Pray with us

According to the founder of The Leprosy Mission, Wellesley Bailey, the Mission was
‘born and cradled in prayer’.


Prayer continues to be central to all that we do. The Leprosy Mission International office produces prayer resources that give a global overview as well as the current prayer needs for our work with leprosy-affected people, our staff, and the countries that we work in. Many other TLM offices also produce prayer resources on a quarterly or monthly basis – check our list of Members to see if there’s a TLM office near you.

ASK Prayer Diary is an annual prayer guide providing a global overview of The Leprosy Mission’s work. You can view the ASK Prayer Diary week by week below, download a PDF of the full year, or request a printed booklet. A quarterly prayer guide with updated details, needs and points of praise is also available for download.

And he said to me, “Son of man, eat what is before you, eat this scroll; then go and speak to the people of Israel.” So I opened my mouth, and he gave me the scroll to eat. .. He then said to me: “Son of man, go now to the people of Israel and speak my words to them. - Ezekiel 3:1-2,4 -
Week 15: 15-21 Apr

Speaking out


Give thanks for the people affected by leprosy who are engaged in advocacy at a national or international level. Pray that the great value of their personal experience would be recognised as they share in public forums.


Pray for IDEA, the international association of persons affected by leprosy, that they would continue to find the support they need and strengthen the voices and confidence of their members.


‘Mainstreaming’ is an important part of overcoming stigma – integrating people affected by leprosy and their concerns and service needs into broader related sectors, such as disability. Pray particularly that people affected by leprosy will be welcomed into Disabled People’s Organisations across all countries where we are working.


In the pages of ASK there are many accounts of TLM working to empower people affected by leprosy – often through involvement in self-help groups and associations – to speak for themselves. Praise God for the small successes that build confidence among the groups and the TLM staff who support them, and encourage people to aim higher.


And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.’ Philippians 2:8 (ESV). Pray that we would always have humility and respect when listening to the concerns of people affected by leprosy and would show God’s grace in our love for others.


He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Saviour, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.’ 2 Timothy 1:9-10 (NIV). Christ has defeated death and is risen – Hallelujah! Pray that God’s graciousness to us and His ultimate victory will give us courage and persistence as we work to build His kingdom here on earth.

Speaking Out

People affected by leprosy often say that the most damaging aspects of the disease are the prejudice, stigmatisation and social exclusion they experience. To combat these obstacles, it is not enough to focus on delivering good quality health and socio-economic programmes. The Leprosy Mission needs to join hands with leprosy-affected people and associations to speak out against the myths and misunderstandings that lead to exclusion.


Sometimes this involves ‘speaking truth to power’, influencing people in authority to change rules, restrictions, laws, customs or decisions that have these destructive effects. The most successful advocacy is often by organisations of people affected by leprosy themselves, so we have an increasing focus in our projects around the world on making sure people know their rights, are assured of their value in society and are equipped with the knowledge, confidence and appropriate platforms to speak on their own behalf. Through sharing their own stories, through advocating for the rights and entitlements that are important to them, communities and individuals affected by leprosy are changing not only their own situations and social status but the minds and hearts of those around them. Over the last five years, the number of people affected by leprosy who are tackling leprosy-related issues at the national or regional political level across the countries we work in has been growing, with 493 individuals known to us in 2017.