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Tuesday, April 15, 2008


The Principal/Adminsitrator
Tirunelveli Medical College
Tirunelveli - 627001
Tamil Nadu

Dear Sir/Madam,

Sub.: Christian medical students program

Greetings from Christian Medical Association of India.

It is my privilege to introduce myself from the Student Nurture Wing of CMAI. CMAI is a healthcare association/network and a national NGO of 330 Healthcare Institutions and over 9000 Health Professionals working towards ‘building a just and healthy society’.

We are conducting a programme for Christian Medical Students of government medical colleges of the four southern states of India. This is to help them be technically competent, spiritually vibrant and socially relevant even as they face increasing challenges each day.

It is my pleasure to invite the Christian students of your esteemed institution to participate in this program, 'CMAI Medical Students Retreat (South Zone)', to be held from April 25-27, 2008 at Quiet Corner, Mavanahalla, Nilgiri Dist., Tamil Nadu. I would request you to kindly display the attached information of the programme on the Student’s Notice Board in your institution for their perusal.

I seek your kind support and cooperation in this endeavour.

Thanking you,

Yours truly,

Sumesh Jacob

Youth Chaplain

Student Nurture Wing



(South Zone)


April 25-27, 2008


Quiet Corner

Mavanahalla, Masinagudi Post

Nilgiri Dist., Tamil Nadu


‘Let not your heart be troubled

– a call to positive living’

Resource Persons

Rev. Chris Gnanakan, SAIACS

Dr. Stanley Macaden, BBH

Dr. Shobha Yohan, CMAI

Ps. Albert PJ, Abhayam

Organised by



Student Nurture Wing

Chaplains Section

How To Reach The Venue?

From Coimbatore: Get to Ooty. From Ooty bus-stand take a bus going to Masinagudi via Sigur Ghats. Get off at Mavanahalla which is one stop before Masinagudi.

From Bangalore: Take the bus going to Gudalur. Get off at Theppakadu. From there take local transport (jeep/bus) to Mavanahalla.

From Trichur: Take a bus and reach Theppakadu (near Gudalur). From there take local transport (jeep/bus) to Mavanahalla.

Things To Note

* Please inform us (Sumesh Jacob) by phone or email before April 20th, 2008 of your coming
* Make your own travel arrangements
* We expect the participants to have good health and look after their own health needs
* Do not bring any valuables with you


Sumesh Jacob: mobile – 09968008483;

email –

Retreat Venue: phone – 0423-2526316 or Mr. Kishore mobile (‘Quiet Corner’) – 09442082630

Dear Friends,

‘Retreat’! What a word to use. Doesn’t it mean to move back?! To run away?! To escape?! Yes, it does. But this ‘retreat’ is of a different kind. It is to move back, run away, escape from your everyday schedule of life into the presence of God. It’s not an escape from reality nor from being yourself. It’s a turning towards the greatest Reality and in turn finding more of yourself.

The Student Nurture Wing of CMAI wants to help you do exactly that and so I invite you to our South Zone Medical Students Retreat. Take this opportunity to have a different and special experience. I encourage you to come and to bring other friends along. I assure you, we’ll have a good time together.

Looking forward to meeting you all there,

Sumesh Jacob, Youth Chaplain, CMAI

Who Can Participate?

1st and 2nd year MBBS Christian students. Those beginning 3rd year studies are also welcome.

How Long Will It Be?

Arrival: Registration for the Retreat is from 4 - 5 pm. on April 25th; please plan to arrive within this time.

Departure: The Retreat finishes with lunch at 1 pm. on April 27th.

What’s Going To Happen?

* Meet other medical students
* Friendships, fun and games
* Singing and music
* Bible studies, prayer and devotion
* Sessions related to medicine
* Sessions on youth issues and challenges
* Talent night
* Sharing, interaction and fellowship

How Much Will It Cost?

Registration Fee: Rs. 100/- (to be paid at the Retreat venue).

Travel: Total one-way travel expense of train (2nd Sleeper fare) and/or bus (semi-deluxe non-AC) will be reimbursed. Both way travel expense can be reimbursed to those needing this assistance.

CMAI Student Membership: At the end of the Retreat, you have the option to become a Student Member of CMAI for Rs. 50/- (for your entire course duration)

What To Bring Along?

* Bible
* Torch
* Notebook
* Personal care necessities
* Mosquito repellent cream
* Handy musical instrument
* Cultural/Ethnic dress/outfit

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