To build and support a Christian run hospital that will provide free healthcare to the poorest in society, regardless of caste or creed.
‘Then the King will say to those on his right, “Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was ill and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.” Matthew 25: 34-36
Why a hospital?
- Poverty is still prevalent in much of India. 30% of the population live below the international poverty line. 50% live on less than $2 a day. 68% make a living working the land. Crop failure, illness or accident can result in un-repayable debt leading farmers to abandon their children, flee to the cities and even take their own lives.
- There is a great need in the local area for free or affordable health care. There are many villages and hill tribes in the vicinity who have no choice but to make the journey into Salem city and pay for hospital treatment.
- The orphanage at the Promised Land complex has 600 resident children who all need medical care and sometimes emergency assistance.
- The ICMC has a Nursing College at the Promised Land complex as part of its provision of Further Education but in order for its students to be fully accredited they have to gain work experience in a Government Licensed hospital. At the moment they have to travel quite a distance. Having a hospital on the doorstep will make the college a very popular choice and benefit the whole orphanage.
- There has been hostility and opposition from some of the local villagers to the Christian witness in this area. It is hoped that a hospital offering treatment and care to local people will help break down barriers and soften hearts towards the work of ICMC and the Gospel.
- This hospital will be a vital part of the overall strategy to provide the orphans with opportunities for training and future employment and will play a hugely important role in the future of the Mission.
Will you PARTNER with the ICMC to finish the project?
What seemed an almost impossible target (£100,000) has been met already. Will you help raise the £220,000 needed to finish building and fitting the hospital? “You can be confident that your part in this venture will bless the lives of countless people for years to come.” Canon Tom Keightley