Thus the Literacy Program was born. With eight of us women now living and working at the Mission Kerry finally has enough people to help him teach to the fishermen and the women who are in the feeding program how to read and write. We meet every Saturday, an hour with the men and an hour with the women, to teach them the how to write the alphabet, their name and learn some English. For them, literacy is invaluable and before now learning English had only been an unreachable dream for them.
As we walked in the gate on the first day of literacy teaching all the men were already there sitting at the tables expectantly waiting for us. These men had dropped out of school at an early age and have worked hard their entire lives, now on this day they are so excited to finally learn how to write. I sat down with a man name Roodly (pronounced woodly). I wrote his name at the top of the page and we went through and practiced each letter. He is a very sweet man and has such a vulnerable presence about him. Here he was as a grown man humbling himself and willing to show his weaknesses to someone he barely knew. Roodly was so excited and grateful to be able to write his name, and helping him made me admire his humble spirit and willingness to learn (we in American take writing our name for granted). It was a beautiful picture of how the Kingdom is supposed to be. All of us coming together, all equal and all teaching and learning from each other. I’m not sure which one of us was more blessed that day.