Christian Medical College & Hospital Ludhiana has been reaching out to the marginalized and to the poorest of the poor though The Rural Health & Out Reach Programme (RHOP) departments clinics. RHOP operates outreach clinics at fixed locations in the slum of Bindra Colony (near the old vegetable market) and Preet Nagar slums (adjacent to the central jail/prison) and mobile clinics in nearly 30 other slum areas around Ludhiana city.Read more
It isn’t easy to be one nation with 17,000 islands, 1,300 ethnic groups, 450 languages, and multiple religions. Indonesia’s early founders recognized the need for a uniformity of vision and identity that included opposition to centuries of Dutch colonial rule, a common language and currency, one flag, and a national ideology known as Pancasila, “five pillars”. However, as evidenced during former President Suharto’s 31-year dictatorship, abuses can occur in the name of national unity. The government’s repeated refusal to acknowledge indigenous rights for the “good of the nation” became a standard practice that continues today, decades after Suharto’s demise.Read more
Myles H. Walburn
September 10, 1929 – August 26, 2017
Lectionary Selection: Matthew 21:23-32
Prayers for East Timor:
Merciful and gracious God, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. By the power of your Spirit you send us into the world to witness to the grace and love revealed in your Son. But quite often we do not go. You work vindication and justice for the oppressed and call us to do the same. But quite often we serve you with our lips but not with our bodies. You invite all to your table, giving us yourself in gifts of bread and wine, but still we exclude and divide. And so we call on you: forgive our waywardness, heal our selfishness and redeem us from the pit of despair according your your promise. Bless this day especially the people of East Timor. Bring us together with them at your table and open our hearts to journey with them despite the ambiguities and challenges. Though our fellowship with them and in partnership with you, may we be changed for the furtherance of your will. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.
In the March 2017 Newsletter, Family Village Farm celebrates graduations, renovations to the Home's campus, and recent awards for students from the King's Matriculation School in local art and science competitions.Read more
In the September 2016 newsletter, Family Village Farm highlights the successes of former residents and graduates, a recent Health Camp put on by the Christian Medical College Hospital, and more.Read more
What does an air-conditioned room with power-point presentations in an urban center have in common with a rural, dirt-floor church and a circle of plastic chairs? The two are both venues for grassroots theological education in Timor-Leste.Read more
Located in Bilaspur, India, Jackman Memorial Hospital and Nursing School is beginning a new project focusing on lifestyle medicine. Lifestyle medicine is a branch of medical research which uses data on patients’ nutritional habits, physical activity, amount of rest, and substance intake to recommend lifestyle changes to aid in the management of symptoms as well as decrease future risk of disease and to reduce stress. Jackman Memorial is one of the first medical facilities in India to adopt this new approach to personalized patient care, and the very first in the state of Chhattisgarh.Read more
Lectionary Selection: Matthew 10:24-39
Prayers for Sri Lanka:
God of all, we give thanks to be in Sri Lanka with people whose origins are deep in the past, and we are grateful for what their past teaches us all.
We cherish our shared story of education, healthcare, faith and friendship. We give thanks that we work with the Church of the American Ceylon Mission (CACM) to continue our shared story. Today the UCC celebrates its 60th birthday – and the CACM is celebrating the 200th year since the American Ceylon Mission began! With joy we celebrate the ways our churches change and work to meet the needs of a challenging future.
We pray for what is needed and what is being done to help Tamil people recover from the war that followed years of discrimination against them. With faith in you, O God, the CACM works to reclaim homes and businesses and to prepare tomorrow’s adults for progress and success.
As the world grows smaller and more crowded, we pray for meaningful connections. We need your guidance, O Holy One, and the strength and creativity to adapt to a changing world. Help us to judge well what is important for our future and what to leave in history as lessons.
We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen