Friday, March 21, 2014 6:30 PM: Inspirational Testimony from Joy Cho
Joy left her job to volunteer with the Helping Hands Ministry which is committed to serving lepers in China, and to spreading the gospel to a forgotten and otherwise hopeless section of society. As of now 677 out of 2,500 lepers have been baptized since 2006. Please join us on March 21, 2014 at 6:30pm at our church to hear more of the work being done for these precious souls.
Did you know leper colonies still exist? Watch this video to found out more!
Helping Hands Ministry: Committed to Serving Lepers in China
Helping Hands (The Angel Nest) is an NGO committed to serving lepers in China. From 2006 until today, volunteers have been serving about 2,500 lepers in 49 leper colonies in China. We have been preaching the gospel to them through the love of our Lord Jesus Christ. As of now, 677 lepers have gotten baptized and over 300 others are prepared to commit their lives to the Lord in baptism.
While they have the disease of leprosy, they are also blind, deaf, dumb, crippled, paralyzed, and suffer from bedsores and mental disease. Some are severely handicapped. Nearly all of the lepers do not have hands and feet. They are truly the "least of these our brethren" in this world. In the entire country of China, there are about 600 leper colonies, with the number of lepers totaling about 240,000. All of them are living without the hope of the Gospel. Although they are the Lord's precious sons and daughters, they were abandoned by their families and society 30-40 years ago.
This mission work was started by a Korean man named Kim, Jin Toh, who is now 80 years old. In 1983, Grandpa Kim began serving lepers and blind people in Japan for 5 years. After that, he served lepers at So-Rok Island in Korea for 17 years. In February of 2006, Grandpa Kim went to China and found a leper colony in Loh-Tuh-Gu. Since that time God has worked through him, and reports about our mission work have spread far and wide, both in China and abroad. Currently, we have about 120 volunteers united in this holy work. These volunteers come from 8 different countries: 60 from China and 30 from Korea who have pledged their lives to this mission, and over 30 short-term volunteers from the USA, CANADA, HONG KONG, SINGAPORE, MALAYSIA, and LAOS). However, we are lacking volunteers. We have volunteers serving in 12 locations in China who are daily sharing Christ’s love with lepers.
The word has gotten out that that our volunteers are "great people" and Chinese newspapers and TV stations have reported our story over 20 times. Last September at a Volunteer Conference in Nan-Jing, the head government official overseeing skin diseases recognized our NGO group as the best volunteer group in China, doing the work that nobody wants to do. He gave us permission to continue the volunteer work and to worship God in the 600 leper colonies. We have accepted this as conclusive evidence that God Himself is directing this work and that He loves the lepers, the "least of these” very much.
After 30 to 40 years of suffering as outcasts, these lepers receive the love of Jesus through the volunteers who become their hands and feet. By merely getting their faces and feet washed, they accept Jesus with tears of gratitude and joy. In their entire lifetimes, they had never had a single person visit them. But now as we share the love of Jesus with them, their hearts are touched.
Some lepers, after being baptized for only 2 or 3 years, memorize and recite extremely large passages of Scripture. This is astounding because average church members who have been Christians for decades have not even memorized ten verses. It is actually miraculous because these lepers never went school and never learned to read or write. This is clear evidence that the Holy Spirit is working in their lives. Zechariah 4:6 says, "Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit."