Education for Liberation (E4L) aims to meet two urgent needs faced by families in the slums of New Delhi: the recognised need for education and the unrecognised need for the gospel. By reaching out to the community through education, E4L serves in a way that local people can immediately understand, whilst also sharing God’s word with them that they might also realise their need of Christ.
E4L offers literacy and numeracy classes for children across four Delhi slums. In addition, E4L runs adult literacy and sewing classes for women at one of their sites.The women and children who attend E4L hear from God’s word every time they attend the programme. All E4L leaders and teachers are from the local church family and receive ongoing training in teaching the Bible to children and, in the case of the adult teachers, in how to share God's word whilst teaching literacy. Additionally, E4L runs regular evangelistic events, weekly bible clubs and ladies’ prayer meetings.
Across the four sites, 137 children and 16 women attend E4L, 80% of which are from Hindu or Muslim backgrounds. Since this project began in 2008, many women and children have begun attending church and several have turned to Christ as their saviour.
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From November, all the teachers and children began preparing for the Christmas programmes. At each centre, the children acted out the nativity, memorised bible verses and danced. Praise the Lord, the programmes at all the centres went well and we were able to share the good news with the children’s families and friends. Pooja, who played the role of Mary, brought her mother along and, after the performance, her mother shared, “I never knew my daughter could perform so well!” Raj’s mother spoke during the programme about how she has seen Raj improve since he has been coming to E4L.
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