Stepping into WEAG’s ESL classes on a Thursday night, you might meet people from Guatemala, Syria, Russia, Ethiopia, Vietnam, or over 30 other countries. Immigrants and refugees from around the world are coming in the doors of WEAG to learn English, and God is allowing us to welcome them and show them Christ’s love
Each student has a story. Each student left his or her home country for a reason. Each student has taken the bold step to strive to learn English and adapt to our culture
One student is from the Democratic Republic of Congo. When he was nine years old, his parents were killed. He led his blind brother through the war-torn country to a refugee camp where they lived for nearly 15 years. Arriving in the United States 2 years ago, this student knew no English. He is eager to improve his language skills so he can better function in his new country.
A young mom from Venezuela says, “It is very bad in Venezuela. There is no food; there is no medicine. Our brothers and sisters are in Spain, Chile, and Ecuador; and our parents are still in Venezuela. We miss our family because we are all apart. Our daughter never meets her grandparents. Sometimes I feel sad and alone. It is very difficult, but it is better for us here. We are glad to learn English so that we can work in our job area and give our daughter a good life.”
Imagine how overwhelming it would be to leave everything (and possibly everyone) you know and move to another country. Imagine how overwhelming tasks like shopping, banking, driving, finding housing and employment, and understanding the school system would be if you could not speak the local language.
WEAG’s ESL program helps immigrants and refugees to overcome those challenges. Each week, volunteer teachers share Jesus’ love with our international community as they guide six classes of students through lessons designed to accommodate different levels of understanding
Would you like to be a part of this ministry that helps show love to our international neighbors? We need greeters, assistants