Just imagine for a moment … imagine that you have leprosy, you live homeless on the street in India, and have to beg for your food, or search for scraps in the cast-off garbage. Except that lately, your eyesight has been fading. Now, you can’t see clearly enough to pick the dirt, insects, and spoilage from the meager meals you manage to find; you just have to eat and hope for the best. Now, when you hear the usual rude remarks, you can’t even see who it is who is cursing you as an untouchable. Shocking to imagine? This is daily life for multitudes of older leprosy victims in India.
Some of the most debilitating effects of leprosy are to the eyes of its victims. The disease attacks the vision in various ways. Many older people with leprosy develop cataracts, which is a leading cause of blindness among leprosy victims. Leprosy and blindness often seem to go hand-in-hand, vastly increasing the suffering of the victim, who is already dealing with a life of devastating disability and social stigma.
While most of the effects of advanced leprosy are beyond medical reversal, there is hope for better vision for many victims with cataracts through a relatively routine eye surgery. Sadly, most leprosy sufferers in India either can’t afford or don’t know how to obtain treatment, and so their vision, like their other senses, gradually fades, and darkness envelops their lives.
Jesus cleansed the lepers and opened the eyes of the blind. He cares deeply for the suffering of India’s most untouchable “untouchables”. Through His grace, Independent Church In India is excited to present an opportunity for leprosy victims in our area to have cataract surgery at a reasonable cost. Eye Hospital a city in our area, has offered to make surgery available to our Leprosy Friends who have cataracts for only $75 per patient! Many leprosy friends can have better vision simply through glasses, which Eye Hospital will provide for only $30. This is possible through the hospital’s charitable program, which is available now.
Please prayerfully consider helping a leprosy victim to better vision. Your love gift can make a tremendous difference in the quality of a desperately needy leprosy friend’s life.
To help a person with leprosy to have cataract surgery or an eye exam please donate here