A statement of solidarity

The Leprosy Mission England and Wales has been reflecting on the issues raised by the Black Lives Matter movement.

As a Christian organisation, we believe that every person is made in the image of God and is of equal value. Just as we follow Jesus’ example in healing those affected by leprosy and upholding their dignity and rights, we follow His example in standing with marginalised people, and against structural injustices.

We affirm that Black Lives Matter because today, black lives are still subjected to racism that cuts across all areas of society. It is our duty as people who believe in the God of justice to speak out against racism in all its forms, and work towards a more equal and just world.

The Leprosy Mission England and Wales works as part of a global fellowship of 28 member country organisations from Asia, Africa, Europe, and Oceania. All are equal partners. We are aware that power imbalances between organisations in the western world and the majority world still remain, and we are constantly working to address this.

We are committed to listening to, and learning from our black brothers and sisters who are our partners and colleagues. We commit to continually searching our hearts and humbly reflecting on racial prejudice and bias, seeking to become more inclusive in everything we do.

We thank our supporters for their commitment to life in all its fullness for the people we serve. We invite supporters to walk this journey with us, as we pray for justice and racial equality, and demonstrate this both as individuals and as an organisation.