My name is Preema.
I am 33 years old and my husband and I have three children.
My family is poor. The air in my village in the northern state of Uttarakhand is thick with the rotten smell of the trash dumped near the river. Many people in my village get sick from malaria and other diseases. Most of us can't afford to take our children to the doctor.
My husband works at any odd jobs he finds. He works hard to support me and our three children, but there is never enough money. I grew up in a poor family, and I always hoped I would be able to give my children a better future. But we barely have enough money for food, so we can't think of sending our little ones to school.
One day, I met a Children's Bible Club leader who happened to be passing by our house. He asked if I would send my children to the Club so they can grow and learn. Excited, I said, "Yes!"
My children began learning many things, and they were having a good time at the Children's Bible Club. One night, my oldest son came running towards me and said, "Mama, I have seen many older people carrying slates and books in their hands. It looked as if they were going to school. They all gathered at the same place where we go to our Bible Club."
I had heard from our neighbors about free literacy classes were just starting in our village, but it seemed too good to be true. So when I heard my son's news, I was overjoyed!
I had never had the chance to go to school, so I wasn't about to let this opportunity pass me by! I joined the night school the very next day.
Each evening, my children would come running home from Bible Club, filled with excitement about the songs and stories they were hearing. I could only stay for a few minutes to listen, because it was time for me to hurry to my class! It was like a relay race every day.
In my Adult Literacy classes, I learned how to read and write, and also how to properly feed my family and how to keep clean and avoid diseases. I have learned so much that will help me take better care of my family.
I also listened to the stories about Jesus. I did not want to miss even a single class because these stories were so inspiring and touching. At home, I shared with my children about what I had learned, and we talked about Jesus. We began praying together.
Soon, I received Jesus as my personal Savior. I pray to the Lord now, and I attend church with my children.
Please pray with me and my children that my husband will come to a saving knowledge of Christ Jesus, too.