By their fruits….

Krishna is like any other 9 year old boy in Nepal; always full of energy, trying to avoid doing chores for his mom, and often playing cricket with his friends. Except for one difference; he has type 1 diabetes. His body no longer makes any insulin, which means that he can’t properly process sugar. Fortunately Krishna was brought to our hospital in time, given the correct diagnosis, and started on a treatment schedule of twice daily insulin injections. He started feeling well again, and was sent home with instructions about the injections, as well as diet and exercise information.
Unfortunately his mother was not satisfied with our assessment that Krishna would never be cured, and that he would need these shots for the rest of his life. She went to an ayurvedic clinic across the border in India. (This is a system of medicine traditional in South Asia, using herbal treatments, incantations, and some surgeries.) The clinic advertised that they treated “sugar disease”. The “doctor” there assured her that he could help. This person prescribed some pills for Krishna to take, and instructed his mother on how to reduce the dose of insulin a little each day. Sadly, his symptoms gradually returned. After stopping his insulin all together last week, he was always thirsty, and started to breathe faster. Finally when he became confused and then unresponsive, she decided to bring Krishna back to our hospital. When he arrived on Friday morning, near the end of my night of on-call duty, he was in full blown diabetic ketoacidosis, with dangerously high sugar levels. Thankfully he responded to the insulin and fluids we gave him, and is making a good recovery.
Ayurvedic medicine is strongly tied to the Hindu belief system. In fact, the records of Krishna’s treatment that his mother brought have printed on the top the clinic’s motto; “We treat, God heals.” This is very close to our motto; “We serve, Jesus heals.”
I was reminded of the words of Jesus, “You will know them by their fruits.” We are so thankful for the many good fruits and answers to prayer that people have received after treatment at our hospital. We can only pray that others won’t suffer or even die after the bad treatments or advice such as Krishna and his family received.
We also pray that we will be able to convince Krishna’s mother that the best things she can do for him is to keep him on the insulin program. We also pray that they will experience the healing power that there is in Jesus’ name.  (Written by Les)

Krishna in the hospital

Krishna in the hospital



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5 responses to “By their fruits….

  1. Sarah Acland

    That’s a great story. You wonder how many times Krishna’s mother can nearly lose her son before she is convinced about the insulin. I will be in Nepal from the 21st or 22nd October until November 15. I’m very much hoping to come to Tansen with Valerie Harwood during that time. Is there a time that would be better for you?

  2. Rodney Fink

    Dear friends, We really enjoy your letters about your work and the transformations you are able to facilitate. I was visiting with daughter Lisa this morning and we discussed our vacation trip from Pakistan to Nepal in 1992 and what a great time we had there. We spend most of out time around the three cities and enjoyed a trip to the Tibetan refugee center and store. We were very pleased with a handmade carpet we bought in Kathmandu (which she still has) but a bit disappointed to find a very small “made in China” tag on it. Since then, she has spent 29 years as a hospital administrative type in the Air Force and is now working for the VA hospital in Tucson where she lives with two sons and husband (also an air force retiree). We are with family in MN this week and next week I will go to Texas for a trip across the border to pay technical school tuition for the students we sponsor theree. We pray for God’s continued blessing on your work. Blessings, Rodney Fink Sent from my iPad


  3. Risto Gobius

    Thanks, Les, great story again. We pray that the mother will understand that God, the Father of Jesus Christ is the Healer and His servants obey His directions. For Krishna;s sake we pray that his mother will continue to give him the insulin he needs and keep the needles clean!

    LOVE to you both! Risto and Martje

  4. Ed and Jean Hollenberg

    How sad, Krishna and mother’s ignorance and false beliefs. We have somewhat the same thing here in America, chiropractors, quacks, nostrums, and fraudulent physicians. But I can only imagine that it is much more prevalent in Nepal than here in the U.S. You are faced with crisis medicine, I am still engaged in the practice of preventive medicine. My chief concern here in America is the divorce rate, domestic violence and dysfunctional families. Seeing this profound need I can scarely think of retirement. Am strill trying to teach classes in the prisons and anywhere there is a receptive audience. However, it seems to me that churches here in America are not commiitted to addressing the problems and this widespread epidemic which causes more emotional, financial social chaos than most any other physical disease. O am amazedat the attitudes of our population about marriage and the loss of sanctity of marriage. I wonder if that is a visible problem in Nepal. We pray for your continued health, strength and satisfaction in your work. Love Ed

  5. Margaret Fain

    Great story, just think what happens when no one cares enough to “be there”. God Bless you .

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