Thanks to your generous giving, these pastors are now better equipped to help people like 12-year-old Nzuzi Nsengi. Nzuzi struggles with disability caused by the flesh-eating disease, Buruli ulcer. When an ulcer first appeared on her left arm, she was eight years old. Her parents struggled to find someone who could identify and treat the disease. Sadly, now her arm is permanently bent. Since she’s left-handed, everyday chores and even school assignments have been difficult.
“Everything was normal,” Nzuzi says of her daily life before the ulcers. “I went to school, I did the housework.”
Nzuzi’s pastor is a participant in the Faith Leaders Program, and he encourages her to learn new skills to overcome her challenges. “He teaches me to write and work with my right hand so that I will go back to school next year. The pastor always tells me to count on God because he is capable of anything. I hope God will help me regain movement in my upper left arm.”
Because pastors and other church leaders are already trusted in their communities, they are powerful allies to fight diseases like leprosy and Buruli ulcer. With additional training to identify these diseases and provide spiritual and emotional care, these leaders are replacing messages of fear with hope.
Thank you for your faithful partnership with us and these local leaders to end neglected tropical diseases, bringing healing and hope in Jesus’ name.