Gospel for Asia missionaries are sharing the love of Christ with people who live in leper colonies in West Bengal, India.

Faram Aziz suffers from leprosy. He lives segregated from society in a leper colony in West Bengal, India. The leprosy, a chronic infectious disease that attacks the nervous system, had caused a large wound on Farim’s leg. But thanks to Gospel for Asia’s Compassion Services, Faram’s leg wound is now healed.

The Compassion Services ministry strives to meet the physical needs of the lepers and to fulfill their spiritual needs by introducing them to Jesus. Since last July, several missionaries have devoted themselves to ministering to people living in the leper colonies of West Bengal, India. Since that time, they have seen several leprosy patients choose to follow Christ.

One of the missionaries working with this effort is Anisur Roze, who was healed from leprosy after GFA missionaries prayed for him. He has committed his life to serve the Lord among leprosy patients.

Anisur joined the Gospel for Asia missionaries when they began visiting three government settlements for leprosy sufferers in West Bengal. Within a few months, the missionaries were conducting worship services in these colonies and a fourth colony in a nearby area.

In December, the missionaries distributed Christmas gifts of blankets and shawls to the people living in the leper colonies. Later that month, the missionaries conducted a communion service for the Christians in these colonies. Many of them had trouble holding the bread because the disease had attacked their hands, causing them to lose fingers. GFA missionary Dilip Rehman stepped in and helped the lepers by placing the communion bread straight into their mouths.

The missionaries who visit the leprosy patients take time to treat their wounds.

The missionaries are always on the lookout for ways to help the individuals living in these colonies. When they met Jaya Bagchi, they noticed that the disease made it difficult for him to walk. He was weak and very thin. The missionaries found a way to provide Jaya with some basic daily nutrition. They also prayed for him, and now, by God’s grace, he is able to walk.

GFA missionaries serving in this specialized ministry ask for prayer as they seek to meet the needs of the leprosy patients. Pray that the Lord would grant everyone involved in the ministry enough grace to continue serving this most unreached group.

The World Health Organization estimates that there are 150,000 new cases of leprosy in India each year. Read about GFA’s ministry to the people afflicted with this disease.

Read about another recent outreach to a leper colony in West Bengal, India.