An Indian Experience
Brian Gordon, our Circuit Administrator and Local Preacher, originally trained as a nurse and went on to become a trainer of nurses. This post led to his being sent to India on several occasions in order to recruit and train nurses to work in the UK. Parallel to doing this work he was also a Prison Chaplain. He was based at the Mount Abu Hospital in Rajasthan but during his visits he had the opportunity to visit other places in India, Sri Lanka (post tsunami) and Goa.
In a presentation to the Trinity Ladies Club, Brian brought along several Indian items to view including a Kurta (a very thin cotton shirt) and a sari bought for his wife. Then there were the animals/birds carved from timber and stone. After the initial carving, holes were made on the surface through which replicas were carved on the inside of the structures – amazing works of art. The ladies also saw a selection of rupee bank-notes.
The contrast between the rich and the poor is very evident in India. Whilst the wealthy drive Rolls Royce cars, many thousands live on the streets and have their addresses as lamp-post numbers.
After leaving the temple, it is customary for the worshippers to carry out a good deed. Consequently when Brian was there, lepers would be lined up hoping for alms.
This article was inspired in part by the address of Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard to the annual Conference of the Royal College of General Practitioners a couple of years ago. In it she spoke of one of the contributing factors to illness, especially in the elderly, namely loneliness.
It is true that now many old people live alone, having survived their partner or loved ones. They live solitary lives, never seeing another person from one week’s end to another. They are isolated and alone. The result is that they appear at the doctor’s surgery, often unnecessarily because they have no one else to talk to.
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Dementia is a subject I was very keen to investigate more. I am eager to discover what our church can do to help people with dementia and their carers. It seems to me that as Government funding continues to decrease and local facilities are hit by these ongoing cuts, the church perhaps has the resources needed to help, especially with its buildings and people.
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