Literacy ConneXus News
August 24, 2011
I joined Literacy Connexus . . .

Billie Sue FieldsWhen I received my first literacy missions training in 1977, I had no idea where it would take me or the people that I would meet along the way . . . from Alaska to Florida . . . from Los Angeles to Pennsylvania . . . and even to China. Along this journey, I have had the privilege to help Chinese professionals improve their English, to work with students who wanted to prepare to take their GED test, to teach American born English-speaking adults to read, and to tutor children who needed help with their homework.

 

During these years I have served as an Adult Reading & Writing (ARW) workshop leader, as a Tutoring Children & Youth (TCY) workshop leader, a literacy missions ministry director, and as the Illinois Baptist State Literacy Missions Consultant. Currently, I serve as the Homework Room Facilitator/English as a Second Language (ESL) Ministry Co-Director in my local church and as the Adult Literacy/GED/TCY Consultant-Trainer for Hope Literacy.

 

Serving in the Homework Room of my church's ESL ministry has been such a rewarding experience in my literacy missions journey. It has come to my attention, that some existing ESL ministries do not provide for the children of their ESL students. This is an opportunity and a blessing missed. When we serve and love their children through our Homework Room, we have found that our ESL students are more regular in their attendance and are more hesitant to drop out of their own classes.

 

It is not a complicated process to start a ministry for the children. Some training is required, but there is a minimal amount of weekly preparation needed. The students bring their homework and this is the focus of the evening. If volunteers are not available weekly, a rotating schedule can be used. College and high school students are great volunteers. High school students can earn the Community Service credits that their school may require for graduation. The need for additional insurance is usually not required for a church.

 

I am available to help any existing or new ESL ministry start a Homework Room/Tutoring ministry for the children. If you would like more information or have any questions, please contact me at: thefieldsofprinceton@juno.com. Please consider joining me on this journey. 

 

Billie Sue Fields

 

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