Calling, conflict and consecration: the testament of Ida Scudder of Vellore

  • Reena Mary George Christian Medical College, Vellore, India
Keywords: faith-based organization, Christian health care, medical missions, Vellore, vocation, Ida Scudder, health care education, women’s health, maternal mortality

Abstract

How does the hand of God grasp a hesitant human hand to reach out to a world that needs health and wholeness?

 

This article describes how one night, a young Ida Scudder experienced a painful and life changing encounter with God. Through her first person account and her personal parable, it traces the conflict, surrender, fruitfulness and breaking points that followed - on a journey that led from a one-room dispensary to the Christian Medical College, Vellore.

 

For those who feel prompted  to serve in health care, it  is a testimony of the power of a vocational call, and the  provision of God in the face of human inadequacy.

Author Biography

Reena Mary George, Christian Medical College, Vellore, India

1. Professor of Palliative Medicine, Christian Medical College, Vellore, India

2. In Charge of the  Archives, Christian Medical College, Vellore, India

Specilaity Palliative Care, Radiation Oncology

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Published
2014-06-19
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