Abbey United Reformed Church, Romsey

Saturday, 01 May 2021 16:15


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It was good to welcome Chris Stratta from The Leprosy Mission to lead our service on 18 April and it certainly left us better informed about the work of this amazing charity.  Leprosy is a bacterial disease which can be cured for those in whom it is detected at earlier stages, whilst others in more affluent societies are not even susceptible to the disease as our immune system will resist the bacteria.   Yet still today there are many who are affected by the disease and subjected by outdated views to discrimination and even rejection.

Chris told the story of Zaina, a young mother of a three year old son who was banned from her village and her son taken away from her when she developed the early signs of Leprosy.  She was found by a worker from The Leprosy Mission, given the necessary medication to cure her of the disease, and allowed to return to her village after The Leprosy Mission had educated the villagers about the true facts of Leprosy.  She is now a leader in that village, passing on her experiences and helping to continue educating  others about the disease.  The difference that worker from The Leprosy Mission has made to Zaina can be summed up in her quote given in the short film we watched.  She said “I wish I could take my heart out and show you how happy I am”.

What a novel way to express how you feel about life and all that God has done for you.   

If you ever wonder about a birthday present for someone who has everything, why not visit The Leprosy Mission website and see their range of unusual gifts, including how you can help someone with Leprosy by paying for special shoes, schooling, tools or a host of other sponsor opportunities.


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