World Leprosy Day
World Leprosy Day is the major date in the leprosy calendar. Every year on the last Sunday in January (in some countries this is extended to cover the whole of the last week in January) the whole world has a chance to stop and consider those people who are affected by leprosy around the world.
It is an opportunity to celebrate the many stories of hope, transformation and restoration that have been achieved as The Leprosy Mission, and many other organisations, take steps towards achieving our ultimate goal of Defeating Leprosy and Transforming Lives.
It is also an opportunity to grapple with the scale of the problem that still exists around the world.
In Scotland we encourage churches across the country to hold their World Leprosy Sunday during a service that suits them any time between January and March. To help your church do so we produce a range or materials that vary year on year to meet the needs of churches who have used previous years packs and told us what they find particularly useful.
World Leprosy Sunday 2018
The focus of this year’s World Leprosy Sunday is to break the chains of leprosy in Africa, with a special focus on Angola.
People affected by leprosy in many parts of Angola still experience terrible discrimination because of their disease and they have very few places to turn for help. Our partners SOLE Angola and ARPAL are crucial to both tackling the disease itself, and the stigma and discrimination that results from it.
By holding its World Leprosy Sunday your church will be standing alongside those in need ensuring that help is available when it is needed.
We have produced a range of resources to help your church hold its World Leprosy Sunday.
To download these for free please complete the form below.
If you need any further help or materials, or would like to arrange for one of our team to join you and take part in you World Leprosy Sunday service please get in touch.
World Leprosy Day 2017 was focused on Rebuilding Nepal and we encouraged churches to remember Nepal on any Sunday between the end of January and the anniversary of the dreadful earthquake at the end of April.
Many churches downloaded our free materials and prayed and gave to help rebuild lives and communities still devastated by the earthquake.