Chinese Christian medical professionals in North America are going to gather in San Francisco for a biannual mission conference, confirming their commission in serving Christ.
Organized by the Luke Christian Medical Mission (LCMM), the main theme of the retreat is "The Vision and Practice of Medical Missions- from Our Base". In the three-day retreat, a number of renowned Christians in the medical field are invited to be the keynote speakers, such as Rev. Thomas Wang, the chairman of Great Commission Center International (GCCI); Dr. Eugene Choi, senior advisor for the Medical Services International (MSI) and Overseas Missionary Fellowship (OMF) Representative for San Francisco Bay Area and Rev. Dr. Jeff Lee, USA Director for Gospel Operation International and 2G "Second Generation" mission ministry.
As this is the first time the retreat is held out of the Los Angeles area, the organizers wish that all those who are interested in medical missions, from California, other regions of the States, to all Christians from other parts of the world, can share experiences and to define the future direction and ministry field of medical missions.
The four different planned workshops are "The Mission Field in the Workplace," "The Presence and Future of Medical Missions in Taiwan," "The Vast Unharvested Field," and "The Passing on of Medical Missions between Generations."
The biannual retreat of LAMM will offer exceptional opportunities to network with missionaries from different regions and to cooperate in global medical missions more effectively. The retreat is scheduled at the Sheraton Hotel near San Francisco Airport.
LCMM was originally founded by a group of Christians who had a burden for medical missions in 1960’s. Dr. Stewart Wu and his associates in the medical field started a free clinic in a church basement in the Chinatown in Chicago. In the 1970’s, Finnish mission board decided to relinquish ownership of two Taiwanese hospitals, Ping-Tung and Heng-Chun, to the native Christians, Dr. Wu and others in Taiwan faithfully responded. In English, the organization became Luke Christian Medical Mission (LCMM).
In 1988, Dr. David Lee, a dentist who was in Fuller Theological Seminary, studying to be a full time missionary, took up the challenge and established a chapter of LCMM in the U.S.