American Leprosy Missions Visits Sixth Grade Academy
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid. Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a bushel, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” – Matthew 5:14-16
In the latest Sixth Grade Academy Altruism in Action event, the students welcomed Mr. Jim Oehrig from American Leprosy Missions to share about his work in Africa and India. The students have been studying the virtues of fortitude and perseverance. Mr. Oehrig’s visit not only brought these virtues to life in a powerful way, but also brought many Gospel stories about people suffering from leprosy to life as well. The children listened with rapt attention as Mr. Oehrig shared stories of hope and bringing not only medical treatment, but also bringing Christ’s love and treating people with dignity even though you may be afraid of their suffering or how they might look.
To help engage the student in some of the challenges a person with leprosy might face, the students competed to see who could unwrap a Hershey Kiss with oven mitts on, mimicking the lack of feeling in the hands.
In preparation for his visit, the students had collected loose change to help provide care for children and adults suffering from leprosy, and were able to present Mr. Oehrig with a very heavy sack of change totaling just over $1700! This amount, the students learned, could provide care and change the lives of at least four people suffering from this disease half a world away.