The population most susceptible to leprosy is the Aka Pigmy group. Many Aka tribes live in the deep jungle surrounding Impfondo, the town where we reside. Pioneer Christian Hospital has become a place of hope for those who have heard the disease could be treated. Unfortunately though, many others still believe skin diseases like leprosy are a curse. Many more have the misunderstanding that leprosy is contagious; often, those showing signs of the disease are pushed out of their homes, lose their jobs, and enter a life of destitution.
Pioneer Christian Hospital partnered with American Leprosy Mission and birthed the Kimia Care Center to tackle this issue.
‘Kimia’ means peace. It’s a resident facility for those who are suffering the effects of leprosy and require in-patient treatment. At Kimia, not only do patients and their families find hope with treatment, but Living Hope with the Word of God.
The Kimia Care team routinely takes long excursions into the deep jungle to seek the lost, the ‘least of these’, those who are sick, and those who have not heard of the Living Hope. In these remote communities in the deep jungle, the team shows the Jesus film and a film on leprosy. On their last excursion this past March, nearly 500 souls made decisions for Christ. Pastors in these remote communities are now tasked with discipleship of these new believers. The team also treated many with leprosy and brought 12 families back with them to the Kimia Care Center for long-term inpatient care.