The church-based ESL classroom is a place where many encountered Jesus Christ for the first time. Some ESL instructors describe it as a mission field that comes to them. Thanks to the loving attention of their TEX-trained volunteer instructors, hundreds of ESL students have received Christ as Lord and Savior through information presented, resources employed, and relationships built.
On the book front, we happily gave away thousands of donated volumes for use in elementary schools, family reading fairs, and summer enrichment programs. We also sent several hundred books to an orphanage in Ghana in the suitcases of Baylor student missionaries.
While those went out, box loads more came in from church and individual donations all over the state. To keep our heads from spinning, we collaborated with two churches to establish book banks for receiving and distributing books in their local areas. We hope to eventually plant book banks in every corner of the state.
Family reading fair at Western Hills Primary in Fort Worth
This year, church volunteers and others furnished more than 500 beginning home libraries to families in need. In so doing, they armed parents to fulfill their role as their children's first teachers, and gave young children the early exposure to literacy needed to prepare them for school. New bookcases provided a
|Baylor students reading to kids in the Eagle Pass H-E-B|
perch for the newly acquired Bibles, storybooks, and resources, and carved out a special space for learning in the home.
To all who joined Literacy Connexus this year, we proclaim, "Well done!" Your teaching, and giving, and building, and reading made a difference in the lives of many. As we count our blessings this Christmastide, we're thankful for your partnership and the enduring impact we're able to make together.