For Those Who Have Feet
A woman in the leper colony told us of their need for healthcare. The nearest hospital is far away and “is only accessible for those who have feet.” She also shared a desire for a “proper church”—they currently use a renovated barn. It wasn’t that they thought we could do anything about their needs directly, but she said that she gives this same message to all who come and ask that they tell others about their needs.
The chief of this humble group added a few other items to their wish list. He explained that they only survived the recent conflict because they had a boat and were able to escape to the other side of the Nile. Now that boat is gone and he worries what he can do to protect his people with no means of escape should another war occur. He also asked for a grinding mill so they could make some of their own food instead of relying on people from the nearby village to bring them their meals. The chief’s final wish was for leprosy medicine for their children so that they don’t suffer the same fate as the adults.
There are 12 adults and 9 children living in the leper colony. We shared a time of fellowship, singing and prayer during our brief visit.