Partnering with Wyclife USA and you
What an exciting time this school year has been already. Homeschooling isdefinitely one of the most difficult tasksour family has ever taken on, but it hasalready been one of the most rewardingas well. It is most exciting to be playing a vital role in teaching Jadehow to read. Each day she grasps alittle more than the day before, and wecan just see the whole world openingup with possibilities for her.Everywhere you turn she is readingroad signs, food labels and even thefine print from infomercials!Did you know that current statisticsfrom the United Nations Educational,Scientific and Cultural Organizationare that one in five adults is still notliterate in the world?Our family is excited to be able to personally empower Jade throughteaching her to read. We are alsoexcited to be a part of the literacy work of Bible translation. Wycliffe field personnel work with local communitymembers, teaching people to read andwrite, and endeavoring to establishliteracy as a community value. In manylanguage programs, literacy work goeson side
side with Bible translation.Literacy changes the way people think about themselves. It gives new value totheir language and culture, and byimplication, to their own person aswell. Literacy also opens the door for education and growth. Readers canlearn how to improve their family’shealth, run a business, defendthemselves from fraud, seek justiceand, above all, grow closer to God byreading the Scriptures.
Literacy is a key to fulfilling the GreatCommission. Jesus instructed Hisdisciples to “go and make disciples of all the nations…teach these newdisciples to obey all the commands Ihave given you” (Matthew 28:19–20, NLT). When people can read, or knowsomeone who can read to them, thewritten Word of God becomesinvaluable to their spiritual growth asindividuals and churches.“God used His Word to change me.When a person reads the Scriptures inhis own language he understands theWord in his own heart. Men andwomen will understand if we use their language. They will really understandabout Jesus Christ. In English, John3:16 is not meaningful to me, but in myown language it is very clear. It is fullof meaning.” Lukas Posia, GwahatikeLiteracy Worker, Papua New Guinea
Thank you for partnering with us tohelp reach the last languages!
Until all have heard,
Marty, Sara and girls
“As for God,
His way is perfect:
The LORD’s Wordis flawless”
2 Samuel 22:31 NIV
Jade and Sara’s dad