Joel's experience with leprosy was one of loss. In 2005 he was abandoned by family and friends after he found leprosy patches on his face.
Now Joel works for The Leprosy Mission Timor-Leste running the Rights for People with Disabilities project.
Joel will be joined by Nona country leader for The Leprosy Mission Timor-Leste on a visit Taree in September to talk about how they are helping defeat leprosy in Timor-Leste.
They will be the guests of the Taree branch of the Leprosy Mission Australia and will speak at the Taree Presbyterian Church in Albert Street on Saturday, September 21 at 2pm. There is no charge and no RSVP is required.
Nona has been country leader for The Leprosy Mission Timor-Leste since 2013. She is able to share how supporters in Australia are helping eradicate leprosy in Timor.
About Leprosy Mission Australia
"If there was ever a Christ-like work in the world, it is to go amongst these poor sufferers and bring them the consolation of the gospel."-Wellesley Bailey
Wellesley Bailey, the founder of The Leprosy Mission, said this after he saw first-hand the appalling living conditions and social isolation of people suffering from leprosy in 1869.
It wasn't until 1913 when Bailey and his wife Alice visited Australia that he inspired locals to found their very own support chapter.
The Leprosy Mission Australia was formed to raise awareness about leprosy and provide financial support to bring hope and healing to people affected by the disease.