Mayurbhanj Mission

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In December 1895, Kate Allanby, aged 24 arrived in the Mayurbhanj District of Orissa State, India. Feeling called of God to work in Asia. Kate left Brisbane aged 19 years, with 4 other ladies…

mayurbhanj-missionThe 5 Barley loaves as they have been affectionately named, began working in East Bengal. Kate felt called of God to begin work else where, moving to India to establish the work of the Evangelical Missionary Society in Mayurbhanj. Twenty other folk from outside of India have continued the work of caring for poor and sick people. A particular focus of the Mission is to care for sufferers of Leprosy, a disease that is now curable, a disease that disproportionally affects poor people and creates social outcasts. Deformities caused by leprosy have lifelong effects.

An extract from a Canadian website describes the attitudes of people toward leprosy.”Did you know that every two minutes someone is told they have leprosy? Many Canadians think leprosy is a disease of past generations – but in many regions, especially areas of chronic poverty, leprosy continues to attack children, women and men. People are still being shamed, abandoned, rejected and hated simply because their families and communities do not understand the disease. Many people still believe leprosy is a curse or punishment from the gods. Today the work in the Mayurbhanj District is led by indigenous people with support from people from overseas, particularly Australians. The book “Mayurbhanj Messenger” by Ailsa Rolley tells the story of the first 100 years of the Mission in India. Of significance to our College is that Graham Staines worked in the Mission from 1965 until his death in 1999, at the hands of extremists. The work of the Mission includes the Mayurbhanj Leprosy Home, the rehabilitation farm, the Philip & Timothy Staines Memorial Hostel, Rairangpur Girls Hostel (which works in partnership with another mission agency), and the Graham Staines Memorial Hospital. The Leprosy Home provides accommodation, meals, rehabilitation education and limited employment opportunities to leprosy sufferers in a safe, loving, Godly environment.

Close to the home is a small farm that provides for the needs of the community.The hostels provide accommodation and meals and education for children who would never have had such an opportunity. Children are spiritually nurtured in the Hostel. The hospital provides the medical services to the poorer sections of the community, particularly to those who have suffered the effects of leprosy. Some patients travel great distances to be seen.

Mayurbhanj Home Mission Contact Details:

Lloyd Carter:

The Mission does not seek financial support but is grateful when God’s people are moved to pray and when they choose to offer financial support.