Manpreet thought it was just a sting from a caterpillar, but the small, white spot on his body soon became like a boil. Although Manpreet took medicine, the spot spread all over his legs. When Manpreet couldn’t feel pain in his legs, a chilling question entered his mind: Did he have leprosy?
Diagnosed and Shunned
Manpreet’s fears were soon confirmed. The flesh in his legs began to decay, and although doctors said his leprosy was curable, he couldn’t afford the necessary treatment.
Upon hearing of the diagnosis, Manpreet’s children were frightened. Others then began looking down on him, scolding him harshly if he accidentally touched them.
As Manpreet faced a deteriorating body and painful social stigma, despair overwhelmed him. Then his grown children put the last nail in the coffin: They sent him away.
Deeply hurt by this rejection, Manpreet and his wife left their home for a small hut in a leprosy colony.
Hands of Healing and Acceptance
One day, four women came to the village with words of encouragement for Manpreet and the other leprosy victims.
“You still have hope,” they said, declaring that healing was possible.
These women were Gospel for Asia Sisters of Compassion, women missionaries specially trained and commissioned for hands-on ministry among the poor and neglected. They continued to visit the colony, and as the residents experienced the women’s love and acceptance, they began opening up to them. Hearing about the people’s sorrows, the women prayed for them and comforted them with God’s Word.
The Sisters of Compassion not only shared love and hope; they also brought medicine and dressed wounds. They regularly treated Manpreet’s wounds, and within two months, God healed him! Knowing this happened through the women’s prayers, Manpreet and his wife joyfully decided to follow Christ.
Through the sisters’ sacrificial love and concern, Manpreet and his wife have found healing—physically, emotionally and spiritually—and have even been able to share this good news with their children.
By supporting GFA missionaries, you are helping many more people to find new life and acceptance in the Body of Christ.