David, effect:hope supporter
I was born in Liberia, Africa, where my parents worked as administrators for schools and hospitals. So as a small child I got to see a lot, including a considerable number of people with leprosy.
You could say I have firsthand experience.
Once, on our way back to Canada for a visit, we got stopped in New York when doctors there suspected I had leprosy. I was just a toddler, so I don’t even remember it, but my family and I have never forgotten it.
Leprosy has always been part of my life
Images of leprosy are burned into my brain. I remember my father being diligent about taking pictures of people suffering with the disease . He’d show these images to supporters back in Canada on 35mm slide shows, so that they could see what was being done to help rehabilitate those suffering from leprosy and give them a meaningful life.
All of these things have given me a strong desire to help. Plus, when you think of it, if there was ever anything that our belief in Christ calls us to do clearly, it is working with people with leprosy. There are so many stories of Jesus curing those who suffered.
Recently, my wife and I decided to remember effect:hope with a gift in our Wills to help eliminate this dreadful disease. Leprosy was horrible back then, and it’s still horrible now. But today we are on the threshold of elimination, when leprosy is banished for good. It may not happen in my lifetime but I want to be a part of making that glorious day arrive.