Standing Again



Picture of leprosy-affected patients in Goma
23Apr

Not Sleeping on Lava

Can you imagine the challenges of not only living with the debilitating effects of leprosy, but also having to sleep on a floor of volcanic lava rock with little to cushion your ravaged body? Such is the plight of a community of leprosy patients, many of them aging. They live outside Goma, DR Congo, on top of the hardened aftermath of a volcanic eruption that occurred several decades ago. Much of the city was covered by the lava flow, causing many to move or rebuild in innovative ways.

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Picture of Don Riker in a leprosy colony in South India
31Aug

American friend gets infected

The following is the testimony of Don Riker, a dear brother and colaborer in the fight against leprosy and its social stigmas. His words are a powerful testimony to the determination of a man of God who sacrificed his health for the "least of these."

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Leprosy ministry photo collage
05May

Remembering

God told the Israelites to frequently take time to recall His great works and His faithfulness. When I do so I’m immediately overwhelmed by the goodness of God—that’s how I feel when I think back over the past 10 years of building relationships with dear saints who live in the Moula ali leprosy colony near Hyderabad, India. Will you reminisce with me in words and pictures? After all, many of you have been along for the “ride” some or all of those years, and you have shared a vital part in this ministry to those who are truly the “least of these."

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Picture of child playing at camp for leprosy-affected families
13Jan

Love Breaks Through

Rejection is the constant companion of children born into the stigma of leprosy families, despite remaining unaffected by the disease. They must live with the stigma of never fitting in with their “normal” peers, forever keeping them locked in a prison of isolation.

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Picture of Leprosy Ministry team in D.R. Congo
20Mar

“I Feel Loved”

I have such a wonderful praise report to share with you from the Leprosy Ministry’s team in Goma, D.R. Congo, who are faithfully ministering to the leprosy patients living in the Mugunga 3 IDP Camp. This dedicated team of individuals pour out their lives sacrificially for the "least of these."

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Picture of leprosy-inflicted patient
31Jan

A Picture Worth 1,001 Words

"Tell us again why you want to take our picture," insisted sister Wang, in disbelief. Pastor Paul Fang patiently repeated his request: “We want to give a large-sized framed portrait to you." "Normally we don’t get to see our pictures,” came her hesitant reply. “Most of the time we don’t want to see them anyway.”

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Picture of leprosy-afflicted patients with mattresses
10Dec

A Place to Lay Their Heads

Have you ever tried to rest on a bed of hardened lava flow? Imagine trying to do so with sores and ulcers from leprosy on your ravaged limbs. That has been the plight of 68 leprosy-affected family members living in Mugunga 3 Camp outside the city of Goma, DR Congo.

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