Gift of Love

by Carolyn, DTS student

School at the leper colony - YWAM DTS

Children of lepers are also ostracized even though they may not have leprosy themselves. The team spent time with school children at the leper colony.

It was one of our first trips into the surrounding villages and towns of Gaya. We were on our way to a leper colony to see how we could show them the love of Jesus. The air was cool and I was glad I thought to bring my warm coat. A local man showed us the way to the colony, translating various phrases for us and pointing out local landmarks.

We finally arrived at the leper colony. I was confronted with the profound emotional heaviness of the place. It felt destitute. Hopeless.

And that’s when our translator stopped translating. He refused to acknowledge the people we were there to help. This was my introduction to the harsh reality of the caste system.

My friends and I kept walking, following the translator through the gravely roads. We walked past an elderly man dressed in thin rags and sitting in the dirt. Wherever I am, I try to give a kind smile to people I encounter, to show them even with a glance that they’re special – not just to me, but to Jesus. When I saw this man on the street, I noticed that his eyes looked empty of anything but lonely sorrow.

We couldn’t stop, but this precious man’s eyes would not leave my heart. Finally, I knew I had to go back and say something to him. I didn’t know if the man would speak any English; I only knew that God loved him vey much and that I had to tell him. The man listened, smiling. For a moment, the heavy feeling of the place lifted.

The local guide made his way back to me, followed by several other Indians. I guess I was causing a scene by talking to this man. I was a woman and he was an untouchable.

“The lepers are often cold,” the translator remarked. “They have a hard time getting warm.”

I thought about how cold I had been in my room the night before – I could actually see my breath. I considered the man Dustin and I were trying to talk to. He was shivering.

Would you give this man your coat? The thought came to my heart with such a deep feeling of compassion, I knew I had to act.

“Here,” I said, handing him my thick coat. “God loves you. God loves you. He wants you to be warm.”

The man’s eyes brightened and his whole expression softened. The growing crowd around us seemed collectively shocked. Not only had I talked to an “untouchable,” something that would surely hurt my chances at a better reincarnation, but I had actually given him something valuable that I, myself, needed.

Giving that man my jacket seemed like an obvious and simple thing to do. But now I realize that such a simple act is what it means to live the gospel, to share the Good News. Jesus told us to pray that God’s kingdom would come—and I think this is one way we can be part of seeing God’s kingdom here on earth. I pray that the man understands the jacket wasn’t really from me, but it was a gift from a God who loves him.

Comments 8

  1. What an awesome act of servanthood! To give something away that you were in personal need of—- shows a true heart for God. The Bible says to ‘forsake all and follow Him’- that is exactly what you did, Carolyn.

  2. I agree with Cindy!! What a wonderful act of kindness, love, and servanthood! I am thankful for your love for God and for all people!! We pray for you all day and night!! You know that I love and miss you very very much, Carolyn!! Keep that anointing!! I am looking forward to your return home!! I may comment again later. It’s a little past 4:00 a.m. here. I love you, Mama

  3. I am so proud of you and how you are allowing God to lead and direct your paths. The most important thing any of us as Christians can do is to show unselfish love to a dying world and you set the example by what you did for the leper. I pray for you and the work you are doing for the cause of Christ. Love you, Ms. Bryan

  4. To God be the Glory, now that what God did for us he gave us his son to die on the cross so that we may have a chance at his righteousness he took to the cross all our sins so that we may live freely, and to give of yourself for the mission of Christ I just pray that God takes you to another level in your walk for him and that he gives that anointing that when you walk by someone who is not save that they feel the present of God and be save and made whole. I speak double anointing upon your life. Be Bless, Sherise

  5. Hey, I wanted to comment again, since it was so early in the morning when I commented before. I am so thankful to God for giving you and your team the opportunity to be the body of Christ, His hands, and His feet, and His voice of wisdom. This may be the only way these people will ever feel and be able to receive His great love, and His glorious salvation for their soul!! I love you so very much!! I miss you so very much!! I am praying that many many more great things will happen before you all return home, and I am sure that they will!! Much Much Love! Your Mama 😀

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