Dulaurin Bai (ca. 1888-ca. 1971)
Dulaurin Bai (ca. 1888-ca. 1971) was a first-generation Christian in the Mennonite Church (MC) in India, a nurse, and a longtime member of the Zion Mennonite Church at Sankra. She was born into a Hindu family of the oil-crusher caste. While still a Hindu she married, but her home broke up in tragedy when,after two stillborn children, she was considered to be demon-possessed and was beaten and driven from home. She found shelter and work in the home of missionary physician Florence Cooprider [Friesen], circa 1920 at Dhamtari. When Cooprider married A. Friesen, Dulaurin Bai moved to Sankra to work in the Friesen home. In 1931 she began nurse-midwife training at a mission hospital in Katni. Returning in 1933 she worked with Friesen in the Sankra hospital and on the roadside leprosy clinics until 1941. Dulaurin Bai was a relentless worker. She was a humble woman with a strong will who never forgot the depth of desperation from which she had been lifted. In 1940 she adopted an orphaned baby and named him Lakhan. Her two grandchildren were graduate nurses (as of 1987) and serve in the name of Christ.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 5, p. 248-249. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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