Every week, care is provided in four crucial ways.
Every Week, the Good News of God’s great love is brought to numerous leprosy colonies in the state of Tamil Nadu.
Every Week, via small group ministry, our Church Planters encourage colony residents to experience the personal touch of Jesus Christ’s unfailing love for them through Bible studies and Praise & Worship services.
Every week,our team in India provides medical care for all leprosy patients. They treat wounds & infections. They make arrangements & financial provision for surgeries.They provide 24/7 hospice care for leprosy patients who are no longer able to care for themselves.
Little Lights Program
Every week, Monday through Friday, the children of those with leprosy are provided after school tutoring & bible study training through ‘The Little Lights Program’. These children, kindergarten thru high school, are given nutritious dinners & the opportunity to be the hope & future of India.
Every month, rice is distributed to various colonies EAV serves. Custom footwear is also provided for leprosy patients to prevent further infection and trauma.
In addition to all of this, Team EAV – USA provides prayer, encouragement, administrative & financial support for the accomplishment of this great mission.
The stigma surrounding leprosy will often keep those suffering and their families from spiritual services. We are honored to welcome all to our weekly worship services and Bible studies!
Miracles Are A Way Of Life.
Jay was on death’s door when he arrived at our hospice, but he miraculously recovered and now serves as our worship leader! These services are beautiful, and many people have told us they are thankful for their leprosy because it led them to Jesus!
WOUND AND ULCER CARE
Our teams administer weekly medical care to residents in the colonies and provide financial provisions for surgeries. Residents eagerly anticipate the arrival of our teams, particularly during the rainy season when muddy conditions can irritate their wounds and lead to infections. We also supply patients with bandages and educate them on how they can keep their wounds clean at home in between visits from our teams.
Leprosy is caused by the bacteria Mycobacterium leprae which leads to nerve damage and loss of sensation. A person who has contracted the disease cannot feel pain and is at risk of injury and infection, particularly in the extremities. It is pretty common for those with leprosy to have wounded and disfigured feet, and if left untreated, amputation may become necessary.
Our on-staff shoemaker provides our patients with special shoes to prevent further trauma and infection to their feet. Shoes are handmade and customized to meet the specific needs of the individual patient.
When older people contract leprosy, it can be particularly heartbreaking. Many do not have family or have been rejected by their relatives. They are left hopeless and unable to care for themselves. Our hospice center in Coimbatore provides care to these individuals. Once left to die alone, those at our hospice center begin to thrive. It is here that many enter a personal relationship with Christ, allowing them to live their final years with peace and fulfillment.
As their spirits are healed, so are their bodies. Whether receiving treatment within the colonies or at our hospice center, their faith and alleviated physical symptoms allow the people we serve to enjoy a higher standard of living.
Food and nutritional education programs play a critical role. We provide a healthy meal for all the children who attend our after-school tutoring – this is often the only meal they will eat all day. We also offer a two-week rice supply to families we serve to help supplement their monthly groceries.
Every tutoring session is one step closer to a brighter future.
Education offers a pathway out of poverty.
When families are ostracized 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 and feel stuck in a cycle of poverty and hopelessness. We dream for the children we work with to have better opportunities to integrate into mainstream society and pursue their passions!
After-school tutoring plays a key role.
Embrace a Village provides after-school tutoring for two hours a day, five days a week – this is available to all children throughout the colonies we serve. More than 180 students take advantage of our tutoring programs. We work with them to improve their grades, academic outlook, and sense of self-worth. This is a powerful message for these particular children.