Friday, July 26
In 1976 Dr. Hiromi Kawahara, a Christian, visited a hospital in Nepal for three months. During that time, he performed more than 360 operations. One day, when a patient was leaving the hospital, Dr. Kawahara asked a nurse to tell the patient to return in two weeks so his wound could be checked. The nurse replied, “He can’t, doctor. He has to walk more than a week just to get home.” Hearing that, Dr. Kawahara had an epiphany.
When Dr. Kawahara returned to Japan, he asked himself: “What is the best thing I can do for people with no access to health care? I can go back and do more operations. But is that the best thing for them?” He decided that the best way to help the people in Nepal was to invite health workers from Nepal to Japan and give them training. He worked tirelessly for this idea and in 1980 founded the Asian Health Institute (AHI) with the assistance of Japanese Christian medical leaders who had served in several Asian countries. They all realized that curative medical care alone was not a lasting solution to grassroots health issues. Instead, they saw a more effective and sustainable approach in training local leaders to promote community-based action for health and development.
Currently AHI trains about 200 health workers from several Asian countries every year. It is supported primarily by tax-free donations from individuals and is registered as a volunteer Japanese nongovernmental organization.
—Sanford and Emiko Taborn, PC(USA) mission co-workers, Nagoya-shi, Aichi-Ken, Japan
Let us join in prayer for:
Japan Oral School for the Deaf: Akinobu Nishigai, principal
Kinjo Gakuin: Dr. Tetsuo Kashiwagi, M.D., chancellor
Meiji Gakuin University: Dr. Haruki Ohnishi, chancellor
Shikoku Gakuin University: Dr. Takaaki Sueyoshi, president
Tokyo Union Theological Seminary: Rev. Dr. Katsuhiko Kondo, president
Tokyo Women’s University: Dr. Masako Sanada, president
Yodogawa Christian Hospital: Masaaki Mukubo, M.D., president/superintendent
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Amy Lurken, PMA
Janeen D. Lush, PMA
Let us pray
Gracious God, we thank you for the witness and ministry of the staff and volunteers at the Asian Health Institute. We ask that you would give them courage and strength to respond in word and deed to all those who are in need. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen