Yakuba* could never have imagined the leprosy that ravaged his father’s body would lead to such great blessings.
How could he? Leprosy is a terrifying disease that attacks the nerves, skin, and eyes. The damage can destroy the ability to sense pain, causing the loss of fingers and toes due to repeated injuries and infection. Perhaps even worse, those suffering from leprosy are often thought to be cursed and are shunned by their villages. And no one in his village had ever heard of Jesus.
But God had a plan to bless this young Nigerian boy.
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” Romans 8:28 (NIV).
Yakuba’s father found his way to the Leprosy Center in Danja to receive treatment.
And when 11-year-old Yakuba traveled from his village to join his father and help him with meals, he began a journey that would transform his entire future.
While his father was receiving the months of treatment that would stop the progress of his disease, Yakuba received medicine for an eye infection of his own. He also went to school and learned how to read and write.
Yakuba loved to go to the SIM worker’s house in the compound every day and pore over the colorful picture books in his native Hausa language. The missionary would patiently sit with him and help him read the stories.
Becoming a Blessing to Others
Yakuba learned about Jesus and came to faith while attending the school. His father also trusted the Lord during his treatment, went on to attend Bible school, and became an evangelist!
In time, Yakuba followed in his father’s footsteps at Bible school. When he was sent to a village that was completely without believers, he preached the gospel, and started a church there.
Yakuba’s service continues today in his chaplain role at Danja Hospital, where he imparts love and hope to patients and families, much like he and his father received so many years ago.
Your generosity today reaches families like Yakuba’s with needed physical care and the life-changing power of the gospel. And they go on to encourage others to faith!
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