Several countries in West Africa have the lowest literacy rates in the entire world. Illiteracy is one of the main culprits of extreme poverty, as it is directly related to poor job skills, low health care, high birth rate, and inability to compete in a global economy. Teaching someone how to read is a form of high-impact community development, as the ability to read positively impacts nearly every area of life. This includes accessibility to a higher-paying job, ability to open a bank account, access to appropriate medicine, health care, and birth control, understanding traffic signs and food prices, reading legal contracts, and much more. But more important than anything else, learning to read unlocks the Word of God.
Based on Literacy and Evangelism International's training module, Love Has Feet uses a Bible-based literacy program whose end goal is instructing children and adults to read and understand the Word of God. This has two main focus areas - working with illiterate Christians so that they can read and understand the Scriptures for themselves, and working with illiterate non-Christians so that they have the opportunity to be introduced to the Word of God for the first time.
Love Has Feet currently has a team of 13 local teachers and two trainers in the most illiterate country in Western Africa, with plans in place to triple that number by the end of 2018. Pastors in a neighboring country have heard about the success of the literacy program and requested that trainers be sent to launch a literacy ministry in their capital city.
“Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” – Romans 10:17