A Gospel for Asia Women’s Fellowship organized a literacy class to teach and encourage women how to read and write. Twenty-nine women from five local churches attended the class.
One woman named Neela, 40, said she lived in shame among her neighbors because she was illiterate.
“In my life, I have never been to school and never had the chance to hold a pencil,” she said. “I used to feel shame because I did not know how to read or write. But through this literacy class, I got the privilege to learn how to read and write. From today onward, I will not be ashamed [in front] of others for not knowing how to read or write. I will not be lazy but give my best and learn how to read and write. After I learn, I will read the Bible and memorize Scripture verses.”
The women missionaries took great care to help each person who came. Their love and support were a huge encouragement to those attending, especially Charumati, 35, whose husband is a local pastor.
“My husband asked me to learn how to write, but I used to feel shame and ignored his words,” she said. “But through the literacy class today and the sharing from our Women’s Fellowship leaders, I am encouraged and know the importance of writing and reading.”
Because of the class, Nami, 32, feels she is one step closer to helping her children with their studies.
“Sometimes I want to teach my children and help them do their homework when they are confused,” she said. “But I am illiterate, and I do not know how to help them. Thinking about this, I feel very sad. But through the literacy class today, I am very happy. I will try my best to learn to read and write so I can read the Bible and tell others about it and even help my children in their studies.”
Through the efforts of GFA-supported women missionaries, these literacy classes are restoring dignity to women all over South Asia.
Over 250 million women in Asia are illiterate. Watch a video about one of these women who finally learned how to read.