story of suham
involved in the Christian ministry as Padre and Educationist, in India,
Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines, I found between 1962-75, that
people were generally not able to respond to truth and freedom in life. I
discovered that most Christian disciples and people of other faith too had
suffered in life from childhood abuse, emotional damages and cultural
inhibitions as well as negative influences of the environment.
cultural or educational orientations had not adequately made an impact on
the lives of these people whom I encountered. People often expressed that
they needed some confidential and competent Counselors to help them out of
their life related emotional, psychological and economical difficulties.
My wife Marie and I while pastoring in the churches, helped people overcome
their family difficulties and emotional problems. In course of time more and
more people started coming, seeking help in dealing with serious problems
like violence in the family, suicidal tendencies, separations, divorce,
alcohol dependency and so on. The work exposure I had in Singapore among
prison inmates, ex-drug abusers, alcohol extremists and their families stood
me in good stead in my counseling efforts.
the completion of our overseas mission we returned to India to establish the
Suham (healing) services in 1989. I began my work in schools and colleges for students and
teachers as well as for parents. I was informed of the good results of
reconciliation between Teachers and students resulting in proper motivation
to educational pursuits.
on our work expanded to Church committee members and Pastors and Christian
workers. We were specially involved in encouraging good Husband and Wife
relationship in families. Such
involvement was extensive and rewarding for us.
1997 here in this little town of Vellore, having specialized in Life
Enrichment Educational Consultancy we opened a SUHAM clinic for individual
counseling which has been received well by Christians and people
of other faith too though a people generally are very conservative
about such alien approach. So, we rented a house and used part of the house
for the Clinic which provided a home atmosphere. Even during nights women
and children enter our clinic for counseling, without hesitation.
was requested by many friends and post graduate level students from all over
India to offer a course that would equip counselors. So we were led to
establish the SUHAM institute in 2000.
We set up this work in a rented use with library facility, a lecture
hall, a room for an animator clinician, and separate rooms for the
consultant and secretary. Many House wives and men, pastors and burnout
missionaries found a right place in their separate need and have availed of
is the need of the hour in these desperate days. About a century ago medical
help was the need, later education was the need of India, social uplift was
the felt need of the last fifty years. But now Counseling is the greatest
need of the community and we should respond to this need and lead people to
find SUHAM (healing).
vision is to equip sufficient discipling counselors who will efficiently
reach out to troubled persons who in turn will be able to multiply
discipling counselors in every community in India.
of life value principles
of a total person into a healed life
of persons to become actualized reproducing Leaders
adaptive, effective, personnel,
share our expertise to revive every institution through seminar teaching
sharpen leadership qualities by individual clinique and group training
enrich the life style of families by retreats and conferences
provide class room teaching to create a new and clean generation of youth
center trains counselors to meet the challenges of crises that
rural and urban communities face, with a vision to multiply counselors to
reach all India. The head of every institution shall be trained as a
counselor to help others to find inner healing while maintaining a well
balanced emotional and spiritual life. The idea is also to eliminate
backsliding in life's pursuits.