Shalom Leprosy Compassion Ministry: People with leprosy are sent to isolated villages where they are abandoned and forgotten by society. The Shalom Leprosy Compassion Ministry has a special place in its heart for these people and organizes groups of volunteers to travel to villages plagued with leprosy in order to provide medical, living, and psychological assistance. The Shalom Leprosy Compassion Ministry is located in Kunming, Yunnan.
I met Doctor Liang Ping in 2010 when we brought a group to visit village. I had heard her name from a lot of foreign friends. This time, I had the opportunity to meet her, a plain women with a backpack, holding medicine box on the shoulder and wearing a sunhat. I later knew, their services were done at the outdoor, so Liang Ping was wearing a sunhat to protect her eyes.
I was honored to be with volunteers of Shalom and participated serving ministry. I experienced their difficulties and love in serving the lepers. Their love, tolerance and giving were outstanding. In particular, Liang Ping who had been serving lepers for more than 10 years did a lot of jobs for treating and healing lepers as bring medicines and help to build water tanks and solar-powered bath by cooperation with TFish and volunteers. She also tried her best to help the patients’ children to go to school.
There are dozens of villages for lepers in Yunnan province. Liang Ping had visited a lot of them. She paid to travels, medicines and gifts for the lepers before she received support from TFish. She always keep the lepers’ needs in her mind. She brought 4 of lepers who were comparably young to hospital for the treatment and paid their medical fees. The government’s subsidies (200RMB/month) for the lepers were far from enough for their lives. 4 of them received government’s subsistence allowances who are above 70 years old. Apart from food, they need to take medicines. Life is hard for them.
Most of such villages are located in remote and isolated areas with poor communications. There’s no other villages around. Few people would help them. They had to do field work with disabled limbs. Their money is just used for purchasing rice and food oil. Now the lepers are getting older and they could not do field work as before.
Liang Ping and volunteers were touched deeply by these lepers. With a loving heart, they has been serving for years. The first person the lepers ask for help is Liang Ping. Last month, the water pipes were destroyed by villagers living nearby, so more than 10 households did not have water. They called Liang Ping and she took bus to the village. She asked villagers nearby to send water to the households and submitted application for building a water tank for the lepers which would solve their drinking-water problem.
It was only a few of all her services during her over 10 years of working for lepers. It is hard to imagine her persistence and devotions. She used up all her and her family’s money in medical insurance cards, for she brought many medicines to the villages. For most of the time, she used cash to buy medicines. Thank TFish for donating money for medical aids for the lepers which alleviated burden of Doctor Liang Ping.
I knew she did not ask for rewards. She gave up her weekends and subject to the time of volunteers for visiting. She accepts all people no matter they are rich or poor. She accepted lepers to stay in her home when they came to Kunming for seeing doctors. She even paid their travel fees. She had no complains. The villages are remote and rental for the car is expensive. She is helpless about it.
On the way to the villages, there were traffic accidents. The SUV was damaged in an traffic accident. The engine was broken on their way to Huoshan village. They had to sleep in the wild when vehicles were broken. These did not hinder her from visiting the lepers. We hope more people will participate in public welfare work, not only contribute your money and materials, but time. We pray someone would donate a vehicle to Doctor Liang which could help her a lot when she visits the villages, which can also help disabled lepers in the villages. We also pray more volunteers and organizations participate in and support the ministry of lepers’ care.
Original article written by Meili Wang (volunteer from Shalon), translated by Maggie Li, edited by Yanyan Zhang
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