Missionaries in India Fight Illiteracy, Teach Christ

Published Thursday, August 24, 2017  |  
(Photo courtesy of Mission India)

Christian missionaries in India are making the most of every opportunity to preach Christ.

Mission India (MI), Michigan-based church planters in India, has been providing practical education to illiterate adults, helping them to read signs that will be useful during their navigations.

There are about 300 million illiterate adults in the country. They don't even know how to read signs or expiration dates on food packages.

Through adult literacy classes offered by MI, students' reading ability leaped from illiteracy level to fifth grade level within a year. Some of them were quick to learn from basic mathematics through financial management, according to Mission News Network.

"These programs, these classes are really geared to go after the holistic nature of a human being, so not only just the spiritual but also the social and economic side of things," said Erik Morsehead, marketing manager, MI.

"We've seen a lot of the students who've attended achieve that fifth-grade level and really change their lives in drastic ways," he added.

One such person is Dristi, a 35-year-old woman. Through adult literacy class, she was able to learn signs. She is now able to navigate her hometown more easily and read expiration dates to distinguish bad food that she would have formerly without recognizing fed her children.

What's more, such programs have helped individuals and families to know Christ.

"Through this class and through the teacher not only educating her on how to read and write and save money but presenting the message of Jesus, Dristi along with her children and her husband have all received Jesus," said Morsehead.

"Though it may seem minuscule in the grand scheme of the entire population, these classes are not only leading these individuals to Christ; they're leading their entire families to Christ," he added.