By Steven Meredith, The Leprosy Mission Australia Board Chair
We are pleased to welcome Andrew Newmarch as your new International Programs Manager at The Leprosy Mission Australia.
By Sheldon Rankin, CEO
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 remember watching Samana’s story play across the big screens in my church and being moved. Not just at the sheer tragedy of her mother’s death because of a curable disease. But also at the hope in Samana and her family’s perseverance in the face of Samana herself developing leprosy. Samana’s story was one of the motivating factors in my decision to apply for a role at The Leprosy Mission Australia. I’ve now been in this role for a year and a photo of Samana and her father Shivaram sits on my desk, reminding me of the vision of The Leprosy Mission: Defeating Leprosy and Transforming Lives.
“If Jesus was here today, He would say to a person with leprosy, ‘I'm always there for you, and don't be afraid because there is hope and there is a future.’” – Maria Bast, Leprosy Mission supporter