It’s a special month, February.
Valentine’s day; Superbowl; Waitangi day; National Bird-Feeding Month… but of course the main event to note is the CMF National Student Conference! Preceded by the International Medical Students Conference (IMSC) it’s one of the highlights of the CMF year.
Delegates came from far and near. For the IMSC (3-10 February) we welcomed 27 students and doctors from as far a field as Russia and Brazil, as well as mainland Europe. Session topics included medical ethics, discipleship and practical wisdom for setting up and cultivating their own local and national Christian medical groups. All this was punctuated with plenty of opportunities to make new friends, see London (picture below), and generally have a great time.
More than 350 students (including those from IMSC) came to The Hayes in Swanwick over the weekend of 8-10 February via various methods of transport and even more varied arrival times, notwithstanding some terrible traffic delays.
The main Bible talks were led by Jason Clarke (pictured, right), reading and studying from Luke 12. You can listen to the first two talks on our CMF Soundcloud feed here. (We will be writing more about Jason’s talks in the next edition of our student journal, Nucleus.)
Former CMF Chairman Dr Nick Land spoke on leadership in the NHS for the annual Conference Address.
Seminars covered healing, creation and evolution, homosexuality, international mission and how to survive your foundation years to name just a few.
We worshipped, we studied God’s word, we asked questions, we broke bread together, we made friends, we were inspired, equipped, encouraged, we learnt what it means to live and speak for Jesus in medicine – we did CMF.
Here’s a selection of comments about the conference from those who attended:
Great weekend that I think every Christian medic should go to! Thanks so much!
An awesome weekend.
Thank you for a wonderful weekend again! God is so good & CMF is such a blessing!