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CMF news: spring 2004

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New Opportunities

Doctors are no strangers to crisis, whether it confronts us in the emergency room, in our administrative work, or in our personal lives. Crisis may provoke fear, panic and feelings of inadequacy, but it also prompts us into appropriate action and reliance on God. The Chinese character for ‘crisis’ is...

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Merger with MMA

This Easter, 126 years since it was founded, the Medical Missionary Association (MMA) handed over its work and assets to CMF. The merger builds on our already strong partnership and will further strengthen the work that both organisations were doing. We plan to develop the information and training resources both organisations currently...

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Staff News

New Associate General Secretary Kevin Vaughan joined the staff as Associate General Secretary on 19 April. Kevin, this is a new post. What will it involve? I expect to be involved primarily in a pastoral role. This will include using the Saline Solution programme to encourage doctors (and other healthcare workers) to bring...

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Members' News

Members’ News Congratulations On their awards and appointments Ron Hiles OBE for medical services to the community in Bangladesh John Holden MD, Manchester University Malcolm Savage DRCOG Steve Waters MFOM Movements Outgoing Ann Fursdon (Nottingham) to France Peter Kaye (Cambridge) to New Zealand Marko Kerac (UCL) to Malawi Hannah Blencowe (Bristol) to Malawi Jamie Erskine (Barts) to Gambia Katy...

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Conferences, Breakfasts and Events

Please check the dates of upcoming conferences on page 8 and on the CMF website. Individual booking forms will be mailed regionally. Saline Solution Roadshow 65 doctors and students attended the Cambridge Saline Solution Conference on 28 February led by Bob Snyder, Kevin Vaughan and Peter Saunders. The day conference, on...

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Students

Mark Pickering writes... International Students’ Preconference The annual International Students’ Preconference (9- 13 February) took place immediately before the National Students’ Conference. 22 students came from Belarus, Bulgaria, Czech, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Kenya, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Russia and Ukraine. The preconference aims to train medical student leaders, especially in Eastern Europe and...

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Junior Doctors

Sarah Germain writes... Turning the Tide Peter Saunders and James Tomlinson led this conference on applying a biblical mindset to medical ethics in Bristol on 20 March. About 16 doctors and medical students attended. We plan to run a roadshow using the same material later; watch this space. Beyond the Bleep The national juniors...

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Publications

Allister Vale writes... ‘the revelation awaits an appointed time… though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come’ The prophet Habakkuk’s immortal words could well have applied to the printing of Andrew Fergusson’s long awaited Hard Questions about Health and Healing, which will be out very soon. We apologise for the...

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Ethics

John Wyatt writes... Medical Ethics issues continue to make waves as ‘top stories’ on the Media; and get good coverage in this quarter’s edition of Triple Helix (editorials and Eutychus) and Nucleus (News Review). If you don’t get a paper copy of either the full text of both is available on...

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Evangelism

The Saline Solution Roadshow There is now a growing recognition in the medical literature of the important link between spirituality and health and even the GMC has ruled that sharing faith with patients is fine as long as it is done in an appropriate and sensitive way! Every Christian doctor has a...

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Mission Matters

Peter Armon Writes Questionnaires on Overseas involvement I have been reviewing the returns on a questionnaire that I circulated to all those listed on our database as ‘missionary’ – during the last few months. The survey has revealed that we in fact only have a maximum of 118 members in full time...

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International Christian Medical and Dental Association

From Daryl Hackland, ICMDA General Secretary Visit to India, Bangladesh and Singapore – 17-27 February 2004 ‘Let us thank God for using us to serve the poor, oppressed and sick through CMAB… Knowing our limitations let us not give up our hope for the future certainty of the new Kingdom’ With these words...

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Finance Matters

The normally jovial and smiling face that has beamed out at you from many issues of CMF News over the last four years, has not been smiling much recently, due to the significant problems we have encountered in the office during the last three months! I am most conscious that...

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