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Dear brothers and sisters,

 

PM Lee, in his national day rally speech 2010, mentioned that, “Besides foreign workers, we also need immigrants who will become PRs and citizens, to top up our population. We are open to immigrants of all ethnic groups, so long as they can contribute to our economy and integrate well into our society.“

 

With the most likely prospects of Singapore becoming more international and global, how do we as a Christian Medical and Dental Fellowship, an integral part of the church, be a true reflection of that new society and community, which Christ has enabled; one that transcends barriers of race, ethnicity, culture and language.

 

How do we engage with our Indian, Nepalese, Swiss, Burmese, Polish, Chinese and American colleagues? Isn’t it exciting to know that we have the opportunity to extend hospitality, community and friendship (spiritual friendship too!) to the hundreds of alien doctors amongst us!

 

So do get a table and invite your international colleagues to join us for our first ever international Annual Dinner. We look forward to many foreign students celebrating with us too!

 

“The very height of Christ’s full stature is reached only by the coming together of the different cultural entities into the body of Christ. Only ‘together,’ not on our own, can we reach his full stature.” - Andrew Walls in “The Ephesian Moment”.

 

Shalom, 
Wei-Leong

 

 

 

 

 

Annual Dinner

CMDF Annual Dinner – 6 November 2010

The CMDF Annual Dinner will, once again, be held at the NUSS Guild Hall. This year’s theme is “CMDF International Night” and we would like this opportunity to fellowship, network and connect with our foreign doctors, dentists, medical, and dental students as well as with Singaporean doctors who have done mission work abroad. We look forward to an exciting time of learning from our speaker Rev Dr Tan Soo-Inn, who will speak on “Spiritual Friendships in a Globalised World”. So do join us.

Please place your booking early @ (A) Regular Table - $950 per table (10 pax) (B) Student Table (Sponsor) - $750 per table (10 pax). To Confirm your booking, please make your cheque payable to: "Christian Medical and Dental Fellowship" and mail it to: Geylang Post Office PO Box 057 Singapore 913802. RSVP by 22 October 2010: admin@cmdf.org.sg or SMS: 96811410 (Patrick).

 

 

Retreat

CMDF Planning Retreat - 31 July 2010

 

CMDF Planning Retreat – 31 July 2010 Held at City Beach Resort on a Saturday afternoon, the CMDF Planning Retreat was a facilitated brainstorming session led by Dr Jason Yap that sought to go beyond current medical and dental framework. Key points from the session… 1) shift from thinking of CMDF work to what we are. 2) Concerns for social issues which are not so addressed today. 3) Targeted future where all medical and dental practitioners have a friendly attitude towards CMDF.

 

It was indeed a very thought-provoking and inspiring planning retreat and all who attended went away refreshed and recharged for what lies ahead.

 

 

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CMDF Annual Fellowship Meeting - 15 July 2010

 

"When I saw that Dr Paul Tambyah was sharing tonight and the title of his speech, I simply had to mark out the date on my calender to attend this year's Annual Fellowship Meeting. Dr Tambyah certainly didn't disappoint. Besides punctuating his talk with personal anecdotes in his usual humorous fashion, but the hot potatoes he discussed: the lure of money, homosexuality and the dilemma of diving healing, are 3 of the many hot topics facing us as Christian doctors.

 

I also enjoyed the small group discussions later when it allowed us to share about individuals' experience unique in our profession, understanding the challenges we face as Christians. I particularly enjoyed listening to my more experienced colleagues talking about how they would tackle the issues and I'm sure it was a wake up call to the potential pitfalls lying ahead of my more junior colleagues. I look forward to participating in the annual CMDF dinner in Nov and to catch up with my brothers and sisters in Christ." - Colin Yeo

 

"It was all so familiar. The same place (Wesley Methodist), same time (still around this time of the year), but most importantly the same purpose which was to come together as a fellowship of believers in the medical profession to worship our Almighty God.

 

We began the evening with a medley of songs that prepared our hearts to draw close to him. One of the songs ‘I’d rather have Jesus’ was a timely reminder that we should have God in the centre of our lives. After which, we heard an update from Dr Goh Wei Leong about how CMDF, as a ministry, has been growing and blessing others around with what God has bestowed upon them. The highlight of the night saw Prof Paul Anantharajah Thambyah rock our boats by issuing us three difficult scenarios, which we had to give our solutions or responses to. The reason why many of us would hold these issues dear to our hearts was because of the fact that the people involved in these scenarios were from our medical fraternity. It challenges us to think about these everyday issues which many of us find uncomfortable to grapple with because we may very well be thrown into the same situation. Will we be caught off guard then?

 

Finally, Rev Dr Tan Soo-Inn prayed for the new CMDF leadership team in its dedication to serve God and His people. I believe that many of us left with different thoughts and lessons. As for me, there was a lot to digest but that was when I knew that I needed God’s wisdom more than ever before. - Jonathan Tan

 

 

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GCF 55th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner

The Graduates Christian Fellowship held its 55th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner at the NUSS Guild House, Guild Hall on 3 September. Speakers Mr Jason Wong, Director (Juvenile Homes) Ministry of Community Development, Youth & Sports, and Mr Benny Bong, a Family Therapist, spoke on the evening’s theme “Rebuilding Our Youth, Building Stronger Family Values”. It was a timely reminder that building a strong family unit is essential for growing and developing our society and nation.

 

House Officer's Gathering - 1 May 2010
by Joel Chan

“After 5 years of pining and praying, our final year brothers and sisters have graduated as house officers! Praise the good Lord for His faithfulness! Many of us will remember that day, exhilarated, yet apprehensive of our first days at work. Akin to our our first steps as a 1-year old, we're excited to venture, but wished we had a hand to hold onto. It is encouraging then, that year on year, those who have crossed this bridge to the working life have come back to support the younglings at the cusp of their doctoring journey.

 

This year, we are grateful to have gathered at Dr Claire Ang's place for a time of meaningful fellowship. We were also blessed to have Rev Dr Tan Soo-Inn encourage the freshly-mint, in affirming the work that they will be doing in their HO year. They were encouraged to dedicate this first year (and indeed the entire life thereafter) to the Lord, and He will see all their good work as spiritual, for the glory of His Kingdom. Here, we give thanks to our faithful for guiding the young sheep through medical school. We pray that He will continue to bless His children, and that we will be shining testimonies for all those around us!"

 

 

Student-Doctor Gathering - 16 June 2010
by Wai Jia

"Final year: After 4 years of struggling, it represents the final lap, the last sprint at the end of a race. Will one reach the end? What happens after? Were the 4 years wasted, or were they well used to prepare for the crucial moment? These were all questions swimming in our heads as we became final year students. As such, to start off the new term on the right foot, we had a doctor-student gathering at Dr. Tan Siew Pin's lovely home on the evening of 16 June, with the blessing of having our regular mentors Rev Dr Tan Soo-Inn and his wife Bernice to join us.

 

Dr Lee Kim En, head of National Neurology Institute and a big fan among students, came to give a heartfelt and most pertinent sharing about finishing the race well. Entitled "What is my ambition?", his talk touched many of us deeply. For the first time, our gathering was opened to juniors of all batches, as we hoped that our gesture would be symbolic of how we, as final year students, saw the importance of being united as a medical community.

 

Almost 30 students attended the meeting, half of whom were juniors. As we fellowshipped over lovely food, sang songs of worship, and listened attentively to the Word shared, our hearts were open to the Lord's voice. As we sat in small groups to pray, mingling with different batches, we believe something significant and precious was imparted that night. We certainly look forward to running the race and finishing well for our Lord Jesus, becoming like the doctors who joined us that night, inspiring, encouraging and most importantly, Christ-centred."

 

 

Call For Doctors

 

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Volunteers Needed For Pakistan

ACROSS and Vision Network are working together to send a team of 4 to 6 doctors to the flood disaster regions in Pakistan in November for one week. They are looking for pediatrics and female doctors as there are many children and women who need medical treatment. Male doctors are also welcome. Dr Tan Hun Hoe, who was there recently, said, "Women and children are the worst casualties of this disaster. Main conditions seen are related to infection from unsanitary conditions and unsafe drinking water." Please contact Hun Hoe at hhtan_urology@pacific.net.sg if you're interested to volunteer.

 

 

Reflections

 

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Reflections following a talk on 'Care of the Back' given by Dr Santosh to migrant workers in Juronge
By Dr Santosh Thomas

"It’s my back that troubles me a lot. Every morning I wake up with lot of pain,” said Susai, a migrant worker from India residing in one of the dormitories in Jurong West. He has been in Singapore for six months. Having paid an agent 200,000 Rupees to get a job in Singapore, he can’t dream of going home before at least two years. Long hours of overtime work are his only hope to pay off the loan.

Life is difficult, yet Susai is contented, “It’s much better for us here. We stay in a room that houses 12 residents while other dormitories have up to 36 to 40 residents in one room. Above all we have HealthServe volunteers who make us feel at home. Before HealthServe came most of the workers have seen no other place than their work and dormitory. For the first time they went out on a picnic sponsored by HealthServe”.

Each of the 30 odd workers we met had a story of his own. They work hard to build skyscrapers, roads and other infrastructure to make everyone else’s lives comfortable. However they themselves live in ghetto-like camps or dormitories and travel to their work places on lorries, no better than cargo. While they build homes for families, for themselves a day with their families is a distant dream, pressed down by the burden of these loans paid to agents, and a meager income that barely makes ends meet.

Unemployment and lack of equal opportunities in their home countries may have driven scores of unskilled and semi-skilled workers to places like Singapore and the Gulf in search of greener pastures. Working in a foreign land brings some respite in terms of a steady income and dignity to the family back home.

Some women, who can’t get work like their male counterparts, when driven to the wall, fall into the trap of selling their bodies for a living. Did not the same God make us all?

Did he make a mistake when he made our fellow beings in large numbers in the so-called developing world? We believe God makes no mistake, but rather, it is a lack of knowledge of the nature of God and the salvation in the saviour that is shaping a materialistic society lacking love and compassion, widening the gap of social imbalances.

Any injustice we witness around us is an opportunity for a believer to become Christ’s ambassador and to overcome in spirit and in deed. It is not merely social work that’s needed, it is spiritual warfare that brings about a radical transformation in the minds of the aggressor and the victim. The love that did not consider ‘Equality with God a thing to be grasped but rather left the heavenly realm to be with us in this lowly state to give us hope and a future’, compels us to act on behalf of Him.

 

 

Beyond Our Shores

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Melody's Trip to India

"Five students and one doctor from Singapore - Amanda, Sheena, Melody, May Anne, Lydia and Jiayan - were attached to the Christian Fellowship Hospital. While on their training and learning experience they often took off to the hilly areas on weekends. On one weekend the hills of Ooty reverbated with the sounds of Singapore! It was a lovely time, cold yet refreshing. One student, Melody, writes of her experience at CFH:

"I wanted to go to CFH to go on an adventure with God. I wanted to be discipled by the doctors in the hospital and receive a new impartation and revelation from the Lord before I start year 4. I also wanted to see how to share God's love in the wards. I was also keen to be a part of the fellowship in a mission hospital.

I remember one particular patient, a 55-year-old Indian lady named Madam Pushpam who had multiple masses in her ovaries and mesentry. I saw her from the time she came into hospital (and attempted to strike a conversation), watched her surgery, and tried to follow up after her surgery in the ward. She left an impression in my heart because I knew this patient personally. The doctors said her prognosis was poor but whenever I had time, I would go and hold her hand and tell her I would like to pray for her. She didn't know what I was saying but understood that I wanted to pray to Jesus and she closed her eyes and held my hands and bowed her head as I prayed.

I thank God for this opportunity to pray for the patient and be bold in the laying on of hands. It just reminded me that I ought to seek to bless my patients whenever there is an opportunity to do so. The most valuable thing God taught me through this experience was... Character (what God thinks of me) is more important than reputation (what man thinks of me) - that the fear of God is more important than the fear of man."