Thursday, January 7, 2010

Luke 17: 12-19

And as he entered into a certain village,
there met him ten men that were lepers,
which stood afar off:

And they lifted up their voices,
and said, Jesus, Master,
have mercy on us...

I have recently been accepted to go to India this summer to serve and teach through a humanitarian organization called Rising Star Outreach. I will be working in the Leper colonies; bathing the feet and bodies of those afflicted, cleaning and painting homes, bringing water to the villages, and most important, loving the people. I will also be teaching and tutoring children in English one-on-one.

For those unfamiliar with Leprosy, it is a skin bacterium that affects more than 1 million people in India. The word leprosy comes from the Latin word Lepros and means defilement. These people are shunned from their communities because of their disease and are forced to live out their lives together in colonies with no access to treatment. The disease cripples the body by loss of feeling, digits, paralysis of the feet (why artistic renditions of the ten lepers are seen with bandages and crutches), and other skin pigmentation and ulcers. In the area I will be, colonies have come to be made up of families, with members who are not infected but are shunned by association.

I truly feel a deep pull in my heart that one of my purposes here on this earth is to meet Heavenly Father's children around the world and see them for who they are, eternal spirit sons and daughters of God. I have been so blessed with opportunities to fulfill this role I feel drawn to. I am excited beyond words to meet my brothers and sisters in India. Like with Africa, I have felt, for no obvious reason, a pull to go to India since I can remember. I feel so grateful to have had the opportunity to go to Africa and now India while still so young. My experience in Ghana was life changing and I am forever grateful for those I met and loved. I pray that my time in India will be a humbling and amazing experience as well.

And one of them, when he saw
that he was healed, turned back,
and with a loud voice glorified God

And fell down on his face at his feet,
giving him thanks...


  1. Wow, Annie. Wow. What a great opportunity. A good friend of mine did her Anthrology field study in India for four months about ten years ago. I'll try to track her down so that you can get in touch with her. I'm pretty sure she still has family in Provo--her dad is a professor at BYU. You'd love her.

  2. It sounds like you are really excited Anne Marie. You are a very brave girl and you will again be in our prayers.

  3. Dad and I were on the way to the Temple when I pulled this post up on the Iphone. I had an especially good make-up day before I read it. Both of us were in tears when we pulled into the parking lot. Didn't know you'd be setting the tone for us in that way, did you? Beautiful.

  4. What a wonderful opportunity! I am so excited for you and I look forward to following this new adventure of yours this upcoming summer!

  5. Anne,
    I am so excited for you and also appreciative of your recognition of the Lord's guiding hand in your life. Thank you for sharing all of your experiences from start to finish with us.

  6. This is great! I am so jealous! You are going to love it. What a lucky girl you are, to be able to do so many things and touch so many lives. Love you!

  7. That is so great Anne Marie, can't wait to hear all about it.

  8. What a beautiful post! You will be blessed for serving others. You will cherish these wonderful times in your life when you served others for the rest of your life. You will touch many people.

  9. You are amazing! Good luck on this new adventure. You will be in our prayers.