A Successful and Meaningful Life as a Doctor
In May 2013, I went for a medical trip to the Palawan island province of the Philippines. The medical team was organised by Cru Singapore and hosted by Agape Rural Program ARP. We had 3 doctors, 1 pharmacist, 1 nurse, 9 medical undergrads and 3 working adults. We held 3 days of free clinics. The first two days were held in a rural school. The last day of clinic was organised in a village church and then in a town church. Doctors ran the clinics while the other members were involved in triage, registration, pharmacy and health education. Volunteers from ARP helped as translators. Patients and their relatives had the opportunity to listen the gospel while waiting. I was invited to give a evangelistic message at a Christian medical fellowship. The title was " A successful and meaningful life as a doctor"
In my church, there is 1 doctor (that's me) , 1 dentist and a few nurses. Naturally health related questions will find their way to me. Most questions are from individuals who want an opinion or simple advice. This year we had a quite a number of church members, especially kids, coming down with flu with a few having lower respiratory tract infection. A deacon asked me a question on infection control. My reply to him is posted on the Q&A page. In Singapore 2012 health stats, there is 1 doctor to every 520 residents; which is a close approximation of me being in my 300+ church. Paul in 1 Corinthians 12 used the analogy of the body parts to describe each individual role in the body of Christ. Over the years I have come to marvel how wonderful God has placed everyone in the church. Nothing is by accident, but everything was planned by Him so that the church has all it needs.. I have my role, so does the dentist, the nurses, all other professions - IT experts, teachers, logistics, And yes even the homemakers who prepare meals after our fellowship meetings.
Benjamin lives in Singapore. He is joyfully working as a family physician in a public healthcare institution. Benjamin is happily married with 2 lovely children. He worships in a Bible Presbyterian church.
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