Literacy for Life
 
Resources for meeting the needs of the disadvantaged, for evangelism and for discipleship

Imagine English is your mother tongue but school was always hard for you and you found reading difficult. You develop coping mechanisms but you become an outsider, marginalised. How are you going to understand what the Bible says?

Literacy for Life lessons can be used as part of a literacy programme to help disadvantaged people read and at the same time encounter God's word.

Imagine English is not your mother tongue. You get up in the morning and speak in one language with your family, then you go to work and have to make do in an entirely different language which you may only know a few hundred words. In church, everything is done in that language. How would you feel? It would all seem irrelevant, including the God the pastor was preaching about.

Makes you think doesn’t it? Next time you go to church and know that the sermon will be in your own language, and know that when you open your Bible, the words will be written in your language, will you remember that others among you need God’s word in their own language?

Literacy for Life lessons can be used in three ways:

1. In English to help non-English speakers learn English and encounter God's word in English. As they learn a word e.g. lamp then a lesson for that word can be used to see what the Bible has to say e.g. Matthew 5:14-16 'let your light shine before men'.

2. Translated to the heart language and used in Literacy programmes. As they learn to read a word in their primer then a lesson for that word can be used to see what the Bible has to say.

3. Used in English or translated to their heart language and used as Bible studies for discipleship.

The English is deliberately kept simple.

Also the memory verses are very important. They can be used to reinforce reading between lessons and memorise God's word.


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A Wycliffe initiative

"If I had to sit and listen to a Bible reading that was in a language I didn’t understand it would all seem irrelevant, including the God the pastor was preaching about."
Translator in Cameroun


"Good literacy programmes will use the languages which learners already know and offer other languages they need to learn."

UNESCO Education For All

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