Learning by Lantern
Bible-based Literacy is helping villagers in India
February 10, 2020
In a very remote village in northern India, Shailesh is working hard to share the Gospel among those who have never heard of Jesus. Shailesh reveals that there are about 1,500 people in this village; only about 200 of them can read and write. When he visited this village for the first time last year, he found that especially most of the young people there are unemployed and have never been to school.
After he saw this great need, he casually spoke with some of the people about Bible-based Literacy classes. He explains, “The people promised me that they would come if I started the class.”
The people of the village were very excited to be part of the class. He notes, “I was surprised and glad that 22 people showed up.” And within just a couple months, Shailesh was already seeing results. He notes, “It was difficult initially to teach them. However, I was amazed at how fast they picked it up. Twelve people can now slowly read the Bible. And six people have come to faith in Christ!”
Laxmi, a 28-year-old mother of three, is one of those who found new life in Christ through Shailesh’s class. She says, “Due to poverty, I wasn’t able to go to school, but I am thankful for Bible-based Literacy for giving me the privilege to learn and write and know about the living God.” For those who are new in faith like Laxmi, Shailesh also helped to create a Bible study group.
Shailesh says, “Bible-based Literacy is putting a smile on the faces of people. There are power outages here most of the time, and our class learns by the light of the lanterns. People living here lead a hard life. But they are a source of encouragement to me, and I’m glad to see the fruits of my labor for Jesus.”