Did you hear the shouts of “Bingo” mixed with giant Jenga pieces toppling, good-natured challenges over the tossing of bean bags, and happy chatter over graduation refreshments all livening Evans Hall at White’s Chapel United Methodist Church on Sunday, June 23? That was the gleeful noise of over 40 of our Refugee Initiative’s English Language Learning (ELL) students and their families sharing high fives as we celebrated the finale to another successful year of learning together at our Family Fun Day. Several of the kids asked if we could do it again next week – and we would if we could!! What an amazing group of people, all of whom have overcome so much. Our volunteer faculty and support teams feel so blessed to share in their lives as we help them learn the English language and its route to a better life in their hew homeland! We see Christ’s Face in theirs – and pray they see a similar Light in ours.
Students and volunteers had such a wonderful experience at our Saturday morning English classes for adults in our White’s Chapel Refugee Initiative English Language Learning (ELL) program that they celebrated in grand style at the Patriotic Picnic. The potluck affair was filled with warm smells and tasty treats from the students as well as the volunteers. Participants savored authentic Vietnamese egg rolls, waffles, broccoli salad, an ancient family recipe of baked beans, and many pastries and other goodies. The atmosphere was so festive that nobody minded the heavy rains and thunder that threatened.
Students exchanged phone numbers with the volunteers and requested that the group photos that were taken would be shared with all. It was so fun, in fact, that few wanted to leave even after the deluge began. Luckily, all stayed warm and dry inside the cafeteria of Light of the World Church where classes take place. Everyone is looking forward to the resumption of classes on August 17 at 10:00 a.m.
Took our guys to DMA to hear Clemantine Wamariya share her story as a Rwandan genocide survivor and author of “The Girl Who Smiled Beads”. She gave them autographed copies of her book and had an inspirational conversation with them after her presentation. The experience was very meaningful to our guys and helped them in their healing process.
Follow this link to listen to the May 23, 2018 episode of KERA’s Think with Dr. Seema Jilani. A pediatrician and aid worker, Dr. Jilani recently published an article in The New York Times magazine titled “What Refugees Face on the World’s Deadliest Migration Route.”
Hosts & Friends outing to the Kimball Art Museum in Fort Worth: