The New Year is a great time to pause, think and pray about how we can best serve The Lord and people affected by leprosy and disability. Prayer, of course, is paramount. And you may already have something specific on your heart that you will do this year. But if not – you may consider these projects that will directly impact the lives of people affected by leprosy and disability in a practical way.
The Leprosy Mission logo goes back to the 1920s or early 30s. It was designed as a woodcut by an English woman artist, Mabel Royd. This woodcut design represented Jesus and the man with leprosy who knelt at Jesus’ feet asking to be healed – and Jesus healed him (see Mark 1:40-42). It deeply expressed the heart’s desire of The Leprosy Mission’s Founder, Wellesley Bailey, who wrote “I felt if ever there was a Christ-like work in this world it was to go among these poor sufferers and bring to them the consolation of the Gospel”.
Never have the words of The Leprosy Mission Prayer come so readily to my mind and lips… than on my recent visit to Nigeria.
What happens when you’re poor, have leprosy... and you’re a girl? Did you know, research shows that the impact and stigma of leprosy on a woman is much greater than for a man? Although the effects of leprosy affect both genders, women are much more likely to suffer disability and social discrimination...
Your Gifts of Love make a massive difference in the lives of people affected by leprosy. Gifts of Love allow you to support smaller parts of a project as well as other vital activities of that project. There are currently 22 different Gifts of Love that you can help fund, one of which is a Pair of Chickens. The dollar value listed for each gift is an estimation of how much this part of the project costs.
Navitas is a leading global education provider, helping thousands of students obtain an education. This year, Navitas has pledged to expand your project in Nepal by providing 150 scholarships every year for the next three years! It's an incredibly generous offer that will transform Nepal for generations. That's not an exaggeration. We all know education is incredibly important. And not only is education a fundamental human right, but the sustainable transformation of the world depends on it! The United Nations have adopted seventeen Sustainable Development Goals—the framework for development goals for 2015-2030—and education is one of them. They have distinguished this goal as essential to reaching the other sixteen. Providing scholarships is one of the recommended ways we can reach this goal together.