Like others, I have received emails from charities I support. Understandably, they are concerned about the inevitable fall in donations as a result of Covid19, but their emphasis is always on how we are all part of a worldwide family, we are not alone. How humbling - and uplifting – it is to know that prayers are being said for our health and welfare by those working on the front line in hospitals where patients with leprosy are being treated and cared for. Patients whose immune systems are already compromised because of leprosy, the disease that affects those living in extreme poverty. What chance will they have against Covid 19? Anandaban hospital in Nepal is currently converting a whole building into an isolation ward for COVID-19 patients, following a request from the Nepali government.
The Leprosy Mission National Director writes:
‘I'd like to share with you a special prayer from Dr Famkima Darlong of The Leprosy Mission India. We are privileged to be part of the incredible work currently taking place in that country, against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic.’
Four of us stayed in the home of Dr Fam and his wife, Dr Joydeepa, when we visited Purulia Leprosy Hospital a few years ago. They are a very prayerful couple who trust God for everything, in all circumstances. I hope you will be able to pick up the link to his prayer on YouTube and if you remember please include them and the work of The Leprosy Mission in your prayers.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.