Leprosy affects over 200,000 people in India. Harvest India’s Leprosy Outreach seeks to alleviate suffering through a variety of services including meals, shelter and clothing donations.
Leprosy. What comes to mind when you see this word? An ancient disease? Separation and scorn for those with this sickness? With all the marvelous advances in medicine, it couldn’t possibly be affecting people today, could it?
Friends, this month, we highlight the community served through Harvest India’s Mercy Ministries. Mercy is one of our four pillars of hope: mercy, education, orphan care, and sharing the gospel. Mercy focuses on providing love and care to the most destitute of those in our communities. This includes the elderly, those of poor health, and our friends who are simply suffering day to day.
In India, people suffering from leprosy are viewed as outcasts and are forced out of society to remote places to live an ostracized life. But Jesus didn't view the leper as an outcast and neither do we.