A Beautiful Investment

01Sep

A Beautiful Investment

For Premalatha, the prospects of a brighter future were non-existent. She and her siblings were abandoned by their impoverished parents. So they found themselves being raised by grandparents who were afflicted with leprosy and whose only means of survival was begging. Consequently, the children were consigned to India's lowest level of poverty. Living in a leprous community shut all educational doors for them, extinguished any future hopes for marriage, and sealed their tragic fates. Worse, Premalatha was taught by her Hindu culture that they were all suffering for sins committed in their former lives. There was no sense even dreaming.

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27May

A Heaven’s Family Holiday

Jubilation is not what you might expect at a leprosy colony, but that is the only word I can use to describe the expression of joy and excitement I witnessed coming from the students we are sponsoring! While I was visiting Frobel's Garden High School in Hyderabad, India, last March they were given a day off from school to celebrate their progress.

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01Mar

Leprosy Ministry Fund

Although modern leprosy (Hansen's Disease) is easily cured and rendered noncontagious, it continues to plague the poor in some developing nations. Victims are stigmatized and ostracized. Just like in Bible days, to survive, they must beg. Jesus cared for leprosy victims, and because of His love within us, so do we, in both China and India.

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01Dec

Defying Gravity

I was already somewhat in a state of shock—even though I had done my best to prepare for what I knew I would see. It was my first visit to a Heaven's Family-supported leprosy clinic in Hyderabad, India. As I had imagined beforehand, it wasn't easy to look at the infected wounds of leprosy patients as they were compassionately dressed by dedicated nurses. But then came a shock of a different kind for which I was unprepared.

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14Oct

Saving Lives with a Sewing Machine

Gui Lan has a special ministry among those, like her, who suffer the debilitating effects of leprosy. She uses her sewing skills and a rugged, foot-operated sewing machine provided by Heaven’s Family to take care of the general sewing needs of her fellow village members, who live exiled from the world, tucked out of sight, high up in the mountains of Yunnan Province, China.

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18Sep

Mobilizing Mercy

I have received a wonderful expression of gratitude from Prasanna and her daughter, Sarah, who serve the leprosy communities in Hyderabad, India, as wound-care nurses. They recently purchased a vehicle with help from Heaven’s Family that will help them make more house calls!

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