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Building Stronger Families

Two years ago I was a single gal. I loved my life! I had so many incredible opportunities to serve the Lord and meet His people.

Fast forward to today. I’m married (a year ago in July, so still newlyweds!). And our family of two will be THREE come January! Just when I thought I had a handle on all the Lord had in store for me…He brings me new adventures. 😀

Being a new wife and soon-to-be-mom, my thoughts have been turning a lot more lately to family… I want to have the strongest family possible for our little one to grow up in. A family that depends on the Lord. A family that serves Him together. A family that radiates His love.

But when I think about my fellow wives and moms in India, I think of all the family-shattering challenges they face:

These are just a few of the heartbreaking dangers facing girls and women in India. And the list alone is enough to bring tears to my eyes.

Maybe it’s just the emerging “mama bear” in me, but I want to stand between these women and the world. Give them some of the strength and encouragement the Lord has given me. Tell them they are worthy of His strength… because He created them uniquely and with great love and tenderness.

I am so thankful for you because you are making a HUGE difference in the lives of these suffering girls and women on the other side of the world. You are spreading the word. Raising awareness. Praying. And giving to enroll some of these women in Adult Literacy Classes—a ministry that’s very close to my heart.

So how are you helping build stronger families?  Well, you already know that Adult Literacy graduates can read, write, and do math at a 5th grade level (after just one year of classes!). And that they learn skills to start their own home-based businesses.

But there’s so much more that students learn beyond that! They’re things that you and I often take for granted, like:

  • Knowing to wash your hands to help prevent disease
  • Being able to read maps and street signs
  • Telling time
  • Loving your daughter and seeing her as a blessing
  • Saving instead of borrowing money
  • Putting kids in school instead of sending them to work
  • How to administer first aid for a cut
  • Being aware of the dangers of tobacco and alcoholism
  • AIDS prevention
  • The importance of good nutrition
  • Rights as citizens
  • Knowing about Jesus (400+ million people in India have never heard His name)

I don’t know about you, but that last item hits me hardest every time I read it. I can’t imagine going through my life without Jesus. Can you? It would be so empty. So dark. So hopeless. This is the reality for too many men, women, and children who live in India.

But the good news is that Bible-based lessons in literacy classes introduce students to Jesus. Following Jesus changes EVERYTHING for these students. And it strengthens families… giving India’s boys and girls the opportunity to grow up in a family that depends on the Lord. A family that serves Him together. A family that radiates His love.

If you missed our three-part blog series about the plight of women in India, you can catch up on it here. My heart’s cry is to tell others about the horrific problems facing these women … and to help these precious ladies, giving them a chance at a better life.  Thanks for being part of spreading joy, hope, and the light of Christ into the hearts of India’s women. You are a blessing!

 

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