Saturday, May 09, 2009

AFCMA President's update

The peace of the Risen Christ be with you! I am writing to you to update you some of the things that have happened since my last communication to you.
You must be aware by now that our new AFCMA Exco. have formed two Committees viz. (1) Medical Mission Committee headed by Dr. John Lee and assisted by Dr. Michael Poon to look after our overseas medical mission and (2) Bioethics Committee headed by Dr Edna Monzon from Phillipines to help in the Formation of Catholic Health care workers on Bioethics issues,etc..Please look at our AFCMA web-site for the names of the other Committee members of these two Committees.
I am pleased to inform you that besides the wonderful work done by Dr. John Lee on behalf of AFCMA and FIAMC in reaching out to those in need we also have other AFCMA member countries and individuals who are also doing God's work within their own resources eg.
(1)the Myanmar Missionary trip 2009 by the Guild of St. Luke,St.Cosmas and St. Damian Hong Kong.I am fowarding their report prepared by Dr. Michael Poon to you. They were working together with the Zetaman(= one who is sent to serve) --a group of lay people and Sisters in the Taunggyi Diocese in Myanmar.Apparently they need USD15,000.00 to build a home for HIV orphans.
(2)Sister Mary Lou who is actively involved in her Handan project in China trying to raise funds for a new 6 storey Hospital which does not even have an elevator. She is also trying to get someone to 'adopt a boy' at the Sacred Heart Seminary Prep School I for USD 200 per child per year. These youngsters are all hopeful candidates for the Priesthood and are from the nearby farms.
(3)Presently our AFCMA is involved with an outreach program in Ho Chi Min City together with our Australian(Oceania) partner. Our Vietnameses colleagues need to relocate their HIV Clinic as the owners need back the building. They will need USD30,000.They also have an attap shed 30 Kilometers outside Ho Chi Min City which is in a deplorable condition and does not even have doors so that the patients will all get drenched when it rains! This shed is used to house the terminally ill HIV patients. Fortunately The Japan Catholic Medical Association led by Dr. Buichi Ishijima has agreed to join inthis Outreach Mission and hopefully with the help of Caritas Japan they will be the main sponsors. The Catholic Doctors Association of Malaysia together with Catholic Doctors of Western Australia represented by Dr. Leonard Chan are the other parties involved in this humane mission. I myself will be going to HCMC to meet up with Dr. Buichi Ishijima, Dr. Takeuchi and Father Yamaguchi there in June 09 and will give you a short report of our trip there when we return from HCMC.
Meanwhile please pray for the success of all our AFCMA Missions mentioned above. If you have any Mission work that your Association has done or will be doing please let me know.
Before I end please remember (1 Cor. 10.31)--Whatever YOU DO.. DO ALL FOR THE GLORY OF GOD.