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COVID-19 update

08 Nov 2020 | Author: The Leprosy Mission Australia

UPDATE 9TH NOVEMBER

For safety measures, The Leprosy Mission Shop at 37-39 Ellingworth Parade Box Hill, VIC will remain closed until the end of December. You can still shop online at shop.leprosymission.org.au or via phone (1800 LEPROSY) and mail order.

The Leprosy Mission office will be closed from 29th December to 4th January. If you wish to place an order or make a donation over the phone, please do so before 29th December. Thank you for helping change lives!

Delivery will take a bit longer this year due to the impact of COVID-19 on Australian Post service. Please see below the dates for guaranteed Christmas delivery:

Domestic destinations

  • Australia Post domestic parcel post –  Saturday 12 December
  • Australia Post domestic express post – Saturday 19 December

International destinations

  • USA, Canada, UK, Europe – Monday 16 November
  • Most of Asia – Monday 23 November
  • New Zealand – Friday 27 November

UPDATE 14TH JULY

God bless and thank you for your compassionate hearts. We hope you are staying safe during this pandemic. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. (In particular our hearts go out to our locked-down Leprosy Mission supporters in Melbourne.)

COVID-19 (coronavirus) is still having a significant impact on the lives of Australians and across the world. It is an increasingly challenging time with the escalating response required to contain its spread.

The Leprosy Mission will continue to operate and accept donations and shopping orders during stage 4 restrictions in line with government restrictions – but some services may be impacted or delayed during this time. 

The Leprosy Mission Australia is doing everything we can to minimise any disruption to you and your support for people affected by leprosy overseas, while ensuring that our staff, volunteers, prayer partners and the Australian community are protected in relation to the spread of COVID-19.

Donations and shopping orders will still be processed, however, some of our services may be impacted. At the same time, we have asked our volunteers, suppliers and shoppers to please not visit the office or onsite shop until further notice. We will review the situation on an ongoing basis and update you accordingly.

Online Shopping and Donations

The Leprosy Mission Shop will continue to operate and accept orders (However, as mentioned above, the shop in Box Hill VIC will be closed while restrictions are in place.

You can still place your order on our online shop or via phone (1800 LEPROSY) and mail order. But please understand their may be some delays in delivery.

All upcoming Gift Catalogues are still on schedule. Contact us for your copy of the latest catalogue today or jump online and shop direct!

Thank you for shopping to stop leprosy!

We may also be subject to supplier delays, stock shortages and Australia Post delivery terms and conditions out of our control, particularly if sending your items overseas. To date, there’s no change with the latest lockdown restrictions but the temporary changes that they have imposed are still in place, including the temporary suspension of the Express Post guarantee. More details can be found here.

The full terms and conditions of shopping with The Leprosy Mission Australia can be found online.

Contact Details for Phone Orders, Donations and Resource Requests

The office can still be contacted by web, email or phone. If you have the direct line number for a particular staff member, you may be able to contact them directly.  Otherwise, please call TOLLFREE across Australia 1800 537 767 or (03) 9890 0577 and our staff will attend to or return your call.  Any emails will be answered as normal. Email or via the website is the best way to communicate with us during this time.
NB: For your protection, please do not include bank or credit card details in email – please use our secure website or provide your details over the phone or via mail.

We will also be posting regular updates and helpful resources on our website.

Incoming and Outgoing Mail

We still plan to open mail and process your requests during this period. However, in this environment we may not be able to process them as soon as we would like.

Please note this may also delay any request or response you have for our resources.

If you are a subscriber to our monthly KIT prayer newsletter this will still be delivered to your mailbox or inbox monthly. But groups and churches delivery has been capped in accordance with government restrictions. And is always available online here.

If you are a subscriber to ACTION magazine this will still be delivered to your mailbox or inbox in September. But groups and churches delivery has been capped in accordance with government restrictions. And is always available online here.


NB: Restrictions apply to groups, in accordance with government gathering restrictions. If you require further resources sent to your group or church members — please email engage@leprosymission.org.au or FREECALL 1800 537 767.

Donations

I know this is a time of uncertainty for us all. The truth is, we had important work planned before any of us knew the extent of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and that work must continue. And people affected by leprosy and disability are often some of the most vulnerable to coronavirus and its effects. In countries such as India, COVID-19 is accelerating at a rapid pace with more than 870,000 confirmed cases (with tens of thousands of new cases every day) and this is putting a strain on Leprosy Mission hospitals and resources.

As followers of Jesus Christ, we should follow His example and reach out to people affected by leprosy who are in great need.

As always, we are thankful for your gifts. People affected by leprosy and disability certainly know what it is like to desperately need a cure, receive early detection and proper treatment.  They also know what it is like to experience isolation and stigma, sometimes for years. Some, now more than ever before! Whatever you can give, you are still a vital part of this ministry.

Gifts of $10 or more can be made with a credit card here.

Alternatively, you can transfer to our bank account:

Account Name: The Leprosy Mission Australia
ANZ Bank BSB: 013225
Account No: 297114729
Your reference: [your surname and donor number] 21DCV

Eg. SMITH 0123456 21DCV

After making your transfer, please email hello@leprosymission.org.au with the following information: name, date of deposit, amount deposited, and your reference. So we can provide you with a tax deductible receipt.

(Gifts $2 or more are tax deductible)

Prayer Resources & Opportunities for you

If you are having any feelings of isolation or fear, or experiencing any hardship, please know our thoughts and prayers are with you. If you would like us to pray with/for you please let us know. There are many ways to support people affected by leprosy for you to consider. We are happy to discuss these with you any time.

May we encourage each other to turn to God and His Word for hope and comfort in these challenging times. We’ve prepared some further resources and have an upcoming opportunity for you to connect:

A Reflection

The Power of Prayerful Persistence: Hannah, The Canaanite woman’s and the persistent widow. How do these stories encourage you in your persistence? Read the latest devotion from Tim Collison (The Leprosy Mission Engagement Manager) on the power of prayerful resistance in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A Prayer

Father, it seems to just go on and on. I am weary. I know others are too. There are millions suffering. Help them Lord. Help me. Give me persistence in prayer. Encourage my faith. Build up the faith of Christians around the world. Give hope to those with leprosy during these times. Amen.

An Invitation

The last weekend in August is The Leprosy Mission Australia’s National Prayer Weekend. Why not join supporters around Australia in a 30-minute Zoom prayer meeting for people affected by leprosy? Saturday 29th August at 9:30am EST https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89330389835 Password: Prayer

If you have any questions or would like to contact us, please email us at hello@leprosymission.org.au

Let’s take hold of the hope we have in Christ Jesus, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7)

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