Dear brothers and sisters,


As Singapore basks in the warm afterglow of our first Olympic gold medal, we do well to remember that it did come with a price and much effort. I think of our young house officers who have just been introduced into the realities of life as a doctor; trying to make sense of the long hours of work with our faith in the busy hospital wards.


Lai Yong will be helping us reflect on our tendency to try harder in our competitive world. Is effort enough? We pondered over this too at our recent seminar on end of life issues.


We will be celebrating as a medical community in November. It will be a wonderful time to recalibrate and soak in the grace of God as we live our lives as Christian medical professionals making a difference in our world today and rethinking if effort is enough. .










From The Chaplain's Desk


Two Anchors for the Soul


Most of us live very hectic lives. We run the danger of spiritual burnout --- losing our joy, forgetting who are and what we are called to do through our medical practice, and indeed losing touch with God Himself. What can we do to keep our souls anchored? In his book Courage & Calling (2nd edition. Downer’s Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2011), Gordon T. Smith suggest we need to live our lives with two spiritual anchors.


. . . we need two very particular anchors if we are going to grow in self-knowledge and have the courage to see and the humility to accept who we are. These anchors enable us to come to terms with our fears, to make sense of the difficulty and pain that intersects our lives and respond with heart — with emotional resilience to changes and trials of life and work, living and working with a life-sustaining joy. There are no exceptions. The ordered life is structured around and is anchored in two realities: community and solitude. One without the other is of little value; it must be both community and solitude. (256)


We might think that Smith was engaging in some hyperbole when he says, “There are no exceptions.” But many writers in the area of spiritual formation, including two of my favourites, Henri Nouwen and Dietrich Bonhoeffer, refer to the same two spiritual disciplines. And Smith and all the others anchor their convictions in Scripture. Smith reminds us that God Himself points out that it is not good for man to be alone (Genesis 2:18). We were created for a relationship with God but we were also created for relationships with other human beings. Smith and others champion the need for all of us to have a few close spiritual friends to walk with.


I have found that many in the health care professions have no close spiritual friends at all. A number have a few good friends that we connect with when needed. Very few are in intentional on-going relationships with a few intimate friends. Smith understands that we won’t have many close spiritual friends, but we need them.


We cannot find intimacy with all; we cannot share our greatest hopes and our deepest fears with all. But in the grace of God we can respond intentionally to a few with whom conversation becomes increasingly honest and true, without pretense or posturing. (259)


We need such life-giving community. We need friends with whom we meet up regularly so that we can encourage each other to be faithful in our common commitment to follow Christ. We need community. But we also need solitude.


Smith then points us to Mark 1:35–39. Here Jesus models for us the need for solitude. Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. (v.35) Smith explains to us the meaning of solitude and therefore why we need it.


Solitude is fundamentally a place of prayer — of personal and individual encounter with God. To be in solitude is to be intentionally present to God. . . It is the emotional and spiritual space where we give our unqualified and undivided attention to the one who calls us. (261)


When we make time for solitude in our lives we create special space to commune with God. In that communion we receive fresh clarity as to who we are and what we are called to do. In that communion we receive afresh God’s healing and forgiveness and find new power for our lives. But just as few walk with spiritual friends, few make time for their Divine friend.


We live in a rapidly changing world. All the more God’s people must know who they are and what they are called to do. I believe God wants to bless us and to use us to bless others. But we need to play our part so that we can receive all that God wants to give us. And God has created us for two primary relationships — with Him and with others. We are not surprised that the two foundational spiritual disciplines correspond to these two primary relationships. We need community and solitude. Christian doctors and dentists in particular, may need them more than others.


Rev. Dr. Tan Soo Inn

Honourary Chaplain













CMDF Annual Celebration Dinner 2016
Effort, Efficacy & What's Enough

Join us for an evening of celebration as we reflect on the work, joy and struggles of our community of Christian doctors, dentists and healthcare professionals, especially in the early years. Is effort enough? How can we, as a community, celebrate and support each other?

Date: 5 November 2016
Time: 7pm
Venue: NUSS Kent Ridge Guild House
Speaker: Dr Tan Lai Yong

For booking enquiry, please email Patrick at: admin@cmdf.org.sg

All tables (including junior grad) cost $950. Individual seats $95 each.

Please make cheque payable to: Christian Medical & Dental Fellowship
Mailing address: Geylang Post Office, PO Box 057, Singapore 913802



John Wyatt Talk


John Wyatt is Professor of Ethics and Perinatology at University College London. He has worked as a consultant neonatologist at University College Hospital for more than 20 years but is now concentrating on teaching and research into ethical dilemmas raised by advances in technology. He is Chair of the Medical Study Group of the Christian Medical Fellowship in the UK. He is a member of the Ethics Committees of the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and has been frequently involved in professional and media debates on ethical issues concerning the beginning and end of life.


Topic: Ethical issues at the end of life - assisted suicide, palliative care and dying well in a technological healthcare system

Date: Sat, 8 Ocotber 2016
Time: 2:30pm - 5:30pm
Venue: Clinical Research Centre (CRC) Block MD 11, 01-01 Level 1 CRC Auditorium 10 Medical Drive, Singapore 117597


Limited to 180 persons. Please RSVP for catering purposes at: admin@cmdf.org.sg





CMDF Annual Fellowship Meeting 2016

The CMDF AFM was held at Dover Park Hospice on 2nd July 2016. It was a blessed time of sharing of experience and insight into complex issues surrounding end-of-life issues. Dr Philip Marshall, missiologist at Serving in Mission (SIM), and Dr Wu Huei Yaw (Medical Director of Dover Park Hospice) shared about various pertinent issues for reflection about the topic. We come out of it enriched, and better able to approach this topic from a christian perspective. - Dr Linus Chua



Meet The HOs & Open House


This year, CMDF held a combined Meet The HOs and Open House at Dr Tan Siew Pin's home on 30th April. About 20 incoming HOs, medical students and doctors gathered to share experiences about the first year of housemanship.


It was really nice to have had the opportunity to hear from and interact with seniors from a variety of batches. The session was attended by a range of doctors from current house officers all the way to senior consultants. Their rich experiences instilled a sense of confidence within many of us. It was certainly good to have had dedicated our entire journey as house officers in prayer as a body of Christ. - Andrew Sayampa Nathan


I was very thankful and heartened that so many senior doctors took time off to walk with us through the beginnings of journey as a physician, and not simply a good physician but one who is in victorious in work and victorious in Christ. Thank you so much for teaching me how to see God in everything, how to work to be unto God, to live as Daniel did as a servant to his earthly master but also a steadfast, faithful citizen of God's kingdom. - Ms Vivien Lee





CMDF Re-dedication Service


The annual CMDF Re-dedication Service was held at the GCF meeting room on the evening of 21 January 2016.


CMDF Chaplain, Rev Dr Tan Soo-Inn, gave a message titled “Taking Sabbath Seriously”. Rev Dr Tan reminded everyone on the importance of a rest day once a week; a day where we put aside work, not just to recharge our minds and bodies but to also set aside time for God and his Word. In our fast-paced modern society where everybody is busy, it is imperative that we take time off from our busyness to reflect on our work, our lives and our relationship with God. Rev Dr Tan also explained that the Sabbath need not necessarily be a Sunday. What’s most important is that we set aside one day a week to rest in God’s word.



Questions For The Great Physician


Suffering confronts everyone, but hospitals get a front row seat to the depths of human pain. What does it mean to be a healer? How can those of you in healthcare make sense of suffering? How can you cope with people's pain without becoming cold? Where is God?


Speaker: Dan Paterson
Date: 16 September 2016
Time: 7:45pm
Venue: Adam Road Presbyterian Church, level 2
Address: 25 Adam Road, Singapore 289894


Admission is free. Please RSVP at: kwyjjj@gmail.com









12th MMF Golf Tournament & Fund-Raising Dinner - 27 July 2016

On 27th July 2016, Medical Missions Foundation organised, for the 12th time, the annual golf competition and dinner to raise fund for our doctor/dental missionaries, who with their families, serve in 3rd world countries in Asia and Africa.

We were blessed with very fine weather for te golfers and a very pleasant evening for the dinner, both held at the Singapore Island Country Club.

We were privileged to have Ministry of Health's Director of Medical Services, Associate Professor Benjamin Ong as our guest-of-honour. The speaker was none other than our missionary Dr Tan Siang Hon, who gave a very heart warming glimpse of his experiences in the troubled area of Xinjiang in China. He and his family have been in Xinjiang for the past 11 years serving the poor and needy, and passing to them the message of salvation through Jesus Christ. Many were inspired by his dedicated missionary spirit.

Altogether, 144 golfers participated in the golf tournament in a very challening New Course. All golfers were presented with a 'fat goody bag', the content of which were donated by many good wishers. Dr Charles Tan emerged as the Champion and received the Dr Bengjamin Chew Challenge Trophy. About 400 turned up for the dinner, where door and raffled draw gifts were given.

I am pleased to report that we raised about $400,000 nett of expenses, much of which were through outright donations beside payment for golf and dinner. The organising committee wishes to thank all CMDF members and friends for your support to make the event meanginful and a great sucess. Thanks be to God. - Dr James Chang Ming Yu, Chairman, 12th MMF Golf Tournament and Fund-Raising Dinner Committee







Be A Volunteer!

HealthServe is a non-profit community development organization dedicated to serving the interests of the migrants, disadvantaged and poor in the local community.

We are looking for Dermatologist who are willing to extend a hand for our migrant workers once a month in our clinic.

For volunteering enquiries, please email: janna@healthserve.org.sg or call us during office hours at 6743-9774.

1 Lorong 23 Geylang #01-07 Building 4 Singapore 388352.