Leaving our comfort zones to go to those who are living on the margins

Let Us Go Outside the Camp

‘So let us go out to him, outside the camp, and bear the disgrace he bore.’ Hebrews 13:13 (NLT) 

Dr Ashita Singh leads the Palliative Care Team at Chinchpada Hospital, a small mission hospital in a remote, impoverished tribal area in Maharashtra State in India.  Through its Christ-centred, holistic in-patient and community-based services, the hospital serves those who are the most marginalised and destitute and sees many coming to faith and lives being transformed. 

In this deeply inspiring video that was created for a national conference of the Evangelical Medical Fellowship of India, Dr Ashita shares her experience of carrying the transforming light, love and life of Christ to those who are not only extremely ill, but also despised, rejected and living on the edges of their local communities. She speaks with passion about the importance of being willing and prepared to leave our comfort zones and to go with Jesus ‘outside the camp’ to the poorest of the poor, even if it means sharing in their suffering and experiencing the contempt of others. Says Dr Ashita, (quoting Jean Varnier), “To live with Jesus is to live with the poor. To live with the poor is to live with Jesus.”