Almost every age has had its social outcasts, people barred from normal society whether through physical illness or national
origin. One person who stepped across these barriers in India was pioneer missionary Mary Reed. Already working in India, Mary
visited a leper colony and was deeply moved by the people's plight. Later Mary contracted leprosy herself and went to work
with the lepers, eager to tell them that she knew firsthand their pain and trauma. She became head of the leper colony she had
visited, and in the years following many were saved and a church built. Mary retired at the age of eighty-four after many years
of faithful service to these social outcasts.