Jasmin Jamora is our very first Lifeline doctor. She’s been joining our medical missions almost every year since we first visited the Mangyans in 2003. Her specialization is dermatology, and she graduated from the University of the Philippines College of Medicine in 1995.
1. What motivates you? What are you most excited or passionate about?
I am motivated by my love for God. I have been so blessed by Him, both by a gift of salvation and also a renewed life. Before I knew Jesus, my life was meaningless. Without living for God, through God and with God, life would be a virtual hamster wheel of activity. Because He loved me first, I understand how I can love other people deeply. I am motivated to live a radically generous and compassionate life. I’m passionate about empowering other people. I’m passionate about bringing about change to bring about Gods kingdom, which includes showing compassionate love and mercy that flow from Him.
- What are your goals in life?
My goals are to become more Christ-like. To transform slowly and eventually reflect Jesus Christs face and not mine. For Him to increase and myself to decrease. Career-wise I already feel at the peak of my career. God has blessed me with a great family, great educational resources, advantages and opportunities and natural talents, skills and abilities. I wish to develop my leadership skills for His purposes, whatever they may be. I would like to continue teaching and healing patients, and forming new leaders in young people.
- How did you come to know about Lifeline and how did you end up volunteering with us?
Betty Romero who is Lifelines missions director has been my best friend since I was 11 years old. She brought me to Jesus in the 90s while I was still in university, through Campus Crusade for Christ. We were apart for awhile through my medical school years. Unbeknownst to her, I became a more active Christian in 1996 through the Union Church of Manila. We reconnected after several years. In 2003 during Lifelines first mission to the Mangyans in Mindoro, Betty invited me. I had a great time, met some crazy unique Christians passionate about Jesus and passionately serving others, so enthusiastic and so warm and welcoming. I was blown away by the Lifeline community and have taken every opportunity to spend time with these amazing people serving those most in need of medical, social and dental help in unreached areas.
- 4. Tell us a little about yourself.
As a kid, I loved to collect stamps, had about 100 Yugoslavian penpals, and watched a lot of American TV. I loved to paint, dance and sing, and listen to music, and I still do (except the painting, I haven’t taken that up again). I eventually became a doctor (having initially wanting to be an art therapist after finishing my bachelors degree in Psychology). My parents are both amazing well respected doctors so I always idolized both of them. I was “convinced” to try medicine but eventually fell in love with it. Now I can’t imagine myself being anything but a doctor, especially dermatology which I am passionate and excited about. I feel deeply called to use my talents as a physician healer, but also as a teacher of both patients and students, a leader of my peers and an influencer for public good through educational advocacy.
- Did you have any key mentors or people who deeply influenced who you are, what you believe in and what you’re committed to in your work and life?
I idolized both my parents and they espoused principles of excellence, honesty, hard work and respect for others. My dad taught me to be generous kind and humble, and not to rush but to enjoy life and to love God. My mom taught me to serve others, to love deeply, and to do everything for the glory of God. These are the things that continue to shape everything I do as a person and everything I aim to achieve.
- Did you have any life-changing experiences that put you on the path that led you to be doing what you’re doing today?
I have started a journey to empowering leadership for myself and for others. First life changing thing that happened to me was my choice to become a Christian and receive and follow Jesus as my Lord and Savior. I joined an excellent church, the Union Church of Manila, which I have just finished serving as a Council member for 3 years. That was mind boggling and life changing and God really showed me clearly and vividly how He works in the world to create miracles for others. I also took up leadership programs that really honed my motivations for being passion for leadership training. Of course, every time I go on mission with Lifeline, it’s life-changing.
- Describe your experiences working with Lifeline.
Lifeline is an amazing group of volunteers who are passionate about helping those on the margins, like tribal and indigenous people, people who live far from access to basic health care and goods, underemployed people, government workers without enough health coverage, and of course on a regular basis, sick people who just need a lucky break. They are the hands and feet of God to His people. They are a zany bunch of fun people who enjoy each others company while working hard to help others. They don’t grumble when it gets hot sweaty or uncomfortable or if the boxes of medicines or slippers they carry gets heavy. They are filled with joy and this is the manifestation of the abundant life God promised us. I love working with them and hope to continue working with Lifeline while my health, time, money and resources allow it. May Lifeline continue to be blessed and bless others.