deichmannDr. Deichmann is a shoe business entrepreneur of Germany, who with his generous organization Wort & Tat, has vastly widened the scope of AMG India services to the poor and needy. Dr. Deichmann, born to devout Christian parents - Mr.Heinrich Deichmann and Mrs.Julia Deichmann -- was brought up in Christian faith and discipline and was ingrained with Christian compassion and willingness, to help needy persons. He had the same vision as Bro. John David. 

It was God's plan that these two visionaries and men of God, should come together, to care and educate the orphans, polio children, children of leprosy patients, stone quarry labour children and other poor children from slums and villages.

Both these men of God shared the same vision and compassion and wanted to show to people around them, the love of God in action. In this way, both of them together lent their helping hands, to poor and needy persons from the downtrodden sections, with their combined efforts.

 The year 1977 was vital and epoch making year for these TWO leaders and AMG India. Dr.Deichmann came to India, for the first time, along with Dr.Spiros Zodhiates, President, A.M.G. International, U.S.A. after hearing about the spiritual and social work of Bro.John David. When, he went round the villages with Bro.John Davidand saw the poverty and sickness of people in villages, the social stigma and inhuman treatment of leprosy patients, already suffering with the disease and disfigurement and loss of limbs, Dr. Deichmann’s heart melted with sorrow and compassion. He realized that, it was his calling to help these poor, hungry, sick and destitute people in India.

Both Dr. H. H. Deichmann and his wife Mrs. Ruth Deichmann were true Christians and were willing to put into practice the teaching of Jesus Christ to "Love your neighbour as yourself". They were willing to share what they had with the poor people in India. With the coming together of Dr. Deichmann, Mrs Deichmann and Dr. John David a new direction was given to AMG activities. Work of AMG expanded, mainly, in 3 major areas, namely, Body, Mind and Soul i.e. the holistic development of a person or a child. The aim of AMG is to help a person to grow in all areas of his personality.

* Dr. H. H. Deichmann was the inspiration behind all AMG health projects- Leprosy colonies, TB Hospitals, Eye    Hospitals, Slum Clinics.

* Mrs. Ruth Deichmann was the inspiration for the educational projects: schools, colleges, Adult Education centers etc.

* Dr. John David was the inspiration behind the spiritual work of AMG India.

Because of the sacrifice of Dr. Deichmann and his family and supporters of Wort & Tat, Germany, today, AMG has become one of the largest NGOs in Andhra Pradesh, helping more than 100,000 poor and needy children, adults and oldage persons, through its many projects and programmes. AMG work is spread in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Orissa and Tamil Nadu. Dr. Deichmann and Wort & Tat are helping the following projects.

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spirosRome was not built in a day, nor was AMG India. Seeing the work of Evg. Dr. John David, Dr. Spiros Zodhiates associated himself with his work. Dr. Spiros Zodhiates was born of Greek parents, on the island of Cyprus. After completing his Greek education, he joined American University in Cairo, Egypt. Later, he studied B.Th. Degree from National Bible Institute (now Shelton College) in New York and M.A. from New York University. In 1978 he earned his Doctor of Theology degree from Luther Rice Seminary of Jacksonville, Florida.

He is also the recipient of several honorary doctorates. In 1946, he came to the United States, at the invitation of AMG International, of which he became President in 1966. Under his leadership, AMG International focussed on Newspaper Evangelism, to spread the message of Salvation through faith in Jesus Christ, in many countries in the world. In 1968, in a chance meeting with Evg. Dr. John David, Dr. Spiros asked him to start Newspaper Evangelism in India. The cost was to be shared by both AMG International and John David. This was the starting point for starting AMG India International in 1968.

AMG International is supporting following projects run by AMG India :-

  • Educatonal support to poor children, in AMG schools in Bheemili and Chilakaluripeta.
  • Eye Hospital at Kadiyum, for free treatment and eye surgery to poor villagers, with free implantation of Intra-occular- lenses(IOLs)
  • Monthly Rations to 1000 leprosy patients, to prevent them from begging on the streets and give them human dignity.
  • Part-support to AMG leprosy relief and rehabilitation project, Valley of Love,Simhachalam (near Vizag).
  • Adult Education centers to teach basic reading and writing to illiterate adults.
  • Newspaper Evangelism and follow-up.
  • Pulpit Helps magazine in Telugu language.
  • Conducting of Hope for India conventions.
  • Support to National Workers.

 

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