In February 2011 I accompanied members of Avon Lake (Ohio) United Church of Christ as they traveled to India to visit missionary doctors who have historic ties to the church.
Drs. Anil and Teresa Henry operate a mission hospital in Mungeli, a rural town midway between Delhi and Calcutta. Anil’s mother, Nancy Lott, grew up in and was commissioned as a missionary nurse by the Avon Lake church. She moved to India and ultimately married an Indian doctor, Veeru Henry.
Though the mission agency removed support from Nancy after her marriage, the Avon Lake church continued theirs. In 2000 Anil and Teresa came to the U.S. to practice medicine in Nashville and raise their children.
Not long into their stay in the U.S., they began to feel their lives could make more of a difference if they returned to India to practice medicine in mission hospitals, as Anil’s parents had done.
They were accepted as missionaries by Global Ministries, the joint mission agency of the United Church of Christ and Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). By 2003 they had arrived in Mungeli to help restore the dilapidated mission hospital that had original served as the Rambo Eye Clinic.
The resulting article appeared in the UCC’s StillSpeaking Magazine and is available online.