What inspired us to help those suffering from leprosy?
In 1997 Brother Jacob (the founder of the charity) met a leper women sitting by the side of the road. Everyone just passed by her. But, not Brother Jacob. He stopped and spent some time talking with her. She broke down into tears and told him her story. She told him about the pain in her heart and about the people in her leper colony. She asked Jacob to come and visit the lepers in the leper colony. Brother Jacob went and saw the broken lives. He knew that they needed to see the love of Jesus in action.
I will never forget what happened one day as I visited a particular leper colony. One of the men, who was suffering from leprosy, had a son. The man was very ill. In fact, he was dying. He called me close to him and took his son’s hand and put it in my hand. He said, “Pastor Jacob! Will you promise me to take care of my son? If you say yes, I will die in peace.” I have never forgotten those words. A few days later the man died. As I had promised, I took his son into our Grace Home.
As a result of that, we started a home for the children of lepers. For these children, we provide food, clothing, education, and shelter. Most importantly, we prepare them for a better future.