In November of 2014, the preliminary planning began for the construction of the Grace Iris Hospital, located at the Grace Iris Compound in Bobbili, India. The work was initiated with a donation by Dr. Louise Gann. This project comes as a fulfillment of the longtime dream of Iris Vinjamuri (Vijay Kumar’s mother), to have a hospital provided as a ministry for the people of Bobbili and the surrounding area. There is a great need for medical and dental care in the area, as the closest hospital is located in Visakhapatnam (over 3 hours away). On many occasions individuals have simply not survived the long drive required to receive emergency medical care. Also most people within the town cannot afford medical or dental care.
God has truly blessed this endeavor since 2014. The first phase of the hospital is now completed, onto which additional wings can be added in the future. With other substantial donations, the hospital construction is already well over 50% funded. This has far exceeded our expectations of what we assumed would be a very long process (Ephesians 3:20-21). Dr. Anil and Dr. Ananth will oversee and coordinate the activities of the hospital with the help of their medical and dental colleagues. Please pray for this new blossoming ministry opportunity.
Not only was this a dream of Iris Vinjamari, but was also an aspiration of the late Matilda Churchill as she wrote to a friend from Bobbili in 1911: