Allister du Plessis, Regional Manager for The Leprosy Mission, has written:
'Our wonderful supporters continue to humble us with their sacrificial generosity for people affected by leprosy. 2020 has been an amazing financial year, allowing TLMEW to fulfil funding commitments for work overseas. You have helped to ensure no one affected by leprosy is forgotten during this crisis.
As the world went into lockdown back in April, we prayed together that God would build a mighty hedge of protection around every leprosy community, that Covid-19 would not enter in. Praise God that to date, Covid-19 has not entered any leprosy community! Sadly, we have seen field staff struck down by the virus, with six valued members of the worldwide team losing their life. Please do pray particularly for Anandaban Hospital in Nepal, where there are cases on the leprosy wards and amongst staff.
Christmas is coming and so are the carols……….
I am thrilled to pass on the exciting news of our Virtual Carol service, Thursday 10th December at 7.30. This year our annual Carol Services at Lichfield Cathedral and St. Giles in the Fields in London are unable to go ahead. But this doesn’t mean you will miss out! Our online Leprosy Mission Carol Service will be going out live on YouTube at 7.30pm on Thursday 10th December. Pam Rhodes is leading the service which includes an address from +Donald, Bishop of Peterborough, a film of Pam Rhodes meeting Lovely (a lady affected by leprosy in Bangladesh) and beautiful carols. Former Regional Manager Jarrett will also be singing in the choir.
If the date and time doesn’t work for you, don’t worry because you can download the link to watch at another time. We hope you enjoy it!'
Allister also gives advance notice that the campaign for World Leprosy Sunday 2021 will be towards ending leprosy in Mozambique – and the exciting news that the UK Government will match fund any donations that are made between January 24 and April 24!
I'll be in touch with supporters about this early in the New Year.