We meet on the first and third Thursdays of every month at Puckett’s Grocery and Restaurant, 120 Fourth Avenue South, Franklin at 7 a.m. Breakfast buffet is $5 (best deal in town). We’re over promptly at 8:00.
When Dan Izzett visited people affected by leprosy in India, they thought he was another white guy . . . until he held his hands together in greeting. “They were astonished to see that I had leprosy-affected hands,” he said. “Suddenly no words were needed. They knew I understood them. It was a deeply humbling experience, particularly when I was next to a man with the same leg amputation as me.”
Every two minutes a person somewhere in the world is told he or she has leprosy, one of the world’s oldest and most stigmatized diseases. The nerve damage leprosy causes can lead to the loss of sensation in a person’s hands and feet. Today it is curable – and is not highly contagious — but the consequences of the disease remain.
Dan contracted the disease as a boy growing up in Zimbabwe, Africa, and was diagnosed in 1972. But he did not tell friends he had had the disease until 2000. Today he is on the board of directors of American Leprosy Missions.
Dan Izzett will be with us on Thursday, June 1, at Puckett’s Grocery, 120 Fourth Avenue South, Franklin. Cost of breakfast is $5 (plus tip) and we’re done promptly at 8. And bring a friend. Doctors whose specialty is infectious diseases might like to hear Dan’s story.
“He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding” (Ephesians 1:8). How have you experienced this?