This past week, we had a the opportunity to celebrate the hard work of 21 very special neighbors. Our adult English Language students and volunteer teachers have built a beautiful community of neighbors, sharing life and language each Tuesday and Thursday morning.
Their efforts are so inspiring and should give us all such a sense of hope for the future of Lewiston. Most of our students are Asylum Seekers or Refugees, and welcoming them into their new home and sharing this community with each of them is an incredible privilege.
This program offers 3 levels of English as well as extra conversational opportunities. Field trips, employment prep, grammar, FaceTime with civic leaders and police and many more activities make up for an engaging and challenging program - lead by a dedicated team of volunteers from 5 different churches. Our childcare workers are the unsung heroes (we need more - please!), giving moms the opportunity to fully in engage with the language learning experience.
Although the focus is on learning the English language, there is so much shared learning that takes place through the community that is built between our volunteer teaching team, child care workers and students. They become neighbors, sharing life with each other. It's beautiful. Scripture tells us that the Kingdom of God is diverse, filled with every culture and ethnicity, sharing together.
We are so blessed to experience just a taste of that in Lewiston! There is a beautiful community emerging in this city!
Will you join us in welcoming our new neighbors?