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Peter in Chennai!

Have been in Chennai for the last one week getting a hang of the world of IV drug abuse at the TTK hospital. Amazing experience it has been.It's like getting into a whole new world which you did not even know existed. TTK itself is a story of courage of a young women who lost her husband to alcohol and went on to get herself trained in United States in the field of de-addiction and pioneered this work in Chennai.Backed by the industries, owned by the family she built the infrastructure which does research,trains and is a blessing to a steady stream of individuals who avail the services. We were being trained to be trainers for the medical staff in the NACP owned TIs all over the region.The lectures we attended were engaging with amazing participation from the trainees who face this problem every day of their lives.There were a whole chunk of people from the northeast where the IV drug abuse is a major problem ,Mumbai,and the central India. One thing that was very cleverly outl

-Excerpts from the sharing in CMC Ludhiana’s EHA sponsorhip candidates’s meet in October 2011.-“A Called Person”

I am from Sikkim ,a place called Mangan which is in the news at the moment . I was born in a Christian family and have always aspired to be a missionary doctor since childhood having been fascinated by the biograpies of David Livingstone and Albert Sweitzer.Personally committed my life to Jesus when I was eighteen after my high school.Did my medical studies from Bengal,after my internship did not know how to be a missionary but had always aspired to become one. Was lead to join Christian Fellowship Hospital as a post-graduate in Internal medicine which was the beginning of the ground work for the years ahead. Joined EHA after my post-graduation in a unit in the Palamu district –Nav-Jivan Hospital where I worked for nine years is a hundred bedded hospital.Palamu is in the naxallite belt of Jharkhand . My time in Palamu were the intense years of my life.The hospital is a hundred bedded hospital,a tough place no doubt but the place has enough character to leave an indelible impression i

Mothers and sons!

A lady was ushered into my OPD.She was in her early forties and she was in her pits.Wearing a woollen cap and covered with a thick woollen shawl ,her face was an absolute blank.Her husband came along and put it in so many words that she was depressed.I sat with her to talk through her mood.She was well educated,a Bsc and expressive.She started wailing as she poured out her pain. She had lost her nineteen year old son just six months ago,one of the twins of the four children she had.Closest to her,working with her in the school,literally walking in his mother’s shadow and one fine day had overstayed in the school compound to work on some files and was found late that evening in the same posture, lifeless.He was brought to the hospital where doctor found no external evidence of the cause of death. Henceforth the family life had literally become hell.One of the children always had to keep a watch on the mother who refused to come out from her son’s room,stopped going to school and the

Calling of Samuel!

Hannah wanted a child.An intense woman who goes after what she wants.Not only that ,she also dedicates the child even before he is conceived for the service of the Lord.So Samuel when he is born is a Nazerite. When he is weaned ,Hannah dedicates him to the temple as she had promised.Visualise a weaned Samuel,a small child dedicated to the Lord helping the priest in his temple duties.A mother whose desire to birth a child burned all the way to the most Holy place to make way for a great man of God.Did Samuel have a choice?No. So much so that it really touched my heart once more to read the porton where the Lord calls Samuel the first time.He has learnt all his life only to listen to Eli and he thinks it is Eli who is calling him.It is Eli who finally discerns that it is the Lord who is calling him and teaches him to respond and he says the exact thing Eli teaches him. What an amazing mother Samuel had! It must have been tough letting go of Samuel especially when he was a much desire

"I tell you," he replied, "if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out."-Luke 19-vs 40.

(Excerpts from the message preached in Mangan church on the 15th of January 2012.) If the stones were to cry out what would they say? The stone that was picked up to stone the woman found in sin would testify that Jesus was a compassionate and a merciful God, The stone which was offered to Jesus to be turned into bread in the wilderness would testify that Jesus was sinless, The stone that made the well of Jacob where Jesus met the Samaritan woman would say that Jesus breaks bondages and sets people free, The stone at Golgotha on which drops of blood dropped from the crucified Christ would testify that he has covered us with His blood The stone that covered Jesus’ tomb would testify that –“Jesus is risen” There is one more stone,a rock on which Christ says he will build his church and the gates of hades would not prevail against it,that rock would testify that Jesus is Christ,the son of the Living God! AMEN!