When we boarded an airplane to South Asia with a 3 month old, a 2 year old, and lots of luggage, we did not know what was in store of us. In America, we functioned well in the professional world as a nurse and computer programmer. In our church community, we led Bible studies, discipled believers, and shared the Gospel with unbelievers. We did not know how God would use these life experiences in South Asia.
Mimi served for seven weeks as a medical intern at Duncan Hospital, operated by the Emmanuel Hospital Association a partner of field India. This is an excerpt of an interview she gave before leaving at the end of that time.
The outpatient waiting room is overflowing with people suffering from the entire gamut of physical issues. The medical personnel work until they can work no longer, but the incredible need just continues to walk, or be carried, through the door. Doctors sit in the small examination room and look into the eyes of those suffering with infertility, ear infections, arthritis, broken bones, tropical diseases like typhoid and malaria, high blood pressure and diabetes.
Raju has been mentally and physically challenged since birth. Now 38 years old, he lives with his family in Northern India where many believe that disability is a sign of God’s curse. Because of this, people with disabilities are often socially isolated.
It’s Women’s Day, and one by one women’s groups take the stage to present their song or skit. A crowd of people sits close together under a large, striped tent, listening to the messages of female worth and dignity. The performers are members of Self Help and Savings groups run by field India-partner CHETNA, a community development ministry operated by the Emmanuel Hospital Association.
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