Monday, December 28th, 2009
"He stood up to read." (Luke 4:16)
Scriptural teaching and earnest effort are very effective. (2 Timothy 3:16, 17) Consider the case of Saulo in Guatemala. He was born with a slight mental disability. One of his teachers told his mother that she should not force the boy to learn to read, so Saulo left school without learning how. However, a Witness taught Saulo to read, using the brochure Apply Yourself to Reading and Writing. Eventually, Saulo advanced to the point of giving talks in the Theocratic Ministry School. Saulo’s mother later met his teacher in the house-to-house ministry. Upon hearing that Saulo had learned to read, the teacher asked her to bring him along the following week. At that time, the teacher asked Saulo, “What are you going to teach me?” Saulo started to read a paragraph from the book What Does the Bible Really Teach? “I cannot believe that you are now teaching me,” said the teacher. Unable to hold back her tears, she embraced Saulo.
(Watchtower issue: 02/15/08, 4:9, 10)
*literacy classes are another area which demonstrates the type of genuine love and patience a teacher should have for their student. Many people who were formerly illiterate have been helped to overcome their lack of education (even at an advanced age in life) as well as become proficient enough to read the Bible and begin teaching it to others. Demonstrating that advanced education is not the key to disciple-making... love is.