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July 3, 2013
Alliance United Methodist Church joined Literacy Connexus . . .

By Ashleigh Bugg/Student.Go Intern
Last Wednesday, Alliance United Methodist Church proved people don't have to be rich, famous, or even old enough to drive to change the world.

The Fort Worth church hosted a Vacation Bible School and encouraged kids to donate books to Literacy Connexus. In one day, they collected 512 books to combat illiteracy and poverty in some of the poorest counties in Texas.

"Usually, we raise money for global organizations like Heifer International. This year we wanted to get the kids more involved and have a tangible, hands-on way to give," church volunteer Melissa White said.

Participants especially enjoyed the memories that came from sorting through their dusty shelves and cherished storybooks.

"It was really interesting going through the donated books. My kids and I saw some--like Flat Stanley--that we loved when they were growing up," church administrative assistant Kelly Slean said.
Student.Go interns Ashleigh Bugg and Kelsey Knowles sorting--and lingering over--the bounty of books donated by Alliance United Methodist VBS-goers. 
Melissa's favorite part of the process was reminiscing with her daughter, eight-year-old Emma Kate. "We loved looking through our old books . . . some of them we realized we weren't ready to part with."
Kids got in on the fun, pulling books from their home libraries and bringing them to the church as a missions offering. Toward the end of the day, younger children grew tired of playing, and sat on the stage to read the donated books.

"We really appreciate Literacy Connexus providing us with an outlet to give. The books were just sitting around the house. We could have donated them to Goodwill or something, but this way we know they're getting somewhere that really needs them," Kelly said.

The books will find a temporary home at the Literacy Connexus Book Bank in Fort Worth. Later this month, they'll head to Eagle Pass and other points along the border for family reading fairs.

"Our kids have so much, and we wanted to give them the opportunity to give back," Melissa said. "We've enjoyed books in our home, and we want to share that love with others."
ESL Teacher Training Opportunity . . . 


Glenda Reece will offer two webinar training sessions for ESL teachers and those interested in learning about teaching. Topics include:

  • The Basics of Teaching ESL
  • Beginning an ESL Program
  • Teaching Bible ESL during the Sunday School Hour 

The webinars are scheduled for July 31 and August 1, 2013, beginning at 12:15 pm Eastern Daylight Time. Sessions are 45 minutes long.  


Click to register  

Bring on the Books . . .

Hispanic Woman's Missionary Union has taken on the challenge of promoting reading, beginning with babies. Amen!

If you would like to help, please bring book donations to the Texas Baptists Family Gathering in San Antonio.

Books may be delivered to Ballroom B between 1 and 4 pm on Monday, July 15, during the Hispanic WMU Promotional Meeting. Or, drop by our Literacy Connexus display and we'll deliver them for you.
Join the Johnstons . . . 
Matt Johnston and his new bride Elizabeth will soon be off to East Asia to teach English. Matt has been indispensable to Literacy Connexus for the past eight months as an intern. Pray for them as they embark on this adventure!

Lester Meriwether, Executive Director 
4802 Highway 377 S., Suite 14
Fort Worth, TX 76116
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Pam Moore, Editor

Trivia Challenge 
1. In the Tour de France, the purpose of the Voiture Balai, or Broom Wagon, is to:

a) sweep debris off the road before each day's ride

b) sweep up dropped water bottles, jerseys, food wrappers, and other discarded items after each day's ride

c) sweep up riders who drop out of the race

d) sweep away unruly spectators who try to touch the riders as they go by

2. Of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence, how many were foreign born?

a) two

b) four

c) six

d) eight

3. Studentenfutte in Germany, Studenterhavre in Denmark, and Mieszanka Studencka in Poland, all refer to:

a) sneakers

b) Ramen noodles

c) trail mix

d) athlete's foot  


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Happy Fourth!

Thank you  for joining us in our recent quest for the Better World Books LEAP grant.

We appreciate each vote and comment.

Unfortunately, we were not chosen, but your strong show of support fortified this ministry and warmed our hearts.
We trust God will provide in other ways. Stay tuned to see what that will look like . . .