English as a Second Language

I grew up in a very insulated environment.  My school in Abilene was largely upper middle class and/or rednecks.  We had 1 person that wasn't white, but he left after a year.  I wonder why ...

Times have changed.  My children go to a school full of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd generation immigrants.  My neighborhood has Jews, Hindus, atheists, and Christians.  We're all good friends because we have many things in common: we have kids the same age, most of us are engineers or doctors of some kind, and we all live in a fallen world.  Each of us live in an imperfect culture.  Each of us need to be reconciled to the God's kingdom culture.

I used to think the mission field was in Africa or Central/South America.  Now I've realized the mission field lives next to me.  The question is: what are we going to do about it?

Starting this fall, we're going to be hosting ESL classes at the building on Wednesday nights.  English will be taught to adults while their children will be attending Bible classes along side our own children.  To make this work, we need volunteers to help teach adult and children's classes, help with registration, help with special events, and help befriend those who come.  Beyond learning English, our goal is to create cultural bridges that can help reconcile all of us to God's kingdom culture.

If you are interested in learning more about this endeavor, read this informational handout and/or contact me, Mark Maxey.

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