Sowing More Seeds by Kara Yoder

The following is from a donation letter we received from Kara Yoder from Kalona, IA. We are grateful that she will be sharing at the upcoming Curry Bash on October 21, 6:oo pm, at the Emma Mennonite Church, Topeka, IN. 

 

I visited Menno Clinic India in 2012 with the Hesston College nursing group. I have been blessed by this experience and have felt called to spread the word about my experience and the impact this clinic and investment into the kingdom has made.

I preached a sermon at my church, East Union Mennonite Church, Kalona, IA, about how the clinic came to be all based off of a Susan B. Anthony coin and a dream to invest by Subbarao. Just like John Murray did, I also gave everyone in the congregation a one dollar bill and asked them to invest it back in the kingdom. I’m hoping we have equally great things come from this like from Menno Clinic.

We took a special offering for Menno Clinic and I am extremely happy to offer it to you. We hope this helps aid in the ministry this clinic has already started.

Connect with the ministry at Menno Clinic by donating here. Your support will enable medical care to the community in Chiluvuru, India.

Meet our Staff – Latha

Latha
Latha is one of the long-term members of our staff. She enjoys her work in the clinic as custodian and takes pride in her work, keeping the buildings clean and attractive. As a Christian, the beauty of character is evidenced in her hospitality to guests to the clinic, and as a gracious hostess by inviting guests to visit in her home. She loves to be of service to Ammamma (Olga’s mother).
Latha has dealt with immense tragedy in her life. As is typical in Indian society, she was married at the young age of 14, by arrangement of her parents and those of the groom. Very likely she did not go to live with her husband, Nagewara Rao, until several years later, and their daughter, Jyothirmayi, was born when Latha was 19.
Five years later she was widowed when her husband died of suicide. It is not uncommon for young men to become caught in debt, which they are unable to repay, coupled with gambling losses and addiction to alcohol. Interest rates are exorbitant and moneylenders are merciless. Suicide appears to be the only way out.
At age 24 Latha was faced with raising her daughter alone. She is now age 38 and her employment at Menno Clinic for the past 7 or 8 years has enabled her to support herself and provide an education for Jyothirmayi who is in her third year of college. It is unusual for widows to remarry, and presently Latha remains with her husband’s family and is involved in the care of her aging father-in-law.
With no government plan for social security, one depends on family to provide for them as they age, and so it is that Latha’s hope lies in her daughter being able to get a good job and marriage so she in turn can be cared for.
​The ministry at Menno Clinic come full circle in Latha’s story. Not only does she serve the clinic by using her gifts through hospitality, care taking and making the grounds beautiful, but the clinic gives Latha confidence as a woman, mother, and widow. Jesus calls us to minister to orphans and widows, and Menno Clinic is a place which reciprocally gives back to Latha, her daughter, and hope for their future by giving her independence and value in her God-given gifts as a woman.
Your investment in Menno Clinic provides in many ways the casual onlooker may not see. Latha’s story in one of them.
Thank you for investing in the vision of Menno-Clinic, India. ​

Meet our new Dentist – Dr. Afroz

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Dr. Afroz
“You become one of the locals”. Like St. Paul said, this is the first step to a successful mission. You respect their culture, their way of living, their religious faith, their system, while living your own faith so they can see. We take this to heart at Menno-Clinic.
Chiluvuru has three predominant religions; Hinduism, Christianity, and Islam. Menno- Clinic has always worked with and continued to makes friends with persons belonging to each of them. We treat all as we want to be treated. We hire people from all faiths and they work hand in hand with one another.
Our Dentist Dr. Afroz comes to us from the Islamic faith. Afroz means “very gracious diamond”. True to her name, Dr. Afroz is very gracious. Her husband “Inayat” is originally from Chiluvuru. They have two children; Mohammad Waseem and Thameem. Dr. Afroz works in our dental clinic three days a week. She feels that helping the poor through our clinic is the most rewarding aspect of her work. She sees individuals as people rather than putting them in baskets like Hindu, Christian, or Muslim. We are blessed to have Dr. Afroz walking with us.

Reflections from a student in Chiluvuru

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.

 The morning consisted of lots of talking, breakfast, and then staff devotions and prayer at 9. Then before the hottest part of the day, we went on a walk around the town and visited Bashu, a dear friend of John’s father. As we talked with Bashu, it became very clear that he is passionate about promoting understanding between the different faith traditions, and to view them through our similarities rather then our differences.
Bashu and his family are very devout Muslims and they are currently observing the holy month of Ramadan so we learned some more about that from him. He also wanted us to know that there is good and evil in this world and all the scriptures from Hinduism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam (he was well studied in all of them) are teaching many of the same good values and trying to fight evil. He reminded us that a majority of Muslims around the world are more similar to us then different. They recognize Jesus as a prophet and are very peaceful people. We all left Bashu’s house wiser.
We then walked around the town more and John told us some stories about things that happened as Menno Clinic was starting up and the background story  of how it began.  It’s all a good reminder that God just needs us to be willing to do his will and he will touch more people then we could imagine.
The meals have been something that I personally am growing to love. All the spices work together for something wonderful and then eating all the rice mixed with the curries and sides for flavor is a lot of fun and makes the eating experience better. After lunch a few of us went to get fresh coconut water before laying down for the mid day nap that everyone takes during the heat of the day here. I think we could all get used to this laid back village life and it is a good reminder that we need to find time to take breaks in our own busy lives we live at home.
Overall, I personally have fallen in love with India and the culture. There is such a verity of colors, smells and religions all right next to each other and they all work together. I find it fascinating that we can be in a Mennonite clinic, sitting up after a supper that we thanked God for, which is right beside a Hindu temple, all while hearing the Muslim call to prayer. In the culture we live in and the news we hear from around the world it is refreshing to know that this can all still exist side by side.
The more we learn about the culture, such as what plants in the area are used for, how the food is made, something new about one of the religions, or when we here a story of one of the workers at the clinic or stories of India’s history, I am learning to love it all the more.
– Madeline Troyer

Ammamma Making Progress

Friends:

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.

God bless

DOC