Teresa Henry

How would you describe the mission of our partner in India?

Christian Hospital, Mungeli, is a hospital belonging to the Church of North India. The hospital serves the rural and urban population that come from a radius of about 50 miles around Mungeli, a small town situated in the state of Chhattisgarh. The hospital also runs the Rambo Memorial English School – an English language school for the common people at a subsidized rate, with classes from nursery to grade 10. It has about 650 children and brings in about 400 village children from the surrounding villages within a radius of 25 miles. The hospital also started a nursing school which focuses on training young girls from the local state at a very low cost while subsidizing the rest from the hospital. 

How do you fit into their mission?

I work as an anesthesiologist at the hospital. My job is to support the mission of the Church of North India through service and witness in the way Christ taught us

What led you to engage in this calling?

Mission work has been a passion in my life and the challenge that it brings through its fulfillment makes life truly special. Since there is a scarcity of medical professionals in the rural population, working for the poor and marginalized in these areas was one way I could serve the Lord. 

Is there a passage of scripture that carries special meaning in your daily work?

Matthew 25:35-40, Romans 12

What are some of the challenges facing Chrsitian Hospital, Mungeli?

In a changing world where there is privatization and materialism, it gets harder and harder to find people of commitment to serve and give their lives to such a cause. I continue to pray that God will speak to people to come forward in faith to take up the challenge of serving in the hospital or school, to bring about change through education in order to give the people of this region hope for a better tomorrow

What is a lesson you have learned working with the Church of North India that you feel should be shared with churches in the U.S. ?

Our partner is a shining example of how to keep your hope and faith in times of adversity. They were steadfast in their faith in the Lord in keeping the hospital open and running. The partner is also a strong advocate for equality. In a country that is so deep rooted in the caste system, it is admirable to see the stand the partner has taken to advocate equality

What is a common phrase used in the local churches?

In our church here they greet with “Jai Masih ki” which means “Praise be to God”

Are there books that have shaped your understanding of your work?

Which movies have shaped your understanding of your work?

  • "Gandhi"
  • "A Passage to India"

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