“Cursed!” – That’s how you are referred to in India when you are infected with leprosy. Along with that comes the harsh treatment of being disowned and excommunicated from a society that once called you their own.
Megala and her family were faced with this painful experience when her father was diagnosed with leprosy. Now considered “cursed,” Megala’s father could no longer hold a job that would help him support his family. Megala’s mother works as a vegetable vendor to support the family and yet they live on the brink of starvation every day. Megala’s family could not afford basic necessities, so sending their little girl to school was a distant dream.
Megala’s father’s health condition and their family’s dire situation brought them to the point of having to make a painful decision. They had to decide if they want to keep their child despite his inability to adequately provide for her or give her up so she could have a chance for a better life.
As they wrestled over the decision, Megala’s parents discovered through a local pastor that Love One More had a children’s home close by. When Megala was just 4 years old her parents decided to give their little girl a chance at a better life and released her to Love One More’s care. With her moving into a children’s home run by Love One More staff, her life changed dramatically. Megala receives three nutritious meals each day and no longer goes to bed hungry. She also attends school and receives a good quality education. Most importantly, she has learned about Jesus Christ and accepted Him as her personal Savior! Megala is well known by the children and staff and is now a happy and healthy child!
Even as a little girl, Megala expresses deep gratitude to the Lord for the opportunity to live, be loved and have hope for her future under the roof of a Love One More children’s home. Megala loves to read books and listen to music, and her favorite Bible character is Nathan the prophet. When she grows up, Megala dreams of becoming a doctor so that she can work among people affected with leprosy, like her father.
Megala’s favorite Bible verse:
“Can a woman forget her nursing child,
that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb?
Even these may forget,
yet I will not forget you.” (Isaiah 49:15)
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