March 19, 2021

An electric shock that changed his entire life

How one accident changed one man’s life forever and led Him to the Lord. Ramachandran was a welder and experienced an electric shock while working on the welding machine when…
March 12, 2021

From suicide pact to finding true life in Jesus

Special note: This story is powerful but sensitive. Our heart is to share the reality of what is happening at our Center and ask you to pray. Thank you for…
March 10, 2021

The tender story of a man who lost his hands and feet to leprosy

Thankaraj cannot walk or speak. Leprosy stole his hands and feet, and he scoots on the floor to get around. He is from an area that we refer to as…
February 24, 2021

February Good News Update

Spring is coming, friends! It’s been a cold winter these last couple of weeks, and we hope that you and your loved ones have stayed safe during the storms. Thankfully,…
February 16, 2021

Praying through leprosy, one day at a time – Pushparani’s story

Abandoned at the hospital, this beautiful child grew up to be a prayer warrior who trusts God no matter what. This is her precious story. Surviving childhood leprosy Pushparani was…
Little Lights After School Tutoring
February 12, 2021

From kindergarten to nursing school – growing up with Sathya

Sathya joined our Little Lights program when she was five years old, and now she is about to graduate nursing school! Today we have a special story about a little…
February 8, 2021

Depression and real effects from the pandemic

Today's blog is a note from our founder, Joe Clendenny sharing some recent events at our base.  Dear friends and family, I’d like to start this letter praising God that…
January 26, 2021

January Good News Update

We hope that you and your family are having a special start to 2021. We are so grateful for each of you. Meet Ranganathan: A single dad’s story of survival…
January 19, 2021

Despair made him want to die…But God brought hope

When all was lost, and rejection felt like it would wipe him out, Ezhumalai met Jesus and found new life. Watch his powerful testimony about meeting Jesus in his darkest…
January 14, 2021

Update from Jobin in Italy!

Remember Jobin, the missionary kid? We got to sit down with him and hear about his Italy adventure so far!   You may remember the story about Jobin, the young…
December 31, 2020

Is God calling you to join the fight?

Join the battle in 2021 Dealing with leprosy means fighting for your life. It’s a disease that threatens everything -- and those impacted have seen the world at it’s ugliest. …
December 30, 2020

100% Matching Gift Happening Now

There are areas of our ministry that need urgent attention. Would you consider donating today to receive a 100% matching gift?   Here’s how your gift will impact people like Jay…
December 29, 2020

A sweet message from our worship leader, Jay

There were physical healings, soul healings, and emotional healings for our patients this year. We’ve laughed, cried, and learned a lot while navigating the various challenges, and triumphs of the…
December 18, 2020

Urgent ministry needs update

Hope was born in a stable so very long ago, so that we might have the hope we cling to today. Praise God for Jesus’s birth! It changed everything and…
December 17, 2020

Abraham’s story: Jesus is the reason for my Joy!

Jesus is the reason for my Joy Abraham had big dreams. He wanted to make money and build a fine house for his family. As a young man, he worked…
December 16, 2020

[new video] A thank you from our friends in India

You've impacted many lives with your prayers and support.  Thank you. Today, our friends in India have a special message for you.  Click the image below to watch this heartfelt…
December 15, 2020

From tragic loss to overflowing with love: Reshma’s story

She lost her mom at 3 years old, now she serves and loves those abandoned by society. Today we’d like to introduce you to Reshma Dawar. She is 24 years…
November 25, 2020

November Good News Update

Happy Thanksgiving! We hope that you and your family have a very special day celebrating God’s faithfulness. We are so grateful for each of you. Meet Biju: College-educated and thriving…
November 17, 2020

Jay was given days to live…8 years later, he’s thriving

Jayachandran is a miracle. Today, he is our prayer and worship leader. (Jay is in the black shirt) Now let’s back up ten years.  When Jay was younger he drank…
November 10, 2020

From Missionary Kid to Italian Car Designer

Today, we want to celebrate someone who has been with EAV since he was in first grade. His name is Jobin, and he’s the son of our staff members, Sunil…
November 2, 2020

October Good News Update

Sustainable farming efforts fill stomachs and boost dignity Once patients are strong enough, we offer them opportunities to work on our farm to help raise animals or vegetables and barter…
October 28, 2020

Jayalalitha’s Story

Abandoned as a child When Jayalalitha was thirteen years old, everything changed. She noticed patches on her right leg, and thought it was a skin disease. But as the days…
October 20, 2020

Here’s How You Can Help Fund Hope for Leprosy Patients

Amruth's Story Amrutha is a 74-year-old sweet little elderly woman who lives in one of the leprosy colonies in the Salem district of Tamilnadu. She lost her eyesight and all…
October 16, 2020

Powerful Spirit-filled Testimony from Jagan Nathan

We are so grateful for your interest in Embrace a Village. Today we have a special story about a man named Jagan Nathan. He is 80 years old and has…
October 13, 2020

“I can count on Embrace a Village no matter what”

This month, we have so much to celebrate as we venture back into Tamilnadu with medical supplies and food for the villagers. God has heard our heart’s cry to be…
October 12, 2020

UPDATE: We are traveling and ministering in Tamilnadu again!

As we seek to be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ, our hearts are motivated by compassion. When we see a need, whether it be a medical, nutritional, spiritual,…
September 16, 2020

September Good News Update

Maybe you’ve read the story of Sasikumar serving patients as a leprosy patient himself, or Kalayarasan not allowing his polio and only having one leg keep him from taking food…
September 14, 2020

Left sick and alone in a hut – how one man found Hope

It is common for leprosy patients to experience rejection from friends, family, and society. They are cast out because people are afraid of catching the disease. Sadly, they don't know…
August 26, 2020

Here’s why your prayers are making a difference

This year has not caught God by surprise, and we are confident that He created us to not only endure 2020, but thrive as we share His love and hope…
August 19, 2020

August Good News Update

Every tutoring session is one step closer to a brighter future. When families are ostracized from society, it’s no surprise that a child’s education and their prospects for the future…
July 28, 2020

Caring for our elders

Over the last few years, we’ve noticed a shift in the demographics in the community we serve. We have noticed increasingly more aging adults living with leprosy. When anyone contracts…
July 10, 2020

July Update From Embrace a Village

We just sent out our monthly newsletter for July, so if you’re not subscribed yet you can do that on our website, click here and scroll to the bottom.  Here’s…
July 9, 2020

Food For Thought: How Our Nutritional Program Brings Healing

Most leprosy patients have ulcers on their hands and feet which limits their ability to work. Between the wounds and the severe stigma that surrounds leprosy, most are left to…
June 17, 2020

Sasikumar’s Story

We wanted to pop in today and share a quick story about our friend, Sasikumar, and the impact he has left on our hearts. We hope that it encourages you!…
June 11, 2020

Why we teach our patients about self-care

Our team approaches self-care in a few different ways, namely through education and awareness. We teach people how to recognize early signs of leprosy so they can receive treatment quickly…
June 4, 2020

How one man with polio is saving lives

We wanted to share a heartwarming story about one man’s sacrificial love that is saving lives.  Due to the restrictions, our staff has been unable to serve in some of …
May 19, 2020

Here’s how you can help

This global pandemic has rocked the entire world. We may feel uncertain and worried.  But God isn't. God had a solution for this before we ever knew there was a…
March 30, 2020

If you’re new here, read this

Dear family,  Although life at Embrace a Village is different during the COVID-19 pandemic, we wanted to take a moment to share about life in southern Asia when things aren't…
March 24, 2020

COVID-19 Update

Hello Embrace a Village family, We are living through a period in history that generations after us will learn about in school. It’s an intense time, and many of us…
March 19, 2020

The Invisible Side Effects Of Leprosy

Leprosy may start with discoloration or irritation of the skin, but this disease is far more than skin deep. While the physical impact of this debilitating disease is astounding, we…
February 26, 2020

Leprosy: What It Is, What It’s Not, and How You Can Help

Throughout the Bible, we meet people living with leprosy. At city gates, on the border of neighboring countries, in small towns, and along the roads of Jerusalem, men, women, and…
February 19, 2020

Bringing Education Back into Reach – Lyappan’s Story

Children related to people with leprosy tend to grow up in poverty and often don’t have access to quality education. While the initial focus of Embrace a Village was to…
January 29, 2020

Sivasami’s story

Sivasami was sixteen when his journey with leprosy began.  As a child, Sivasami struggled with epilepsy and would often fall. He was a happy child who loved playing with his…
January 7, 2020

He said he could live days without food, but not this

As we move into the new year, we would like to take a moment to reflect on a sweet testimony from our friend, Harikrishnan, or “Hari.”  Hari was ten years old…
December 23, 2019

What Jayamari taught us about gratitude

Today we would like to share a story about our sweet friend, Jayamari. Her heart is one of gratitude and stands out in a world of challenge and chaos.  When…
November 25, 2019

Karuppan’s Story: Rejection felt overwhelming, yet Jesus healed the pain

The depths to which leprosy affects a person or family is varied but often tragic. It is common for leprosy patients to experience rejection from friends, family, and society. It…
October 26, 2019

Kannan and Devi’s Remarkable Testimony

At Embrace a Village, we hear and witness some of the most beautiful testimonies of God’s goodness. Today, we would like to share the story of a sweet couple we…
September 30, 2019

How a simple traffic jam now impacts 4,000 people monthly

One day during a routine traffic jam, Anil encountered leprosy patients for the first time. It was during this temporary inconvenience of traffic that his life changed forever.  Anil discovered…
August 31, 2019

Arumugam’s Powerful Story

Here at Embrace a Village, we get the immense privilege to hear, know, and care for people’s stories. Today, we would like to share the testimony of a man we…
July 29, 2019

How education can break the cycle of leprosy

Children of those with leprosy face significant barriers in attaining an education. Although healthy themselves, they are stigmatized and often turned away from schools because of their connection to the…
June 28, 2019

Here’s how our teams serve the community

Many times people with leprosy cannot travel due to various wounds or other effects of the disease. Leprosy often takes away their ability to work which prevents them from being…
May 29, 2019

Here’s why shoes save lives

Our heart here at Embrace a Village is to meet both the spiritual and physical needs of our patients. One way we do that is through our shoe ministry. For…
April 23, 2019

Why we are building a greenhouse

Can you imagine a day when there will be no more sickness or pain? We get so excited dreaming about that day partly because, in our line of ministry, we…
March 14, 2019

How we empower leprosy patients

We desire for our patients to know that they have the power, the right, and the authority to work and to live from a place of acceptance, experiencing peace and…
January 25, 2019

What does Embrace a Village do?

Two of our co-founders, Joe and Anil have always had huge vision for Embrace a Village. They longed for the people of India to experience God’s love and His message…
November 15, 2018

Leprosy Doesn’t Silence Your Story

Every person has a story to tell. Sadly, sometimes people who are affected by leprosy don’t think their story is worth telling. The shame and condemnation they face are just…
October 3, 2018

Can You Cure Leprosy?

If we asked you to name a disease that affects our world today, most likely you would think of cancer, not leprosy. Many people tend to view leprosy as a…
September 4, 2018

Embrace a Village Reaches for Broader Impact in India’s Leprosy Colonies

God’s Given Us a Big Dream to Help Leprosy Patients! In 2003, my friend, Anil Kumar, and I founded Embrace a Village. Our dream was to help eradicate leprosy and…
August 15, 2018

My Personal Encounter with Leprosy Radically Changed My Life

When they found my friend Jay, he was curled up in the fetal position on the ground, waiting to die. He was separated from his family, shunned by society, no…
August 1, 2018

Pressing Need For Clean Water In India

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July 18, 2018

These Two Friends Are Saving the Lives of Leprosy Victims

Anil was afraid of the people under the bridge... Anil Kumar is an Indian national. Born to a Hindu family, his father accepted Christ when Anil was still young and…