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Heaven's Family Magazine
March 2016 Issue

Leprosy Ministry

Special Issue: 2015 Ministry Directors' Report

Carole Collins, Leprosy Ministry

Ryan, of Hope for Hansen’s camera team, sharing music with a young boy during a medical clinic visit to the leprosy colony in Hyderabad, India

Leprosy. It is a word that holds a different meaning for different people. For most, it’s the “unclean” disease of the Bible. For others, it’s a modern-day curse that slowly destroys the bodies of its victims, as well as the futures of their families. That word represents the enduring stigma carried by leprosy communities—warning others that they are about to enter a “pariah” area.

The truth—that the disease has been eradicated for years, or even decades, ago with modern medicines, and that it is not passed on to the victim’s children—does not reach the inner recesses of the public’s prejudice.

As a result, fear and superstition still grip the minds of many in countries such as India and China. Adding to this misconception is the fact that victims of Hansen’s Disease (as leprosy is now called) continue to display lingering symptoms such as fevers, loss of nerve function, as well as decomposition of fingers, toes, and other extremities when treatment comes late in the progression of the disease.

Thanks to our generous donors, however, Heaven’s Family provided $6,000 worth of food, $6,000 worth of medical supplies and salaries to wound care nurses, $2,400 for sewing instruction, and $14,160 for school, college and vocational training sponsorships in 2015. Thanks to a special donation, the Leprosy Ministry also purchased land where homes will be built for homeless patients.

In China, we supplied monthly provisions of food, medical supplies, clothing and blankets totaling $6,000. We have also raised $5,500 for a communal shower. We visited Anandaban Hospital for leprosy patients in Kathmandu, Nepal, a month before the devastating earthquake. We later raised $5,000 to begin rebuilding the homes of leprosy-afflicted patients. We are also working to hire a teacher for young patients in the hospital to continue their education.

We are only as effective as the “love-link” you—our faithful supporters—enable us to be. And you have indeed displayed generous hearts of compassion for those who yearn to be restored to a place of dignity and acceptance.

Thank you for listening to the Lord’s heart for those marginalized by leprosy.

Help those whose lives have been devastated by leprosy

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Heaven's Family's Compassion Club

Jesus so clearly described His true followers in Matthew 25:31-46. They are “sheep,” whose love for Him is revealed by their sacrifices for the “least of these.” The “sheep” are contrasted with the “goats,” who may even call Him “Lord,” but who don’t really love Him, as revealed by their lack of compassion for those within whom He lives.

Jesus’ true sheep are born again and transformed by the Holy Spirit. They want to serve Jesus every moment of their lives. They are filled with His love. They’re not “Sunday Christians.”

Heaven’s Family’s Compassion Club is a wonderful means for Christ’s followers to demonstrate their love for Jesus every day through the very means He taught—by serving the “least of these.”

Continue reading at HeavensFamily.org/cc

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