It was about four years ago when Ernawati first began to think she might have leprosy. The disease was common in her country of Indonesia. But at just 28 years old, she was terrified of what her family and her neighbors would think if it was true. She went to the local clinic, and when the health worker saw the spots on Ernawati’s arm, he suggested that she see a doctor right away. Ernawati’s worst fears had come true. She had leprosy.
Ernawati was lucky. Because of your support, she got early treatment. Without it, she could have faced a lifetime of crippling disabilities. She would have been banished from her village and probably disowned by her family, as many leprosy victims are. When the white spots on her arm disappeared and she was cured, she felt confident enough to tell her family what had happened. “Gladly, my family could accept my condition,” Ernawati said, relieved. “Thank God, it was done.”
A few months later, the clinic where Ernawati went for help created a new self-care program for people with leprosy, and they invited her to attend the monthly activities. Even though she wasn’t disabled, Ernawati still wanted to take part in the group.
Ernawati continues to be active in the group, grateful for the opportunity to help others as she was helped. She feels truly blessed for that. And for something else. After having been widowed, Ernawati has met someone special and remarried. Today her life is a hymn of happiness, and it’s because of your support. “May God always give me good health,” Ernawati said, “so I can serve and help others.”
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“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)