Southeast Asia Service
Local Gospel Service
Conduct medical health talks or physical examinations, in conjunction with Gospel service, co-operating with churches and other organizations.
China Leprosy Village Service
1. Wound Care
Medical personnel visit various village hamlets at designated times, dressing wounds and providing nursing services for the
villagers. Since leprosy recoverers have lost various degrees of sensitivity to pain and touch, they often suffer injuries
from bumping and hot objects. There are cuts all over their bodies. Sometimes these cuts are so deep that the bones are visible.
A group of enthusiastic medical personnel take time out of their holiday,
to visit these leprosy villages at designated times to help sterilize and cleanse wounds.
2. Sewing Workshop
This workshop serves those who suffer only minor degree of leprosy and
can move around. Most of them are women. They are taught how to sew.
With this skill, they make ‘patch quilts’, light-weight bags,
aprons, cosmetic bags, etc., which are then sold to the general
public. This provides an avenue for the leprosy recoverers to
increase their income as well as re-integrating into society and
increasing their confidence. We welcome both visitors and
3. Site Visits
Rejected and discriminated against by families and society as a whole,
leprosy recoverers are often unable to return home to resume a
normal life. As a result, they have to live in leprosy villages
for the rest of their lives. During holidays, volunteers, armed
with little presents, visit these villages. They perform for
and play games with the villagers, giving the leprosy recoverers
a little solicitude, happiness, encouragement, acceptance and
4. House of Love - ‘Ren Ai Zhi Jia’仁愛之家 in Lianjiang
Lianjiang is situated in the south of Guangdong Province, near Hainan Island,
with a population of approximately 130 people. Rejected by
both family and society, these people live in poverty.
Children of leprosy sufferers are also subject to
discrimination, being refused admission to schools. In 2002,
these children finally received permission to attend a local
school. So, we decided to rent a house nearby as a student
centre for the children.
This three-storey building, known as House of Love, houses twelve children; a former leprosy sufferer working as
a cook; and a female warden who visits from Hong Kong for a week
every other week. These children can finally live in a more
suitable environment. They are well-behaved and filled with
hope. We hope that our little bit of solicitude will help mould
them into useful members of society in the future.
Why did we develop the leprosy rehabilitation service?
As a result of the deep-rooted misunderstanding and discrimination, leprosy
recoverers usually live in remote areas, ostracized from
society. Due to their old age and disease-related mutilations,
they are unable to earn a living, becoming a de facto “needy”
group. They were rejected in the past. We hope that a little
more solicitude and assistance will give them a little bit of
dignity and warmth.
What is leprosy?
Is leprosy curable?
- Leprosy is a chronic infectious disease caused by
Mycobacterium leprae. Mycobacterium leprae was discovered by a
Norwegian academic, Dr. G.A. Hansen in 1873. Dr. Hansen’s
discovery negated the erroneous belief that leprosy was a
hereditary disease, contributing to the giant leap in the
treatment of leprosy. Leprosy is a curable disease.
- Leprosy mainly affects the skin, the peripheral
nerves, mucosa of the upper respiratory tract and the eyes.
Left untreated, leprosy can lead to permanent damage to the
nerves, skin, limbs and eyes.
- Leprosy is curable, by using multi-drug therapy (MDT) for a period of 6 to 24 months.
- Even for those with severe leprosy, using MDT for a few days or a few weeks can eliminate its infectiousness.
- Early detection and treatment can prevent deformity. Unfortunately, there remain many people in the world
who are afraid of leprosy. They discriminate against leprosy
sufferers, preventing the latter from seeking early treatment or
from re-integrating into society.
Southeast Asia Service
- Provide free medical service for those living in the mountainous regions.
- Myanmar – working with the Chinese Baptist church in Myanmar.
- East Kampuchea – working with the Free Methodist Church of Hong Kong.
Caring & Sponsorship|
- Providing tuition and living expenses for missionaries, seminary students and primary and secondary students living in backward countries.
- Providing support and solicitude for local churches and organizations, such as seminary schools, orphanages, etc.
|Local Gospel Service|
Since July 1999, we have employed a full-time employee who makes
regular home visits, sharing the Gospel. This work will expand
with a corresponding increase in the number of such workers.
Through our bi-monthly newsletters, we share the latest news on
our various workshops with our members.