In November 2009, we took our first trip through the Global Ministries “People to People Pilgrimage” to India. Three members of Compton Heights CC were part of a group of eleven traveling to South India where we stayed a Family Village Farm and King’s Matriculation School at Kassam/Katpadi. There we spent time with the children and staff, and did health screenings. We spent time at Christian Medical College Hospital in Vellore, and at the Scheifflin Institute, a leprosy research and treatment center, as well as visiting Shantigramam (Village of Peace) center for elders who have had leprosy.
In August, 2010 we hosted Dr. Anil Henry, Director of Christian Hospital, Mungeli, India while he was in the U.S. sharing the story of this long-time Disciples of Christ mission hospital.
In 2011, our pastor co-led a second trip to India, along with 3 other members of the congregation and a total group of 14. During this trip we spent time with our mission partners and hosts of the Church of South India in Chennai, then time at Family Village Farm and King’s Matriculation School where Marsha, a RN in our congregation, led us in Health Screening for over 700 children and adults. We then traveled about a 1000 miles north to Mungeli, where we stayed at Christian Hospital, learning about and experiencing the work of Dr. Henry and the amazing medical staff there in a very poor area of India. Some of our group taught supplemental classes in the nursing school, while others observed and learned about the care of people in crisis and extended a ministry of presence.
After our 2011 trip we began sponsoring children through Family Village Farm. In August of 2012 we were privileged to host three of our mission partners from India.
In January of 2016, we took a third group to visit our mission partners in India, going again to Family Village Farm and then south to Madurai where we engaged with the ministries of Tamil Nadu Theological Seminary working with Dalit communities, as well as spending time learning at the Gandhi Center for Peace near Madurai.