Normally summer is a fairly quiet time for LEI Canada. Not so, this year!
Our summer began with L.E.I. being invited to be an Exhibitor at the first annual Toronto Chinese Mission Fair. So, Carey Jo Johnston and Lori Martin had the opportunity to set up the booth and once again bring new awareness of the ministry in Canada and globally.
The Fair was held just a few days prior to them heading to Tulsa to team teach “Introduction to Primer Construction” at our International Literacy Training Institute (ILTI) in Tulsa. This year Primer Construction was a newly expanded Module culminating in a Practicum. The trainees were given an “immersion experience” that simulated an actual Primer Construction Workshop to develop the lessons of a Primer.
We had 3 teams, complete with their own language speakers, in Swahili, German and Hausa. The trainees all found this to be an extremely beneficial and eye opening experience as they came to realize the hard work and diligence it takes to develop an L.E.I. Primer. Some even found a new gifting and passion for Primer Construction that they did not expect to have.
Upon their return from ILTI in Tulsa at the latter part of July, Carey Jo and Lori found themselves preparing for two unexpected August Tutor Trainings, one in Literacy and one ESL.
Out of these trainings there will be new English ministries started in Uganda; High School teachers, who have been tasked with teaching ‘religion’ to immigrant students in the Toronto area, will begin using our material to teach the Bible and the Pastor of a downtown church in Oshawa is seeking direction to begin Literacy and ESL ministries in her community. Please pray for them as they embark on these new challenges.
We have also been in discussion to bring our Bible-Content Literacy ministry to the Correctional Facility in a nearby city as part of a holistic approach to break the cycle of poverty and crime.
Another new avenue of ministry opening up to us is in French speaking Canada. In October, Lori and Carey Jo will be going to train ESL Tutors so that they will be able to use the same techniques to communicate the gospel as they share Bible stories and discuss other topics during “English Cafe nights”. Want more information? Click here.
These are both incredible open doors and we are praising God for them. I am reminded of the words of Jesus in Matthew 25. As He is telling of the sheep and the goats, He is asked: “When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ He replied,”Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’ “
Please keep these opportunities in prayer as we seek wisdom and guidance in the planning and preparation process.