of City Care)

Crisis Relief for Haiti

 

Drs Tan Han Hoe and Tan Siew Pin went to Haiti to provide medical aid for the victims of the devastating earthquake that occurred on January 12, which left 3 million homeless, 200,000 dead and thousands injured. Hun Hoe joined the first team from City Care to set up the first medical relief centre in Carrefour and to treat patients.

 

Hun Hoe recalled, “As I was removing the maggots from the wounds and operating surgery, many times I wondered what the point was since I knew it was impossible for the patients to keep their wounds clean. I was so desperate that I broke all rules and started praying for the people. I saw some of them acknowledge Jesus as the one who saved them from the earthquake and one old lady even told me that she was going to serve Jesus from that moment forth.  Seeing the glimmer of hope in her restored helped restore my hope too.”

 

Siew Pin was part of a 13-member team comprising of 7 doctors (2 surgeons) 2 nurses, 4 volunteers. The team saw 500-600 patients daily in 2-3 clinic locations in the Carefour district, about 30mins from the capital, Port au Prince. – Shirley Lee

 

 

Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers

 

The Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers is a group of Afghan youth and college students who, together with international volunteers, wish to recover humanity’s smile. In the midst of war, they wish for non-violence and ordinary peace and end to violence. To live. As ordinary, dignified human beings. To recover trust and hope. And to smile.

 

 

 

 

 

Opportunities to Open Your Home For the Lord’s Work

 

We have many gatherings and meetings lined-up in 2010 that require the generous hospitality of our members. Our House Officers’ Gathering is on May 1 and we need a host. If you’re keen to open your home for the Lord’s work, please contact CMDF’s manager Philip at 90178701 or email: admin@cmdf.org.sg

 

 

 

 

 

Mobile Medical Services

 

This monthly medical mission reaches out to the poor and under-served segments of society including foreign workers and those living in 1-room HDB flats. If you would like to volunteer for the next mission on March 27, please write to Dr Joseph Thambiah at josephthambiah@gmail.com. It requires about 4 hours of your time on a Saturday evening. If you would like to contribute financially to this project, please make cheque out to “St Andrew’s Mission Hospital” with “Mobile Medical Services” written on the back.

 

 

Missionary Dentist Needed in Nepal

 

Missionary dentist needed for active dental department of United Mission Hospital Tansen, Nepal.  For details, contact, Dr. Roshan Kharel, a dentist and donor relations officer, Tansen Mission Hospital, e-mail: rosekharel@yahoo.com . Please visit its website:http://www.tansenhospital.org.np/jobs/jobs-working-expat/102-dentist.html

 

 

 

 

 

Grasping Heaven by Annelies and Einar Wilder-Smith

 

Grasping Heaven is a story of faith, courage and a remarkable sense of humor. It chronicles the life journey of Dr Tami Fisk — a young lady doctor from Denver. Her journey led her to carry out pioneer work among the Yi minority in the Great Cold Mountains of West China. She served in this land for three years before she was diagnosed with cancer. This shortened her promising time in China.
 
Read about Tami’s preparation and journey into China before she embarked on her final journey that led to her death. Take a peek into the life and beliefs of the Yi people.
 
Tami had grasped heaven while on earth. Allow Tami’s life of courage, fervor and celebration to inspire and touch you despite her struggle with the sinister and malignant disease.

 

Grasping Heaven retails at S$22.00 for paperback. You may order via email at christina@armourpublishing.com or call 65-6276-9976 [Ext 210] for bulk purchase and enquiries.