Will You Free Families From The Despair Of Leprosy?
With your help it will become a thing of the past for all generations.
Can you imagine a day when leprosy is no more? Families that were once torn apart are reunited. Parents embracing their children. Grandparents with tears rolling down their cheeks meeting their grandchildren for the first time. Leprosy no longer keeps them apart. In this new world leprosy no longer stops children going to school. Every person once affected by leprosy has a future. With your help that day can be closer than you might think.
To end leprosy for good, everyone needs to play their part. The dedicated doctors, the tireless researchers, people affected by leprosy and you. We are all one in Christ. All standing together. With your faithfulness and dedication, you can bring about this incredible new era.
We will not stop until the world is free of leprosy. Together we can see a world where every person affected by leprosy is cured and included. A world where everyone can choose their own future. You can be the one to make this a reality for generations to come. Please show your compassion by giving a gift of hope today.
Sudha Rani is 60 years old, a proud mother and grandmother whose face lights up the moment she is around her grandchildren. She delights in being able to take care of her family and spend time with them.
Around six years ago, Sudha Rani first noticed numb patches on parts of her body, one of the first signs of leprosy. Thankfully, she was diagnosed quickly and referred to the nearby Leprosy Mission hospital in Nilphamari, Bangladesh. There, Sudha Rani was given a mixture of antibiotics called Multidrug Therapy to cure her leprosy.
She was cured, but her fear remained. People across Bangladesh still believe leprosy is a curse. They are afraid of it. So afraid they stay away, walking on the other side of the road. If you have leprosy, you can lose your friends and even your family. You can understand her fear. Sudha Rani was terrified about losing the people she loved most.
“The word leprosy filled me with dread. I felt empty and I was scared about what would happen to me.”
Can you imagine Sudha Rani’s delight when she was welcomed by her family after they heard she was cured? In her own words,
“My family loves me. Their acceptance and understanding of leprosy have helped me to recover.”
If only this was the story for everyone affected by leprosy, what a beautiful world that would be.
But the fear doesn’t stop there.
Because she has leprosy, her family could become rejected and isolated from their community. Her children could lose their jobs or their homes; her grandchildren could be excluded from school and the chance of a brighter future
As a mother, father, or grandparent, you want the best for your family just like Sudha Rani does. You understand her heart when she says,
“I love my grandchildren, I think I am alive because of their love. They give me a reason to be here. I have suffered from this disease, but I do not want them to suffer like me.”
Do you share a special bond with a child? Sudha Rani and her grandson Arnab love each other dearly and often sit together, chatting about their hopes and dreams. Arnab has big dreams for his future. He told our team in Bangladesh,
“If I become a doctor, I can look after my grandmother, and I can treat other people too.”
Wouldn’t it be amazing if one day Arnab’s dream came true? I’m sure you share in that dream too. But there is still so much that needs to be done to make this dream become a reality.
Can you believe that for every patient who has been treated with Multidrug Therapy there are estimated to be 19 more who need to be found and cured? The fight is certainly not over yet.
One of the hardest roads to travel is going through pain without family and friends. You can stop loved ones from being separated because of leprosy. You can continue to provide education to villages, schools and businesses. Leprosy shouldn’t stop people going to school, to work or even to the local well.
Your gift could mean a world where every person affected by leprosy can be spotted at the earliest possible moment and treated immediately. A world where they can have first-class reconstructive surgery, cutting edge treatment for ulcers and counselling to improve self-esteem to stop leprosy from have a lasting effect on their body in any way. A world where prejudice and fear have been stopped and every person affected by leprosy has a future filled with hope.
Will you play your part in making this world a reality for future generations? Every gift is vital. Please give what you can today to help build a world where leprosy is no more.
One day it will be a reality. The last packet of Multidrug therapy given out. No more leprosy. You will have done it. You will have helped bring about a world free from leprosy. I don’t know about you, but I long for that world to become a reality.
Please prayerfully consider giving a vital gift today that will help to make leprosy a thing of the past for all generations.
My Gift To Help Families Like Sudha Rani’s