Health for India was founded by N.J. Varughese and All India Mission. Pastor Varughese and his wife Ellen spent many years of their lives in Simdega District, Jharkhand. They were dedicated to meeting the spiritual needs of people living in remote villages.
In the late 1990’s, a malaria epidemic hit the area and over 5,000 people died needlessly. N.J. realized that the people not only needed help spiritually, but were desperate for healthcare.
Mobile Medical Ministry
In 1999, they launched a mobile medical ministry under the leadership of Dr. Hari Babu. Through the usage of a mobile medical bus, the ministry successfully treated more than 100,000 people over a period of 10 years. However, the need for a modern healthcare facility became clear when our doctor had to leave many impoverished people behind to face certain death due to illnesses that could not be treated in the back of our medical bus.
N.J. Varughese envisioned a hospital building in a dream. He believed that God was calling him to build a modern medical facility in Simdega District. He was not a doctor, a construction worker, or a businessman. He wasn’t sure how this would happen, but he knew that God equips those He calls. Over the next 12 years, God surely provided every need that arose. The land was purchased in 2005.
Construction began on Shanti Bhavan Medical Center in early 2007. Building a hospital in a poor remote area is very difficult. Thanks to the generosity of many donors the hospital was built by many blistered, calloused hands, with much sweat, many tears, and prayers.
This day was a great day of celebration for the area, but for N.J. Varughese and the All India Mission family it was more. It was a day of remembrance. Remembering that the Lord is faithful to those who are obedient, who perservere, and trust fully in His will. The vision has grown and the campus of Shanti Bhavan Medical Center will continue to grow as well.