We welcomed Dr Ruth Butlin from the Leprosy Mission and what an interesting and informative afternoon we had!

Leprosy is a highly contagious bacterial disease with 200,000 new cases every year that causes nerve damage, discolouration and lumps on the skin, and in severe cases, disfigurement and deformities. At present, multi drug therapy is the only cure and finding and curing people quickly is vital to preventing disability. 

Dr Ruth told us about the Leprosy Mission’s work high up on a hill at Anandaban in Nepal overlooking Kathmandu.  In a crumbling lab in danger of being closed down due to the damage sustained in the 2015 earthquakes, the team are making scientific breakthroughs that will, God willing, eventually see leprosy eradicated for good.

In the meantime, the research team desperately needs to develop an early diagnostic test so they can cure people as quickly as possible. To do this, they need to build a new world-class research centre in place of the old building and Dr Ruth and others like her are spreading the word and seeking support to create a place where medical miracles can happen.

Dr Ruth linked her talk with Psalm 18 v 16-33 and entitled her message, “The Lord who breaks through barriers!” It is God who arms us with strength.  With Him we can scale high and difficult terrain.  We need to fully rely on Him for deer-like sure-footedness, especially when the going looks difficult. Look to the Lord – He can make a way and can supply what is needed.  He can enable us to reach even greater heights!

Our offering together with a donation from the committee enabled us to bless Dr Ruth with a gift of £300 towards the rebuilding of the Anandaban Research Centre.

Please pray that God will grant wisdom and knowledge to researchers as they develop early diagnostic tests and that the Lord will guide the team as they work to find a cure.