Did you know that 273 million adults are illiterate1, nearly half of children drop out of school by secondary school1, and over 301 million people live on less than $1.25 per day2?
This is why Adult Literacy Classes and both 10-Day and Year-Long Children’s Bible Clubs have an extra measure of value. While these Bible-based programs run with the risk of persecution, communities generally can’t deny the good that comes out of them.
Men and women are given the opportunity to become literate, and many participate in special trainings provided through Adult Literacy Classes which teach them how to start their own business and explain the importance of using good hygiene. Entire households and communities benefit as a result!
In 10-Day Children’s Bible Clubs, boys and girls are invited for activities like singing songs and hearing Bible stories for 10 days during the summer. Parents love having a place where their sons and daughters can go to have fun for a couple of weeks while school is out.
The free tutoring offered in Year-Long Children’s Bible Clubs – as well as the mentorship offered by Bible Club leaders – is welcome support for parents who want their children to succeed in school and become more disciplined.
Provided at no cost to participants thanks to the generosity of people like you, these programs welcome people into a positive, encouraging environment that they thoroughly enjoy, even before believing that the opportunity is a gift from God.
When men, women, and children observe what a Christian lifestyle truly looks like through their teacher or Bible Club leader, they come to understand how good Jesus really is. His kindness, gentleness, compassion, and love shine through Adult Literacy teachers and Bible Club leaders, bringing “salt and light” to India. Participants naturally desire to have Christ in their own lives, too.
We praise Jesus that He reaches people in ways that meet them exactly where they are. Meanwhile, He’s giving them “life to the full” (John 10:10)!
1 Census of India, 2011
2 World Bank, World Development Indicators, 2011