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Nepal is a country of 22 million people that lies between India and Tibet (China). Its extreme geography varies from tropical forests to snowy Himalaya, but this magnificent landscape is also a major impediment to development. Nepal ranks as one of the 20 poorest countries in the world, with high rates of maternal and child mortality, and low rates of literacy. Most people are farmers and over 90% practice Hinduism. The quality of life in Nepal has further deteriorated since a Maoist insurgency began fighting the government in 1996.

The United Mission to Nepal (UMN) was established in 1954 to minister to the needs of the people of Nepal in the name and spirit of Jesus Christ. About 150 missionaries from 20 different countries work for UMN in the fields of health, industrial development, education, and rural development. UMN is currently undergoing a change process, and will eventually turn over direct governance of its institutions to local Nepalese organizations. We expect that foreign missionaries will continue to work on these projects.

Mark and Deirdre Zimmerman work as missionaries in Nepal.

  • Mark has worked in Nepal as a doctor of internal medicine, and as also served as medical director of Patan Hospital for a time.  He is now Director of NSI, the Nick Simons Institute, and is working to develop and train doctors and medical personnel throughout all of Nepal.
  • Deirdre worked in Nepal as a community nutritionist from 1997 to 2002, and is addition to being a housewife looking after their sons, is involved with the Nutrition Promotion and Consultancy Service.  NPCS works to develop training and educational programs to teach the people of Nepal about proper nutrition and hygiene.
  • Zachary was born in 2002 in Patan Hospital's Birthing Center, and serves as the family's ambassador-at-large. The newest addition to the Zimmerman family, Benjamin, was born in 2004.
  • While in Nepal, they are administratively responsible to UMN.
  • They are sent to Nepal by General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church (USA).
  • They have support churches in Pennsylvania, New York, Delaware, Ohio, West Virginia, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine - as well as in Ireland and Northern Ireland.
  • They need a lot of prayer!


Patan Hospital is a 300-bed mission/government hospital located in Kathmandu. Each day an average of 1,000 patients come through its doors. Each year there are 16,000 admissions and 7,000 deliveries. Patients come from far and wide to reach the hospital, and many arrive with little money in their pockets. The hospital's mission is to care for all who come to it - with excellent, appropriate medical care, compassion, and prayer. Much of the charity care and all of the capital additions to the hospital are made possible by international donations.

How Can Someone in America Help?

Prayer. These form the foundation of our work, and Deirdre and Mark have often felt the uplift of prayer in their daily lives. They have seen the changes that prayer has brought on the work-front, too. The more one prays, the closer one comes to the very core of what God is doing in that land. We'd like to suggest to you these concerns for the next few years:

  • For the future of Nepal, that the people of that troubled place would discover hope. Let them come to know the love of Jesus Christ for each of them.
  • For the future governance of UMN's hospitals as it changes. We are hoping to create or link with a local Christian organization that will share our committment for these hospitals.
  • For Patan Hospital's early work in establishing a medical school. This may eventually produce 40 new Nepalese doctors a year.

Donations give material support to the work.  The United Methodist Advance Special Projects for Patan Hospital are:

  • Patan Hospital, Capital (Hospital renovation and equipment)
    # 12414 O
  • Patan Hospital (Free care for poor patients)
    # 13423 A

These can be made by check to "Advance GCFA", noting the above Advance Special number on the memo line.

Send to:

Advance GCFA
P.O. Box 9068, GPO
New York, NY 10087-9068

Alternatively, checks can be made out to "Patan Hospital," and be sent directly to Mark Zimmerman.

Mark and Deirdre Zimmerman
Patan Hospital
Box 126; UMN
Kathmandu, Nepal

Nepal Hospital Ramp Construction


News Articles from Nepal News and The Kathmandu Post

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Sir Edmund Hillary Opens Kid's Ward in Patan Hospital

Friday, 13 April, 2001

A Marked Man After 16 Years of Healing Wounds

Sunday, 23 November, 2003

Editorial: Review the Decision

Tuesday, 25 November, 2003

Dr. Zimmerman's Visa Extended by Two Years

Wednesday, 26 November, 2003

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