Monday, January 21, 2008

January 21, 2007 - visiting Umri Christian Hospital campus & programs

WHY WE RODE 2,000 MILES. This day one year ago, though we had more than 800 yet to pedal, we took time to visit the place for which we were riding 2,000 miles in India. We had a good day with the staff, participants and supporters of Umri Christian Hospital in the village Umri (Yavatmal District of Maharashtra state, India).

AN EXPANSIVE CAMPUS. In addition to the hospital, the campus includes a Free Methodist Church, Bethel Youth Hostel, an English medium school, and the Helen Rose School of Nursing. It is a significant complex of healthcare, education, and spiritual formation. The youth hostel and nursing school buildings are relatively new.

HOSPITAL NEEDS REPLACED. The heart of the campus is the hospital. It serves the poorest of the poor in a medically underserved area. Its 1920's-era builidngs are deteriorating and in dire need of replacement. While we were there, we were glad to participate in the groundbreaking for the first wing of the new hospital. Since then, construction has progressed well, in spite of major flooding experienced in the Autumn of 2007.

MORE FUNDS TO RAISE. We hope to be able to return to Umri in a few years when the hospital complex is complete. Over $330,000 has thus far been raised for hospital construction and new equipment. An additional $270,000 is still needed for the project to be completed. Every contribution makes a difference. Can you help? If so, go to our website or blog.

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