On September 26, we kicked off a new program at our South Nashville location in partnership with WorldCrafts. Begin Anew had five new adult students gather at Christ Church to attend English classes and also become employed artisans. Each Tuesday and Thursday morning students arrive ready and are excited about their new job. Yes, they earn money all while having fun and learning English.
What does a typical morning look like for these artisans and learners? From 9:00 am to 11:00 am, they are making purses, banners and assembling keychains; from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm, they attend free ESL classes with free childcare provided.
In addition, I am happy to say I have the most amazing volunteers. They arrive each week filled with excitement and joy. I am truly grateful for every hour they are with us. They are jewels in my crown. Many thanks to each of you!
I am also excited about our new ESL classes at Tusculum Hills Baptist Church and Christ Church. We started our first ESL class at Tusculum Hills with seventeen students in attendance! We will begin our first ESL class at Christ Church on Monday, October 16. We are expecting this day to be as exciting and productive as the one at Tusculum Hills.
We have a specific need for ESL Teachers on Wednesdays from 6 to 8 pm at the Tusculum Hills Baptist Church location. Also, if you want to support the refugees to make additional items, (thus providing them additional income), $10.00 provides the materials and labor for one screen printed item; $8.00 provides the materials and labor for one keychain.
Keep us in your prayers and consider being a part of this ministry as we embark on a new journey!
In His Service, Sandra Owens, South Nashville Program Director