Fingerless for Now

Image of leprosy victim receiving aid
19Oct

Fingerless for Now

Mwanaasha Salim was born in 1956 in Kenya. Just as she reached her teenage years, she was diagnosed with leprosy. The consequences were shocking and tragic. She was rejected by everyone she knew—even by her family members who were supposed to love her the most.

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Image of missionary with victim of leprosy
29Apr

No Holding Back

Aunt Tao was 18 years old when she got the news that drastically and abruptly changed her entire life. Her year-long marriage ended abruptly in divorce when her husband heard about her leprosy diagnosis. Then, she was banished for life to a leprosy quarantine village high in the remote mountains. This all happened in 1964.

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Picture of leprosy-affected victim in Kenya
22Nov

A Loving Touch for the Untouchable

Anjelina was born in Tanzania. When she discovered she had leprosy, her family instantly rejected her. She traveled all the way to Kenya to get treatment and moved into a leprosy colony there. Because no one would give her a job, she had no option but to beg at the nearest town, which was a 15-mile walk. When the coronavirus pandemic struck and lockdowns were enforced, Anjelina had no one to beg from.

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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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