Madhipura Christian Hospital

Desire and Determination Change a Girl's Life

Fifteen-year-old When Ronika Kumari was born, her parents were dismayed to learn that neither her hands nor her feet had been formed properly. Her father took out a loan from a village landowner for medical treatment in Patna, but he quickly went deeply into debt and her treatment could not be completed.

In spite of her challenges, Ronika did not give up on life. Her grandfather took care of her and encouraged her to stay in school, even helping to transport her back and forth every day. Supported by her family, Ronika decided to learn to make designs on cloth with a needle and thread.

One day when some Madhipura Christian Hospital project staff were visiting in her village, they heard about Ronika. When they visited her at her home, they were inspired by her willpower and determination. The project staff changed her life by deciding to give her a sewing machine to help with her livelihood. They also helped her to get training in sewing.

Now Ronika stitches cloth at her house, and she has begun getting orders from the people in her village. She is a wonderful example that for those who live with a physical disability, if there is desire and determination, change is always possible.

Simple Surgery Brings a New Lease on Life

Fifteen-year-old It had been ten years since Sheila had noticed the swelling on her upper lip. Now, the miserable growth defined her to many people in the community and interfered with her speech and eating.

She had tried having it treated at several medical facilities long ago, selling her land and livestock to pay for it. She even took out a loan, for which she was still making endless payments. Nothing had helped, and she reconciled herself to living with the swelling until it got the better of her.

The growth of the swelling was mercifully slow, but at this point she was basically waiting to die. The growth had begun to ulcerate and significantly interfere with her ability to eat. It was at this point that Sheila was pointed out to Madhipura Christian Hospital's palliative care team. They immediately brought her in to the hospital where she underwent an excision of the swelling with no complications and an excellent cosmetic result.

Sheila has now recovered and rediscovered her beautiful smile which lights up her face each time she visits Madhipura. Her ability to speak better and eat comfortably has resulted in improved nutrition and quality of life. The scarf that once covered her face to hide her unsightly deformity is now used only for decoration. Thanks to the careful treatment of the medical staff at Madhipura Christian Hospital, Sheila has a new lease on life.

Through Income Assistance Projects...
Sending Kids Back to School

Fifteen-year-old Nikhil had a difficult childhood with an alcoholic, abusive father who eventually left his family. His mother could not get enough work in the village to feed him and his two younger brothers. Nikhil was sent to live with his grandmother to help take care of her.

One day a relative came to Nikhil's mother, promising a good job for him in Allahabad. This person paid her 1,000 rupees ($15) in advance and took Nikhil to Allahabad. To his horror, he was forced to work in a bag factory with absolutely no pay and was often beaten by the factory owner. After six months of this torture, he was rescued by a project volunteer and brought home to his family.

x When the Madhipura Christian Hospital project team met Nikhil and his family, they were identified as being very vulnerable to human trafficking. Project staff immediately began to discuss with them the best ways to protect the children. It was decided that the project would support Nikhil's mother in running a small shop, and she was given 6,000 rupees ($88) to set up and open the shop. Then, project staff worked to get Nikhil and his two brothers re-enrolled in the local school and paid their tuition.

Now Nikhil's mother is earning 100 rupees each day in her shop which makes a big difference in helping her to provide for her family. She also works as an agricultural laborer in her village to earn extra money. She says, "One year ago, I was spending my life in tears, but now I am so happy with my kids. I am so thankful to Madhipura Christian Hospital for their help." 

Through Income Assistance Projects...
The Difference 4 Goats Can Make

x Rekha with her four daughters
After losing her husband to cancer, Rekha Devi struggled to feed her four daughters. Forced to take her older two girls (aged 14 and 12) out of school, Rekha worked long hours in the fields with them toiling by her side. She was incredibly discouraged knowing that without education, her daughters faced a dismal future with limited opportunities.

Rekha's family had always been poor, living in one of the most needy villages in Madhepura District. Now, as a widow with four daughters under the age of 15, she knew she was in a very vulnerable position. When she heard about a meeting on human trafficking being organized in the village by Madhipura Christian Hospital, she determined to go, even though she knew she'd be exhausted by her day's labor. Rekha knew trafficking had something to do with people, especially girls, leaving the village for work or study but never returning.

What she learned at the meeting made Rekha more determined than ever to do whatever she could to help her daughters. She was surprised when Asha, one of the meeting organizers, approached her at the end of the evening. As a Madhipura Community Health and Development Team member, Asha began to question Rekha about her family's situation. Learning that two of her daughters had been pulled from school to work in the fields, Asha began to explore ways to help the family.

When Asha later told Rekha that the project staff would give her five goats to start a business, she was overwhelmed. She promised to look after the goats to the very best of her ability. After three months, one goat became pregnant and delivered a kid. Selling a goat kid has made a significant difference in Rekha's finances -- it paid for extra tuition for her daughters for six months. Now that Rekha is able to send all four daughters to school once again, she has hope for a better future for them. Education will open doors of opportunity that have never been open for her personally.

Providing practical help with income generation is just one of many ways that EHA's Community Health and Development Teams make a difference in the lives of the poor in North India. Their willingness to reach out with God's love makes an enormous difference for those living hand-to-mouth.

Through Education Assistance...
Attaining Her Dream

Puja Kamari's parents were poor, and they had six daughters to support. Her father often drank and treated the family very badly. In 2012, when Puja was in the 8th standard (similar to 8th grade), her parents arranged her marriage with Ravi Rishidev. She was only 13. "In my family, there are six daughters, and due to lack of awareness, my parents always thought that we were a burden for them. They always wanted to arrange our marriages," Puja explained.

Forced to move to her husband's village 20 kilometers away from her home, Puja unwillingly gave up what she loved most, attending school. She was devastated because her dream was to study and make something of herself.

Then Puja discovered that the Madhipura Community Program had started an informal school in Dhi hamlet for dropout students. Thrilled to be a part, Puja joined the school and began to study hard at the encouragement of the tutors. After catching up on her studies, Puja was able to re-enroll in the 9th standard in the local government school. Hoping to provide a good example, she is encouraging other girls to study. And now Puja is able to dream of completing her education and becoming a teacher. She reasoned, "I want to study more and and be an example for the Mahadalit (low caste) community so that parents will not think of their daughters as burdens."

Faith as Small as a Mustard Seed Rewarded...
Twice Healed

Kalyani with her husband, sister, and Dr. Bina
Kalyani had exhausted all her finances going to various doctors, but none of them were able to diagnose or cure her medical problem. Then she heard about EHA's Madhipura Christian Hospital, and she went there, hoping that they would have answers for her. Kalyani had been suffering from increasing abdominal swelling, shortness of breath, and fever.

When the Madhipura doctors examined Kalyani using an ultrasound, she was found to have a large ovarian cyst. After they did a complete hysterectomy, her recovery was uneventful and she went home happily. However, that was not the last of Kalyani the medical staff would see.

Two months later she returned to the hospital complaining of vomiting accompanied by severe abdominal pain and distension. The EHA doctors determined that she had an intestinal obstruction. They encouraged Kalyani to travel to another medical facility to receive the surgery she needed, but her family clearly did not have the funds to do so.

As Kalyani's situation worsened, they moved her to the ICU and told both her and her husband that they were praying to the great physician, God, on her behalf. They replied that they had faith that God would heal her. Kalyani prayed constantly. Her body slowly began to function normally again, and the obstruction passed without medical intervention. Everyone praised God for her healing.

Several months later at a Christmas function in one of the communities Madhipura reaches out to, Kalyani came over and tapped one of the doctors on the shoulder and asked if he remembered her. She was with her husband and sister, smiling and healthy. This was just one more example of God healing someone with faith the size of a mustard seed.

Given by the Community Development Team...
Agribusiness Assistance

s Ravindra Tola farming group
One of many economically backward villages in North India, Rovindra Tola had a population in which 90 percent of the families belonged to the scheduled caste category - the poorest level in Indian society. The people of this village, including the children, worked in leased-out agricultural land for landlords. Their only source of food security was what they grew themselves, a portion of which had to be turned over to the landlord. But over the last few years, weather-related problems and over-use of the land had resulted in poor yields. This affected each of the families immediately, making them vulnerable.
One of EHA's Community Health and Development teams became aware of the situation, and they came to Rovindra Tola and identified eight families where the children were working as laborers when they should be in school. The team mobilized these families into a farmers' group and linked them to the government agricultural department. Through a number of training meetings, the workers' skills were developed and their agricultural knowledge increased.
s The agricultural department then gave them a variety of seeds to cultivate. After their first harvest, each family sold its share and earned a profit from 3,000 to 8,000 rupees ($45-$120), enough to make a big difference in their financial state. The team also worked to make sure that the children were sent back to school, and several families were able to use some of this new income to pay for their children's tuition. Practical help like this is what villagers need to make a real difference in their lives, and EHA provides it.

Working Together, They Are...
Partners in the Field

One component of Madhipura Christian Hospital's mission statement is to "work with, support, and strengthen like-minded organizations with social and evangelical concerns." Ultimately,

Clinic signup
this means that they hold medical camps in outlying villages while collaborating with organizations like GEMS (Gospel Echoing Missionary Society). Their most recent camp was organized at a Muslim village elder's house porch. Out of 102 patients, more than 70 percent were Muslim. After the medical clinic was finished, a missionary held a show in the community. Camps like these act as icebreakers for dialoging within a diverse community about various religious and social issues. MCH's desire is that partnering in holistic care for these villagers will lead to inner transformation in their hearts along with the external changes in their bodies and in the society of this unreached and hopeless people group. 

After a Year of Planning...
New Community Center Under Construction

The dream is becoming a reality. Desiring to provide many kinds of training to various groups, Madhipura Christian Hospital (MCH) is constructing a Community Center. With a capacity to hold 100 people and house guest speakers, this new building will serve a much-needed function for MCH.

New Community Center
The Community Health Department of MCH is taking the lead in training local people in everything from preparing for natural disasters to better ways to farm. They conduct an average of 20 to 25 group trainings each year. One new concept is called the System of Rice (or Wheat) Intensification, and it provides farmers with a method to drastically increase their yield. With basic needs such as food and housing being a priority for most villagers, this training can make the difference between going hungry and being healthy.

Staff from MCH spent a year working with architects on the layout and design of the structure. Construction began in March and is progressing well. Funds for this project have been provided by EHA Australia.

Through the diligence of MCH doctors and nurses...
Premature Baby Boy is Saved

Mrs. M. was wheeled into the emergency room at Madhipura Christian Hospital in severe distress. In the throes of labor, she was in just her seventh month of pregnancy. Due to the care of the doctors and nurses, she delivered a live baby boy who weighed only 700 grams

Nurses care for preemie

(24 ounces). The baby was taken to the nursery and administered intravenous fluids and antibiotics. In spite of careful care, he began losing weight, and on the fourth day, the mother's relatives insisted that he be discharged. The father had deserted the mother and her relatives were unable to afford care for the baby. After hospital staff discussed that they would waive the expenses and continue to care for the child, the relatives relented.

Meanwhile, the baby's weight dropped to 450 grams, but the clinical team and the nurses persistently took care of all of the complications and urged the mother not to lose hope. In the 40 days that the baby was in the hospital, he developed multiple complications, including neonatal sepsis (bacterial infection in the blood), hypocalcemia (low blood calcium levels), hypokalemia (low blood potassium levels), and hypothermia (low body temperature). The nurses determinedly cared for the baby, and he began to gain weight. By the time of his discharge, he had gained almost 1,500 grams and was doing well. We praise God for his faithfulness to this mother and son through the diligence of the Madhipura Christian Hospital nursing staff. They understand that each life is precious and worth saving.


At the Madhipura Community Health and Development Project...
Meeting Physical Needs (James 2:16)

In the United States, we don't give much thought to how the food we eat is grown unless we are farmers. We have come so far from our agricultural roots that most of us never think about crop productivity. But in North India, where many people in rural areas live hand to mouth, the success of their crops is vital. Teaching farmers new methods of cultivation is one of the many programs in Madhipura's Community Health and Development Project.


SRI rice with more tillers

This growing season, they planted fourteen demonstration plots showing improved ways of growing rice, maize, and wheat. As a result of this training, 25 farmers tried the hybrid rice cultivation. One man, Harendra Yadav, determined to attempt the Scientific Rice Intensification method on his one-acre plot of land. He overcame his initial hurdles of obtaining the seed, fertilizer, and irrigation with help from the project. Other farmers mocked him and told him he was crazy to try this new approach. They said he would have to till his field all over again because he wouldn't get any yield. After the tillers (stems on the plant producing seed) appeared, the skeptics were silenced. They were bigger, healthier, and bore more yield. Harendra succeeded in developing between 30 to 50 tillers per plant, and with experience up to 100 tillers per plant could be achieved. His yield was double the typical amount, which means twice as much food or income for his family. Now his neighbors can't wait to try this new method.

In teaching farming techniques, the project staff live out James 2:16, " If one of you says to them, "Go in peace; keep warm and well fed," but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?" Helping meet their physical need for food gives the staff a platform to share and be heard.


About Madhipura Christian Hospital

In January of 1915, four missionaries from the Brethren in Christ Church in the United States arrived in Madhipura in the northeast part of Bihar and began their mission work. They purchased the Madhipura Mission House for only 500 rupees from the railway company. There were several early converts, including a young Muslim man who accepted God in 1917.

Disaster struck in 1924 when excess rains caused the destructive backwaters of the Kosi River to sweep away most of the roads, forcing the missionaries to abandon this mission field. In 1939, two missionaries from the same church, Brother and Sister Engle, returned to restart the mission work at Madhipura. Brother Engle made himself a rule that he would never visit the bazaar or a home without sharing his personal testimony. It was at this point that the missionaries saw the great need for health services in the community of Madhipura and began treating patients themselves.

Desiring to support the medical work at Madhipura, the US Brethren in Christ mission board sent Dr. George Paulus and his wife in 1953 to start a one-room dispensary. Three nurses from the Brethren in Christ mission soon joined him. In 1959, Dr. L.D. Mann joined the team and grew the facility to a 10-bed unit with a tuberculosis ward. By 1969 the number of beds had grown to 20 and Dr. Henry Kreider joined the team and served tirelessly until 1977.

Madhipura Christian Hospital joined the Emmanuel Hospital Association in 1974. Again in 2008 the district of Madhipura was ravaged by flooding and the hospital was closed temporarily. The hospital was able to be involved in flood relief.

Reopened in 2009, the outpatient and inpatient departments were renovated completely, and a Community Health and Development Department was started. The two most recent improvements at Madhipura include a new nursery constructed in 2010 and a water purification project completed in 2011.

The focus of the hospital today includes surgery, general medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, and eye services. They operate 43 rural clinics and run 45 self-help groups. They strive to serve their patents, not just with medical care, but with holistic care, showing the love of God in words and deeds.

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