From landowner to isolation – one man’s steadfast resolve to find hope

By April 26, 2021Leprosy

Decades ago, there was a happily married father of two who farmed his land and led a full life. Yet, when we met him, he was a 60-year-old living alone in a remote village in the Salem district. This was a far cry from his previous life. His transformative story below tells of a man who finds hope in the darkest of seasons. 

Pure joy to absolute shock

When Thangavel was a young man, he worked in the Middle East. He was a hard worker who saved his earnings so that he could move to India. After the move, he met his wife, and they had two beautiful daughters. Thangavel was in agriculture and led a happy life, but sadly, he was diagnosed with leprosy, and his family moved him into a treatment hospital. 

Thangavel couldn’t fathom that he had contracted this horrible disease — and even sadder was his wife’s reaction. She left the family mercilessly due to the leprosy stigma, but that didn’t dampen Thangavel’s resolve to raise responsible children. He lovingly cared for his girls until they married and moved into their new homes.

Thangavel was lonely after his daughters moved out, and he didn’t have many friends from his past. His ulcers were getting progressively worse, and he needed a miracle. 

The Miracle Van 

Our medical van soon arrived in his village, and we treated his wounds. Soon after, Thangavel attended our medical camp where he had his ulcers cleaned up and bandaged. He asked if he could join our hospice center — and we gladly said yes!

Today Thangavel enjoys regular medical care and consistent meals at our base in Coimbatore. He’s made new friends, and best of all, he’s started a relationship with Jesus! 

Thangavel shared that he is very grateful to our Almighty God for his new life, the knowledge about the only true and living God and His grace, and the loving staff and the medical care from Embrace A Village.

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Praise + Prayer Reports

  • Praise that our patients in hospice and rehab are feeling calmer and more joyful.
  • Praise that Jobin and Sathya are both THRIVING
  • Pray that both the staff and patients at Embrace a Village will be covered by God’s hand of protection, as India is experiencing a significant surge of new covid cases and shortage of oxygen and ventilators.
  • Pray for our staff and patients to be given access to the covid vaccination.
  • Pray for unity and hope to abound throughout EAV and the regions where we serve.
  • Pray that our patients will hear from family members soon. Communication has been hard.
  • Pray for Hema as she grieves and adjusts to her new normal. If you missed our last correspondence, here is an update