July 1, 2022

We teamed up with the Ministry of Health, and here’s what happened

India Ministry of Health and Embrace A Village Unite Last week, the Ministry of Health invited everyone suffering from leprosy to come to our hospice center to see if they…
June 30, 2022

Bring hope to the next Sarasu

Our team is working hard to bring healing and hope to the leprosy colonies where we serve. Here’s how you can help. When I think about Sarasu and how far…
June 2, 2022

He left his village 45 years ago…Here’s what he’s doing now!

God is using Prakasam in mighty ways to minster to villages all over Tamilnadu. Pillars in the Leprosy Community Prakasam and Saroja are leaders of the Leprosy Association in Tamilnadu,…
May 26, 2022

We are hoping to expand our reach very soon!

Your generosity has fueled our expansion efforts - Thank you! Can you imagine not knowing where your next meal will come from? Or wonder where you’ll find the money for…
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May 25, 2022

Introducing our new guidance counseling service!

We have some exciting news about our Little Lights Program! We’ve launched a career and guidance counseling service for all of our 10th-12th grade students. We recently sat down with…
May 12, 2022

Villagers said her husband died because of her disease

Her one dream was to live somewhere she was accepted. When she was 26 years old, Lyamma contracted leprosy and was sent to a government hospital for treatment. It broke…
April 27, 2022

19,000 hospice meals provided this year so far!

Easter morning, our hospice buzzed with excitement and hope as they worshiped Jesus the King! Patients relate with the Resurrection on a deep level Easter morning at our base buzzes…
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April 19, 2022

Breaking the cycle of poverty through education

Parents dream of a brighter future for their kids, here’s one way we help. His Parent’s Dream of a Bright Future for Kavin  Kavin lives with his family in the…
April 13, 2022

One man’s story of breaking the cycle of poverty and finding healing

Brought to us with days left to live Ramaswami arrived from a government hospital with little hope of survival. With much care and prayer, we helped him recover. Ramaswami spent…
April 7, 2022

This is how shoes combat leprosy

Our friends at Hand of Hope generously provided a way for us to purchase the medical van you see in the pictures below. Because we can travel to villages near…
March 31, 2022

March Good News Update

Hema loves college Sasi Kumar and his wife, who live at our rehab center in Coimbatore, visited Hema. This day coincided when many parents visited the school, and Hema was…
March 16, 2022

Bring hope to the next Abraham

As a young man, Abraham worked alongside his father selling fish. Sadly, life changed drastically when he discovered white patches on his skin as a young man, Abraham worked alongside…
March 3, 2022

Real Change is Happening

492,840 That’s the number of meals served since Embrace a Village first started!  That’s largely due to people like you who saw the need, shared your resources, and helped an…
February 16, 2022

From living on the streets to be provided for – one story that humbles us deeply

God sees the needs long before we do! Krishnaveni is a sweet woman who lives alone in one of the leprosy colonies in Chennai. Leprosy has impacted her since she…
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January 30, 2022

Giving kids the opportunity to dream big!

Kids have the opportunity to dream big!  Leprosy affects the entire family and it’s no surprise that the children’s prospects for the future suffer. Without a good education, they often…
December 30, 2021

We are full of faith for 2022!

BIG DREAMS FOR THE FUTURE This year marks 19 years since Joe first encountered the devastating effects that leprosy has on people's lives in India, and God called him to…
December 28, 2021

How broken hearts led to helping 4000+ people a month!

One Trip that Changed Everything For Joe, the birth of Embrace a Village started on a mission trip in 2002. He visited different parts of the world but was intensely…
December 22, 2021

Wishing you a Merry Christmas!

Embrace a Village wishes you a Merry Christmas! The holiday season always reminds us of the hope and life we find in Jesus and our calling to share his name…
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December 15, 2021

How your support of EAV changed a young girl’s life.

Your giving sparks hope in India! Through your prayers and support, so many people now have genuine Hope in a purpose-driven life! One story that has touched our hearts deeply…
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December 11, 2021

Here’s how the new medical van is changing lives in remote villages

Decades ago, there was a happily married father of two who farmed his land and led a full life. Yet, when we met him, he was a 60-year-old living alone…
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December 3, 2021

EAV projects are taking off!

Tis the season to EMBRACE love and hope Embrace a Village exists to advocate for people society has shunned and ignored. Being entrusted with God’s abundant provision is an honor…
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December 1, 2021

Little Lights Program

When families are rejected from society, it’s no surprise that a child’s education and prospects for the future suffer. Without a good education, they often continue living in the colonies…
December 1, 2021

Shoe & Medical Van

Patients living in remote villages often endure long commutes to access primary health care. It’s exhausting, and overwhelming, so many avoid seeking treatment altogether. That’s why we are so excited…
December 1, 2021

Hospice Facility

Our hospice center provides care for the older generation of patients as many do not have family or have been shunned by their relatives. Once left to feel hopeless and…
December 1, 2021

Rehabilitation Center

The rehab center is a thriving place that creates hope for those who previously have lost so much in life. Not only does the rehab center house our goat, chicken,…
December 1, 2021

Tilapia Fish Farm Microenterprise

The Tilapia Project supports our rehab center so we can provide balanced meals to our patients. Any fish that we have in abundance can then be sold or traded in…
December 1, 2021

Chicken Microenterprise

At our chicken farm, our patients help tend the chickens that lay the eggs that feed our hospice patients, rehabilitation patients, and staff and their families. This gives our patients…
December 1, 2021

Turkey Microenterprise

We utilize every inch of our two-acre rehabilitation center! Patients at the EAV rehab center have the opportunity to raise and care for our Turkey Microenterprise. The turkeys provide food…
December 1, 2021

Goats Microenterprise

Over the last two years, we have raised over 150 goats and they have supported the ministry through providing meat for the rehab center and being sold for funds in…
November 30, 2021

From poverty, medical aid, to social enterprise!

This #GivingTuesday take 30 seconds to protect lives impacted by leprosy. You can be part of the solution to help men, women, and children ostracized by society feel loved, known,…
November 23, 2021

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Embrace a Village

From our family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving! Here’s a short video from our friends at the Embrace a Village hospice and rehabilitation center thanking you for your generosity! https://vimeo.com/490082960 We…
November 19, 2021

Joe’s highly anticipated trip to India

After nearly two years, Joe finally made it to India! And the pictures are worth a thousand words. Joe and the staff coordinated his visit as a surprise for the…
October 29, 2021

He was alone, but now knows his family in Christ!

It is an honor to share stories from the men, women, and children we get to serve. Today we introduce you to Balu. Balu, now a 45-year-old man living in…
October 7, 2021

Feeding little hearts and minds

Today we get to share about a family grappling with the pandemic financial ramifications and how your support has allowed us to serve Dhanush in our Little Lights Program! Dhanush…
September 23, 2021

God’s faithfulness is rewriting Hema’s Story

You may remember the heart-wrenching story that we shared a few months ago about Hema. She and her older sister attended our Little Lights After School Tutoring Program when they…
September 1, 2021

August 2021 Newsletter – updates on the medical van and house churches!

Medical Van Is Paving the Way for the Gospel Patients living in remote villages often endure long commutes to access primary health care. It’s exhausting, and a bit overwhelming, so…
August 24, 2021

50 years with leprosy – still joy-filled and hope-focused

50 years with a disease that tried to steal her joy, yet she chose hope every time.  We love sharing stories of the men and women whose lives are transformed through…
August 17, 2021

40 House Churches and Counting

40 House Churches and Growing One of our main focuses is bringing spiritual transformation to those impacted by leprosy. We started Sunday school for kids, Gospel meetings and worship nights…
August 4, 2021

How the pandemic is impacting education in the colonies

Schooling Opportunities During the Pandemic Dharun Raj is a quiet little boy in third grade who loves watching movies. He lives with his mom and dad, big brother, and little…
July 27, 2021

July Good News Update

Celebrating a decade of service Manoharan contracted leprosy at age 33 as a married man and father of two boys. He was running a small grocery shop in his village…
July 20, 2021

Renewed life through simple care

Your generosity provides hope. Today we get to share how your faithfulness and God’s grace have allowed us to serve Mrs. Pavayee. Mrs. Pavayee is a sweet woman who found…
July 15, 2021

Restoring dignity, one family at a time

Through the Goat Project, families can support themselves financially and live to their full potential.  Most people with leprosy resort to begging because no one will hire them. But what…
July 7, 2021

An entire family now knows Jesus!

An entire family now knows Jesus! Today we share how your generosity has impacted the life of Kirubaidas.  Kirubaidas is 86-years-old and was raised in a non-Christian, agricultural family. He…
July 1, 2021

June Good News Update

Celebrating a decade of service Simon Kumar has served with Embrace a Village for the last ten years. His wife and three children dedicated their hearts to this ministry, and…
June 24, 2021

What goats mean for leprosy patients

A stigma that follows you long after the cure The social exclusion of leprosy packs the most powerful punch -- more so than the physical impairment. When society sees a…
June 16, 2021

Goodbye shame. Hello, new opportunities

Obliterating shame through the Goat Project  With access to goats, food, and farming training, families are now able to support their families financially! https://vimeo.com/563774174 100% of your donations serve those…
June 11, 2021

Villager offers heartfelt thanks for food and medical supplies

Kicked out of her village at eight years old This is Indirani. She contracted the disease when she was eight years old and hasn’t seen her family since. After trying…
June 1, 2021

Tragedy strikes the leprosy colonies

Covid has entered the villages, and it’s heartbreaking. Please consider helping. Mourning the loss of our leader We can't sugarcoat the devastation that Covid-19 is starting to have in the…
May 25, 2021

His family asked him to stop going to church

His family asked him not to practice his faith When Ebenezer was young, his mother died. Her passing devastated him because she was his friend, confidant, mother, and support system.…
May 21, 2021

Leprosy tried to destroy his family, but this family held together

Kaliyan and his wife are a powerful testament that leprosy doesn’t always destroy the family unit. The farmer and his wife Kaliyan and his wife married and enjoyed a beautiful…
May 8, 2021

Honoring Mom’s Around the World

Mom’s sacrifice their own needs ahead of their families. They are fearless warriors and often the unsung heroes. Amrutha, a mom who suffers from leprosy is no exception. Tragedy has…
May 6, 2021

Meet Anu – our staff member and compassionate friend

Anu and Keren faithfully serve patients and their families - this is their story! Addiction tore his family apart. Anu was raised in a Hindu home. His father was a…
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May 4, 2021

Join us for 7 days of prayer!

As you know, life as we know it changed drastically all around the world over the last twelve months. Yet, we love a God who created the entire universe in…
April 29, 2021

April Good News Update

Heading Towards One Million Cases of Covid a Day Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen a huge uptick in the number of Covid cases throughout India. At the onset…
April 26, 2021

From landowner to isolation – one man’s steadfast resolve to find hope

Decades ago, there was a happily married father of two who farmed his land and led a full life. Yet, when we met him, he was a 60-year-old living alone…
April 20, 2021

Refusing to beg, Moses worked through the pain to provide

Moses knew that God had plans for him and he kept trusting that the Lord would provide. Moses, the tea master Young Moses was a 25-year-old tea master, with a…
April 15, 2021

Afraid to go near leprosy patients, now he’s a compassionate friend

Reuben is a staff member who allowed God to break his heart for what breaks His. Once afraid to touch them -- now a dear brother and friend Reuben David…
March 19, 2021

An electric shock that changed his entire life

How one accident changed one man’s life forever and led Him to the Lord. Ramachandran was a welder and experienced an electric shock while working on the welding machine when…
March 12, 2021

From suicide pact to finding true life in Jesus

Special note: This story is powerful but sensitive. Our heart is to share the reality of what is happening at our Center and ask you to pray. Thank you for…
March 10, 2021

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…
February 24, 2021

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,…
February 16, 2021

Praying through leprosy, one day at a time – Pushparani’s story

Abandoned at the hospital, this beautiful child grew up to be a prayer warrior who trusts God no matter what. This is her precious story. Surviving childhood leprosy Pushparani was…
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February 12, 2021

From kindergarten to nursing school – growing up with Sathya

Sathya joined our Little Lights program when she was five years old, and now she is about to graduate nursing school! Today we have a special story about a little…
February 8, 2021

Depression and real effects from the pandemic

Today's blog is a note from our founder, Joe Clendenny sharing some recent events at our base.  Dear friends and family, I’d like to start this letter praising God that…