North Andhra Coastal Evangelizing Association (NACEA) plans to add an in-patient facility to the Christian Medical Center in Machilipatnam, India. Recently the Board of Directors of the Fellowship of Associates of Medical Evangelism (FAME) announced that they were beginning to raise funds to enable construction to begin on the second floor in-patient facility. NACEA was established in 1997 as a not-for-profit Christian Organization. The first church in the area was built by Mrs. Alice in the memory of her husband, the late Mr. Devadanam Tella in 1985. They are the late parents of T.B. Paul. A plot of land which belonged to them was donated for a greater purpose which they did not know at that time. Today a hospital stands on that premises catering to the health care needs of many small communities around the town of Machilipatnam. The hospital professes the love of Christ for people across religions, castes, creed and colors. The banner of the hospital is ‘BY HIS WOUNDS, YOU HAVE BEEN HEALED’ and the motto is ‘WE TREAT, GOD HEALS’. The Christian Medical Center was later christened as Tella Devadanam and Alice Memorial Christian Medical Center, honoring the lives of the late Mr. Devadanam and Mrs. Alice Tella for their dedication to the church and their early pioneering work which laid the foundation for NACEA.
FAME helped build the first floor of the hospital mainly comprising of the out-patient facility and the lab and Operation rooms. Temporary arrangements for admitting in-patients are being made in the nursing school rooms, to which the Hancock Caring Partners located in Greenfield, Indiana accepted. The nursing school was built with their help to train young ladies from the villages and the Children’s home of NACEA so that they can find jobs and lead a better life and to help their local communities which have no doctors. The Nursing School is in the process of acquiring the proper certifications to begin and will be located in an existing second floor area until the inpatient facility is finished.
Upon receipt of initial funds from FAME, construction will begin on the second floor inpatient facility. This new area will add a total of 55 beds to the hospital. The proposal is to build the second floor in 3 Phases. The first phase will add 4184 sq. ft. of floor space which will house 23 patients in 3 wards. The second phase will provide 3690 sq. ft., giving the hospital two more wards and 5 semi-private rooms, 23 additional beds. After this phase separate medicine and surgery wards will be designated as well as a separate maternity ward for mothers to create a clean place for new born babies. The third phase will consist of 3372 sq. ft. that will add 9 rooms that can be either private or semi-private.
Village Medical Clinics
On January 18th the first NACEA Village Medical Clinic was dedicated in the village of Pedapatnam. This building was purchased with funds donated from the Exodus Church for Bloomington located in Bloomington, Indiana. The goal is to establish Medical Clinics in each village that NACEA has an established church. A trained nurse will be placed in each of these centers. She will be trained to handle minor ailments under the guidance of the doctors in the CMC and will refer the patients to the CMC if required. These nurses will also teach medical awareness programs under the supervision of the CMC doctors. Having a Christian background and foundation, they will also pray for the sick that come and encourage the people to have faith in the healing power of our Lord Jesus Christ. This will be an effective way to share the love of Christ among the Hindu women.
Oberst Christian Academy Expansion
Eight new classrooms including a computer lab and a science lab were dedicated in January by the Short Term Mission Trip (STMT) team. The Kindergarten classes will be relocated to the new first floor rooms when the next school year begins in June. It is expected that the number of students in the school will double from the current enrollment of 270 for the next school term as word spreads about the excellence of the school.
To meet this need, 80 School–desks seating 3 students each are needed at a cost of $125 per desk. Also needed is equipment for the computer lab (12 computers @ $250 each) and science lab ($1000).
International Conference on Missions
The ICOM is being held in Lexington, Kentucky at the Convention Center from Thursday, November 17 through Sunday, November 20. NACEA will at booths 1909 and 1911. T.B. & Rani Paul plan to be at the booth to meet with you and discuss all the great work going on in Andhra Pradesh, India. Please plan to attend! The theme this year is “MOBILIZE: Disciples Making Disciples”. The ICOM president states “Jesus said, “Go and make disciples.” Yet too often the message we communicate to seekers of Christ is to “come and hear.” This strategy has not been as successful as we had hoped, so we need to go back to the biblical blueprint and base our efforts on the model of Jesus. We need to take the time to make disciples who can teach others how to make other disciples.”
T.B. and Rani will be in country from mid-October through December 6th. To date, they are scheduled to be in Indiana at Shoals Christian Church on Sunday morning, October 16th and Bethany Christian Church on Sunday, November 27th. Please contact Mike Harker at email@example.com or 812-247-3143 if you would like to have them at your church during their visit.