When she went up to a nearby home, a lady named Sabitha answered Leora's plea for food. Sabitha, a relative of a local GFA-supported pastor, noticed Leora's leprous condition, but instead of following the example of Leora's husband and rejecting her, Sabitha extended love.
"Jesus loves you," Sabitha said as she provided Leora with a meal.
Jesus. Leora had heard that name before. During her stay at the hospital, she had heard about the One called Jesus. He had healed leprosy patients. It was then that a tiny seed of hope was planted in her heart. Now, as Leora heard His name once again, that tiny seed began to take root.
Jesus. Leora had heard that name before.
Leora opened up about her life's struggles and pain to Sabitha's trustworthy and listening ears. Sabitha, in turn, shared the love of Jesus and encouraged her to go to church. She gave Leora directions to a church led by a GFA-supported pastor where she could attend that Sunday.
Church Welcomes Leora
Without hesitation, Leora went to church with a few of her friends. There in the church building, Leora felt a fresh sense of peace and joy come into her heart—she was finally meeting with the One she had heard about. Everyone welcomed her so warmly; they seemed to take little notice of her deformed body. What she experienced was the joy of acceptance and belonging thousands of leprosy patients are receiving through GFA's leprosy ministry as God's children pour out love, despite the stigma of the disease.