Day 5: GENEROUS through Learning
Literacy Missions Ministry
“Dylan” first began to study English at an early age in the public school of his closed country. However, his encounter with the
truths of the Bible came later through a volunteer teacher, whose goal was to teach English and to share the love of God. His continual quest for learning the language drove him to return often to her.
His expanded knowledge allowed him to meet this Georgia Baptist-trained English as a Second Language (ESL) instructor who made regular visits to Dylan’s country, allowing her to mentor his mind and his spirit. This teaching relationship and friend- ship led him to ultimately trust Christ as his personal Savior and to reject his Buddhist background, which included the worship of idols.
Recently, he has visited the United States to reconnect with his long- time teacher whom he states, “She’s my friend, my instructor, my mentor, and like my mother.” When they first met, Dylan’s teacher had 472 students at her international school. When she offered each of them a bilingual Bible, 465 accepted it – the beginning of an open door for Christian witness.
What Dylan has learned through his ESL teachings, he is now teaching others as he serves as a volunteer student ministry intern through one of our Georgia Baptist churches. He has become a living illustration of 2 Timothy 2:2 – “And what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, commit to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. (HCSB)” Because of Dylan’s origin, his identity must remain confidential to protect his goal for a return to his country and to share the Good News of God’s Gospel. The same is true for his instructor.
Last year, the Literacy Missions ministry of the Georgia Baptist Mission Board trained 1,240 volunteers and reached 4,488 students representing 101 nations. This outreach ministry saw 41 come to a saving faith in Jesus Christ.
• Ask God to continue to draw many learners to ESL classes and to Christ.
• Trust and thank God for Literacy Missions teachers to be bold and generous in their teaching and sharing of the Gospel.