February 2021, Vol. 18, No. 2
What Does Leprosy Look Like?
Bryn once begged on the streets, arousing sympathy as passersby gawked at her disfigured limbs, but now she lives in a small room in a leprosy colony. Over the years, Bryn’s disease ravaged her body, leaving stumps in place of hands and legs. Now 75 years old with failing eyesight, Bryn has spent many years with the monumental task of caring for herself. These difficult circumstances have left no room for self-pity, so Bryn scoots around the floor to do laundry and cook for herself.
Leprosy Patient Let's in Helping Hands
One day, Bryn met three GFA Sisters of Compassion serving in her leprosy colony. These women, dedicated to serving the poor and marginalized through prayer and practical help, are frequently found in slums and leprosy colonies. The young ladies told Bryn that Jesus is there to care for her. Could that really be true? Her own son and daughter-in-law did not care for her; why would this stranger named Jesus?
The Sisters continued talking with Bryn and asked how they could help her.
“I don’t want anything, but please fix the door of my room,” she told them.
Three Trustworthy Sisters Appear
Every Tuesday the three Sisters stopped by to visit Bryn. The old woman’s heart softened towards her new friends, and eventually she let them help her with daily chores and cook meals. It felt good to be taken care of after weary years of doing everything for herself.
The Sisters also shared with the Women’s Fellowship leader that Bryn needed a new front door. The church’s Women’s Fellowship group collected money, and their pastor went to Bryn’s home to install it.
New Door Opens to a New Life
The care and consistency of the Sisters showed Bryn the love she had been denied since her tragic diagnosis. Despite her disease and deformity, she was loved and loveable. Eventually, Bryn realized Jesus really did care for her and had shown His care by sending the three Sisters to love and help her.
Now, every Tuesday, Bryn’s new door opens wide to welcome her friends. As the Sisters in white merrily clean and cook, Bryn’s heart is filled with gratitude. She thanks God for the new friends who care for her, friends upon whom she can depend.