This Lent, St John’s will be supporting The Leprosy Mission’s UNCONDITIONAL Appeal, which seeks to create village ‘Hubs of Hope’, with a particular focus on Mozambique. These community hubs are places where people affected by leprosy are welcomed unconditionally, and they provide centres from which to lead the fight against leprosy, challenge the social stigma of the disease and promote inclusion. They also offer facilities for the local community, such as information for farmers and support for small businesses.
More generally, TLM’s work includes diagnosing and treating leprosy, caring for disabled people, and undertaking pioneering research. ‘Leprosy Changemakers’ are trained and provided with bicycles, so that they can reach neighbouring villages; and community health camps are set up to teach about leprosy through traditional songs, dance and drama. Already there has been great progress in combating this very treatable disease and changing attitudes towards sufferers, but there is much still to be done.
St John’s has supported The Leprosy Mission for many years, and we are delighted that Sally Carter-Esdale of TLM will be speaking at our 10am service on Sunday 28 February to update us on TLM’s work.
If you would like to support the work of TLM this Lent, you can donate online or you can take cash or a cheque to church, or drop it off to Mark or Tony Hardy.
The good news is that all donations received by TLM before 24 April will be matched by the UK Government, so your gift will be worth twice as much.
DONATE ONLINE HERE.