Peoples of the Islands of Lake Victoria, East Africa

There are people who belong to a society ostracized by others near and far because of their physical and social conditions. They are those with leprosy, a chronic infectious disease that is caused by a bacteria and affects the skin, the peripheral nerves, the upper respiratory tract, and the eyes. Leprosy is endemic in Uganda, with cases being reported in 40% of the districts. It is seen as a neglected disease that significantly challenges public health and community wellbeing. Recently, hope was offered to this neglected population and others living in the village near Musita, Uganda. Food, clothes, shoes, books, and fellowship were provided as a means of showing care to this forgotten group. Most importantly, the gospel of love, acceptance, forgiveness, and reconciliation was shared with all who attended. Others from the community joined in the worship celebration with the lepers. Give thanks to God that on that day, shunned people with leprosy found acceptance in Christ!