Reading Offers Women Hope and Freedom

  • January 22, 2016
  • By: Melissa Paredes
Woman smiling

Literacy classes have started in the Gede’o community in Ethiopia, and women are experiencing hope and freedom as they learn how to read and write.

It’s a sacrifice for these women to attend the classes. They come early in the morning — from 6:00-8:00 a.m. — before their family responsibilities begin for the day. It’s the only time they have when they’re not busy collecting wood, taking care of their children and looking after the farms.

One woman said, “Writing our names and signing with pens is a sign of freedom for us. Education is an instrument to go ahead and decide to do things accordingly. Now it has opened the door to read the Word of God in our own language. It is our wish that the literacy class will be opened even for those who did not get the chance.”

Reading changes lives. It gives people a chance to expand their horizons and pursue new opportunities. And when they’re able to read the Bible in their own language, they find new hope as God transforms their lives.