This blog entry comes from a visit to Menno Clinic India in July 2016 by a Youth Venture team serving with Mennonite Mission Network. The team was led by Board member John N. Murray and spent five days at the clinic in Chiluvuru, learning to know the stories of staff and others in the community, and building a foundation for the rest of their time in India. Team member Madeline Troyer of Ohio wrote the post after her first full day in Chiluvuru. Read more from their trip.
REFLECTIONS FROM CHILUVURU, by Madeline Troyer
Our first day at the Menno Clinic was started off with Indian coffee, which is more like cream and sugar with a slight coffee flavor and some other spices. Besides the coffee, our morning at the clinic consisted of watching Latha, Jhansi and Mercy prepare coconut chutney for breakfast, and helping them cut up okra for our lunch.
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Olga is back and Ammamma is making good progress. The last I have talked to her she sounded good. Before she couldn’t even talk. Olga’s cousin Vani is taking care of her right now. Thank you for your prayers. Olga and I will be in California with Brad and Pratima next week for Thanksgiving. You all have a Happy Thanksgiving.
Ammamma is finally home in Chiluvuru. She is gaining a little every day. It may be a month or so before she gets her strength back. Olga’s first cousin “Vani” is going to stay with Ammamma for a couple of weeks. Continue to keep her in your prayers, thank you.
Ammamma (Olga’s mom) had been hospitalized for dehydration related issues. She sounded very weak. She is in the Nagarjuna hospital. Please keep her in your prayers.
This past Sunday we completed another nine cataract surgeries. One of the beneficiaries was a 76 year old Brahmin woman. She went to some of the most famous eye hospitals and they said they wouldn’t operate on her as her cataracts were too far gone. This means she has to live blind the rest of her life. She heard of our name through some other people in the area and came over. Our surgeon removed her cataracts and they think that the surgery was successful. She stayed a day or two extra in our hospital and went home praising. We now have a very good name and image in the surrounding villages and patients are coming from these farther away villages. This woman lives at least 50 miles away. That’s very far by Indian standards. In terms of difficulty in travelling, it’s like coming from a distance of 500 miles here. Praise God.
Dr. Mumtaj Begum, one of our 3 doctors that work at the clinic
got married recently and here is her wedding picture.