Zhao Liangdong, 29, with Wang Aiya, 52, and Wu Liuxuan, 51, who are attending a literacy class at Meng Zhung (Dream Village) village church, Heyang County, Shaanxi Province.
– According to the 6th
National Census, 2010, there are 53 million aged 15 and above who are illiterate. In Heyang County, Shaanxi, which has an estimated 10,000 Christians, the illiteracy rate is approximately 20% out of a population of 450,000.
The challenges faced by illiterate Christians are numerous. “It’s a challenge to learn about their faith. Because they can’t read or write, they are not able to remember what they have heard since they can’t write it down. It’s hard to see growth without literacy,” explained Elder Lei Gengtang, 50. Elder Lei from Meng Zhuang
(literally ‘Dream village’) travels between eight to nine villages on a motorized bicycle to shepherd the believers under his care. Due to the shortage of pastoral staff across China, Christians especially those in the rural areas only get to see their pastors once every couple of months for spiritual feeding. Read more [...]