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Phillip Yancey said, "There is hope, much of which comes in the name of Christ. One telling statistic reveals the fruit of two centuries of faithful mission work: of India’s 700 million people, only 2.7 % call themselves Christian, and yet Christians are responsible for more than 18% of the nation’s health care.

A population half the size of the United States, comprising Hindus, Moslems, Sikhs, Jains, Parsis, and Communists, receives its medical care from people trained in places like the Christian Medical College Hospital in Vellore.

The Christians have given India an inspired legacy of education and medicine. If you say the world "Christian" to an Indian peasant--who may never have heard of Jesus Christ-the first image to pop into her mind may well be that of a hospital, or of a medical van that stops by her village once a month to provide free, personal care in Christ’s name. It’s certainly not the whole of the gospel, but it’s not a bad place to start.

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