As many of your know, my husband, Rafael, volunteers as the Director of a program of English classes in Madison, TN with Global Outreach Developments International. Tuesdays for our family often mean that Rafa won’t be home until well after the kids are in bed, as he heads over to the ELL program straight after work. And many weeks, I’m sending my (semi) famous banana bread or a veggie tray for the students and volunteers to enjoy that night. That’s how we roll: serving together in the ways that we are each able.
In January, the program held a banquet to celebrate students who had graduated from the first 2 sessions in the fall and I was blessed to able to serve as translator for this event. The students had SO much fun! Many local businesses (including your favorite candle company, of course) donated to make the night a success. From a catered meal and family photo booth to a “bazaar” filled with gently used clothing and non-perishable food for the students to take as needed, the event was beautiful.
The students work hard. They make time to learn the language of the country in which they now live — and the time isn’t easy to find amidst the demands of work and family. But as they have given themselves to these classes, they are finding something more than proficiency in English: a network of neighbors who are becoming friends.
And check out this video about the banquet!
As always, thank you for helping us do what we love. :)
If you would like more information in getting involved with serving immigrants or teaching English or how to serve neighbors in your community, don’t hesitate to drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.