MercyHeart Leprosy Mission
“I tell you, whenever you did this for
one of the least important of these brothers of mine, you did it for me!”
It is impossible to look at the life and ministry of Jesus and ignore his heart for the most outcast of society. Surprisingly, lepers are as excluded from community today as they were during Jesus’ time.
Leprosy is a disease that robs people of their health, social networks and livelihoods. The devastating effects of this disease are especially hard-felt in India, which is home to roughly 70% of the world’s leprosy patients.
Leprosy is a chronic condition that affects the skin and nerves. Though curable in its early stages, it is often diagnosed too late for successful remedies. By this time, the disease has stripped its victims of their health and occupations, making it virtually impossible to obtain the expensive treatments that could ease their suffering.
The main scourge of leprosy is social discrimination. The disease stigmatizes individuals and families, making them virtual outcasts in their communities and society at large. Being rejected at every turn, leprosy patients often have no where to go. Commonly, they will join together with other lepers by moving into leprosy communities.
CFI follows Jesus example by caring for lepers and their families in very practical ways. Our main strategy is to adopt a leprosy village in order to take care of its needs; providing food, clothing, medical care, shelter, and other miscellaneous items such as umbrellas.
The children of lepers are the most unseen victims. Even when healthy, they are not welcome in any society. They are forced to leave their community which makes it difficult for them to finish school. Unfortunately, in order to survive, these precious children often enter a life of crime and prostitution. Our vision is to relocate these young children to another state in order to give them a better chance at life. This is the only way we can restore those children back into community. Please help us to build a permanent facility for these precious children and minister to this population through your tax-deductible donation.