Tuesday, January 30, 2007

A Call To Prayer!

Please join us for a time of prayer for ESL ministries. We will be meeting at Toronto International Celebration Church on Tuesday, Feb. 6th. and again a month later on Tuesday, March 5th from 7.30pm-9pm. See you there!

Friday, January 26, 2007

Upcoming Training Workshop

Reaching the Nations through ESL

Ministers Mabel Wee and Paul Terry Robinson

Next Training Workshop: Saturday, February 17th, 2007, 9am-4pm

Matt. 28:18-20

Mabel and Paul Terry are co-labourers and co-ordinators of the Hope For Toronto-English Language Ministry, (HFT-ELM) a non-profit organization. Their base is the Toronto International Celebration Church (TICC), 190 Railside Road, Toronto, Ontario, M3A-1A3. They are graduates of Tyndale Seminary and Bible College. They also graduated from Literacy and Evangelism International’s (LEI) 2003 Summer Training Institute in Tulsa, OK. USA. They are LEI’s Associates, authorized to train teachers, lay-people, Christian workers and church-leaders to teach Literacy as well as English as a Second Language (ESL). Their tool is a uniquely-proven and complete, bible-based curriculum and methodology. Text-books, work-books and tapes are available.

Outreach for Mabel and Paul Terry is through spearheading one-day, seven-hour, training conferences. They walk the participants through a chapter of the ESL as well as the Literacy Curricula. A simple, seven-step Methodology is demonstrated with student, models. A Manual, (more than 200 pages) enabling the participants to launch into immediate ministry, is provided at the training. The fee for whole-day training is $45.00.

Participants need NOT be qualified nor experienced teachers. They just have to be able to speak English better than their students. ALL with hearts of compassion for SOULS are the best candidates. Mabel and Paul have trained four hundred teachers, representing fifty churches and 61 nations. Eleven churches have partnered with them. Their training spans Ontario and South-East Asia. This curriculum has been introduced in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Ghana; Brazil and Malaysia. Thailand and Europe will be next.

One church where they taught has grown to one hundred and fifty ESL students with thirty youths in their outreach program and 5 Sunday-school classes. More than 50 have been water-baptized. Their aim is to equip Christian workers and churches with a complete package by sharing skills needed to initiate, organize and grow a fruitful ministry in their community. This is a hands-on, step-by-step coaching from preparation to the start and maintenance of a new ESL ministry. On-going and struggling ESL ministries are strengthened by their sharing on “Do’s and Don’ts”, Cultural-Ethnic sensitivities and Leadership skills. Those interested please contact: maywee@sympatico.ca OR 416 568 7833 Mabel.

A Breakthrough for English in Europe?

*The European Commission has just announced an agreement whereby English will be the official language of the European Union rather than German, which was the other possibility.**

**As part of the negotiations, the British Government conceded that English spelling had some room for improvement and has accepted a 5- year phase-in plan that would become known as "Euro-English".

In the first year, "s" will replace the soft "c". Sertainly, this will make the sivil servants jump with joy. The hard "c" will be dropped in favour of "k". This should klear up konfusion, and keyboards kan have one less letter. There will be growing publik enthusiasm in the sekond year when the troublesome "ph" will be replaced with "f". This will make words like fotograf 20% shorter.**

**In the 3rd year, publik akseptanse of the new spelling** **kan** be expekted to reach the stage where! more komplikated changes are possible.

Governments will enkourage the removal of double letters which have always ben a deterent to akurate speling.**

**Also, al wil agre that the horibl mes of the silent "e" in the languag is disgrasful and it should go away.**

**By the 4th yer people wil be reseptiv to steps such as replasing "th" with "z" and "w" with "v".**

**During ze fifz yer, ze unesesary "o"** **kan** be dropd from vords**kontaining "ou" and after ziz fifz yer, ve vil hav a reil sensi** **bl riten styl.**

**Zer vil be no mor trubl or difikultis and evrivun vil find it ezi tu understand ech oza. Ze drem of a united urop vil finali kum tru.**

**Und efter ze fifz yer, ve vil al be speking German like zey vunted in ze forst plas.**

**If zis mad you smil, pleas pas on to oza pepl.*

A Report from ESL Ministries in Kitchener - Waterloo

The KW regional gathering started with two of us who shared the task of phoning area churches and ministries to enquire if they had anyone interested in ESL ministry whom we could use as a contact person by email. We sent an email to introduce ourselves (using BCC for privacy) to all of our collected contacts (about 25) and heard back from 16 of them. We advertised the Fall SOCEM Gathering and had one person join us on the trip to Toronto and back. The trip itself proved to be a good opportunity to do some brainstorming and planning. Now we were 3!

We decided to try to hold a meeting so we chose a Monday evening in November and invited people. The only ones who could come were the three of us. We let it go for that time. In December, we decided it would be nice to meet in early January, so again we invited people for a time of discussion (with dessert and coffee thrown in), but this time gave a choice of 9 days/times to choose from. We ended up with a Monday evening with 7 of us present. There was a good mix of experienced and new people and of various church traditions.

We introduced ourselves and our ministries and talked through some ideas concerning the purpose of a KW ESL ministry group. We were able to share many ideas about opportunities in the KW area and how various ministries have met various needs. All appreciated the benefit of a cooperative effort in ESL. Certainly we need to be aware of each other's ministries and offer mutual encouragement. We decided not to meet very often but did set a date to meet again in April, hoping that more people could join us then.

Carol, Betty, and Bev

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Sites for training short-term cross-cultural workers

An open letter to the members of the Southern Ontario ESL Ministries Coop:

As you may be aware many short term missions are focused on teaching English as a foreign language. (Just check out the report from the Czech republic on this blogspot.)There is a demand for training venues before those short-term teams begin their overseas assignments. Are there any programs who would be willing to serve as practice teaching sites? Details of how this would work out can be negotiated.

As world Christians this would be an opportunity to participate in God's global plan. A little experience makes a big difference.

Please reply to Anita Cassidy: anitacassidy@sympatico.ca

In Christ,

Marion Chang