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Typhoon Haiyan and the CMDF

 

So you have read the papers; scrutinized the stats, watched the TV pictures, heard stories from your Filipino helper. Yet you seem to be somehow drawn over and over again to these photos; something inside you wants to revisit them.

 

But then again why shouldn't you feel this way?

 

After all, this super typhoon caused a carnage killing some 5000-10,000 people with winds over 250km/hr way off standard measurable categories. Helplessness, despair and desperation almost overrules.

 

Our CMDF doctors led by Dr Tan Hun Hoe are there right now as I write this note. Another brother gave a substantial donation for the displaced and their families.

 

How do we square our faith with a God who expresses His being and nature through living in us on one hand and in the fury of a typhoon on the other? Perhaps we will always have to hold that tension as we practice in our state of the art clinics and in prescribing Panadol to disaster hit fellow humans made in the image of God.

 

God burst into our orbit some two thousands years ago to reconcile us to Himself through Jesus. What a hope we have to thank God for as we celebrate Christmas and as the year draws to a close.

 

Emmanuel, 
Wei-Leong

 

 

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From The Chapiain's Desk

 

The Human Touch

 

Recently, I was rereading one of my favourite books, Fatigue in Modern Society, Edited by Paul Tournier (Atlanta, GA: John Knox Press, 1965), when the following struck me:

 

But it is clear that although scientific progress is the primary factor of medical progress, the practical efficacity of medical activity does not depend exclusively on scientific progress. The personal influence and contact of the physician with the patient also have their effects in the healing process . . . the physician, without neglecting any of his technical treatments, also has a pedagogical task: he must re-educate his patients, helping them to reform their lives . . . (Paul Tournier, 8).

 

Tourneir goes on to remind us:

 

It is necessary to understand profoundly the person of the patient, his evolution in life, his relationships with those around him, to help him to become more open. The physician must become friends with him, and must exercise a personal influence over him. Thus, the physician’s task is two fold: on the one side, it is scientific and technical; on the other side, it is pedagogical, psychological, ethical, even spiritual. (Tournier, 9).

 

This was written in 1965. It still holds true today but is even harder to practice. Medical science has progressed by leaps and bounds. It is so easy to see technology as our saviour. It is much easier to prescribe medication and procedures than to spend personal time with a patient. Added to this is the every growing number of patients each doctor and dentist need to see per day especially if one is working in a polyclinic or a public hospital.

 

Still, we need to continue to fight hard to do what we can to give each patient we see some degree of personal contact, understanding that this is integral to the healing process. It is recognising how God has made us.

 

God Himself understood the healing dimension in healing. He didn’t just press some buttons from heaven to solve the problems of humankind. He came in person. So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. (John 1:14 NLT)

 

While we may debate on when is the actual date that Christ was born, we should not forget the fact of His birth. He is Immanuel, “God with us” and He came to save us from our sins and to begin the process of inaugurating the new heaven and the new earth. For this we are profoundly grateful. But we are not just beneficiaries of His personal touch. We are now sent into the world to continue His mission till He returns. This includes treating people with a personal touch so that people will catch a glimpse of the God with a human touch. And it is also good medicine.

 

I just want someone to talk to

And a little of that human touch

Just a little of that human touch

(“Human Touch,” Bruce Springsteen, 1992)

 

Rev. Dr. Tan Soo Inn

Honourary Chaplain

CMDF

 

 

 

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CMDF / GCF Combined ReDedication Service - 11 January 2014

Putting Flesh On Dry Bones
Can These Bones Live? - Ezekiel 37:4

How can Christians bring alive the Word of God to their world of work, as living sacrifices? Join the band of men and women whom God calls and in unison, dedicate our service at our workplaces to God.

Date: 11 January 2014 (Saturday)
Time: 3pm – 5pm (Hi-Tea 5pm Onwards)
Venue: Grace (S.C.C) Church,14 Queen Street, Singapore
Main Speaker: Prof Lawrence Chia

Please register with Simon at gcfsing@gcf.org.sg or Michelle at admin@cmdf.org.sg (For Catering Purposes). For more details visit: www.gcf.org.sg

 

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CMDF Annual Celebration Dinner - 2 November 2013

This year’s annual CMDF celebration dinner was, assuredly, again a time of contemplation, conversation and community. But it came with a courageous left turn, causing many to come away challenged – to rethink how Kingdom values may be more faithfully embraced, and to examine how Christians may boldly serve and love their neighbour in an emergent multicultural society.

The evening’s theme, “Life Before God”, was engagingly discussed by host Dr Lee Chung Horn – and after a sumptuous buffet feast, the gathering learned that they were invited to a post-dinner conversation about the Singapore Conversation.

Our Singapore Conversation was, of course, the national conversation initiative launched by PM Lee Hsien Loong in 2012. The idea was to dialogue with Singaporeans from all walks of life, to hear their views and aspirations; to find consensus; and to nurture civil discourse.

This was important, Dr Lee explained, because, 48 years on from the difficult circumstances of its birthing, Singapore is still a society haunted by its lack of a historical nationalism.

A faculty of three speakers - Dr Tam Wai Jia, Dr Richard Hui and Rev Dr Tan Soo Inn – then spoke about their life experiences. They came from three generations, but their stories bespoke a common theme. They all were bound to Singapore, and they met, and contended with, a loving God in the midst of suffering and pain.

Tam, 26, shared courageously about her decision to put on hold a career path towards career specialization. In the twentysomething world, the competition to secure a residency position is cruel, the pressures of work unforgiving, the fear of falling out of the mainstream overwhelming. How does a young person hear the voice of a God who values obedience more than the trappings of success? Tam’s story reverberated with undergrads, and older doctors who have young-adult children of their own.

A returning missionary, Hui spoke poignantly about the death of his 10 year old daughter while he was serving in the Middle East. Why would God call him and his family to uproot and move to a different land only to allow this separation? But God does not make mistakes, and Hui explained how his struggle became conviction.

Rev Dr Tan Soo Inn, the CMDF’s chaplain, spoke about the turns in his life. A teaching pastor of a local church and director of an organization called Graceworks, Soo Inn’s voice was one of grace and friendship. The endings in his life – the death of his first wife to illness, a subsequent divorce, having to leave a church community – were experiences that seared his convictions. But the departures led his way to new doors.

The celebration dinner was held at NUSS Guild House. It was attended by 300 doctors, dentists, medical and dental students. - Dr Lee Chung Horn

This dinner was our first exposure to CMDF, and it will surely not be our last. The theme of the night was, “What was your life before God?” – one of the many stirring calls that night to reflect on our relationship with our Heavenly Father and his Son. I had been extremely dejected over the weekend about a series of tests in which I had not performed as well as expected, and had wondered if the time spent at the dinner could be better spent studying instead. However, over the course of the night, the fellowship, worship, and meaningful messages by the speakers ushered me back into a state of amazement at the saving grace, love, and provision of our Lord. I was reminded of the riches He has already bestowed on each of us, and the larger picture of his Kingdom, above and beyond our daily labors in life, in which we are called to serve.

As we made our way home, a few of us shared the ways in which the messages had spoken into our lives. The topics that night had been particularly relevant to help redefine my personal and spiritual definition of success, with which I had been struggling just that day to keep in perspective my performance in class. It is conventional for us to expect high results in our arena of academics and healthcare career, but as Dr. Tam Wai Jia had so candidly pointed out in her past self, is only a temporary and empty illusion that gives way when we meet with failure of this world, and will not provide ultimate satisfaction. Instead, Jesus calls us to entrust and commit our entire selves wholly to our Heavenly Father - dedicating our present and future hopes and dreams, our greatest expectations, all for Him and his all-encompassing and abundant purpose. Thus, the closing verse shared by Dr. Lee Chung Horn was especially meaningful, “The Lord your God has blessed you in all the work of your hands. He has watched over your journey through this vast desert. These forty years the Lord your God has been with you, and you have not lacked anything” (Deut. 2:7). Truly the Lord has been faithful in His provision for our everyday needs, and wants us to rest in his unfailing hope for the future. - Ms Geraldine Goh, Duke-NUS Class of 2017

Looking back, it’s interesting how the events lined up so that I attended this dinner. I’m not from any Christian Fellowship in NUS, so I didn’t know about the event. The only reason I was there was because Dr Sarani Omar graciously invited me, and I think that had to do with the fact that I bumped into her one day in the canteen.

But more importantly, I’m glad I attended this event. It was edifying to learn the underlying reasons to why the speakers do what they do. Often, the full extent is never picked up until they speak of it. How each of the speakers could, despite their tribulations and unimaginable losses, still choose to trust God when I would imagine every fibre in their body begging them to turn to anger, despair and resentment instead. I’ve never had to go through such experiences before, but if and when I do, I hope I would be as faithful and strong as them.

And since I learned so much, I’d like to give a nugget of information in return – Joshua Tan (M3) (one of the speakers that evening) cooks extremely well. - Coeway Thng (M1)

*See photos from the CMDF Celebration Dinner 2013 here.

 

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GCF Annual Thanksgiving Dinner 2013

 

GCF held their 58th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner on 20 September 2013 (Friday) at NUSS Guild House, Kent Ridge Drive. The dinner was attended by a total of about 240 GCF members, Sectional Groups members, Christian Fellowship student leaders and friends. The main speaker was Dr Philip Pillai who spoke on “Destiny: Discerning the Times and Knowing what to do.

 

To know more about GCF: click on this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KjCl8aLppFU

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MMF Golf Tournament & Fund-Raising Dinner

 

Medical Missions Foundation held it's 9th fund-raising golf tournament and dinner on 9th October 2013 at the Singapore Island Country Club. We have organized this event annually since 2005, to support our doctor/dental missionaries who serve full time in third world countries in Asia and Africa. We were much encouraged by the overwhelming support from golfers. All 144 places in the golf tournament were taken up, and the golfers enjoyed an afternoon of fun, camaraderie, fresh air and sunshine. Congratulations to Mr Stephen Ooi who won the covetous “Dr Benjamin Chew Challenge Trophy”.

 

Over 300 people, comprising the golfers, our sponsors, donors and their friends, attended the evening’s dinner. Mr S Dhanabalan graced the occasion as our Guest of Honour, while our missionary Dr Ng Liang Wei gave a succinct and enlightening talk on his work in Indonesia.

 

We raised a nett total of $362,000. We want to thank God for giving us faithful and generous supporters and friends, who donated cash, gifts, and time to make this event a success.

- Dr James Chang Ming Yu Chairman, Organising Committee

 

 

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Logos Hope

Logos Hope is a mission ship under Operation Mobilization, with 400 Christian volunteers from 50 different countries, traveling around the world bringing knowledge, help, and hope to the ports she visits.

This time Logos Hope is going to dock in front of VivoCity for Chinese New Year, opening the book fair to the public where general public will be exposed to a good variety of Christian literature, sending out crew members to serve the underserved community in Singapore, and hosting multiple programs and meals onboard to bless the marginalized, like migrant workers and physically/mentally challenged community.

For more information please contact: logoshope.singapore@gbaships.org.

 

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ICMDA World Congress 2014

Christian? Medical doctor, student or dentist? Be welcome to the XVth World Congress of the International Christian Medical and Dental Association (ICMDA)!

The ICMDA connects Christians in medicine and dentistry from around the world for 50 years already. In 2014 the next World Congress will be held in Rotterdam, the Netherlands and you can be part of it!

The congress provides you a period of reflection and inspiration through Bible readings, lectures and seminars with your brothers and sisters from around the globe. Together we will explore how we can serve Christ, share His love and shine in society at large as a medical professional. And just as important is the time for fellowship, encouragement and fun during the small groups, meals and the social program.

From 19-22 July the Students and Junior Graduates’ Congress will be held, followed by the Main Congress from 22-26 July. For more information and registration, visit: www.icmda2014.org.

What: XVth ICMDA World Congress
Where: Rotterdam, The Netherlands
When: 19-26 July 2014

Don’t miss this unique opportunity of reflection and fellowship with Christian colleagues from all over the world!

 

 

 

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Visitors

It was such a pleasure to have had Dr Paul Bendor-Samuel from InterServe to share stories over a meal last September.

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Field Medical Advisors Needed!

OMF is looking for doctors who might be interested in serving either fulltime or on a part-time volunteer basis as Field Medical Advisers (FMA). The FMA provides advisory and preventative health care for missionaries in Fields.

The Fields with current or upcoming need for FMAs include Mekong, Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, S China and Taiwan.

Check out at www.omf.org for more information or please write to:

Dr George Khoo
OMF International (IHQ) Ltd
2 Cluny Road, Singapore 259570
Email: ima@omfmail.com

 

 

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Dental Prayer Fellowship

Fear Of The Lord Is The Beginning Of Wisdom

“Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it. Prone to leave the God I love.”

The song writer so aptly summarised the sinful nature of man. Even in the face of the one true and loving God who gave us His own Son as a substitute for our wickedness, man continues to stray and seek his own will.

In Deuteronomy 8, the Lord called His people to remember and fear Him. For forty years the Lord faithfully led His people in the wilderness teaching them. His power, glory and unfailing love was manifested before them. The Lord provided for their every need. All the Lord asked of them was to remember the Lord their God and to keep His commandments. “And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways and to love Him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep the commandments of the Lord and His statutes which I command you today for your good? (Deuteronomy 10:12-13)

Adversities can often bring to sharp focus our total dependency on God’s mercy. Our Sovereign and loving God promises that He will be with us always to the end of the age. Sadly, how easily we become self-sufficient and forget the goodness of God when success, wealth and fame come our way; “then you say in your heart, ‘My power and the might of my hand have gained me this wealth” (Deuteronomy 8:17). When we are consumed by the seduction of worldly success, wealth and fame these worldly pursuits become our gods.

How easily our love for the Lord grows cold? We find no joy in the reading of His Word. Our time, energy and priorities are focused on worldly matters. Praying and meditating on the Word are seen as inconvenient chores that soon are abandoned.

For some the falling away is obvious. Often, even though our hearts can be far removed from God, yet we maintain a facade of religiosity and godliness. We may even perform the appropriate ‘church things’ and speak the right language, deceiving ourselves and others.

The dental course is probably one of the toughest courses in the University. The dental profession has enormous earning power and with it also social prestige and standing. The practice of dentistry is essentially based on an honour system, with minimal or non-existent oversight. If we believe that God in His providence so ordained us to serve in this profession, our practice would need to be God honouring

The prophet Micah wrote : “He has shown you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God?” We are sinful men and women who are also dentists. Like all sinners we are easily seduced by the world forsaking God and the place he has given us in the life. Beyond doing justice to our patients the Lord requires us to be merciful to them. It is our calling to heal and to comfort and by our action manifesting the love of Christ the lost sinners could be brought to His saving grace. And when the Lord blesses us in our practice we will do well to humbly acknowledge God’s providence in our life and be good steward redeeming the time, talents and the very life that we have; “And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth.... “ (Deuteronomy 8:18).

Finally remember the warning from the Lord : “Then it shall be, if you by any means forget the Lord your God, and follow other gods, and serve them and worship them, I testify against you this day that you shall surely perish. As the nations which the Lord destroys before you, so you shall perish, because you would not be obedient to the voice of the Lord your God.” (Deuteronomy 8:19-20) - Dr Loh Fun Chee

 

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Medical Volunteers Gathering - 5 October 2013

The journey to the designated location was arduous, but the gathering of volunteers of Healthserve was indeed a refreshing one. The volunteers came from different walks of life, from diverse occupational backgrounds and harnessed a variety of experiences. Such realization of the diversity amongst the volunteers wouldn’t be possible, of course, without the aid of a hearty meal. As we begin to warm up to new found friends within our midst, a short sharing begin

Different representatives from the various clinics (Caring Community Clinic, Healthserve Community Clinic, Karunya Clinic, Penjuru Clinic), came forth to share the works they have been involved with. It was exhilarating to realize how the works of HealthServe have evolved over the years from a simple desire to serve the migrant community, to a diverse network providing comprehensive support. On top of subsidized health services for minor ailments, specialist clinics have also been set up to serve the community with regards dermatologic and orthopedic ailments. In addition, social, financial and legal aids are made available to migrants who require them. It was heartening that Constructive Care Collaboration (CCC) , a student led movement, was birthed from this same desire.

Subsequently, Reverend Malcom Tan provided a short sharing, which reminded us of why we have gathered together in the first place: to love others as God has always loved us. It was a timely reminder, especially if we may have overlooked the reason for persevering in this ministry.

We may come from different backgrounds, occupation and walks of life, yet we have united together with a common goal: to walk alongside with the migrant community - a fast growing community within our midst which we may not always be aware of.

And of course, the eventful evening was completed with nothing better than the exotic desserts crafted by Dr. Suzie Lee. - Brandon Chua (Year 3 Pharmacy Student, Clinic Assistant Volunteer at Healthserve Community Clinic Geylang)