Joe Clendenny

The tender story of a man who lost his hands and feet to leprosy

The tender story of a man who lost his hands and feet to leprosy

Thankaraj cannot walk or speak. Leprosy stole his hands and feet, and he scoots on the floor to get around. He is from an area that we refer to as “The Hill Country,” an area that we visit monthly. We meet in a local YMCA and administer bandages, serve food, give...

February Good News Update

February Good News Update

Spring is coming, friends! It’s been a cold winter these last couple of weeks, and we hope that you and your loved ones have stayed safe during the storms. Thankfully, March is right around the corner, and we are excited to celebrate warmer weather! Meet Sathya:...

Here’s How You Can Help Fund Hope for Leprosy Patients

Here’s How You Can Help Fund Hope for Leprosy Patients

Amrutha's Story Amrutha is a 74-year-old sweet little elderly woman who lives in one of the leprosy colonies in the Salem district of Tamilnadu. She lost her eyesight and all her fingers and toes due to leprosy.  But long before leprosy attacked her, she was a...

Here’s how you can help

Here’s how you can help

This global pandemic has rocked the entire world. We may feel uncertain and worried.  But God isn't. God had a solution for this before we ever knew there was a problem! And we are seeing evidence of His faithfulness everyday as we help those in Southern Asia navigate...

Leprosy: What It Is, What It’s Not, and How You Can Help

Leprosy: What It Is, What It’s Not, and How You Can Help

Throughout the Bible, we meet people living with leprosy. At city gates, on the border of neighboring countries, in small towns, and along the roads of Jerusalem, men, women, and children lived with what was considered an unclean disease. A disease that made them...

Bringing Education Back into Reach – Lyappan’s Story

Bringing Education Back into Reach – Lyappan’s Story

Children related to people with leprosy tend to grow up in poverty and often don’t have access to quality education. While the initial focus of Embrace a Village was to help leprosy patients, Joe’s wife, Pat, helped us expand our vision. Pat recognized that many...

He said he could live days without food, but not this

He said he could live days without food, but not this

As we move into the new year, we would like to take a moment to reflect on a sweet testimony from our friend, Harikrishnan, or “Hari.”  Hari was ten years old when he noticed patches on his hands and legs. His parents thought it was a skin allergy from a worm or...

What Jayamari taught us about gratitude

What Jayamari taught us about gratitude

Today we would like to share a story about our sweet friend, Jayamari. Her heart is one of gratitude and stands out in a world of challenge and chaos.  When she was ten years old, Jayamari’s father and mother died. A couple of years later, she was diagnosed with...