We often forget about leprosy. While it’s not something that affects our day-to-day life here in North America, leprosy impacts the lives of thousands across the globe, in places including Somalia, India, China, and Sri Lanka. I recently saw this with my own eyes, during my 2 week trip to South Asia. In a leprosy colony, I met a woman named Mina whose life and story deeply impacted me. You can read more of that story in this blog post.
Society tells leprosy patients that they are outcaste. Untouchable. Worthless. Unloved. Many cultures shun them and cast them aside.
So it is these people – precious in the sight of God – that we want to reach out to with the tangible love and hope of Jesus Christ.
“Earlier, the lepers were considered as untouchables, but in this generation and time, there is no such discrimination . . .” Gospel for Asia pastor Vagish had said. “Our Creator, the Lord Jesus, loved all the sick people, including lepers.”
World Leprosy Day 2014 is marked on January 26th, or the closest Sunday to January 29th. This year, from January 26th to 30th, missionaries are reaching out with medical help, food, and other outreach in some leprosy colonies in South Asia. They are bringing A Love They Can See. So go ahead and find out more about this ministry and World Leprosy Day at www.gfa.org/news/articles/world-leprosy-day-a-love-they-can-see.