Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Day 5 (Part 1) - Visit to Chengel Pattu leper colony

This morning six of us loaded up in a van and made the 1 1/2 hour trek to the Chengel Pattu Leper Colony. Every week the National Leprosy Relief & Rehabilitation Work offers a free medical clinic to those suffering with ulcers from the disease. Our team watched as dirty bandages were removed, ulcers cleaned out, and rewrapped in fresh gauze.

Interestingly enough there are government clinics that offer help to these patients, but they will not clean out their deep ulcers. They will not touch those wounds. That's what's so wonderful about this work.

As I reached out and laid my hand on one older woman's back, I wondered if anyone ever touched her. I found myself stroking her back, and praying God would comfort her. She was so grateful. I watched as she hobbled away on what was left of her feet.

It was an incredibly moving experience. I kept thinking about how Jesus reached out and touched lepers. I could feel His love for them today.

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