Leprosy Mission Report

Our church has continued to support this charity, which does so much for those marginalised because they have Leprosy or a member of their family does.

Each year in January, we hold a service in this church to raise awareness of the work of The Leprosy Mission (TLM).  How it is a lifeline for so many people who are affected by Leprosy. Either because they have the illness or where it affects their ability to work. People are still shunned if they have Leprosy, jobs, marriage and living in open communities is affected.

We raise funds at this service through the envelope system. In 2014/15 we collected £231.92.

This year funds were being raised to support the people of Nepal who are still suffering from the devastating effect of the earthquake in 2015. Those who were present at the service may remember the scenes of devastation that was shown.  Also, Krishna’s story, where we heard of the loss of his wife and home, and due to his disability and having lost the little that he had, he had lost hope of how to care for himself and his two young sons.

Thanks to the Leprosy Mission and through us he is given HOPE.

TLM is also a supported charity through the Coffee Stop funds; last July a cheque was sent for £180.

We also use collecting boxes and raised £15.77 through this means, my thanks to those who made this possible.  If you would like a box to put some loose change in over the year, please see me.  Remembering that all gifts are welcome and can be used for this worthwhile cause.

A recap of what Leprosy is:

Leprosy is a mildly infectious disease associated with poverty. It is easily cured.
Leprosy starts by damaging the small nerves on the skin’s surface resulting in a loss of sensation.
Without the gift of pain, everyday activities are fraught with danger. Unnoticed burns and ulcers can lead to permanent disability. Due to the inability to detect grit in the eye, blindness is a common consequence of leprosy.

Please pray for The Leprosy Mission and its’ vision, its’ volunteers, those who give so generously of time and money, those affected by Leprosy, leaders in countries who can do so much to change the stigma related to Leprosy, for ourselves that we can try to make a difference. We pray that in time to come Leprosy will be eradicated through God’s grace.

Many thanks for your continued support and prayers.

Janet Wilson