30th April - 3rd May 2020
SEAMMC2020 stands for Southeast Asia Medical Missions Conference 2020. This conference is organized for Christian doctors, dentists, students, other healthcare workers, and people who share an interest in medical missions in South East Asia. All programs will be conducted in English, therefore, sufficient proficiency in English is recommended for effective interaction and participation in the discussions during the conference.
WHY MISSIONAL JOURNEY?
Life is a journey. For us in medical and healthcare profession, life can be a journey to reach the top of medical career, or in our developing world, life could be defined as a journey to reach “success” through what we have or what we can achieve. But we know God has a better journey for us to follow. He is calling us to follow His footsteps, to be together with Him on the journey of life, that is the missional journey. The journey to fight self-centeredness, and instead, to give our life to God and His people as He has done so. South East Asia is a vast region with more than 650 million people. Many have never heard about Him nor experience His life-changing love. To this region, God calls everyone of us in medical/healthcare profession, to touch everyone we meet with His love, to live a missional life everyday, and to do so everywhere He has called us to be. We cannot do it alone. We need to be united, and work together for His Great Commission, to share His love in South East Asia.
HOW WE STARTED?
These last 5 years have been truly amazing for us in Southeast Asia. We remember how God planted the seed among the medical ministry leaders in Southeast Asia around 2015-2016 to think, pray, and work more for His mission in Southeast Asia. Then we saw how God has been opening so many doors and helping to form new friendships since 2016, where we saw the start of a great awakening through the first SEA Medical Missions Conference in 2017. We still remember how wonderful it was, to see 262 participants from 16 different countries coming together to pray, and even cry as we sought shalom and His healing for the nations in Southeast Asia. We enjoyed discovering His work, being inspired by one another, and making new friends among people in SEA medical missions. We praise GOD that SEAMMC 2017 was just the beginning of many greater things to follow. After the conference we saw the starting of new Christian medical fellowships in challenging countries in SEA, people coming to learn about missions from one country to another, stronger regional friendship and collaboration, new national mission conference stimulated, and more! Let us come together to be part of His greater movement through SEAMMC 2020. Through stronger medical mission, we hope to see nations blessed and people experiencing Him more and more.
For International Participants
For Thai Participants
SPEAKERS AND TOPICS
Dr. Lineus Hewis (Indonesia)
Our Missional Journey: Everyone, Everyday, Everywhere
Dr. Peter Saunders (UK)
Dr. Tan Soo Inn (Malaysia/Singapore)
Dr. Peter Sathiyanathan (Malaysia) and Dr. Somruk (Thailand)
Christian Perspectives on Mental Health Ministry
Dr. Kanapon Phumratprapin (Thailand)
Medical Missions and Technology
Dr. Goh Wei Leong (Singapore) and Dr. Teem Wing Yip (Australia/Timor Leste)
Re-thinking Medical Mission Trips
Dr. Priscilia Pratami (Indonesia) and Dr. Jeff Henney (USA/Laos)
Unreached People’s Group: Introduction, Testimonies, Discussion
Dr. Milton Amayun (Philippines) and Dr. Raija Amayun (Finland/Philippines)
Holistic approach in Ultrapoor Ministry
Elia Chia (Indonesia) and Dr. Jenny Megawati (Indonesia)
Long-term missional approach for Disaster Relief
Dr. Julius Surjadi (Indonesia)
Saline introduction and SEA Saline Movement
Dr. Edi Tehuteru (Indonesia) and Dr. Pradubporn Leelasart (Thailand)
Christian Palliative Care
Dr. Alex Tang (Malaysia)
Apologetics through Medical Science
Dr. Wera Pongrujikorn (Thailand)
Dr. Grace Yong (Malaysia)
Dr. Jovanni R. Templonuevo (Philippines)
Dr. Krassanai Wangrangsimakul (Thailand)
Dr. Jeff Henney (USA/Laos)
Dr. Priscilia Pratami (Indonesia)
Dr. Wata Sriyoottagrai (Thailand)
Dr. Son Le Hoang (Vietnam)
Dr. Chivkun Tray (Cambodia)
STUDENT: BEGINNING MISSIONAL JOURNEY AS A STUDENT
Sia Chin Leong (Singapore)
Krittin Kitipibul (Thailand)
JUNIOR: FACING REALITY OF OUR MISSIONAL JOURNEY
Dr. Ning (Thailand) - Not confirmed yet
Dr. Bobby Herman Simarmata (Indonesia)
SENIOR: FLUORISHING AND FINISHING WELL IN OUR MISSIONAL JOURNEY
Prof. Dr. Supreeya Wongtrangan (Thailand)
Dr. Mary Cheong (Brunei)
Dr. Roma Hein (Myanmar)
10 THAILAND TRAVEL GUIDES
1. Yes, the people really are *that* nice. Don’t be surprised if strangers offer you advice or strike up a conversation with you.
2. Show respect for Thai customs by greeting others with the “Wai” (placing hands palms together at your chest and bowing your head) and saying “Sawasdee Krub” for men and “Sawasdee Ka” for females.
3. Use public transportation. The BTS (Subway) and MRT (Light Rail) are cheap, convenient, and fast. You can get just about anywhere using these systems and they are really easy to use. Get a day pass to save extra money.
4. Know how to hail a taxi. To hail a taxi or tuk-tuk, put your palm out facing the ground and move your fingers forward and backward, almost like you are shooing them away.
5. Know when to tip. Tipping is normal for beauty services, for example, a massage or hair service. It is not necessary to tip at restaurants or street side stalls, though many luxury restaurants will have a tip included in the bill.
6. A little cash goes a long way. The cost of living and traveling in Thailand is very low. Entire meals can be purchased for less than $1 and visitors can find accommodation options for as little as $3 a night. Be sure to save money before traveling to the Kingdom, but just be aware (and excited) that a little cash can go a long way.
7. Pack for the heat. Be wary that Thailand is normally a very hot country. Temperatures at their highest have exceeded 44°C, and it is important to pack light clothing to accommodate these conditions.
8. Bring your own toilet paper. Many of bathrooms do not have toilet paper in Thailand. Instead, they use a funny alternative to a bidet: the bum gun. If the thought of cleaning yourself with a hose of sorts does not sit well, be sure to bring tissues with you wherever it is you go. Many toilets are also simply holes in the ground, which are known as squat toilets. can go a long way.
9. There are a lot of street dogs. There are a lot of stray dogs in Thailand. They are normally friendly, but some have been treated so poorly by humans they have become aggressive. Many visitors get a rabies shot before coming to the country, as well. This is something just to be aware of as the dogs are often times in terrible condition and are incredibly hard to witness.
10. Get ready for the best trip of your life. This may quite possibly be the best trip of your life! Trip to the Land of Smiles is certainly going to be a memorable one.
10 MOST POPULAR THAI FOOD
There’s a reason Thai food is one of the most popular foreign cuisines around the world – because it’s absolutely amazing! Known for being delicious, healthy and cheap, Thai food is quite varied, and you’ll find unique dishes in all the major towns, and a distinct flavour difference from the south to the north.
1. Som Tom (Spicy green papaya salad)
2. Pad Krapow Moo Saap (Fried basil and pork)
3. Gaeng Keow Wan Kai (Green chicken curry)
4. Kai Med Ma Muang (Chicken with cashew nuts)
5. Khao Soi (Creamy coconut curry noodle soup)
6. Pad Phuk Tong (Stir-fried pumpkin)
7. Pak Boong (Morning glory greens)
8. Panang (Thai curry)
9. Kao Niew Ma Muang (Mango and sticky rice)
10. Pad Thai (Classic fried noodle dish)
9 BEST PLACES TO VISIT IN BANGKOK
1. Grand Palace (Old Town)
The Grand Palace commands respect from all who have walked on their sacred grounds. Built-in 1782, and
served as the home of Thai Kings and the Royal court for 150 years, The Grand Palace continues to have
visitors in awe with its beautiful architecture and intricate detail.
2. Damnoen Saduak floating market
The pioneer of Bangkok floating markets, Damnoen Saduak continues to offer an authentic experience despite its increasingly touristy atmosphere. Imagine dozens of wooden row boats floating by, each laden to the brim with farm-fresh fruits, vegetables or flowers. Food vendors fill their vessels with cauldrons and charcoal grills, ready to whip up a bowl of ‘boat noodle’ or seafood skewers upon request. The market is around 100 km southwest of Bangkok.
3. Chinatown (Yaowarat)
Bangkok's Chinatown is a colourful, exotic and pleasingly chaotic area, packed with market stalls and
probably the highest concentration of gold shops in the city. During major festivities like Chinese New Year
and the Vegetarian Festival, the dynamism and spirit of celebration spread across town like wildfire, and if
you happen to be around, don’t miss an opportunity to witness Chinatown Bangkok at its best.
4. Chao Phraya river & waterways
One of the most scenic areas, the Chao Phraya riverside reflects a constantly changing scene day and night:
water-taxis and heavily laden rice barges chugging upstream, set against a backdrop of glittering temples and luxury hotels. The areas from Wat Arun to Phra Sumeru Fortress are home to some of the oldest settlements in Bangkok, particularly Bangkok Noi and its charming ambiance of stilt houses flanking the complex waterways.
5. Chatuchak Weekend Market
Once only popular among wholesalers and traders, Chatuchak Weekend Market has reached a landmark status as a must-visit place for tourists. Its sheer size and diverse collections of merchandise will bring any seasoned shoppers to their knees. The market is home to more than 8,000 market stalls. On a typical weekend, more than 200,000 visitors come here to sift through the goods on offer.
6. Asiatique The Riverfront
Asiatique The Riverfront is a successful combination of 2 of Bangkok’s most popular shopping experiences: a night bazaar and a mall. You can find it 10 minutes downriver from the Saphan Taksin BTS Skytrain Station. Once a bustling international trade port, it has been transformed with over 1,500 boutiques and 40 restaurants housed inside a huge replica warehouse complex.
An evening here presents you with good fun browsing the boutiques, picking up gifts or something for yourself. Shows are performed nightly – you can expect the Calypso ladyboy cabaret, as well as a Muay
That show and a classic Thai puppets performance.
7. Baiyoke Tower II
At 304 metres tall, Baiyoke Tower II is one of Bangkok's (and Thailand's) tallest buildings. The 88-storey building has a public observatory deck on the 77th floor, while the top floor is an open-air, 360-degree revolving roof deck (an admission applies). Both venues offer a bird's-eye view of the sprawling Thai capital.
Baiyoke Sky Hotel covers from the 22nd to the 74th floor.
Taking in the Bangkok skyline from your hotel window is one thing, but watching it from the 84th-floor outdoor revolving deck is another experience entirely. Up at the top, the excitement, open space and the sense that you’re on top of one of Thailand’s tallest buildings make all the difference.
Siam, is the most well-known shopping district in all of Bangkok. Siam is home to shopping place - MBK, Siam Square, Siam Paragon, CentralWorld, and very near to Pratunam market, Platinum fashion mall, and numerous other shopping centers, and hotels.
9. Icon Siam
Icon Siam Mall is called the "Mother of All Malls” located on the Thonburi side of the Chao Phraya River, with 500 shops and 100 restaurants from more than 30 different countries. Developed by the same tycoons behind Siam Paragon and EmQuartier, Icon Siam offers high-end brands, an indoor floating market, an art gallery, exhibition space, and a beautiful riverside location with views of downtown Bangkok.