There is a long Irish connection with leprosy dating all the way back to 1874 when early Irish supporters helped TLM’s founder, Wellesley Bailey, establish the Mission in India.
Prayer is at the core of all TLM’s activities in Northern Ireland. There are three main priorities. First, to engage people from across the country to help defeat leprosy and transform lives. Second, to significantly increase financial resources and ensure maximum impact for every donation. Third, to promote an accurate understanding of leprosy. The team engages with all ages, and in particular with those from churches, schools and Christian faith organisations, calling people into action. Staff and volunteers visit churches and associated groups and speak regularly at services and events. As well as quarterly prayer points there is a magazine twice a year, keeping supporters informed. In 2017, the team is targeting new audiences and exploring new opportunities to raise funds and increase support. TLM Northern Ireland supports work in Ethiopia, India, Nepal, Nigeria and Tanzania.
TLM’s country leader in Northern Ireland is Joanne Briggs. TLM Northern Ireland contributes around £300,000 annually to leprosy programmes overseas.