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May 8, 2013
I joined Literacy Connexus . . .


I have been involved with literacy since I graduated from LSU in the '70s and worked with low-income communities in Louisiana. But my real skin in the game is that I'm the daughter of a Haitian immigrant mother and a French-speaking Creole father.


We lived in Los Angeles, CA, and I remember schoolmates asking, "Where are you all from?"  It wasn't the greatest thing--at that time--to be bilingual. I used to practice in front of the mirror to make sure I sounded the way I sound now, so that no one would ask that question. (But, today, when I get in a roomful of Caribbeans, my husband will say in a minute, "It's back!")


I had always heard that TEX training was phenomenal and I was waiting to see when the next session would be. In March 2012, I attended Robin Feistel's class at the Metroplex Literacy Conference.  I enjoyed the class tremendously, and noticed there was something vastly different about this particular instructor.  Clearly, it was God.

The class was instructional, yet the presence of God was overwhelming.  I wanted to be just like her!  I actually sent Robin a note, not sure if she would remember me, but indicating that I wanted to be like her when I grew up. Since that day, she has sent me everything a human being could possibly possess for teaching ESL. I am now an apprentice under the tutelage of Martha McDade--another amazing woman of God.  


I am on fire for this ministry. I have been taught how to literally impact the lives of international students. I try to give them more than learning English; when all is said and done, I try to give them the passion to pass onto others what they learned from me.


Literacy Connexus has created a training that is like none other in the country.  


Barbara Irving

Sugar Creek Baptist Church, Sugar Land, TX 

Barbara Irving
Brightly-clad Barbara with friends and husband (far right). Reverend Jimmie Irving is the Founder/Crisis Chaplain of Light of Faith Ministries and is on the Pastoral Care Team at Sugar Creek Baptist Church.

Nine years and counting . . .  


The month of May marks some significant events in the history of Literacy Connexus.  It was at a North American Mission Board meeting on May 1, 2004 that Lester and and Robin decided they would launch out in a new direction for ESL training in churches. This decision led to the beginnings of Literacy Connexus!


It was also in May of 2007 that Lester moved the organization into the Fort Worth office.


Congratulations to Lester and Robin for their forethought, wisdom, and hard work that produced Literacy Connexus. The fruit of their labor has contributed greatly to promoting literacy during the last 9 years!


Thanks to all the volunteers that have helped in a myriad of ways. Let's look forward together to more good work and innovative ideas in the future!


Lyle Crossley

President of the Board, Literacy Connexus

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Lester Meriwether, Executive Director
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Fort Worth, TX 76116
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Pam Moore, Editor 

Trivia Challenge 
1. The beignet is the official state doughnut of Louisiana. At Café du Monde in New Orleans, they are served in orders of:

a) deux

b) trois

c) quatre

d) cinq

2. Mayday is an international radiotelephone signal word originating from the French term venez m'aider, meaning come help me. It is vocalized:


a) 3 times - to distinguish an actual mayday call from a message about a mayday call

b) 1 to 3 times - depending on the severity of danger


c) 3 times followed by a pause of 3 seconds then 3 more times - to simulate the dots and dashes of an SOS call

continuously until a response is received

3. The French term, Bonne fête, maman! is translated:

a) To your health!

b) Good to the last drop!

c) Off to the races!

d) Happy Mother's Day!    

Problem accessing  the answers? Reply to this email and we'll shoot them your way.  

These instructional links may help: 


Only in English...   
  • How do you explain the logic of the English language to your ESL students when curl, girl, and pearl all rhyme, but bomb, comb, and tomb do not?
  • If pro is the opposite of con, then is progress the opposite of congress?