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Articles with tag Literacy

Mother Learns to Read of God’s Love

Genai sat among other women, much like her, all awaiting the start of something new. They may have had different stories or situations, but they all bore the same burden: None could read or write. …

March 2022

Pastor’s Wife Achieves Seemingly Impossible Dream

Kaleena, wife of GFA pastor Lamonta, set an example for the members of their congregation. She faithfully supported her husband, cared for their four children and excitedly attended regional events for the church, such as …

August 2021

A New Kind of Rebellion

As a teenager, Sual lived a reckless life and refused to listen to his parents. His friends were addicted to alcohol and drugs, and eventually he abused alcohol too. Sual even stopped attending school. His …

May 2020

Words of Comfort in the Aftermath of Tragedy

Delani’s past holds more tragedy than most people ever encounter. As a child, she and her four siblings became orphans. Their subsequent poverty forced Delani to abandon her dream of literacy and marry at age …

April 2020

The Words She Couldn’t Forget

Who was the real God? The question gnawed at Phyu Myaing’s mind. She had worshiped her god faithfully, but tragedy threw her life into a state of confusion. In 2009 her husband …

January 2020

Hard-working Mom Gains Second Chance

At age 34, Pival had a husband and five children, but she was missing something that most people gain during childhood. With her days spent laboring tirelessly in the fields to provide …

May 2019

Mom Realizes Childhood Dream

Somya, 45, gazed out the bus window, a multitude of signs whizzing by. She carefully watched for the landmarks that signaled she was approaching the bank. Being illiterate made traveling difficult. At the bank, Somya …

April 2019

Hope Found Where There Was None

Twelve-year-old Aijez had never set foot inside a school. He and his family lived in the slums. His father, Mukil, earned a living as a daily laborer, while Aijez and his siblings …

January 2019

God Answers Prayers for a Slum

Sisters of Compassion in Asia stretch out loving hands to the helpless and downtrodden, ministering to their everyday needs. Most of 12-year-old Mareechi’s neighbors were poor and uneducated, like him. Many adults …

September 2016

Watching from Afar

Pieces of literature help answer questions that people like Niriksh (not pictured) often have about Jesus. Niriksh was impressed by what he saw. The elderly man sat at a distance, watching a group of 50 …

September 2016

She Was 25 and Couldn’t Read

When the prayers of a GFA-supported pastor and the local congregation freed Mirgakshi’s father from his strange behavior and inexplicable health issues, Mirgakshi and her family fell in …

June 2016

Light, Confidence in the Shadow of Death

“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.” The words of Psalm 23 …

June 2015

Able to Read of God’s Love

Farah not only taught Shona to read but also shared about the Lord, telling her and the other women in their literacy class about His work in her life and His goodness toward her and …

August 2014

From Rags to Restoration: Women’s Health Project

The four girls, ages 6, 10, 12 and 14, looked dirty and malnourished as they accompanied their mother to the women’s health seminar. With 12 children, Ranjana and her husband struggled to provide adequate nutrition …

May 2014

Learning to Read Changed Her Life

“After my father passed away, my dream of going to school disappeared.” Anya explains, “I had to work from dawn to dusk to support my sickly mother and three siblings.” As she grew older, Anya’s …

February 2014

Jesus Loves Snake-Catchers Too

As usual, people in the bustling city marketplace hustled past Pradip, trying to avoid him. A snake-catcher, Pradip was disdained by almost everyone. His people are a nomadic group at the bottom of the caste …

August 2013

Opening Up to a Whole New World

Marya, 40, wanted to help her five school-aged children in their studies, but she had one problem: She was illiterate She used to watch her husband, Ravi, read the newspaper and wished she could read …

August 2013

Young Woman Has Plans for Slum

Grishma had seen the slum where men earned their wages by collecting trash, where children had to beg instead of attend school, where women lived in agony as they watched their children starve. When it …

August 2012


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