The main goal of our leprosy ministry is to share the love of Jesus and the hope of the Good News with the victims of this disfiguring disease.
We also seek to help them with the many needs and challenges they face in their personal lives, with their families and in the colonies where they now reside.
Leprosy is still a greatly feared disease across Asia because of the disfigurement it can cause, the social stigma it carries, and because it can be transmitted through close contact with a patient.
However, leprosy can be totally cured without permanent damage if medical help is sought immediately. Unfortunately, in remote places and among the poor, diagnosis and treatment often come too late. The cured who have no visible deformity will be able to integrate back into society. All others, sadly, will have to live in leprosy colonies—alone or with their families—for the rest of their lives.
What is Gospel for Asia doing to help?
Today, GFA-supported national missionaries and students are involved in sharing the love of Christ and Sunday school ministry among leprosy patients. They also do social and relief work such as food distribution, medical aid, health and hygiene awareness programs, adult education and tutoring centers for children.
"Nobody cares for me," Chandrarupa said, "but these sisters are touching me and feeding me which nobody would do."
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Hear Ashley explain about the love shared at a leprosy colony in South Asia:
The Lord has blessed tremendously
The Lord has blessed tremendously. In many of the colonies, fellowship groups of new believers have sprung up, and some of these have already become churches. The believers of one church recently had the joy of sending the first young man from their colony to one of our Bible colleges to prepare for full-time ministry.
Without Christ, leprosy patients have no hope for this life or for eternity. Jesus always reached out to the poor and rejected, inviting them to become children of God. Let us follow in the footsteps of our King.