APPROACH & DISTINCTIVES
At the heart of Elizabeth’s Library International is the desire for both adults and children to have access to learning and educational opportunities that will equip and encourage them to reach their God-given potential. Our vision is to establish community libraries that offer access to books and other educational resources making them readily available to poor and or underserved communities. It is the desire of ELI to come alongside local community partners, and share the genuine love of Jesus in a culturally appropriate manner within a vibrant local Elizabeth’s Library.
To do this, ELI serves as a conduit for the flow of resources and information to and between donor constituencies and our receiving partners. We believe that when resourced and supported well, our local partners are the ones best suited to carry out the work of establishing libraries and determining the community’s educational needs. Elizabeth’s Library International currently serves as a venue for adult literacy, children’s reading, and early child development programs.
Our programs are offered to both children and adults, so we work with our partners to seek out grants, diversified revenue streams, and locally based income generating projects to support long term sustainability of library operations.
Elizabeth’s Library International meets all host government requirements for services and programs and consistently evaluates their impact on the constituents and their community.
Consider being a part of the future of Elizabeth's Library International by partnering with us through your prayers and financial contributions. It is our hope and desire that we can serve many communities by providing educational opportunities for all with a hunger for knowledge and learning.
Lana Lynn, founder of Elizabeth’s Library International, grew up in the small town of Britton, South Dakota. She always loved learning and spent many happy hours in the local library reading books on a variety of subjects. When the librarian realized that Lana had read almost all the books in the library, she made arrangements with the State Library system to send books to her on a regular basis. Lana recounts, ‘ I remember so well my excitement, the day the first cardboard box arrived at my home and I carefully unpacked the books – one by one.
Every few weeks for many years, I would send a request list to the State Library and shortly after, a new box would arrive at my home – opening the world to me. I never imagined that one day, I’d be part of an organization sending cardboard boxes of books around the world to start libraries where there are none.’
Lana Lynn reading at Domoshava community library