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.
Below are just a few of the many testimonies we receive about lives being impacted and transformed by the Leprosy Ministry of Heaven’s Family.
"Why can't they donate these nice gifts to us, instead of wasting them on worthless people?" This was the complaint uttered by occupants of the Mugunga IDP (Internally Displaced People) Camp outside of Goma, DR Congo. The "worthless people" they referred to are leprosy-affected families living in the camp, who are forced to live in isolation, as well as abject poverty, within the camp.
There are miracles for which I've prayed on behalf of leprosy patients over the years that I have not yet witnessed: the restoration of an amputated limb or missing digits of a "clawed" hand, or the regrowth of healthy flesh that has been devoured.
To learn that leprosy is alive and thriving in DR Congo was not a surprise to me this year. So much sorrow and wickedness seem to flourish there, including civil unrest, corruption, rape and crime, that the prevalence of this dreaded disease appears to be just one more curse.
Every time we visit the leprosy colonies where the Heaven’s Family’s Leprosy Ministry is working, we see more and more tender expressions of what the generous contributions of many of you reading this are making possible. My husband, Bob, and I just returned last month from visiting several of these communities in the Hyderabad, India, area where we have been “sowing” Jesus’ love for the past seven years.