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Third Graduation Ceremony of HisHands Medical Missionary Online Course
June 15, 2018

The third graduation ceremony for the online HisHands Medical Missionary course in the Northern Asia-Pacific Division (NSD) was held on May 7, 2018, at the Seoul SDA Language Institute. Citing Ellen White’s writings, “We have come to a time when every member of the church should take hold of medical missionary work” (Counsels on Diet and Foods 455), Joanna Kim, HisHands Medical Mission leader, encouraged attendees to spread this mission movement to the world.

Choi MyoungSup, director of Sahmyook Medical Center, gave warm congratulatory remarks, saying, “As Jesus Christ is in the center of the Adventist health message, Jesus Christ is in the center of all of the work in Sahmyook Medical Centers in Seoul and Busan.” He also said that “both Sahmyook Medical Center and HisHands Medical Mission share the same belief: ‘I am the Lord, who heals you, (Exodus, 15:26),’ we will make a win-win relationship for mission.”

“Mission First,” the identity of the NSD was emphasized by Joo MinHo, NSD assistant to the president. He expressed his gratitude for the enthusiastic mission service of Joanna Kim, who has devoted herself to HisHands Medical Mission in the NSD territories.

The highlight of the ceremony was mission reports by thirty-eight HHMM mission groups. They introduced their members, reported on the mission work in the past year, shared testimonies, and presented future plans. Some of the groups were invited to local evangelistic meetings, which are going to be held not only in Korea but in Mongolia and Taiwan.

Pastor Lee KiHo, HHMM director of the Korean Union Conference (KUC), introduced AM missionaries to the attendees. AM missionaries are organized by the Korean alumni of 1000 Missionary Movement (1000MM) missionaries. Pastor Lee said, “KUC will encourage AM missionaries to take the HisHands Medical Missionary online course so that they will be God’s workers armed by righteousness and self-control like Daniel.” In the case of 1000MM applicants, they have to receive medical mission training by Joanna Kim before they are dispatched to their mission fields.

Pastor Han SukHee, NSD HHMM coordinator, said, “I hope these thirty-eight HHMM mission groups will take strong root within their local churches, grow healthy, and yield much fruit of soul-salvation.” He represented the goal of organizing 100 mission groups and having 1,000 HisHands medical missionaries. Attendees gave glory to God, who has blessed HHMM medical mission, and once again made up their mind to go anywhere with the gospel.

The next dispatch ceremony of HHMM medical missionaries will be held at the second NSD International Mission Congress, which is going to be held from August 8 to 11, 2018, in Ilsan, Korea. Missionaries from Japan, China, Mongolia, Taiwan, and Korea will participate in this big gathering and will make a vow to carry out the mission from God.

SukHee Han, NSD Communication Director, HHMM Coordinator