P u t t i n g F a i t h I n t o A c t i o n S i n c e 1 9 5 9 HEALING THE BROKEN: REACHING OUT TO A LEPER COMMUNITY
“And there came a leper to Him, beseeching Him, and kneeling down to Him, and saying unto Him, ‘If thou wilt, Thou canst make me clean.’ And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth His hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, ‘I will; be thou clean.’ And as soon as He had spoken, immediately the leprosy departed from him, and he was cleansed.” – Mark 1:40-42
Dear WME Partners and Supporters,
LEPROSY (also known as Hansen’s disease) is a chronic malady that existed in Biblical times and still afflicts thousands today.Ac
cording to the World Health Organization, there were over 208,000 new leprosy cases reported by 159 countries in 2018, and nearly 58% of those occurred in INDIA. Leprosy causes progressive and permanent damage to nerves, skin, eyes and limbs. Left untreated, it can lead to blindness, ulcers, paralysis and amputation.
Today, treatment with multi-drug therapies can effectively cure the condition and stop its spread. But early diagnosis is key to preventing disabilities. Sadly, leprosy mainly affects the poor because they have limited access to medical care. Compounding this issue is that people also fear the stigma that accompanies the disease. So they delay seeking treatment as their condition continues to deteriorate.
The discrimination and shame borne by those with leprosy is extreme. Many see a diagnosis of leprosy as a fate worse than death. Lepers are shunned by friends, banished by their neighbors, and forced to relocate to leper colonies. For some, begging is their only income. Lepers with visible bandages or missing limbs are harassed and bullied. Even those no longer contagious are still despised, their disfigurements marking them as unworthy of compassion. Many are doomed to remain in leper colonies for the rest of their lives.
In his community, he is shunned, despised and hated. WME’s missions bring him hope, compassion, value and acceptance.
FOR MORE THAN 25 YEARS, WORLDMISSIONARY EVANGELISM HAS TAKEN UP THE CALL TO REACH INTO THE BROKEN LIVES OF THOSE AFFLICTED WITH LEPROSY. Our center of outreach, located in the town of Bhubaneswar (Orissa State), includes a church, children’s home and clinic.
THIS IS THE PLACE WHERE YOU CAN BECOME CHRIST’S HANDS IN 2021. THIS IS AN OUTREACH WHERE YOU CAN BRING HOPE TO THE HOPELESS. And there are many ways to get involved.
One time gifts can help us purchase blankets, food, clothing and medical supplies for lepers and their families.
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The WME medical clinic to lepers treats patients and their families, provides medicines, medical equipment and hands-on care. WME’s Food For Hunger program supplies hot meals, food staples, clothing and basic necessities for the community. Native Missionaries, who regularly talk and minister throughout the community, currently need 400 warm, woolen blankets for lepers battling the cold. If you wish to make an impact with children, the WME Children’s Home in the area is
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