Hi friends. So much of my work is administrative these days and helping find support partners for our national teams and missionaries. So I love to hear personal testimonies from the field that give a glimpse of how lives are being transformed through literacy ministry. This is a story of Sunita Tiwari (alias), an illiterate and HIV positive woman in South Asia who was near death and rescued by a local church outreach. This was sent to me by one of our full time national missionaries serving in that region:
Sunita's husband died of AIDS and left her alone with three small kids (all HIV negatives) and without any hope of survival. She herself was suffering from the HIV. She was bedridden and waiting to die! In India, HIV/AIDS is still considered a stigma and curse! Sunita and her three kids were left alone with hopelessness! It was in such situation, that our local church's HIV/AIDS project team found them and started taking care of her. Our team guided her to get the proper medication, after which she regained her health! In late 2016 she joined one of our literacy classes. As of now, she has learned to read and write, defying the challenges such as negative stigma and discrimination of her society. She has joined the same HIV/AIDS project as staff and now earns a living through it! Her kids also go to school now. A great transformation has come to her life through literacy!