_The Shalom Leprosy Compassion Ministry is run by a group of volunteers that has been providing support to a leprosy rehab village in Yunnan since 2000. Through provision of medical, living and psychological assistance, the Compassion Ministry hopes to serve leprosy-inflicted patients who have been marginalized and forced into isolation due to their illness. The following is an update from a recent trip to a Leprosy Community in Luquan.
On November 12, a group of like-minded friends travelled from Kunming to Luquan Leprosy Rehabilitation Village under the leadership of Miss Liang Ping. We were moved to find a village that supplied rice, sesame oil, towel socks, drugs, and old clothing. I hoped that the people who were ill would enjoy our love.
At noon, the rehabilitation village was divided into a medical and life group. Miss Liang Ping led the medical team for rehabilitation, and gave patients check ups and treatment according to their ailments. Miss Liu led the life group and distributed the prepared love items. Dr. Li cooked at home and prepared dinner for all the patients and volunteers.
At 5:30pm we gathered at the table and were blessed by the dinner. Everyone in the village greeted one another and partook in the hearty dinner that God had provided. While eating, we sat next to a bonfire and enjoyed a carefully prepared program of volunteers singing and dancing. Although there was an improvised play that was slightly dull, the program was rich in love and received much applause.
We stayed in the rehabilitation village until evening time when the bonfire had to be extinguished. The residents of the village finally bid farewell, but we all knew that we were parting ways with an inextinguishable flame of love in our hearts. Because of compassion, our lives will continue to improve, and these patients will be able to experience joy in spite of their debilitating medical conditions.
Original article was written by Liang Ping, and edited by U.S. Intern Isabel Auyeung.
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