Will you reach out and touch someone with leprosy this World Leprosy Day on Sunday 29th January?
It's now been 100 years since the Leprosy Mission New Zealand was formed. Over the last 30 years since the cure for leprosy was discovered, we have cured more than 15 million people around the globe.
Together, we've come such a long way. But 5 million people still need your urgent support to overcome the disabilities and stigma caused by leprosy.
People like eight-year-old Khusboo, who was diagnosed with leprosy at the age of five. If adequate medical treatment had been available to her, she could have been cured in as little as six months. But it wasn't to be. Doctors in her Delhi community did not recognise the white patches appearing on Khusboo's left hand - a common first sign of leprosy. Over the next two years, her hand gradually became clawed and disfigured. Not knowing what was causing the problem was hugely distressing for Khusboo and her family.
With your help and the grace of God, the end is in sight - we can eradicate leprosy in our lifetime. This World Leprosy Day we ask you to join us and help eliminate leprosy - for good.
This World Leprosy Day held on Sunday 29th January, we will be at Parachute Music Festival at Mystery Creek. Parachute is the largest Christian music festival in the southern hemisphere, with over 20,000 people attending the 4-day event.
We will have a marquee site set up for the entire four-day festival, so if you are there come down, see us and celebrate World Leprosy Day in style.
When: Friday 27th - Monday 30th January 2012
Where: Mystery Creek, Hamilton
And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart - Galatians 6:9