Biju loved his peaceful life in the rural farmland of his family. He grew up devoted to the traditional gods of former generations and passed on this heritage to his three children. His family was not rich, but they were happy.
Biju’s peaceful life was marred when he started to notice an odd feeling in his fingers. He ignored the strange sensations and continued to work hard on his farm. As time went by, the sensations became more frequent. Eventually—when his fingers became permanently numb—Biju knew he could no longer ignore the problem. At the hospital, Biju was diagnosed with leprosy.
After Biju was diagnosed, the worry he shook off before became a permanent resident. Fear crept in when the medications the doctors prescribed did not help Biju. He became more and more desperate, seeking the help of witch doctors and shrines in the hope of a cure. As a last resort, Biju traveled abroad for an expensive treatment, but the efforts were useless. After spending a small fortune, Biju returned home and lost all hope of recovery…
Learn more about the GFA-supported leprosy ministry, or the Reaching Friends Ministry, helping remind people affected by leprosy that, despite the stigma of leprosy, they have dignity and are valued by God.
Read the GFA special report update on the leprosy problem where global leprosy-elimination leaders are making exciting advances both medically and socially that are worth noting: Progress in the Fight Against Leprosy: Leprosy Prevention is Key to Elimination
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