My words here barely convey what I have witnessed here today from the ongoing work of the Missionary Oblates and Fr. Lazerous. To help share my experience I have posted many photos for now and will add videos later to this page.
Before the Oblates built this housing, people with leprosy had nowhere to go but the local hospital for a place to stay. This put the hospital in a difficult situation because there was no cure. When the Oblates built this special housing, it provided a lasting solution to for the hospital and local community. Today, leprosy has almost been eradicated and those afflicted with it are typically elderly. The Missionary Oblates care for them with love, respect and friendship! Here you can truly see God’s love in action.
Earlier in the day I danced with one lady with leprosy at church. At the end of mass, a lady named Gladys, who had lost both of her legs, crawled from the front pew all the way back down the aisle our of church and out the door. She attended mass with a huge smile on her face through the whole service!
In the above picture, you see Fr. Lazerous and Gladys visiting. She has a husband at the colony. I met their son there too, who is not afflicted.
In the picture above, Fr. Lazerous visits with the husband of Gladys at the leper colony.
Fr. Lazerous visits the inhabitants of the Oblates leper colony on a regular basis. Today we met about 8 people and had a wonderful visit with them.
Weaving baskets is how many people in the leper colonies have made made money. One lady was making this basket when we stopped by to visit.
These last 3 pictures show me and the lady I danced with at mass early this day. I was standing about 6 feet from her in church and she started dancing (which honestly is hard NOT to do). Then she motioned me to come out on the floor with her and we danced in front of the children’s section and they loved it! Later in the day Fr. Lazerous, Billy Fuller and I visited her home and here we go again!