Jesus reached out to the “untouchables” of his day – the people with leprosy that were shunned and outcast from society. His compassion to heal lives on through Christian brothers and sisters today.
And a leper came to Jesus, beseeching Him and falling on his knees before Him, and saying, “If You are willing, You can make me clean.” Moved with compassion, Jesus stretched out His hand and touched him, and said to him, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Mark 1:40-41
The summer missions teams visited the Narsapur Christian Hospital and Bethesda Leprosy Hospital to gain a broader sense of healthcare in India. The mission hospital provides inpatient and outpatient care to the community, and the leprosy hospital provides care to individuals with leprosy and HIV/AIDS. Our hearts were moved when we visited the classrooms and hostel on campus. These children with AIDS and leprosy live on campus so they can receive regular treatment. When they sang joyfully about praising the Lord, it brought tears to our eyes. Members of their nursing staff were former patients/students who felt called to return and serve. The team was touched by the dedication of the staff and leadership of this organization, which has been providing care for 100 years.
The Simpson and APU team also visited “Sisters of the Destitute,” a local care home for older adults. The Simpson nursing team provided an additional medical camp, and APU team and some Riverside students provided music and interacted with the men and women residents. Although this medical camp was not planned in advance, the team provided blood pressure checks, wound care, and distributed vitamins and supplements.