Spiritual education—a priority

When I lived in Brazil, years ago, my father came home one day so happy that he was crying. He told us that Antonio, a middle-aged worker on the cleaning crew in our building, had greeted him saying, "Mr. Gelber, now I can read!"

Antonio had moved to Sao Paulo from the impoverished northeastern part of the country, looking for a better life. Illiterate and unskilled, he could only do heavy labor. My parents encouraged him to go night school. That week he had gotten his degree in literacy.

Antonio didn't stop there. He kept cultivating his ability to learn. And as he rose out of ignorance, he extended his love of learning to his two children, both of whom later graduated from college. Wide doors opened for him and his family.

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Testimony of Healing
'The enduring, the good, and the true'
November 18, 2002

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