ASK 2020 PRAYER DIARY - The Leprosy Mission

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Welcome from the International Director
                                                                                                                            Dear praying friends and colleagues,

                                                                                                                            At the time of writing, I have just returned from a trip
                                                                                                                            to Niger in West Africa. Niger sits right at the bottom of
                                                                                                                            the United Nations Human Development Index, and is
                                                                                                                            therefore one of the poorest countries in the world. It
                                                                                                                            is also a place where The Leprosy Mission works to see
                                                                                                                            leprosy defeated and lives transformed. I am pictured
                                                                                                                            here with a group of children from a leprosy affected
                                                                                                                            community in Niger.

                                                                                                                            Every twenty minutes a child somewhere in the

                                                                                                                            world is diagnosed with leprosy. It is heart breaking
                                                                                                                            to see children affected by this ancient disease, and a
                                                                                                                            tragedy that this is still happening today. It is also why
                                                                                                                            The Leprosy Mission is prioritising stopping leprosy
                                                                                                                            transmission by 2035 so that we don’t see child cases of
                                                                                                                            leprosy in the future.

                                                                                                                            Last year, The Leprosy Mission Global Fellowship

T   wenty-four year old Anuj Kumar is from
    a large family in Barethi village in India.
In 2016, Anuj was studying for his BA degree
                                                    Following the surgery, Anuj was identified as a
                                                    Champion for the CREATE project. The CREATE
                                                    project empowers people affected by leprosy
                                                                                                                            adopted a new Global Strategy for 2019-23. Part of
                                                                                                                            this new strategy talks about us being a Christ-centred
when he noticed changes in the fingers on           to become change agents and challenge and                               organisation, following Jesus Christ to bring about
his left hand. There were no obvious skin           address the issues of leprosy-related stigma                            transformation, by breaking the chains of this ancient
symptoms of leprosy, so the doctor could not        and discrimination.                                                     disease, and empowering people to attain healing,
make the right diagnosis.                                                                                                   dignity and life in all its fullness.
                                                    With the support of the CREATE staff, Anuj has
After a year, his condition worsened. In 2017       visited Lucknow and Sitapur for advocacy and
                                                                                                                            The ASK Prayer Diary highlights the work and ministry of
Anuj went to the district hospital in Sitapur for   leprosy awareness training. He has travelled
treatment and was diagnosed with leprosy.           to Raipur for Human Rights training and has                             The Leprosy Mission and the journey we are on to bring
                                                    received Champion training in Lucknow.                                  about transformation. It is my pleasure to present this to
His family was shocked to know about the
diagnosis. They isolated him completely. He         “I had lost the zest to live. But today I attend                        you and ask that you join us on this journey by praying
was made to sleep outside the house in the          meetings and people shake my hand. It feels                             for our work across the globe. Thank you for support, it is
cowshed and provided food separately. He felt       good. It’s like I have returned back to life. I owe                     really appreciated!
dejected, but he loved his family so much that      this to TLM’s staff and to the CREATE project. I
he did not go anywhere, but hid himself and         have suffered a lot and do not want others to                           In Christ,
avoided neighbours and friends. He would            go through the same. Now I am teaching the
hide his left hand while talking to people.         community about leprosy!”
Thankfully, TLM’s CREATE project approached
Anuj and recommended that he go to TLM’s
                                                                                                                            Brent Morgan
Naini hospital for reconstructive surgery.                                                                                  International Director
                                                                                                                            The Leprosy Mission International

ASK 2020 PRAYER DIARY - The Leprosy Mission
                                                                                                             International Director’s welcome            1    Chad                                     15
    OUR VISION                                     OUR MISSION                     OUR VALUES                TLM’s vision and values                     2    Democratic Republic of Congo             39
                                                   Following Jesus Christ,         Because we follow Jesus   Where leprosy is found today – world map    4    Denmark                                  40
    Leprosy Defeated,                              The Leprosy Mission             Christ, we value          Prayer Diary                                8    England and Wales                        23, 73
    Lives Transformed                              seeks to bring about            • Compassion              How to get involved                         78   Ethiopia                                 31
                                                   transformation; breaking        • Justice                 Where TLM works – map                       80   Finland                                  27
                                                   the chains of leprosy,          • Integrity               Country office contact details              82   France                                   43
                                                   empowering people to            • Inclusion               India senior staff                          84   Germany                                  14
                                                   attain healing, dignity         • Humility
                                                                                                              Hungary                                                                                  17
                                                   and life in all its fullness.                             FEATURES                                         India – Advocacy and Communication       74
                                                                                                             Laurinda’s story                            6    India – Community-Based Rehabilitation   42
                                                                                                             Mu Mu’s story                               16   India – Countrywide                      12
    I urge you, first of all, to                                                                             Bora’s story                                28   India – Healthcare                       34
                                                                                                             Ian’s story                                 44   India – Vocational Education             50
    pray for all people. Ask God                                                                             Maimouna’s story                            55   Indonesia                                47
    to help them; intercede on                                                                               Ramawati’s story                            60   Ireland                                  65
                                                                                                             Kala’s story                                76   Italy                                    75
    their behalf, and give thanks                                                                                                                             Mozambique                               24
    for them.                                                                                                DEVOTIONS                                        Myanmar                                  66
                                                                                                             How do we prosper?                          20   Nepal                                    36, 70
    1 Timothy 2:1 (NLT)
                                                                                                             Our name and our identity                   32   Netherlands                              10
    Trusting in the knowledge that God                                                                       Having the mind of Christ                   52   New Zealand                              51
    hears and answers prayer, holding to                                                                     Striving for excellence                     68   Niger                                    22
    the belief that our work is the Lord’s,                                                                                                                   Nigeria                                  9, 56
    and realising that all our human                                                                         PRAYER DIARY BY THEME                            Northern Ireland                         38

    efforts are in vain without God’s                                                                        Fundraising                                 37   Papua New Guinea                         54

    blessing and power, we share this ASK                                                                    Global Voice                                35   Scotland                                 45

    Prayer Diary to encourage believers                                                                      Integral Mission                            46   Singapore                                59
                                                                                                             Research                                    26   South Africa                             25
    everywhere to pray for the extension
                                                                                                             Speaking Out                                63   South Korea                              59
    of God’s Kingdom through this work.
                                                                                                             The Global Fellowship                       8    Spain                                    49
                                                                                                             The Leprosy Mission International           72   Sri Lanka                                41
                                                                                                             TLM Churches                                48   Sudan                                    30
    International Chairman             ASK 2020 PRAYER DIARY                                                 The Leprosy Mission Trading                 13   Sweden                                   67
    Colin Osborne
                                       Published by The Leprosy                                              World Leprosy Day                           11   Switzerland                              57
    International                      Mission International
    Vice-Chair                         Founded in 1874                                                                                                        Tanzania                                 49
    Anne Ratliff
                                       Production Editor                                                     PRAYER DIARY BY COUNTRY                          Thailand                                 47
    Treasurer                          Tim Burton                                                            Australia                                   62   Timor Leste                              18
    Philip Putman
                                       Design                                                                Bangladesh – Community-Based Rehabilitation 58   USA                                      65
    International Director             Mark and Heather Knight
    Brent Morgan                                                                                             Bangladesh – Countrywide                    19
                                                                                                             Bangladesh – Leprosy Control and Research   71
                                                                                                             Belgium                                     64
    © The Leprosy Mission International 2019
                                                                                                             Canada                                      65
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WHERE LEPROSY IS FOUND TODAY                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  For a map of the countries where TLM works see page 80

TLM is committed to providing long-term quality care and support in the name of Jesus Christ
as long as there are people affected by leprosy who need it.




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ASK 2020 PRAYER DIARY - The Leprosy Mission
L aurinda is from Cabo Delgado province in
  northern Mozambique. She was diagnosed
with leprosy at the age of 11, but thankfully
                                                   The Iphiro Yohoolo project
                                                   focuses particularly on the
was able to receive treatment before leprosy
caused any disabilities.                           education of girls
Laurinda has received support from a project
called Iphiro Yohoolo which means ‘Road
to the Future’ in Laurinda’s dialect, Macua.
It’s a project that was set up by The Leprosy
Mission Mozambique to give a better future
to children and young people affected by
leprosy and physical disability.
School uniforms and equipment are provided
for 200 children just like Laurinda and parents’
groups have been created to encourage
them to value their children’s education.
The Iphiro Yohoolo project focuses
particularly on the education of girls, who
are particularly at risk of being denied an
education. Girls’ clubs have been set up in
schools to give girls additional life skills,
training, and extra-curricular education.
After girls like Laurinda complete secondary
school, the project helps them to access
vocational training.
With projects that support the education and
vocational training of young people, we have
the power to change the narrative of a whole
generation; the impact can be enormous.

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THE LEPROSY MISSION GLOBAL FELLOWSHIP                                                                 1–5 JAN   NIGERIA – PART 1                                                                                    6–12 JAN

I give you a new commandment, that you love                                                                     For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes in
one another. Just as I have loved you, you also
                                                            PRAYER POINTS                                                                                                      PRAYER POINTS
                                                                                                                Him will not be put to shame.” For there is no
should love one another. By this everyone will              WED: In 2019 the Global Fellowship grew as          distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same                 MON: The 2020 World Leprosy Day
know that you are my disciples, if you have love            it included Finland as a Member. Please pray        Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. For             celebrations will include a series of events
for one another                                             for the team in Finland, thank God for their        whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be                  such as lectures, advocacy visits, and visits to
John 13: 34-35                                              desire to see leprosy defeated and pray that        saved.                                                          communities of persons affected by leprosy.
                                                            they will be successful in their work to raise      Romans 10:11-13                                                 Please pray that God will continue to bring
                                                            money for and awareness of The Leprosy                                                                              forward people and organisations who will be
                                                            Mission.                                                                                                            willing to join the fight against leprosy.
                                                            THU: There are a couple of times each year                                                                          TUE: The TLM Nigeria staff conference takes
                                                            when members of the Global Fellowship are                                                                           place in May. Please pray that this year’s
                                                            able to come together to meet so that we                                                                            conference will be inspired by God’s love and
                                                            can learn from one another and celebrate                                                                            we will be filled with renewed strength and
                                                            together. Please pray that these occasions                                                                          commitment towards our work.
                                                            will be joyful and that there will be safe travel                                                                   WED: Pray for TLM Nigeria’s Board Meeting
                                                            for all those who attend.                                                                                           in the month of May. Pray for wisdom and
                                                            FRI: Across the Global Fellowship there                                                                             foresight for all members as decisions are
                                                            are more than 2,000 people working for                                                                              made concerning the Mission’s responsibility
                                                            The Leprosy Mission. Please pray for every                                                                          to persons affected by leprosy and disabilities
                                                            single one of these people, thank God for                                                                           in Nigeria.
                                                            their commitment to defeating leprosy
                                                            and transforming lives and pray for God’s
                                                                                                                T   LM Nigeria (TLMN) works in collaboration with               THU: In recent times, the activities of

T   he Leprosy Mission Global Fellowship consists                                                                   the Government of Nigeria, to support the                   herdsmen, bandits and kidnappers have led to
                                                            blessing on them.                                                                                                   increased security concerns. Thank God for the
    of TLM organisations or offices across 30                                                                   control of leprosy and other neglected tropical
different countries worldwide. Each of the                  SAT/SUN: Please pray that the Fellowship            diseases (NTDs) and their consequences on                       progress made to curb the menace, and pray
Members of the Global Fellowship have made                  will grow in strength throughout 2020, that         affected populations in Nigeria. TLMN ministers                 that God will give the Government the wisdom
mutual commitments to work together as one.                 it will be a year full of rich blessings as we      to over 33,850 persons affected by leprosy in                   and ability to restore and sustain safety, peace,
    The Fellowship was formed in 2011 when the              work together as one to defeat leprosy and          communities spread across 11 states in Nigeria.                 and normalcy.
countries signed the TLM Charter, which commits             transform lives.                                         Every year, approximately 2,500 new leprosy                FRI: Pray for the current 3-year TLM Nigeria
us to:                                                                                                          cases are diagnosed; 55% of whom are men, 39%                   strategic fundraising plan, that the team will
• Uphold our common purpose and identity                                                                        women and 6% of whom are children less than 15
                                                                                                                years of age, indicating the ongoing transmission of
                                                                                                                                                                                continue to access existing and prospective

• Contribute to the shared life of the Mission                                                                  the disease in the communities. The World Health
                                                                                                                                                                                individual donors, corporate sponsors and
                                                                                                                                                                                institutional funders.
• Strengthen our global unity                                                                                   Organization ranks Nigeria as third among African
                                                                                                                                                                                SAT: Thank God for TLM Nigeria’s supporters
• Be mutually accountable                                                                                       countries in terms of leprosy burden.
                                                                                                                                                                                and volunteers. Ask that God will bless their
• Observe financial stewardship                                                                                      TLM Nigeria works closely with leprosy-affected
                                                                                                                communities and other rural communities in
                                                                                                                                                                                work and families, and strengthen them
                                                                                                                                                                                as they have committed to serving in this
The joy of being a part of a Global Fellowship is                                                               ensuring early case finding in order to reduce
that each person can know that they are not just                                                                the consequences of the disease. TLM Nigeria’s
working alongside the people in their office, but                                                               determination to continually make a difference                  SUN: TLM Nigeria, amongst four other
people across the world who are committed to                                                                    is targeted at transforming lives, reducing                     charities, received a donation of 800,000
The Leprosy Mission’s goal of leprosy defeated                                                                  stigma, establishing sustainable livelihoods, and               naira from GREEN WORSHIP to support an
and lives transformed.                                                                                          eradicating leprosy, all of which was streamlined               educational project for children from leprosy-
    This kind of fellowship has its roots in the Bible                                                          into the development of the renewed 5-year                      affected homes. This support is changing lives,
and in how Christians have acted throughout                                                                     Country Strategy (2016 – 2020).                                 reducing stigma and providing an opportunity
history. Because of this, Christ will always be at the                                                                                                                          for a better future. Please pray that God will
heart of our Fellowship.                                                                                                                                                        bless these children as they learn and grow.
                                                                                                                 SENIOR STAFF
                                                                                                                 Dr Sunday Udo – TLM Country Leader                          Top: Persons affected by leprosy from Amanawa leprosy
                                                         Top: Members from the Global Fellowship joined          Mr Pius Ogbu Sunday – Head of Programmes & Operations       community in Sokoto State express excitement as they
                                                         together in traditional dress for a barbecue at the     Mr Obinna Anagboso – Ag. Head of Finance & Administration   access safe water from the new borehole provided by
                                                         International Office in Brentford after a series of     Mr Terver Anyor – Head of Funds Development                 TLM Nigeria with funding support from TLM Sweden /
                                                         workshops in June 2019.                                                                                             SIDA
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NETHERLANDS                                                                                               13–19 JAN      WORLD LEPROSY DAY                                                                      20–26 JAN

But the comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in My Name, He shall teach you
                                                           PRAYER POINTS
all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. Peace I leave with
                                                                                                                                                                                PRAYER POINTS
you, my peace I give unto you; not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled,                                                                        MON: There is always something to distract
neither let it be afraid!                                                                                                                                                       us online and it’s not always easy to get
John 14: 26-27                                                                                                                                                                  people to focus on an issue like leprosy.
                                                                                                                                                                                Pray that God will draw eyes to leprosy
                                                                                                                                                                                throughout this week, ahead of World
                                                                                                                                                                                Leprosy Day.
                                                                                                                                                                                TUE: When we work with journalists, we can
                                                                                                                                                                                broadcast our stories and mission far further
                                                                                                                                                                                than we can on our own. Please pray for all

                                                                                                                         T   he goal of World Leprosy Day is to raise           those across the world who are engaging
                                                                                                                             awareness of a disease that many people            with journalists on behalf of TLM this week.
                                                                                                                         believe has been eliminated. It is observed every      WED: An awareness day is an invaluable tool,
                                                                                                                         year on the last Sunday in January and this year it    but a lot of its value rests in getting people
                                                                                                                         will take place on 26 January.                         interested in leprosy for more than one day.
                                                                                                                             In 2020 the theme will centre around stigma        Please pray that people across the world will
                                                                                                                         and discrimination, as it did in 2019. This year,      continue to engage with leprosy work, even
                                                                                                                         however, it will centre on the idea that ‘leprosy is   after World Leprosy Day.
                                                                                                                         not what you think’. The Leprosy Mission will be       THU: The Leprosy Mission is just one part
                                                                                                                         working with our partners to ask people, do you
T   he Leprosy Mission Netherlands (Leprazending
    Nederland) was founded in the 1980s to
support The Leprosy Mission International with
                                                                          PRAYER POINTS                                  know what you think you know about leprosy?
                                                                                                                             The campaign will be across all of our
                                                                                                                                                                                of the World Leprosy Day campaign. Please
                                                                                                                                                                                pray for our partners, who are coordinating
                                                                                                                                                                                work alongside us, particularly IDEA (an
                                                                          MON: Pray for the wellbeing of Geeske          campaigning channels, reaching people on social        association of persons affected by leprosy)
funds, prayer and human resources. The office is
                                                                          Zijp in Chad and her team. We are thankful     media, through the press, and through videos.          and ILEP.
in Apeldoorn and there are ten members of staff,
                                                                          to God that Tanny Hagens completed her         Please keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter
seven board members and ten volunteers.                                                                                                                                         FRI: Please join us in praying for the
                                                                          mission as Country Leader in Ethiopia and      pages so you can show your support!
    TLM Netherlands supports two Dutch cross-                                                                                                                                   policymakers who see our campaign. Pray
cultural workers:                                                         that a replacement has been found: Mrs
                                                                                                                                                                                that God will touch them and encourage
    Geeske Zijp in Chad and Tanny Hagens who                              Beletshachew Tadesse.
                                                                                                                                                                                them to fight for a world where leprosy has
has, in recent years, worked in Indonesia, Papua                          TUE: Thank God that the number of praying                                                             been defeated.
New Guinea, and Ethiopia.                                                 supporters in The Netherlands keeps
                                                                                                                                                                                SAT/SUN: On the weekend of World Leprosy
    TLM Netherlands’ vision is to see leprosy and                         growing, with more than 700 people now.
                                                                                                                                                                                Day, pray for the success of our awareness
rehabilitation services strengthened and to enable                        WED: Thank God for the new Chair and a new                                                            campaign, not just in reaching people, but in
transformational change in the lives of people                            treasurer of the board. Pray that the board                                                           engaging and inspiring them, too. With God
affected by leprosy in India, Bangladesh, DR Congo,                       functions as an effective team and that God                                                           on our side, we know we can do great things
Myanmar, Nepal and Chad. In order to make that                            will lead them in overseeing the functioning                                                          this weekend.
possible, TLM Netherlands seeks support from                              of TLM Netherlands.
individual donors, churches and trust funds and
                                                                          THU: Thank God that the number of
organises events to get people involved with the
                                                                          volunteers has increased. Pray for health
vision and mission of TLM.
                                                                          and energy and inspiration for the whole
                                                                          TLM Netherlands team (board, staff and
                                                                          FRI: Praise God for loyal support from many
  SENIOR STAFF                                                            Dutch people. Please pray that God opens
 Mr. Henno Couprie- TLM Country Leader                                    new opportunities to work with churches.
 Mr. Cor van Leeuwen- Team Leader, Administration & Back Office           SAT/SUN: Pray for fruitful cooperation with
 Mrs. Heidi Hoogvliet-Team Leader, Partners, Programs & Project Funding   the project countries and for successful
 Mr. Mark van den Berg-Team Leader, Fundraising & Communication
                                                                          funding. Pray that God will open doors and
                                                                                                                         Top: Members of a leprosy peoples’ organisation in
                                                                          that we can tap into new “sources”.            Mozambique who gathered together to mark World
Top: Staff and volunteers from TLM Netherlands.                                                                          Leprosy Day in 2019
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INDIA                                                                                                27 JAN–2 FEB   THE LEPROSY MISSION TRADING                                                                        3–9 FEB

                                                                                                                    May the favour of the Lord our God rest on us;
                                                              PRAYER POINTS                                         establish the work of our hands for us– yes,
                                                                                                                                                                               PRAYER POINTS
                                                                                                                    establish the work of our hands.                            MON: This year TLM Trading are celebrating
                                                              MON: TLMTI is in the second year of
                                                              implementing its seven-year country strategy          Psalm 90:17                                                 their 25th birthday! Pray that they will
                                                              (2019-25). We thank God for guiding us and                                                                        continue to help provide livelihoods for
                                                              helping the team develop this strategy. Pray                                                                      leprosy-affected artisans and that they will be
                                                              for God’s continued guidance to implement                                                                         given inspiration for new product ranges that
                                                              the strategy and realise its objectives.                                                                          raise money for the work of TLM.
                                                              TUE: Pray for God’s guidance for the                                                                              TUE: On Tuesdays, The Leprosy Mission
                                                              operations team, unit heads, and programme                                                                        Trading team holds a weekly meeting to
                                                              managers as they work to realise TLMTI’s                                                                          review sales, look at new product initiatives
                                                              vision, ‘People affected by leprosy living with                                                                   and discuss strategy. Pray that God will bless
                                                              dignity in a transformed, inclusive society that                                                                  these meetings with wisdom and discernment
                                                              has overcome leprosy.”                                                                                            and that they will continue to work well
                                                              WED: Pray for God’s guidance and wisdom to                                                                        together as a team.
                                                              overcome ongoing financial challenges and                                                                         WED: TLM Trading produces three main

                                                              help TLMTI achieve financial sustainability            nspired by the love of Jesus, TLM Trading strives          catalogues a year. This week their Easter gift

T   he Leprosy Mission was founded in 1874
    as ‘The Mission to Lepers’ by an Irishman
named Wellesley Cosby Bailey, in Ambala, India.
                                                              through fundraising, project development
                                                              and internal revenue generation.
                                                                                                                     to show love and compassion towards people
                                                                                                                    affected by leprosy, and to empower them to
                                                                                                                                                                                catalogue will have been delivered by post
                                                                                                                                                                                to around 73,000 supporters. Please pray
                                                                                                                                                                                that our supporters will like our new range of
                                                              THU: TLMTI’s interventions in the lives of            attain life in all its fullness by providing resources
Subsequently, in 1973, The Leprosy Mission Trust                                                                    of money, awareness, new supporters and prayer              spring products and that TLM Trading will see
                                                              people affected by leprosy are in the areas of
India (TLMTI) was registered as a Society under the                                                                 for The Leprosy Mission charities.                          excellent sales for this catalogue.
                                                              health, skill building, sustainable livelihoods,
Societies Registration Act of 1860. TLM Trust India                                                                     TLM Trading, the trading arm of The Leprosy             THU: Please pray for TLM Trading’s small staff
                                                              community empowerment, advocacy and
is the largest leprosy-focused non-governmental                                                                     Mission, is a mail order company selling a wide             team. Pray that they will be able to find time
                                                              research for their social inclusion. Pray for
organisation in India and is headquartered in New                                                                   range of gifts, greeting cards and books, primarily         to explore new, fruitful avenues for sales.
                                                              God’s guidance in this work. Pray also that
Delhi.                                                                                                              to the Christian community. They produce three              Please pray for the success of the sales agents
                                                              through TLMTI’s work, people affected by
    The organisation works with people affected by                                                                  main catalogues per year, as well as operating a            who sell TLM’s products directly into Christian
                                                              leprosy will realise God’s love and care.
leprosy, people with disabilities, and marginalised                                                                 successful online shop ( which               bookshops across the UK.
communities, especially women. TLMTI has a                    FRI: Give thanks for our partners, such
                                                                                                                    attracts thousands of customers each year.                  FRI: Praise God for the best-selling range of
diverse set of programmes – Healthcare, Sustainable           as national and local governments, non-
                                                                                                                        They also sell a range of Gifts for Life – ‘virtual’    virtual gifts called Gifts for life. In 2018, TLM
Livelihood, Community Empowerment, Advocacy,                  governmental organisations, civil society
                                                                                                                    gift cards, which customers can buy to give to              Trading raised £287,000 through the sales
and Research and Training. TLMTI implements these             organisations, national and international
                                                                                                                    friends or to mark some special occasion and                of Gifts for Life. TLM Trading has recently
programmes through 14 hospitals and two clinics,              development and research bodies, and
                                                                                                                    which directly benefit someone with leprosy.                launched 10 new gifts and we thank God that
six vocational training centres, five residential care        grassroots organisations. Pray for God’s
                                                                                                                    They include items such as school equipment, eye            it is now possible for supporters to personalise
homes for elderly persons affected by leprosy,                blessings on these partnerships so that
                                                                                                                    surgery or even the ever-popular goat!                      the cards with their own greetings and that
community empowerment projects, and a research                together we can continue working to
laboratory, spread across 10 states of India.                 eradicate leprosy.                                                                                                cards can be sent directly to the recipient.
    TLMTI conducts its programmes in collaboration            SAT/SUN: Pray for TLMTI’s fundraising                                                                             SAT/SUN: Please pray for Chris Wickenden,
with people affected by leprosy and their                     initiatives. Pray that TLMTI will continue                                                                        TLM Trading’s new chairman. Thank God
communities, central and state governments, The               to connect with more individual donors,                                                                           for Chris and for the rest of the board, who
World Health Organization (WHO), the International            corporate sponsors and institutional funders.                                                                     generously give their time, advice and
Federation of Anti-Leprosy Associations (ILEP) and            Pray that God will grant them wisdom to take                                                                      expertise to help us in our work. Thank God
civil society organisations.                                  advantage of opportunities to develop new                                                                         for all the wonderful volunteers who come in
    TLMTI’s vision is to see ‘People affected by leprosy      channels of partnership and income.                                                                               to help TLM Trading with different projects.
living with dignity in a transformed, inclusive society
that has overcome leprosy’. The operations team
(executive director, two directors and eight domain
heads) leads the organisation in realising this vision.
                                                                                                                                                                               Jo-Anne Thomson – CEO
                                                                                                                                                                               Chris Wickenden – Chair
Top: Dr Mary Verghese, Executive Director, TLMTI           For a full list of staff in India, turn to p84           Top: The TLM Trading team
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GERMANY                                                                                          10–16 FEB   CHAD                                                                                                            17–23 FEB

                                                      PRAYER POINTS                                                                                                      PRAYER POINTS
                                                     MON: Give thanks for the faithful service of                                                                        MON: Please pray for peace, safety, and
                                                     the volunteers supporting the German office.                                                                        stability within Chad.
                                                     TUE: Give thanks for the many faithful                                                                              TUE: Join us in praying for good and fruitful
                                                     people and churches who pray for our work                                                                           working relationships with our partners, both
                                                     and support us with their donations, their                                                                          civil society organisations and churches.
                                                     engagement, their creativity and their joy.                                                                         WED: Pray for enthusiasm and zeal for the
                                                     WED: Give thanks for our board at TLM                                                                               leprosy work amongst the regional and
                                                     Germany. Pray that they stay motivated. Pray                                                                        district supervisors.
                                                     for additional volunteers to think about new                                                                        THU: Please pray for protection for our staff
                                                     paths and new ideas.                                                                                                as we travel across the country to conduct
                                                     THU: Pray that God will strengthen the                                                                              our work. Please pray that our staff and
                                                     network of volunteers and supporters in                                                                             partners remain healthy and happy.
                                                     Germany. Pray for enthusiasm for the work of
                                                     The Leprosy Mission.                                    T   LM Chad is an integrated leprosy control and
                                                                                                                 disability programme in the Republic of Chad.
                                                                                                             Since 1992 it has been based in the Guéra province
                                                                                                                                                                         FRI: We have started a new project in the
                                                                                                                                                                         Salamat, where we have not worked before.
                                                     FRI: Pray that God opens the ears and hearts                                                                        Please pray for this work as we find our feet
                                                                                                             at the heart of the country. From there it supports
                                                     of people in Germany, allowing us to gain new                                                                       in the province. Pray that we will be able to
                                                                                                             the national NLCP team with supervision, training
                                                     donors not only in the south of Germany, but                                                                        transform the lives of people in the Salamat.
                                                                                                             and active case detection activities.
                                                     across the nation. Pray particularly for younger
T  LM Germany started as a local circle of                                                                       Within Guéra province, TLM Chad has extended            SAT/SUN: There is a physiotherapy service
                                                     supporters.                                                                                                         that is being installed in Am Timan hospital
   friends around Mr. and Mrs. Riedel. They were                                                             its activities to all persons with disability. They
pioneers in the fight against leprosy, and worked    SAT/SUN: Pray that God may open the doors               provide walking aids like crutches, tricycles, and          in the Salamat. Please pray for this work
from 1951 to 1997 for The Leprosy Mission. Their     to new professional donors. May He give us              donkeys, so as to help persons with disability of the       and pray that it will be able to make a big
request was to bring God’s love to all people and    success success in our new paths and our new            lower legs to leave the house so that they can go to        difference in the lives of people in the region.
to make God’s Kingdom visible.                       ideas.                                                  school, work, or socialise.
   All members of TLM Germany’s executive                                                                        To further integrate leprosy affected persons,
committee are volunteers and are part of different                                                           TLM Chad supports the development of Disabled
churches. They organise special fundraising                                                                  Peoples’ Organisations that welcome people
events and will be invited to various groups and                                                             affected by leprosy.
communities in order to report on their projects.                                                                TLM Chad also supports the celebration of World
TLM Germany supports projects in Niger, India                                                                Leprosy Day and the National Disability Day where
and Chad.                                                                                                    issues around leprosy and disability are exposed and
                                                                                                                 For the coming 5 years TLM Chad hopes to
                                                                                                             extend its activities to the Salamat, a neighbouring
                                                                                                             province of the Guéra, where leprosy and disability
                                                                                                             work has not been developed.

                                                                                                                                                                        TLM STAFF
                                                                                                                                                                        Bunmi Oluloto – TLM Country Leader
                                                     KEY STAFF                                                                                                          Geeske Zijp – TLM Chad Programme Manager
                                                                                                                                                                        Marc Djibrine Victor – TLM Administrator
                                                     Dr. Johannes Schäfer – Chair of the Board                                                                          Zakaria Mahamat – TLM DPO Trainer
                                                     Bettina Merz – Country Leader                                                                                      Abdel Dejlil Hassane – TLM Office Assistant/Driver
Top: Fundraisers running at Run for One World 2019                                                           Top: Geeske, Marc, and Abdel, from the TLM team in Chad.

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                                                                                                   HUNGARY                                                                                 24 FEB–1MAR

                                                                                                   The one who calls you is faithful.

                                                                                                                                                             PRAYER POINTS
                                                                                                   1 Thessalonians 5:24
                                                                                                                                                             MON: We give thanks for God’s faithfulness
                                                                                                                                                             to TLM Hungary since its birth in 1974 and
                                                                                                                                                             for the great number of former and existing
                                                                                                                                                             volunteers. We give thanks for the privilege

                                                                                                                                                             of being able to represent TLM’s values as a
                                                                                                                                                             ‘cuckoo-egg’ in this part of Europe.
                                                                                                                                                             TUE: Give thanks with us for the dedication
                                                                                                                                                             of many church groups and pastors/priests,
                                                                                                                                                             and for TLM ambassadors from each
                                                                                                                                                             denomination all over the country who are
                                                                                                                                                             praying and donating.
                                                                                                                                                             WED: Give thanks with us for our project
                                                                                                                                                             partners in Congo, India and Ethiopia, for
                                                                                                                                                             good relationships and the chance to nurture
                                                                                                                                                             each other spiritually and by the sharing of
                                                                                                                                                             information. Pray with us for blessing and
                                                                                                   F  or 46 years, TLM Hungary has given prayer
                                                                                                      support and raised funds for the work of The
                                                                                                   Leprosy Mission around the world. Locally, the team
                                                                                                                                                             perseverance for them amidst their hard
                                                                                                   in Hungary share knowledge and information on             THU: We give thanks for the openness
                                                                                                   the needs of people affected by leprosy to inspire        and understanding of many new donors
                                                                                                   Hungarian people to active help.                          who join this cause as result of publicity
                                                                                                       The main bases of continual support are               and campaigns. Pray with us that God will

M    u Mu Soe is 33 years old and lives in     “The hospital and the TLM staff gave me lots        individuals and Christian churches. Reaching out          open doors through which we can share
     Myanmar with her 11 year old son and      of counselling and physiotherapy, I’m very          to the wider population, TLM Hungary has regular          TLM’s message as we discover new areas for
                                                                                                   campaigns in different areas of the country, inserting    expanding our support.
her father. She was diagnosed with leprosy     thankful to them. I was happy living there –
in 2002 and in mid-2013 her right leg was      the doctors were very friendly.”                    leaflets into local and regional magazines and            FRI: Pray with us for blessing on our key
                                                                                                   newspapers, or in door-to-door visits. Different          volunteers, who are offering remarkable
amputated as a result of a severe infection
                                               She’s hoping to receive a microloan from            media appearances in Christian TV, radio and press        services with their different and needed
that spread up her leg. Now she wears a                                                            are extremely good opportunities for raising and          skills, time, input, and enthusiasm.
                                               TLM that will help her pay for her son to be
prosthetic limb.                                                                                   deepening interest.
                                               educated.                                                                                                     SAT/SUN: Give thanks with us for the
“When I had leprosy I didn’t really go                                                                 TLM Hungary is also invited to hold performances      constructive and responsible attitude
                                               “I’d like to breed pigs. I will do everything –     in Christian schools, which they regard as sowing         of committee members, the chair, and
anywhere, I just stayed at home for about 8                                                        seeds for the future, as through reaching out to
                                               whatever I want – until the day I die!” Mu Mu is                                                              members of the board, who want to give
years. Surviving from day to day was really                                                        children and, indirectly, some of their parents,
                                               full of confidence and has much more hope in                                                                  their best in their tasks to the glory of God.
difficult, and my son was so young.”                                                               the next generation can be inspired in charitable
                                               life now she is pain free.                                                                                    Pray for the continuation of the loving and
                                                                                                   thinking and actions.                                     peaceful atmosphere. Pray for Marta to have
Mu Mu spent two years in a city called
Mawlamyine, receiving treatment at a TLM                                                                                                                     wisdom and prayerful courage in planning
                                                                                                                                                             and acting in the best interests of people
supported hospital, where she eventually
                                                                                                                                                             affected by leprosy.
underwent the amputation. She didn’t see her
son in the entire two years she was there.
“I was really happy to see him again.
Everything is better now than before. Before
the amputation I couldn’t go anywhere with
the ulcer and now I can go anywhere and do
anything with this prosthesis!”                                                                    Top: Marta Risko meeting with Congolese pastors and
                                                                                                                                                            SENIOR STAFF
                                                                                                   church members who are working with many others to       Marta Risko – Country Leader
                                                                             Photo © Tom Bradley   stop the stigmatisation of people affected by leprosy.
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TIMOR LESTE                                                                                          2–8 MAR   BANGLADESH                                                                                                    9–15 MAR

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as                                                            Trust in the LORD with all you heart, do not depend
working for the Lord, not for human masters.
                                                        PRAYER POINTS                                          on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you
                                                                                                                                                                                         PRAYER POINTS
Colossians 3: 23                                        MON: Thank God that TLM-TL has formed a                do, and he will show you which path to take.                               MON: Give thanks to the Lord for the faithful
                                                        local board and are ready to be registered as a        Proverbs 3:5-6                                                             supporting partners, their teams, volunteers,
                                                        local organisation in the near future.                                                                                            and supporters who have ensured financial,
                                                        TUE: Pray for the commitment made by Dulce                                                                                        prayer and motivational support that has
                                                        Da Cunha, Bruder Nico Lay, Veronica das                                                                                           enabled TLMIB to continue activities to
                                                        Dores, Gaspar Afonso, Jose Verdial and Colin                                                                                      change the lives of persons affected by
                                                        Martin to support TLM Timor Leste as a local                                                                                      leprosy.
                                                        advisory board.                                                                                                                   TUE: We experienced a rather peaceful
                                                        WED: Pray for the new Directorate of                                                                                              political atmosphere in 2019, in spite of a
                                                        Communicable Diseases - Ministry of Health,                                                                                       post-election period. Political stability helps
                                                        which recently separated from National Public                                                                                     to ensure targeted activities are achieved
                                                        Health Department. Pray for the new director                                                                                      and we pray that a similar situation prevails
                                                        to have wisdom and for a relationship to be                                                                                       in 2020.
                                                        built with TLM-TL and the new leprosy project.                                                                                    WED: The TLMIB team will go through
                                                        THU: Thank God that TLM staff have fully
                                                        participated in the development of Timor               T  he Leprosy Mission International Bangladesh
                                                                                                                  implements 22 projects through 6 programmes
                                                                                                                                                                                          various processes to develop their next
                                                                                                                                                                                          strategic plan for 2021-2025. We seek God’s

T   LM Timor Leste’s vision is to see an                Leste’s National Disability Strategy 2020-2024.        across 30 districts and employs around 432 staff. The                      guidance and wisdom, enabling the team to
    improvement in the quality of life of people                                                               country office is in Dhaka, the capital. The office is                     design a proper strategic plan.
                                                        FRI: Pray for the end term review and
affected by leprosy or disabilities and their                                                                  responsible for ensuring adequate support for and                          THU: Currently registered as an international
                                                        development of the new country strategy that
families.                                                                                                      oversight of projects, networking with partners, and                       NGO in Bangladesh, pray that TLMIB will
                                                        comes to an end in December 2020.
    Timor Leste achieved ‘leprosy elimination’ (less                                                           building relationships with relevant government                            continue to enjoy making good progress
than 1 case per 10,000 in the population) in 2011.      SAT/SUN: Pray for our plan to implement the            departments.                                                               towards being registered as a local NGO,
However, in recent years the number of new cases        National Leprosy Review for the country, pray              TLM Bangladesh’s projects include leprosy                              governed by a Bangladeshi Board. May God
has been increasing, so TLM Timor Leste continue        for expertise, coordination, commitment and            control, community based rehabilitation, advocacy,                         shower his blessing upon the Chair and
to advocate to the Ministry of Health, telling them     enough financial support. Pray for Francisco           and a leprosy referral hospital (DBLM) located at                          advisory board members as they guide us
that leprosy still is a problem in Timor Leste. TLM     da Costa, the Project Manager for the                  Nilphamari.                                                                successfully through this process.
continues to work hard to find new cases, put           Improved Leprosy Service project, as he leads              In alignment with the global focus on ending
                                                        the new project and new staff, pray for health,                                                                                   FRI: Pray for TLMIB’s need to maintain
them on treatment early, and so prevent disability.                                                            leprosy transmission, TLM Bangladesh sees research
                                                        wisdom and commitment.                                                                                                            the Core Research Program in order to
Every person affected by leprosy is of value; each                                                             into leprosy as a major pathway to achieving that
                                                                                                                                                                                          maintain and invite quality research.
one of us is God’s special work of art.                                                                        goal and is looking to establish a core research
                                                                                                                                                                                          Faithful commitments are anticipated from
    TLM Timor Leste currently works on projects                                                                programme with the necessary resources (facilities,
                                                                                                                                                                                          the supporting partners to continue this
to improve leprosy services, they run community                                                                knowledge and personnel) for sustainable
based rehabilitation programmes to integrate                                                                   support. There is also a dedicated training centre at
people affected by leprosy into the community,                                                                 Nilphamari, providing leprosy and other training to                        SAT/SUN: Pray for TLMIB as we work on a
they advocate for Human Rights at the national                                                                 government and NGO staff.                                                  succession and a capacity development plan
level, and they have produced a Gender Based                                                                       TLM Bangladesh also provides services to reduce                        to replace experienced staff who are leaving
Violence toolkit.                                                                                              the prevalence of tuberculosis in cooperation with                         the organisation due to retirement. Pray that
                                                                                                               the National Tuberculosis Programme.                                       TLMIB is able to continue as an effective and
                                                                                                                                                                                          leading leprosy organisation, partnering with
                                                                                                                                                                                          the National Leprosy Program to strengthen
                                                                                                                SENIOR STAFF                                                              the health system.
                                                                                                                Mr. Salomon Sumon Halder, TLMIB Country Director
                                                       SENIOR STAFF                                             Mr. Jiptha Boiragee, Program Support Coordinator
                                                                                                                Mr. James Taposh Adhikary, Administration and Finance Coordinator
                                                       Afliana Lisnahan (Nona) – Country Leader                 Mr. Surendra Nath Singh, Program Leader, Community Program & Rural
                                                       Francisco da Costa – Project Manager (ILS)               Health Program
                                                       Nelson da Silva – Project Coordinator (CBR)              Mr. John Arpon Samaddar, Program Leader, Chottogram & Dhaka
                                                       Joel Costa – Project Supervisor (RPD)                    Mr. Augustine Amal D’ Rozario, Program Leader, DBLM Hospital Program
                                                       Joaozina da Conceicao – Finance Manager                  Mrs Suma Reverio – Human Resource Manager
                                                       Thalia Araujo – HR Manager                               Dr Benedict Alo D’Rozario, Chairman of the Board                       Top: Mr Salomon Suman Halder, TLMIB Country Leader,
Top: The first Timor Leste Board Meeting                                                                                                                                               with Kofi Nyarko, Wellesley Bailey award winner
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M    issions and ministries that love Jesus
     are like a tree planted by streams of
water, which yields its fruit in season and
                                                     life He has given us the real sense of what the
                                                     psalmist means in Psalm 1:3.                       That person is like a tree
                                                     The Leprosy Mission is like that person that
whose leaf does not wither and whatever
                                                     is like a tree planted by the streams. In our
                                                                                                        planted by streams of
they do prospers. Jesus is the real source of
our all needs. If our missions and ministries
                                                     mission we constantly pray and read the Word       water, which yields its fruit
                                                     of God. Since 2005 I have been a part of TLM
are with him, we lack nothing. He is naturally                                                          in season and whose leaf
                                                     Nepal and now I am Board Chair. I’ve also had
supernatural and, supernaturally, He is natural.
                                                     the privilege to serve on the TLM International
A short story from my life - God called me to        board for 8 years. During these days I have
                                                                                                        does not wither- whatever
work for people affected by leprosy in 1996          found that in this family we are always seeking    they do prospers.
while I was working in an organisation full          God’s kingdom and His righteousness.
time. God’s calling was so divine so I left my                                                          Psalms 1:3
                                                     As the Bible says, “But seek first His kingdom
job and followed His voice. Many said that was
                                                     and his righteousness, and all these things
my foolish decision.
                                                     will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:33). It
From a worldly point of view, I had lost many        is true that the day when we stop being near
things that day, but spiritually I had received      the streams of God, we start getting dry, stop
everything. That day God had called me to            yielding fruits and the leaf starts to wither.
be by streams of water. Amazing miracles             It would mean that the TLM mission would
kept happening in our life and He fulfilled          become purposeless, meaningless, useless
all our needs. He became our real provider.          and valueless.
We have never been distracted from His
                                                     As TLM’s Global Fellowship we don’t live for
divine calling but keep moving forward,
                                                     ourselves but for God’s glory, by serving
serving people affected by leprosy, for their
                                                     people affected by leprosy. God has called
spiritual and physical healing, dignity, and the
                                                     us to work for them, for their holistic change.
transformation of their lives. In this journey, He
                                                     They are among the neediest people of this
never left us, nor did He forsake us. Praise God!
                                                     world. I encourage you all to continue with
I have been well known about Khokana                 God in fulfilling TLM’s mission – Leprosy
leprosy colony at Kathmandu since my school          Defeated, Lives Transformed. In this way we
days. I would love to go there and share the         can yield fruits in season and our leaf will not
love of God with the people there. As a reward,      wither, and whatever we do will prosper.
God even has given me a precious gift: a wife
                                                     Thank you and may the blessings of the Lord
from the same community. Since then we
                                                     be upon you forever!
have continued serving God together there
as Pastors. The great blessing of our life is that   Pastor Ashok Adhikari
we still work as volunteer Pastors and God is        Chairman of The Leprosy Mission Nepal
our provider for everything we need. In our

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NIGER                                                                                                   16–22 MAR   ENGLAND AND WALES – PART 1                                                                    23–29 MAR

Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if                                                                 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all
any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit,
                                                         PRAYER POINTS                                              its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ.
                                                                                                                                                                             PRAYER POINTS
if any affection and mercy, fulfil my joy by being       MON: TLM Niger is taking on a new initiative               1 Corinthians 12:12                                      MON: We give thanks for our faithful
like-minded, having the same love, being of one          to build a network with other NGOs to                                                                               supporters, for all those who pray and
accord, of one mind.                                     advocate for people affected by leprosy and                                                                         all who give gifts. We are blessed by the
Philippians 2: 1-2                                       persons with disabilities. Please pray that the                                                                     generosity of supporters who leave legacies,
                                                         effort will yield positive results.                                                                                 funding around 25% of our work. Pray that
                                                         TUE: Pray for TLM Niger’s team (Yohanna,                                                                            every supporter knows that they are part of
                                                         Saratou, Sani, Ichaya and Daouda) as they                                                                           an amazing Mission, motivated by the love
                                                         coordinate all administrative and project                                                                           and compassion of Jesus.
                                                         activities and work with government and                                                                             TUE: Many of our team travel overseas to
                                                         local partners in implementing projects                                                                             help design projects and work with staff
                                                         for people affected by leprosy and other                                                                            in Asia and Africa. Give thanks for the
                                                         disabilities.                                                                                                       relationships of trust and co-operation that
                                                         WED: The security situation in Niger is still                                                                       have been built between countries, and pray
                                                         a big concern due to crises and terrorist                                                                           for these to strengthen through 2020. Pray
                                                         attacks in neighbouring countries. Please                                                                           too for protection as staff travel, particularly
                                                         pray that the Lord will bring about peace and                                                                       in volatile countries, and for their families
                                                         keep the TLM team safe as they travel to visit                                                                      here in the UK.
                                                         projects.                                                  T   he Leprosy Mission England and Wales values
                                                                                                                        being part of a world-wide family, working to        WED: Research is essential as we work

T   LM Niger’s vision is to see the lives of people
    affected by leprosy transformed through
access to sustainable leprosy and community
                                                         THU: TLM Niger has recently elected new
                                                         board members. Please pray for wisdom
                                                                                                                    bring healing and wholeness to people affected
                                                                                                                    by leprosy.
                                                                                                                                                                             towards our goal to see the end of leprosy.
                                                                                                                                                                             Pray for significant new financial investment
                                                                                                                                                                             in research and for breakthroughs that
                                                         and unity among the board as they take full                    As we raise funds and prayer support along
services that enhance their potential to participate     responsibility for all TLM operations in the                                                                        provide new tools, including an early
                                                                                                                    with managing many overseas programmes in
actively in society.                                     country.                                                                                                            diagnostic test, so we are better equipped to
                                                                                                                    South Asia and Africa, we pray that we will take
    TLM Niger works across six regions in Niger                                                                                                                              end this debilitating disease.
                                                         FRI: Pray for CSL Danja hospital, which has                time, individually and as a team, to stay focussed
(Maradi, Zinder, Touha, Dosso, Tilaberi and                                                                                                                                  THU: We pray that new doors will open
                                                         been facing serious financial challenges and               on the will and leading of Jesus and hear from Him
Niamey) where they provide leprosy services such                                                                                                                             and for opportunities to put leprosy on the
                                                         challenges in appointing a hospital director.              in all areas of our work.
as leprosy awareness training and supervision                                                                                                                                Commonwealth agenda. We also pray that
                                                         Please pray that the Lord will turn around the                 As a team we give God thankful praise for
of health workers. They also work with IDEA, an                                                                                                                              decision-makers in the UK and in countries
                                                         fortunes of the centre.                                    the success of the Heal Nepal campaign in 2019.
association of people affected by leprosy, helping                                                                                                                           where leprosy exists recognise the need to
                                                                                                                    Through the prayers and generous gifts of our
them with training in advocacy, empowerment,             SAT/SUN: Pray for Bunmi and his family; for                                                                         increase efforts to fight both the disease
                                                                                                                    supporters, including match funding from the
and developing community awareness.                      Bunmi as he leads the team in Niger and                                                                             and discrimination, and target government
                                                                                                                    UK government, this was our most successful
    TLM Niger also run community development             Chad as Country Leader; for his wife, Loveth,                                                                       investment appropriately.
                                                                                                                    fundraising initiative ever. We pray with trust in
programmes such as providing micro credit                and their children, as they cope with the
                                                                                                                    our loving Father in heaven, that the work to find,      FRI: We are blessed with the prayer and
or grants so that people affected by leprosy             harsh weather of Niger.
                                                                                                                    cure, and heal people with leprosy in Nepal will         financial support of many individual
can create a livelihood. Their community
                                                                                                                    have a long-lasting impact.                              churches and church groups throughout the
development work also sees them build ventilated
latrines and promote hygiene in communities to                                                                                                                               UK. Pray that we can engage new churches
prevent water borne diseases. They run a housing                                                                                                                             from all denominations who share our desire
project for homeless people affected by leprosy.                                                                                                                             to see the end of leprosy in this lifetime.
                                                                                                                                                                             SAT/SUN: Give thanks for the opportunity
                                                                                                                                                                             of match-funding and the benefit this has
                                                                                                                                                                             added to the impact of The Heal Nepal
                                                                                                                                                                             campaign. Pray for the UK Government, that
                                                        SENIOR STAFF                                                                                                         MPs will protect our national foreign aid
                                                                                                                      SENIOR STAFF                                           budget and that it will be spent wisely.
                                                        Bunmi Oluloto – TLM Country Leader
                                                        Ichaya Garba – TLM Niger Office Administrator                 Peter Waddup – TLM Country Leader
                                                        Abdul Yohanna – TLM Niger Programme Manager                   Sian Arulanantham – Head of Programmes and Policy
                                                        Saratou Barage – TLM Niger Technical Advisor                  Arminda O’Reilly – HR Manager                       Top: Left to right - Vice Presidents, Pam Rhodes and Bishop
                                                        Sani Hassan – TLM Project Officer                             Louise Timmins – Head of Fundraising                Donald of Peterborough, Lizzie Standbrook and Peter
Top: The TLM Niger team                                                                                                                                                   Waddup, National Director, at the launch of Heal Nepal
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MOZAMBIQUE                                                                                     30 MAR–5 APR                 SOUTH AFRICA                                                                                       6–12 APR

                                                     PRAYER POINTS                                                                                                                        PRAYER POINTS
                                                     MON: We will be extending a system of                                                                                                MON: Give thanks for new members of The
                                                     health committees in leprosy-affected                                                                                                Leprosy Mission Southern Africa’s team, who
                                                     villages throughout the year. In this way                                                                                            are strengthening awareness of leprosy and
                                                     we can involve more community leaders in                                                                                             promoting the early treatment of leprosy.
                                                     active case finding and follow up. We pray                                                                                           Pray for their safety as they travel far and
                                                     that more people will take ownership of the                                                                                          wide to raise awareness, especially in remote,
                                                     fight against leprosy.                                                                                                               rural areas.
                                                     TUE: People affected by leprosy and their                                                                                            TUE: Many training events are planned for
                                                     communities are best placed to resolve many                                                                                          the year, at which health workers will have
                                                     of their own problems. The Community Value                                                                                           the opportunity to learn the truth about

T   he Leprosy Mission in Mozambique works in
    close cooperation with the Health Department
in support of the Leprosy Control project in
                                                     Chain project works to give communities the
                                                     tools and skills to do this. We pray that this
                                                                                                                                                                                          leprosy. Pray that these training events will
                                                                                                                                                                                          be effective in combatting the fear of leprosy
                                                     will contribute to transformation in those                                                                                           and that health workers will be deeply
the province of Cabo Delgado. There are also         communities.                                                                                                                         motivated to care professionally for leprosy
strong links with community partners, including                                                                                                                                           patients.
                                                     WED: We travel many thousands of
community volunteers and self-care groups.
                                                     kilometres each year to reach villages,                                                                                              WED: Pray for many of our leprosy patients
    We also support ALEMO, a Leprosy Patient
                                                     conduct case finding, and supervise activities                                                                                       who live in remote rural areas. It is often
Association that works to improve the livelihoods
                                                     in Cabo Delgado. Please pray for God’s                                                                                               difficult for them to get to clinics. Pray that
of its members through improved agriculture
                                                     continued protection and the good health of                                                                                          health workers will be able to visit them
methods, training, and advocacy. A network of
                                                     staff out in the field.                                                                                                              regularly and help them avoid injuries and
local churches undergoing the UMOJA integral
                                                     THU: The UMOJA project works to mobilise                                                                                             further disability.
mission training is slowly growing and is
increasingly contributing to advocacy initiatives    the local churches to be involved in local                                                                                           THU: Give thanks for our many generous
and greater awareness of leprosy.
    In 2020 we hope to implement an integrated
                                                     advocacy initiatives alongside leprosy self-
                                                     care groups. We pray that the voice of the                             T  he Leprosy Mission Southern Africa raises
                                                                                                                               funds for leprosy work and general disability
                                                                                                                            work in South Africa. The Leprosy Mission runs
                                                                                                                                                                                          friends throughout South Africa who
                                                                                                                                                                                          support the work of The Leprosy Mission so
leprosy control, church mobilisation, and value      church will get stronger in defence of people                                                                                        faithfully. Pray that we will be blessed with
chain project. This project will work to create      affected by leprosy.                                                   leprosy programmes in the Eastern Cape and                    new supporters during the year who will also
greater village ownership of leprosy services                                                                               KwaZulu Natal and cooperates with the National                be inspired to continue their friendship for
                                                     FRI: As part of the UMOJA project, the
and other community initiatives, contributing                                                                               Department of Health in the provision of leprosy              many long years.
                                                     local church is taught to reach out to their
to breaking the transmission of leprosy and the                                                                             services in other areas. The RampUp general
                                                     communities with the love of Jesus. We pray                                                                                          FRI: Give thanks for the impact of RampUp
growing of stronger communities.                                                                                            disability campaign promotes the inclusion of
                                                     that the Good News of God’s grace will be                                                                                            during 2019 – RampUp is our general
                                                                                                                            people with disabilities in all aspects of society,
                                                     amplified in communities affected by leprosy.                                                                                        disability programme that promotes the
                                                                                                                            but especially within the church.
                                                     SAT/SUN: There is a continued armed                                                                                                  inclusion of people with disabilities in the
                                                     insurgency in the northern districts of Cabo                                                                                         Church. Pray for the RampUp training events
                                                     Delgado. This influences our programmes                                                                                              planned for 2020.
                                                     directly and is dislocating many communities.                                                                                        SAT/SUN: Pray too that the RampUp book
                                                     Pray with us for the situation to be resolved                                                                                        launched in 2019, entitled “The Church
                                                     and for affected populations to find sufficient                                                                                      and Disability”, authored by Professor
                                                     food.                                                                                                                                Louise Kretzschmar, will find a wide
                                                                                                                                                                                          readership, especially at Bible colleges and
                                                                                                                              SENIOR STAFF                                                other institutions when church leaders
                                                                                                                              Peter Laubscher – TLM Country Leader
                                                                                                                                                                                          receive training. Pray that we will be able
                                                    SENIOR STAFF
                                                                                                                              Theo de Villiers – Deputy Director                          to find a champion for RampUp, who will
                                                    Dr Arie de Kruijff – TLM Country Leader                                                                                               enjoy widespread acceptance across the
                                                    Sr Belarmino Reich – ALEMO and Iphiro Yohoolo Project Manager                                                                         denominational spectrum and who will be
                                                    Sr Hipolito Cocorea – Monitoring Evaluation and Learning Officer        Top: Emily was diagnosed with leprosy in the 1970s.
                                                                                                                                                                                          able to encourage more churches to adopt
                                                    Sr Jorge Armindo – Prevention of Disabilities/Leprosy Control Project   Despite life’s huge setbacks, like losing her health, her
                                                    Manager                                                                 husband and four of her children who all passed away, she     the RampUp model.
                                                    Sra Nelta Jumamossi – Accountant                                        believes today that the Lord has granted her a long life to
                                                    Sr Culaire Luis – Human Resources Manager                               be a blessing to others. She teaches young women to cut
Top: The TLM Mozambique team                                                                                                patterns from rolls of material and to do basic sewing.
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RESEARCH                                                                                                         13–19 APR           FINLAND                                                                                                 20–26 APR

                                                                                                                                     If we live in the light – just as He is in the light -
                                                                            PRAYER POINTS                                            then we have fellowship with one another.
                                                                                                                                                                                               PRAYER POINTS
                                                                            MON: TLM maintains two globally-                         1 John 1:7                                                MON: Give thanks for the churches and
                                                                            recognised research laboratories – the                                                                             individual donors who are faithfully praying
                                                                            Mycobacterial Research Laboratory at                                                                               for and supporting leprosy affected people
                                                                            Anandaban Hospital, Nepal and the Stanley                                                                          in DR Congo and Nepal.
                                                                            Browne Laboratory in Delhi, India. Pray for                                                                        TUE: Give thanks for our board members and
                                                                            the staff working in our laboratories, as they                                                                     other volunteers who freely give their time
                                                                            prioritise the issues they work on and write                                                                       and expertise.
                                                                            proposals for grant funding.
                                                                                                                                                                                               WED: Pray for wisdom and God´s blessing in
                                                                            TUE: Praise God for our research work in                                                                           all of our plans.
                                                                            north-west Bangladesh - one of the very
                                                                            few locations in the world where large field                                                                       THU: Pray for greater involvement of
                                                                            studies for leprosy can be conducted. Pray                                                                         Christians in Finland. Pray that they will pray,
                                                                                                                                                                                               volunteer, give regularly and take on greater
R  esearch is key to achieving our vision of                                for the plans to increase the capacity in our
                                                                            Bangladesh research work over the next 3-5                                                                         responsibilities.
   Leprosy Defeated, Lives Transformed. There
are many unanswered questions in the field of                               years so that we can maintain and increase                                                                         FRI: Give thanks for the TLM staff in DR
leprosy, from the mechanism of transmission, to                             our national and international research                                                                            Congo and pray for them in their work and
                                                                            partnerships.                                                                                                      travel.
the reasons why some people develop severe                                                                                               LM Finland works based entirely on volunteers
nerve damage despite good treatment, to the                                 WED: Praise God for recent successes in                      and through donor contributions.                      SAT/SUN: Give thanks for opportunities to
best ways to reduce the stigma of leprosy in a                              applications to research funding bodies – for                The board works to                                    talk about leprosy and pray that this work
community. Without research we are not going
to make progress towards zero transmission, zero
                                                                            chemoprophylaxis studies, piloting early
                                                                            diagnostic tests and studying new ways                   •   raise funds
                                                                                                                                                                                               will grow fruit.

disability and zero discrimination.
   TLM’s research covers a wide range of areas.
                                                                            of managing chronic wounds. Pray for the                 •   raise awareness of leprosy and the needs of
                                                                                                                                         leprosy affected people
                                                                            teams that are developing new research
Our world-class laboratories collaborate with                               proposals.                                               •   encourage prayer support
other laboratories across the world to develop
new tests to diagnose leprosy, to test new anti-
                                                                            THU: Praise God for the universities
                                                                            worldwide that partner with TLM in order
                                                                                                                                     •   publish magazines in Finnish and Swedish
                                                                                                                                         (Finland has a Swedish speaking minority
leprosy drugs and to monitor for resistance to                              to conduct research studies. Pray for the                    population)
anti-leprosy drugs.
   Our hospitals are testing new ways to manage
                                                                            strengthening of these partnerships and for
                                                                            new partnerships. Pray for our research to be            •   visit churches of different denominations,
                                                                                                                                         groups and schools, to try to motivate them to
leprosy complications such as lepra reaction and                            translated into practice.
ulcers. Our community programmes are studying                                                                                            become actively involved
more effective ways to mobilise communities in                              FRI: TLM is a member of the Leprosy
                                                                                                                                     TLM Finland is planning new fundraising efforts,
the fight against leprosy, measuring the impact of                          Research Initiative (LRI), a partnership for
                                                                                                                                     focusing on the difference that donations make in
our community-based programmes.                                             research, through which funds for research
                                                                                                                                     the lives of people affect by leprosy.
                                                                            are pooled, allowing TLM’s researchers to
                                                                                                                                         We are working on getting our magazine into
                                                                            access greater funding. Pray for LRI to grow
                                                                                                                                     Christian newspapers and magazines and on
                                                                            so that more funds are available. Pray for
                                                                                                                                     increasing our presence in the Christian media in
                                                                            success as our own research proposals are
                                                                                                                                     Finland. This is all a part of our drive to increase
                                                                            submitted to LRI for funding.
                                                                                                                                     the involvement of the Christian community in
 SENIOR STAFF                                                               SAT/SUN: Platforms like the International                our work.
 TLM International Research Committee                                       Leprosy Congress (September 2019) provide
 Prof Warwick Britton (Chair) - University of Sydney, Australia             TLM with opportunities to showcase our
 Dr Paul Saunderson - American Leprosy Missions                             research work and share findings. Pray that
 Prof. Diana Lockwood - London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine      we can continue to share our research in
 Prof. Jan Hendrik Richardus - Erasmus University, The Netherlands          peer-reviewed journals and congresses and
 Prof Pushpendra Singh - University of Boroda, India
                                                                            to translate research into practice.                                                                              SENIOR STAFF
 Senior Research Staff
 Dr Deanna Hagge – Head of the Mycobacterial Research Laboratory,                                                                                                                             Rev Eija Kilpi – Chair of the Board
 Anandaban Hospital, Kathmandu                                                                                                                                                                Ms Marja Aho – Vice chair
 Dr Joydeepa Darling - Head of Research, TLM Trust India                 Top: A researcher at the Stanley Browne Laboratory of The                                                            Ms Ritva Pohti – National Director/Secretary
                                                                         Leprosy Mission Trust India                                 Top: Our Finnish team hard at work
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