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April 23, 2014
Join us in celebrating . . .

Ten years and running! Do you remember what you were doing in May 2004? We do . . .  Literacy Connexus charged from the starting gate, urgently heeding the call to help churches help people with literacy needs.


Thanks to the prayers, support, and encouragement of many of you, a decade later, we are lengthening our stride. We started with an emphasis on adult reading, following the tradition of church-led literacy missions ministry dating back to the 1930s.


In 2006, Literacy Connexus ESL Coordinator Robin Feistel began developing TEX (Teaching English with Excellence), an innovative training program for new ESL teachers. Every year since then, hundreds of volunteers--with no prior teaching experience--have been expertly trained to teach English to adults of all nationalities and native tongues. More than 10,000 internationals learn to speak English each year, thanks to this ministry.

In 2008, we turned our attention to families living in substandard conditions this side of Mexico, in some of the poorest counties in our country. Books for the Border was created as a project for short-term mission trips, to equip churches to address literacy needs along the border. Two years ago, we expanded to Books for the Border and Beyond, continuing to work with churches to provide beginning home libraries to thousands of families on the border--and all over Texas.


Today, we are picking up the pace and running in new directions. We're offering regional literacy conferences, establishing book banks at multiple locations, collaborating with public schools, and joining with hunger ministries. Our goal is to run with endurance the race that is set before us.


Run with us!

"How do I love thee? Let me count the ways." At Literacy Connexus, you only need to count to 10!

Check out our list of Ten Ways to Give. Join in the ongoing celebration of our 10 year mile mark, and enjoy more Ten for Ten lists in the weeks to come.

Congratulations . . .

Columbus Avenue Baptist Church in Waco celebrates 44 years of Neighbors International! Read more.
Photo by Phyllis Merritt 
Lester Meriwether, Executive Director 
4802 Highway 377 S., Suite 14
Fort Worth, TX 76116
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Pam Moore, Editor   

Trivia Challenge 
1. A landlubber, as everyone knows, belongs on solid ground, not at sea. Dissecting the word into its two parts, lubber means:


a) clumsy and awkward


b) dweller


c) expert


d) lover    

2. Meb Keflezighi's family escaped Eritrea in 1981, during the country's 30 year war for independence from Ethiopia. Arriving in San Diego at age 12, he was often woken up at 4 a.m. to study English with his eight brothers and sisters. Recently, Meb: 


a) beat Bobby Flay in Iron Chef America


b) won a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the Vatican's transition to Pope Francis


c) won the Boston Marathon


d) announced his bid for governor of California 

3. "Mis huesos se pegan a mi piel y a mi carne," Job declares in chapter 19 verse 20:  "I am nothing but skin and bones." He goes on to say, "I have escaped only by the . . . ": 


a) hair on my chin


b) skin of my teeth


c) sweat of my brow


d) wiles of my wit



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