Day 1 of 13

Journeying Toward Literacy

Micah 6:8

8No, the Lord has told us what is good. What he requires of us is this: to do what is just, to show constant love, and to live in humble fellowship with our God.

Day 1: Introduction

Dallas is in the midst of a literacy crisis that, if left unchecked, could impact us for generations. Interestingly, the Bible gives us some practical guidance on how to address the root cause of this problem. The key factor behind low literacy is poverty—and Jesus had a lot to say about caring for the poor. Right now, only 14 percent of the students who stay in school and graduate in Dallas County have received a sufficient education. As of the 2016-17 school year, 88 percent of the children enrolled in DISD alone come from low-income families, 43 percent are English learners, and over 20 percent change schools in the middle of a given school year.* Jesus tells us that the second great commandment is to love our neighbor as ourselves. He calls us to feed the hungry and to care for orphans and widows, and he modeled this care in his earthly ministry. Loving our neighbors is at the heart of the gospel. People who are living out of God’s good news will put others first, serve the vulnerable, and introduce others to God’s love. One way we can do such things in Dallas is to help people learn to read. Equipping people with literacy can unlock future opportunities for them to succeed. In the days ahead, we will explore our call to care for the vulnerable by considering several Scripture passages and exploring ways to apply them in our city. Together, we can love our neighbors in Dallas in practical ways and so help them encounter God’s love for each of them.

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