Adventist World readers respond generously to appeal.
Readers of Adventist World have responded overwhelmingly to the appeal for funds to provide Bibles for women in India learning to read. The goal of $20,000 has not only been reached but almost doubled, with a total to date of $39,106!
GRATEFUL RECIPIENTS:Graduates of the literacy program in Karnataka, India, display the Bibles and carrying cases purchased with the funds Adventist World and Adventist Review readers donated for that project.Adventist World and Adventist Review have partnered with the Southern Asia Division’s (SUD) Women’s Ministries Department andHope for Humanity to provide literacy classes for women in India ages 15 to 85. The fund-raising initiative is to cover the cost of giving a Bible and its carrying case to every woman who graduates from the church-run literacy program in 2009. Hepzibah Kore, director of SUD Women’s Ministries, estimates that 4,000 women will graduate this year from the more than 200 literacy centers organized in that division. The cost of one Bible and its case is $5, so $20,000 will supply all the Bibles needed this year. More than 700 Adventist Worldand Adventist Review readers, however, have given so liberally that enough funds are now available to provide all the Bibles and carrying cases for two years.
“I am at a loss for words to express my gratitude for your sacrificial giving,” says Kore. “A few years ago when I visited the project at the initial stage, the learners said, ‘We joined the class so that we can read the Bible. Please provide us one because we cannot afford to buy one.’ Everywhere I went, the cry was ‘Please give us a Bible.’ That touched my heart. I asked my heavenly Father to show me a way to provide His Word to His children. He answered my petition through this literacy program fund-raiser.”
The AW and AR staff also adds its thanks for your generosity. A spirit of sacrificial commitment to mission is obviously still very much alive in the hearts of Adventists worldwide.
—By Sandra Blackmer, assistant editor of Adventist World.