As the World Health Organization notes, leprosy is an ancient disease, but it still rears its ugly head today. Leprosy affects many. In 2017, more than 210,000 new cases were reported in 150 countries. Those who are afflicted know very well of the devastation it causes. They become the outcasts, the exiles and the untouchables. Some are called “cursed” by their families and kicked out to the streets. They suffer, both physically and mentally.
Compassion for the Afflicted
Amidst their suffering, these outcasts typically form or join leprosy colonies, where they and others afflicted with leprosy may find some modicum of solace. Men, women, children and the elderly can be found living in these colonies.
Difficult conditions and very minimal, if any, medical attention offer little but despair to leprosy patients. However, GFA-supported workers, such asSisters of Compassion, aim to serve and help those suffering.
God Remembers His People
One such instance occurred when a team journeyed to a leprosy colony with 32 families and 11 elderly patients. The team saw the destitution and hardship these people faced, especially the aged. One 80-year-old man lived in a cluttered, dirty house that smelled because he had no one to take care of him. Unable to clean it, all he could do was lay in his bed. Filled with compassion, the sisters cleaned his house, did his dishes and gave him a bath.
“My family members have left me on my own in this condition,” the old man said. “But I am thankful that you have served me and shown me love.”
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