But when Rabia turned 30, she developed the symptoms of leprosy. Her husband kicked her out of the house because of it. In one fell swoop, the divorcee lost her husband of 18 years, her two young children and a life of normalcy. She moved to another village where there were some other people suffering from leprosy, too.
Many years passed, and Rabia remarried and had another child, but she never consulted any doctors about the disease. By the time she was 56 years old, the leprosy had spread over her entire body. She had lost the ends of her fingers and toes, and sores covered her.
Bandaging Wounds While Singing Praise
Some Sisters of Compassion, Gospel for Asia (GFA)-supported women missionaries specially trained to care for leprosy patients and others in desperate need, began serving in Rabia’s village. When they visited Rabia’s house, she told them wounds covered one of her legs and asked if they could cure her.
The women missionaries comforted the downtrodden woman and assured her the Lord Jesus could heal her sores through their simple, practical dressing of the wounds.
As they dressed Rabia’s wounds, the Sisters of Compassion sang songs of praise to God and prayed for her. They shared the Word of God with Rabia, and as she heard the Word, she slowly started to trust in this God they told her about. He was healing her, just as the missionaries had said He would.
A Deeper Healing
Rabia decided to visit the Sunday worship service the missionaries had told her about, and in the weeks afterward, she kept going back. Eventually, she came to a point where she decided she wanted to know Christ herself, so she invited Him into her heart.
Rabia kept believing the Lord would heal her of leprosy—and He did!
Seeing this, many in her village have begun to recognize Christ’s power to heal and redeem lives. In addition, Rabia is coming to a deeper understanding that Christ accepts her, loves her and honors her, and He will never cast her out.
Praise God for His love for this once-outcast woman.