Two Free Methodist churches, one in Illinois and the other in Indiana, helped send an international team of 5 bicycle riders and 2 support persons to India. According to materials sent with the congregations' Mission Match applications, they "traveled 2,000 miles over 6 weeks from the tip of India to New Delhi in January-February 2007 to raise financial support for the rebuilding of a Christian hospital and to raise awareness in both the United States and in India of the ministry of this Christian hospital." According to materials from the churches, "this Christian hospital was founded in 1951 by the Free Methodist Church to meet the needs of the poor rural population in central India. It provides primary medicine, obstetrics, surgery, pharmacy, and radiology. Areas of special attention are tuberculosis, AIDS, and malaria. Other ministries also developed from the work of the hospital such as a community health service coordinated by local churches, and a nursing school certified by the state. The nursing school has particularly helped young women from poor, lower class families to acquire skills. There is a boarding school on the hospital campus established for boys from tribal families to provide nurture and education for these children who would otherwise not have an opportunity for education." Materials from the churches describing the purpose of the fundraising bike trip stated that, "the hospital provides a large amount of charity care. It had become increasingly difficult to provide funding for capital improvements. Most of the infrastructure of the hospital was built in the 1920s and was deteriorating rapidly. The time had come to rebuild the hospital." In follow-up comments to Mission Match from one church, "The Bicycle India 2007 project was a great success. Bicycling 2000 miles from the tip of India to New Delhi went well with no injuries or major illness. We praise the Lord for His protection." Comments from the second church stated, "The goal of our project was to assist in the ongoing work and development of the Christian hospital in India. This goal is being accomplished as the Christian hospital is currently serving the people in its region in India."