On the edge of the Andes Mountains, the small schoolhouse was packed with more than 100 children. Those who couldn't squeeze inside peered through the sun-streaked windows. They had all walked, some for many miles, to come to the weekly children’s Bible class.
As the children sang and recited their memory verses, their mothers sat nearby, listening.
The children were enthralled when they heard the story of Jesus meeting the woman at the well. Living in the mountains, each child identified with the idea of being thirsty. Their chapped and reddened cheeks were proof of the constant wind.
After the story, 35 children received their own children's Bible for completing the Bible studies in the recent months. When the children received their Bibles, it was a treasure to them. Instead of running to play when they were dismissed, they sat in the play yard, carefully paging through the beautifully illustrated books. After a while, curious, the parents themselves began to draw closer, and peer over their children's shoulders to catch a glimpse of the colorful pages.
Bringing families to Christ
"These children walk long distances every Saturday," says Mary, the teacher trained by Bible League International. "These are the first Bibles to enter their homes; their families could never afford to buy one," she continues. "And these children's Bibles will bring whole families to Christ.
"These are Ecuador's future pastors and church leaders. Thank you for providing them with God's Word."