​Bridge to Reading in Colombia

May 23 2018

In Colombia, Bridge to Reading works with Satura Colombia, a network of OMS churches focused on saturating the country with the Gospel. Bridge to Reading empowers churches to use literacy as a tool for ministering to unreached communities. B2R wants to give every person in Colombia and beyond the opportunity to hear, understand, and believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The work started in Antioquia and has since expanded into other states. The program designates those who do not know how to read as persons of peace. Our tutors then use a story from the literacy primer Nuevos Caminos to teach one or two students at a time.

Led initially by Jonathan Tobon Restrepo, and now by Ximena Cardona, Bridge to Reading in Colombia has conducted 18 tutor training workshops, trained 184 tutors, and has taught 81 people to read since 2014. Their students are varied in age with some being as young as 16 and as old as 67.

Guillermo, from Amaga, Colombia, has learned how to read with the help of a Bridge to Reading tutor. In this video, he shares his joy as he reads John 3: 1-3. Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a member of the Jewish ruling council. He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the miraculous signs you are doing if God were not with him.” In reply, Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.”

Pray for the work in Colombia, and especially for Ximena as she leads the program. She will be attending a five-week literacy training institute at Literacy & Evangelism International in Tulsa, Oklahoma this summer.

Your giving will go a long way toward providing resources for learners such as primers, books, and pencils, as well as for tutoring resources such as chalk and chalkboards for our learning centers.

Bridge to Reading literacy ministry is a powerful evangelism tool that God is using to help many learn to read the Bible.

A gift of $50 will provide a chalkboard and school supplies for a group of literacy learners.

A gift of $20 will provide literacy primers and will enable one person learn to read the Bible.

Click here to give.

Tags: literacy ministry, colombia, learn to read, bridge to reading, evangelism,

Learning to Read in a Small Fishing Village in Africa

May 16 2018

Lokoa is a small fishing village in the Zawara area in the Central African Republic. Through the years, the village population has increased to more than six hundred people due to the fruitful fishing activities. In seeking to meet the needs of the community, an OMS associated church decided to offer literacy classes through the OMS Bridge to Reading ministry to many who did not know how to read and write.

One who benefitted from the literacy program is Angela Tewa, a 12-year-old girl whose parents moved to Lokoa village to earn a living by fishing. Initially, the family did not go to church as they followed the traditional religion. Angela shared that they were born and raised in a culture that taught them certain practices that do not honor God. She noted that after OMS church planters came to her village and started a church, her parents forbade her to attend the church. However, after some time, the pastor started a free literacy program, which attracted many children. Angela said that without telling her parents, she started going to the classes and was taught to read, write, and memorize Scripture. They were also taught how to count and to pray. Angela testified:

“The pastor who was teaching us encouraged us to bring our younger siblings to this training, and each night to repeat the verses we had learned and to pray in our families. I started to teach my siblings the things I was learning, and my parents couldn’t object because the church is the only school in the village. In the evening, my siblings and I began to recite the verses and prayers at home in front of our parents. Sometime later, my father and mother began to go with us to church. They gave their lives to Jesus Christ, and the pastor baptized them. After their baptisms, they burned their animist fetishes and quit offering the monthly sacrifices. Our family life has gradually changed. Little by little, we are learning to read, write, and count. I thank God, first of all, and also our pastor.”

Your giving will go a long way toward providing resources for learners such as primers, books, and pencils; and also for tutoring resources such as chalk and chalkboards for our learning centers such as the one in Lokoa where Angela is learning to read.

Bridge to Reading literacy ministry is a powerful evangelism tool that God is using to help many to learn to read the Bible.

A gift of $50 will provide a chalkboard and school supplies for a group of literacy learners.

A gift of $20 will provide literacy primers and will enable one person learn to read the Bible.

To give: https://onemissionsociety.org/give/bridge-to-reading

Help break the shackles of illiteracy by running in the OMS Freedom Park 5K Run on Saturday, June 30 at 8 am in Greenwood, Indiana! Proceeds from the race will benefit the Bridge to Reading literacy ministry in Africa and Colombia.

OMS Freedom Park Run

Tags: bridge to reading, literacy ministry, africa, learn to read, write, math, fishing village,

​A Prayer of Appreciation From a Literacy Student

May 8 2018

Mwavita Nabindu, a literacy student in one of the Bridge to Reading centers near Uvira, Democratic Republic of Congo, has been attending a B2R literacy class for less than three months. Yet, she is advancing well in acquiring the ability to read and write. Mwavita hopes to eventually be able to read the Bible fluently. The prayer she offered during the International Literacy Day celebration in Uvira reflects the powerful impact of the Bridge to Reading ministry felt by our learners:

“Lord God, we thank you, we understand now that you are good to everyone and you care for everyone.

“We have lived in darkness all our lives up to this day. We have been humiliated, scorned, and insulted publicly. We have not been treated like those who are literate and had no right to respond because we were limited.

“But now, today, you have begun to put an end to all that. We have begun to read and write, we are becoming like others. Bless and equip all the teachers who are being trained now and who will continue to teach us to take us all out of this situation. In the name of Christ, Amen.”

Pray for literacy students like Mwavita and others, that they persist and achieve their goal of being fluent Bible readers.

Your giving will go a long way toward providing resources for learners such as primers, books, and pencils, as well as for tutoring resources such as chalk and chalkboards for our learning centers.

Bridge to Reading literacy ministry is also a powerful evangelism tool that God is using to help many learn to read the Bible.

A gift of $50 will provide a chalkboard and school supplies for a group of literacy learners.

A gift of $20 will provide literacy primers and will enable one person to learn to read the Bible.

Click here to give!

Tags: bridge to reading, literacy ministry,

Freedom to Read

May 1 2018

In Acts 17:11, we read of the Bereans, that they “… received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.” Today, a huge number of people in the church in developing countries faces a great challenge ― the freedom to search the Scriptures for themselves. The Bible is a closed book to them.

According to UNESCO (United Nations Education Science and Cultural Organization), 857 million adults cannot read or write in any language, and 125 million youth are unable to attend school.

Bridge to Reading, One Mission Society’s literacy ministry, trains volunteers in local churches to teach people in the church and their community to read. We develop literacy materials and help mobilize tutors so that youth and adults can have the freedom to read, not just the Bible, but also materials about health and agriculture. Bridge to Reading currently has programs in Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Central African Republic, and in Colombia.

The ability to read God’s Word provides access to scriptural truths, which lead to transformation. Catherine (far left) is a Bridge to Reading student in the Central African Republic. She shares about how learning to read has changed her life:

Before coming to this training center, I felt sad that I could not read and write. Since my mother was not able to pay for me to go to school, I had a feeling of resentment towards her. I felt hurt when I saw a sister in church reading or writing, but I couldn’t. Since I started to learn to read and write, little by little, I feel so happy. So, I appeal to anyone who is still hesitating, or who feels ashamed, to register soon in this literacy center. I pray that God will give you wisdom about it.

The Bridge to Reading literacy ministry helps people in churches learn to read the Bible. It also equips churches to reach out to their communities where people are hungry for the freedom to read.

Your generous gift to Bridge to Reading provides resources for learners and tutors, such as primers and pencils, training manuals, and chalk and chalkboards.

$50 provides a chalkboard and school supplies for a group of literacy learners.

$20 provides literacy primers so one person can learn to read the Bible.

It’s easy to mobilize your gift to spread the Gospel: https://onemissionsociety.org/give/bridge-to-reading

Help break the shackles of illiteracy by running in the OMS Freedom Park 5K Run on Saturday, June 30 at 8 am!

OMS Freedom Park Run

Tags: bridge to reading, literacy ministry, africa, south america, oms, b2r, learn to read,

​Five Years of Waiting

July 13 2016

Mayelis Licea, a prayer group and Bible study leader, waited five years until she received a Bible of her own. Before that, she had used her mother-in-law’s or a borrowed copy of another believer. But now, Mayelis has her own personal copy of the Word of God in a version that is more comfortable and easier to read.

The exponentially expanding Cuban church desperately needs Bibles. Without the Word of God, which is God-breathed truth and our roadmap for the Christian walk, individuals cannot progress far in their spiritual journeys. Cuban believers need guidance and truth so they can develop in their relationships with Jesus Christ.

One Mission Society’s (OMS) Bibles for Cuba project provides Bibles to the people of Cuba—people like Mayelis, who, after five years, now has her own copy of God’s Word.

Delivering Bibles may sound like a simple thing, but the impact it makes on people is eternal. For Mayelis, having a Bible is a blessing from God and also an opportunity to share the Gospel with her husband, Vladimir Herrera, who is not a Christian but is interested in learning more about the Bible.

“Now we can read it [the Bible] together,” Mayelis said. “Sometimes I ask him to read with me a passage or we comment about any particular Bible story. In that way, he is more involved and he can not only know the Word of God but also Jesus.”

Mayelis thanks God, first and foremost, for using OMS, through the Bibles for Cuba project, to deliver the Gospel to her nation so that more and more people can have their own Bibles to study with and grow in their relationships with God. Her prayer for Bibles for Cuba, she said, is that “the Lord continues blessing them in such a way that they can continue blessing Cuba.”

Please join us in praying for Cuba:

  • That God will work in Mayelis’ and Vladimir’s lives and in their marriage through the power of his holy Word.
  • That the Cuban believers will receive more Bibles so they can study God’s Word and develop in their relationships with Jesus Christ.
  • That the Bibles for Cuba project can continue to help deliver these Bibles and serve our brothers and sisters in Cuba.

Please also consider how you can give to help Bibles for Cuba bring the precious Word of God to a nation that so desperately needs it, a nation where some people, like Mayelis, must wait a long time to have a Bible of their own.

To learn more about Bibles for Cuba or to give to this project, visit https://onemissionsociety.org/give/bibles-for-cuba.

By Jess Mitchell, summer communications intern

Tags: bibles, cuba, bibles for cuba, project, prayer, reading, need, church, relationship,

​Beyond the Bars: The Light Inside Bellavista Prison

June 30 2016

Last week’s story of transformation inside Bellavista prison continues as Bridge to Reading (B2R), One Mission Society’s literacy ministry, steps in to hold literacy training sessions and to share the Gospel with the prisoners.

Bellavista men’s prison in Medellin, Colombia, today remains a place of intense contrasts. It’s simultaneously an oppressive labyrinth of concrete and iron, as well as the home of people who exhibit warmth and dignity. The security staff is no-nonsense, and those automatic weapons hanging off their shoulders and belts… well, they aren’t just for show.

But every stereotype you have about prisoners has to be reevaluated when you discover that the men are genuinely friendly and respectful. Conversation is intelligent and engaging, just as you would find among a non-prison population. Need the room rearranged? Having trouble with the computer? They jump right in to help.

Similarly, the staff who is working in the office of educational programs has a genuine love for the men that they affectionately refer to as “los muchachos,” which is best translated as “the fellas” or “the guys” rather than the literal “boys.”

Through the Bridge to Reading ministry, we got a chance to show the compassion of Jesus to a wide range of people, whether they were dealing with the physical bars or the bars or barriers they had on their insides. We connected with them as people, not as prisoners, and interacted with them just as Jesus did. He always treated those with the least status – the most abandoned, the least valued – as people of worth, so we tried to do the same. We listened carefully to their comments and acknowledged their contributions to the class; we cheered when they took a chance and demonstrated a new skill in front of the group. They learned that we were willing to laugh along with them, and at ourselves too.

Every day, we provided special snacks and soda for the men during our breaks, a real treat for them. During these breaks, our team had many opportunities to build relationships with them. Our literacy supervisor, Pastor Diego Gil, is a gifted evangelist and member of the outreach ministry, Prison Fellowship. God provided an opportunity for him to have meaningful conversations about salvation with a number of the men. Participants who didn’t know the Lord got to know those who did.

This rapport laid the foundation for the highlight of the workshop: a time of prayer for individuals after the training concluded. The men were allowed to leave if they wanted to, but almost everyone stayed. About half eagerly got in one of our prayer lines right away, while the other half cautiously observed for a while. When they saw that it was “safe,” they would quietly get in line. We prayed for their families, who are struggling without them, for healing, for provision, for an end to loneliness, for courage, for transformation. One man in Nathan’s line said, “I’m far from God.” Nathan talked to him about the Gospel, and the man received salvation in Jesus on the spot.

We believe that these were just the first fruits of what the Lord did through the B2R workshop in Bellavista prison. The ground has been prepared and the seeds have been planted for more fruit to come.

By Wendy McDermott, Bridge to Reading editor and coordinator for Latin America

We invite you to join the B2R team by praying with us:

  • That the man who received salvation will grow in his relationship with God.
  • That the men who are believers will be empowered by the Holy Spirit to be witnesses through everything that they do and are.
  • That the Lord would reveal himself to many more in the prison and that the men would experience inner freedom in the Lord.
  • That volunteers from Prison Fellowship, local churches, and other ministries will continue to have an open door at every prison, and that God will reveal himself through undeniable evidence of his power and love through them.
  • That Bridge to Reading would blossom and spread throughout the prison and be used to open up many doors for people to hear about God’s love and forgiveness for them.
  • That the prison staff would have opportunities to encounter God through the volunteers and the believers inside the prison.
  • That our trainers would have opportunities to teach the Colombian church how to use Bridge to Reading as a tool of evangelism in their communities.
  • That the believers would move in signs and wonders and live in such a way that the name of Jesus will be made known in the prison, the government, and in the nation of Colombia.

Visit the Bridge to Reading website to learn more at http://bridge2reading.org/. To give to the ministry, click here.

We hope you have enjoyed this month of reading about, praying for, and learning more of the Bridge to Reading literacy ministry.

Tags: prison ministry, bridge to reading, literacy, colombia, men, prisoners, teaching, reading,

​Shining Light into Bellavista Prison

June 21 2016

In what was once Colombia’s most violent city, God is at work in the hearts of the prisoners and staff at Bellavista men’s prison. Ministries like Bridge to Reading (B2R), One Mission Society’s literacy ministry, step into the famous penitentiary in Medellin, Colombia, to bring not just education but the Good News of salvation.

Here are a few powerful stories overflowing from Bellavista:

Bridge to Reading was invited in 2013 by the government of Colombia to help expand efforts to teach prisoners how to read. B2R founder Connie Schwein, Nathan Davis, and I trained a group of prison administration staff, as well as several volunteers from Prison Fellowship Colombia (PFC) in Medellin to serve as literacy tutors.

Our team had been inside the huge, overcrowded Bellavista prison for a couple of afternoons in 2013 to give our tutors the opportunity to practice their new skills with actual students who had little or no ability to read. We had seen the excitement on their faces as they reported how these practice sessions went.

A year later, in July 2014, Nathan and I returned to offer a tutor training workshop inside Bellavista men’s prison, and then, they held a training of trainers.

When we planned to return to the prison in 2014, we were already aware that it would be a challenging environment in which to teach the entire workshop. There are reminders every day that the prison is not there to accommodate us. We must adjust to whatever changes and restrictions are placed on us: when we can enter, when we must leave, where we will meet, when our students can come to class, when there will be an unannounced roll-call, and so forth. The acoustics in the classrooms are atrocious, and classes can come to a complete halt thanks to a band playing during a graduation party on the patio next door.

The solution in every case is to adapt quickly and never take your eyes off the goal: to be an expression of the love of Jesus. We remember that many missionaries and national believers lost their lives trying to pry the door open so that we could walk through it.

We recall the story of how Bellavista has been changed from the inside out by the power of the Gospel carried inside by people like OMSer Jeannine Brabon, the Colombia-born daughter of OMS missionaries, and Lácides Hernández, president of Prison Fellowship of Colombia.

As a young woman, Jeannine was one of the first to minister in the extremely violent prison. At that time, Bellavista was experiencing several murders every week. As the Gospel took hold, despite fierce opposition, the murder rate dropped. The gates of hell were not able to withstand the assault by the church of Jesus Christ. Lácides has expanded the outreach pioneered at Bellavista to prisons across Colombia.

Reflecting on the past efforts of missionaries and the impact they had through God’s power, we remind ourselves that the chance to shine the light in this dark place is worth whatever inconvenience we may encounter.

By Wendy McDermott, Bridge to Reading editor and coordinator for Latin America

Please join us in praying for Colombia:

  • That volunteers from Prison Fellowship, local churches, and other ministries will continue to have an open door at every prison, and that God will reveal himself through undeniable evidence of his power and love through them.
  • That the prisoners and prison staff would have opportunities to encounter God through the volunteers and the believers inside the prison.
  • That the believers in the prison will grow in their relationship with God, experience inner freedom in the Lord, and be empowered by the Holy Spirit to be witnesses through everything that they say and do.
  • That our trainers would have opportunities to teach the Colombian church how to use Bridge to Reading as a tool of evangelism in their communities.

Bellavista’s story of transformation continues in next week’s final blog post.

Visit the Bridge to Reading website to learn more at http://bridge2reading.org/. To give to the ministry, click here.

Tags: bridege to reading, literacy ministry, tutoring, colombia prisons,

​Literacy Bridges Distance

June 15 2016

Imagine having to walk more than 18 miles just to get to school. At an average rate of 15 minutes per mile, it would take four and a half hours to get there and another four and a half hours to return.

For Patrick Pankolet, from the Central African Republic (CAR), this was his reality. Because of the 30-kilometer distance (over 18 miles) between his village and the nearest school, Patrick was never able to attend, thus he was never able to attain literacy. At 30 years old, this is a problem that many people in his generation have, he said.

But later, another church, one closer to Patrick’s village, presented One Mission Society’s Bridge to Reading (B2R) program. After Patrick heard about the program, he and some of his friends decided to register.

From the beginning, Patrick said that the B2R sessions taught him new literacy skills.

“From the first session, I began to put in writing the words that were coming out in my mouth,” he said.

Gradually, Patrick was able to identify the alphabet and their meanings in a word. Now, he can read what is written in the classrooms, as well as read his new Bible daily. He thanks God for the Bridge to Reading ministry and those who initiated it.

One Mission Society’s international Bridge to Reading literacy ministry provides tutoring in reading, writing, and basic mathematics to teens and adults in several countries in Africa and South America. Through this program, B2R staff also have an opportunity to present the Gospel to people.

One of the powerful aspects of B2R is that it is being used in areas where the need for literacy is strong yet inaccessible, whether by distance or circumstance.

The Bridge to Reading ministry also impacted 62-year-old Veronique Sango, also from CAR. Veronique never had the opportunity to attend school. As the eldest child in her family, she stayed home to help her mother take care of her younger siblings. When she grew up, Veronique had eight children of her own.

“I’ve never been in a school,” she said. “I didn’t write, read, or count, and I didn’t know what to do to get out of this situation.”

When B2R came to Veronique’s church, she started the program and never missed a single course. In less than three months, she learned how to read, write, and count.

Because of these new skills, Veronique said she can now take her own notes, write letters to her parents in the village, count her money and goods, and most importantly read her Bible every day.

“I bless the Lord for this ministry, which has been very beneficial for me,” Veronique said.

God is doing great things in places like CAR, but that isn’t the only place he is working. Next week, we will travel to a prison in Colombia to see how God is transforming lives through his Word and Bridge to Reading.

Please pray for the Central African Republic, especially for peace after the recent war and presidential election.

Also, please pray for Bridge to Reading:

  • Please pray for volunteers from many countries who train tutors and teach adults and adolescents to read in Africa and Colombia.
  • Pray for the Lord’s provision of time and energy for tutors as they stretch themselves to be literacy volunteers in their local churches.
  • Pray for the evidence of fruit of the Spirit in each tutor and trainer’s life to be joyfully patient, kind, and longsuffering.
  • Pray for physical safety for people in war-ravaged areas who need God’s protection to travel from their home to the local church for tutoring.

Visit the Bridge to Reading website to learn more at http://bridge2reading.org/. To give to the ministry, click here.

Tags: literacy, reading, africa ministry, bridge to reading, central african republic, tutors,

Literacy Brings Life

June 7 2016

Have you ever considered being able to read and write as a gift instead of just a skill?

Through the gift of literacy, we have an opportunity to read personal testimonies from people around the world who were touched by God through the Gospel and the Bridge to Reading literacy program.

B2R’s ministry uses trained tutors to teach literacy skills to adults and teens. They also give students the opportunity to read the Bible, hear the Gospel, and understand it. God works through B2R to transform people, and they, in turn, show God’s love to their community.

John Ndagano is one of those people. He was an evangelist in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) but couldn’t read his Bible. There was a military camp next to John’s village that didn’t have a chaplain. When John went to the camp to minister, he was chased away, suspected of being a spy after he failed to read Scripture.

“The first time I came to the camp, the commander asked me to read Matthew 10:17, but I could not,” John said. “I used to walk around with my Bible, but I didn’t know how to read.”

When John heard about the B2R literacy program in another neighborhood, he attended and eventually could read and write Swahili. After three years of literacy training, John returned to that same military camp, where the same commander he had met years before was still stationed.

“I told him that I have now come to pay the full price, to be beaten, before I preach to him. He told me that he wanted first to hear the Good News and after that he will beat me,” John said.

John preached to the officer. Four months later, the commander got baptized. Now, every Monday John is invited to the military camp to preach to the troops.

Yvonne Nsimire Rutikanga, also from the DRC, is another person who has gained literary skills and spiritual maturity from God by working through B2R.

B2R’s literacy program started in Yvonne’s church, and she decided she wanted to be a tutor. Yvonne returned to school so she could help contribute more to the growth of her church and attain her goal. After her successful literacy training, Yvonne began tutoring others in her church.

One year ago, Yvonne said that she received the gift of a goat from the husband of a woman she tutored. The husband was happy to see that his wife could read and write because of Yvonne’s efforts to teach her.

“Literacy brought courage, happiness, and fortune in my life,” Yvonne said.

The personal testimonies will continue next week in B2R’s next spotlight post. Check back next week to read more stories of people’s lives being changed by the power of God.

Please pray that Bridge to Reading can continue to glorify God through its literacy ministry and for the Lord to show those involved how he wants to sustain this ministry in each country and each church.

Please also join us in praying with the B2R team for Colombia:

That volunteers from Prison Fellowship, local churches, and other ministries will continue to have an open door at every prison, and that God will reveal himself through undeniable evidence of his power and love through them.

That the prisoners and prison staff would have opportunities to encounter God through the volunteers and the believers inside the prison.

That the believers in the prison will grow in their relationship with God, experience inner freedom in the Lord, and be empowered by the Holy Spirit to be witnesses through everything that they say and do.

That our trainers would have opportunities to teach the Colombian church how to use Bridge to Reading as a tool of evangelism in their communities.

Visit the Bridge to Reading website to learn more at http://bridge2reading.org/. To give to the ministry, click here.

By Jess Mitchell, OMS Summer Communications Intern

Tags: bridge to reading, literacy ministry, africa, colombia, tutoring, reading, learning to read,

​Can You Read This?

June 2 2016

If you’ve reached this blog post, chances are you can read the words on this page.

Imagine if you couldn’t.

That means you couldn’t navigate web pages, read books, understand certain street signs, and most likely you also wouldn’t be able to write.

Most of the world’s population can function in society with at least a basic literacy level. But statistics from UNESCO show that 17 percent of adults still cannot. In a world that relies heavily on the written word, illiteracy poses a serious problem for people who still need these skills.

That’s where ministries like Bridge to Reading step in.

Bridge to Reading (B2R) is One Mission Society’s international literacy project. Its main objective is to provide adults and teens with literacy services, while also giving them the opportunity hear the Gospel. By partnering with local churches in countries with a high illiteracy population, B2R works to tutor students in reading, writing, and basic mathematics.

B2R is different from traditional ways of teaching reading in a couple of significant ways. The first is in terms of the way students learn to read, which centers on the “Bridge to Reading Story.” The student tells a story, and the tutor writes it down word for word. The students learn to read their own stories rather than stories that someone else has chosen for them. Then, the students choose several words from their own story that they want to learn as sight words. Those words become the basis for the letters and syllables (phonics) that the students study.

The second difference is in terms of the relationship between the student and the teacher. B2R is a highly student-centered approach based on proven principles of effective adult education. B2R revolves around a teacher-student relationship that is a collaboration between peers. The students identify their own literacy goals, and the tutor helps them achieve those goals.

Both of these emphases stand in contrast to what many of B2R’s tutors and students have experienced in past academic environments.

Currently, B2R estimates that around 3,000 adults and teens are learning to read through its program in churches in Colombia, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Burundi. In 2015, field supervisors have also reported that 378 people made decisions to follow Jesus Christ through the B2R literacy program.

But statistics can only give us a fraction of the picture of God’s impact through B2R. Through the power of words, we can read and connect with the personal stories from students and tutors who have been involved in this ministry and how God has worked in their lives. Check out the OMS blog next week to have the privilege of reading testimonies from B2R staff and students.

We invite you to join the B2R team by praying with us for Colombia:

  • That volunteers from Prison Fellowship, local churches, and other ministries will continue to have an open door at every prison, and that God will reveal himself through undeniable evidence of his power and love through them.
  • That the prisoners and prison staff would have opportunities to encounter God through the volunteers and the believers inside the prison.
  • That the believers in the prison will grow in their relationship with God, experience inner freedom in the Lord, and be empowered by the Holy Spirit to be witnesses through everything that they say and do.
  • That our trainers would have opportunities to teach the Colombian church how to use Bridge to Reading as a tool of evangelism in their communities.

Visit the Bridge to Reading website to learn more at http://bridge2reading.org/. To give to the ministry, click here.

By Jess Mitchell, One Mission Society Summer Intern, Communications

Tags: literacy, reading, colombia, prisons, tutoring,