I first saw the work of the Leprosy Mission during a ‘Trek for Treatment’ in Nepal in 2008. The grandeur of the Himalayas and the lovely Nepali people contrasted with the ravages of the complications of Leprosy.
I was appalled at the social exclusion, greater poverty, blindness and other deformities – all which could be prevented!
2009 saw me back working for 3 months at Anandaban Hospital in Nepal and I have been back almost every year since.
A train trek across India in 2011 and visits to Thailand and Timor Leste have given further opportunities to learn and see first hand the very real and positive outcomes of the programs there.
I continue to be amazed at the dedication of The Leprosy Mission staff, who do the hands-on caring. It is also exciting to witness the growing capacity in research and treatment skills within The Leprosy Mission, and to see the impact of the empowerment of the members of Self-Help groups.
I am inspired by the leprosy-affected people themselves who often respond to their difficulties with tenacity and endeavour, once a helping hand and love is given. To be alone and helpless is the cruelty of untreated leprosy and this is what we can change through prayer, and monetary and personal support.
Pray for these to increase in abundance.
All praise to God who is restoring people affected by leprosy to their families and communities.
Praise also for those who have lives truly transformed by coming to know and trust Jesus, The Author and Giver of Life.
I am passionate to share the things I have learned and seen. Education about leprosy and the work of The Leprosy Mission is vital to give other Australians the opportunity to be involved in this exciting and innovative work.
I encourage others to get involved in sharing the good news and how others can be a part of “defeating leprosy and transforming lives.”
Please pray for more public awareness and for more advocates to rise up across the nation.
It is a blessing and privilege to be part of The Leprosy Mission Australia.
(By Sally Martin, National & State (NSW) Council Member)
Sally will be attending The Leprosy Mission Australia’s Annual Country Learning and Annual Conference in Melbourne from 12-14 October 2018. We hope to see you there!
For details please call: 1800 537 767 Please pray for a successful time of learning and encouragement.