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Amelia’s aunt tried everything in her power to help her—she invited Amelia into her home and helped her return to school. Amelia had missed so much, but she still dreamed of something more—she just couldn’t get herself out of trouble. “I had lost focus—of where I wanted to go, of the plans I had. And I also forgot the struggles that I went through,” she says. “My grades dropped drastically in most of my subjects. The school called my aunt many times, but I continued with my behavior.”
“Until one day, a Pastor who always preached in our school came with a rather interesting approach—better than the usual preaching which was really boring for most of us,” Amelia says. “He invited us to attend a program called Project Philip Bible studies, and it caught my attention from the start.”
A Life Transformed
“This program brought me back to life,” Amelia confesses, “and I started seeing things in a completely different way. I was able to see the difference between right and wrong. I joined the church nearby and found Jesus my Savior.” She continues, “It’s been such a reviving experience to see my life change. My academic achievements have improved and my relationships changed for the better. I see all of this as God’s greatest work and I thank Bible League International for this program. Glory be to God, my Creator, my Redeemer, my Savior.”
Amelia was reached through Bible League International’s Adopt-a-School program in South Africa—a ministry to provide God’s Word for children and youth in the poorest slums—those abandoned in the hopelessness of poverty and crime. Training and equipping believers in under-resourced churches nearby offer the opportunity of learning God’s Word using Project Philip Bible studies to offer hope where it’s needed most.
He felt the pain and pressure of a violent home. “My father was violent to us, his children, and our mother, and I felt helpless to do anything,” Luka says with sadness, “I became an adult without ever having been to school. I was horrible toward my own family—to my own wife and children.”
“We were poor like everyone else here, and everyone in my family lived with us—my father, brother, and sister—because they didn’t have work, and we never had enough money,” Luka admits. “I asked for help, continued to go to mosque and observe my family’s religion, but nothing changed.”
God’s Word Changed Him
Then Luka’s daughter invited the family to a church she had started visiting—for a concert, and since they enjoyed music Luka was happy to attend. “There were a lot of people there and everyone wanted to talk about God’s love and how Jesus will save those who seek help. Those words affected me. I sought out someone who could help me, and that person invited me to a Project Philip Bible study.”
“That’s where I realized this God is the true God, and I gave my life to Jesus because He died on the cross for me,” Luka confesses, “and that’s when Jesus started to change my life. First I felt peace, then I stopped my drinking. I asked my wife to come to church with me, but my family refused my invitation and abused us because of this new faith.”
Even though my family punishes us because of my faith in Jesus, I still talk to others about salvation. Every night my wife and our children read the Bible and pray together,” Luka says, “and I’m so thankful for God’s Word in our lives.”
Ying’s experience is increasingly common in the region, and it offers an important opportunity for believers who want to reach others—using Philip Literacy™ as a ministry to reach those who would otherwise never hear the Gospel, read the Bible, or visit a church.
“Because I realized English is important in daily life, and I want to teach my son English to help him, I needed to learn for myself and my child,” Ying says. When she tried to help her son, she struggled with simple words. She recalls, “He used to say to me, ‘Mom, you don’t even know the 26 English letters of the alphabet—how can you help me?’” So when Ying heard of Bible League International’s Philip Literacy™ classes, “and without hesitation I registered. I heard about the class from my Christian friend and she encouraged me to join,” Ying says.
A Family Saved
Ying’s story shows how important Philip Literacy™ is as a ministry in this area. Through this class, the Gospel has reached her entire family. Her teacher says, “Praise the Lord, Ying can now read the Bible words and speak some English, and she started coming to our Sunday church service. And the best news is that she accepted Jesus as her Savior as she learned to read and write using God’s Word. She is a new believer.”
And Ying adds this, “I want to thank you for this ministry. The most important thing to me is that I learned English with my kids and husband as well. We learn together at home, because of the good progress, my husband also started to come to Church for the Sunday service. I am so happy.”