Christmas. That time of year when we traditionally celebrate the gift of God’s Son and his entry into the world. Jesus brought the Kingdom of God to all he met, especially to those who were cast out of society—neglected and vulnerable. Jesus reached out to people affected by leprosy. He healed them and called others to heal people affected by leprosy in His name. Thank you for healing people affected by leprosy and disability!
You can call others to heal people affected by leprosy too. Send a friend, a neighbour, a colleague, a family member an email this Christmas inviting them to give the gift of protective shoes to a person affected by leprosy. You can use the blue email/envelope icon below. Protective shoes mightn’t seem like a transformative gift. But to someone affected by leprosy, like Indra who features in the blog this month, they are a real life changer. Indra used to work barefoot in the field. He cried every night when he got home and saw his cut and damaged feet. When he lost sensation, he couldn’t feel the sharp pebbles underfoot. This can lead to ulcers, infection and permanent deformity. It can lead to amputation. With the right shoes, Indra could have prevented damage to his feet. In others like him, a simple pair of shoes can prevent amputation and disability.
When you give a friend, a neighbour, a colleague, or a family member an opportunity to give a pair of protective shoes, you’re helping someone obtain healing, dignity and hope this Christmas. We can’t match God’s gift this Christmas. But we can give a shoebox. You can provide an opportunity to express the love of God this Christmas.
Thank you for all of your support to people affected by leprosy this year. From everyone at The Leprosy Mission Australia, we wish you a very blessed Christmas to you and your family.