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I can’t believe it has been three years since the Redemption church merger. Even though Redemption has never been a home church for me, I’ve been an off and on attendee since their early days. I love how God uses them to reach all areas of Arizona with the gospel with their multiple church plants. Tonight Pastor Riccardo shared many stories from the past three years of how God has been faithful and good to the church. I got to attend the service for a few reasons. Redemption likes to share God stories of how members of the congregation are being used in the community by God. Pastor Mullins interviewed my ESL director Stephanie on stage about how we are reaching the refugee community here locally in Tempe. Our students are mostly from Somalia and Redemption church oversees our teaching program. In fact, many of our volunteer teachers are members of Redemption.

Teaching ESL has been such a humbling and rewarding experience for me. My involvement came from when God called me to attend a Uzbekistan peace feast in November of 2011. Even though I had no idea why I was meant to go, God opened my eyes to the refugee community for the first time. Soon after I became an english teacher and now here I am two and half years later still teaching. Hearing the story of Redemption church tonight and my own personal story remind me of the Experiencing God study – Watch where God is working and join Him there. Trust me, do that and He will do the rest.

But my main reason I attended church tonight is because of the friend I brought. He was an old drinking buddy of mine from back in college. I haven’t seen him in 15 years, yet we are Facebook friends. He reach out to me earlier this week and mentioned life had become purposeless for him. He has been inspired by how I’ve been living my life and wanted to know what it is that kept me going these days. I laugh because I’m such a messy person, but I know it is Christ that He is seeing in me as the Spirit has really been working through my life these past couple years. He just moved to Tempe and I offered to introduce him to Redemption church because they are in the area. We had a great time catching up and I felt for him as I have been in that place of searching for significance many times in my life. I spent most of my night praying for him at church and was excited for him to hear the God-stories they were taking about from the stage. I pray that God grab a hold of him and that he becomes another God-story that will be shared to others someday.

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Teaching ESL has been a fun and interesting journey for me. It’s a lot different from teaching students or other Americans. I still remember sitting in on my first class a year ago and thinking I couldn’t do this. But then God gave me the courage to step out and do it. Plus He gave a heart for these refugees as I saw the need for these people to learn english so they can function in society. Tonight Emily and Iman hosted a special training session to help us with teaching. I know God has called me to further explore teaching ESL. I’m actually looking at the possibly of traveling to another country to teach in english camps as I have been contacted by a few organizations. But for now, it’s here in Tempe at Imagine Schools. We had a great time discussing how we can better help out the students. Not to mention we got to eat some yummy Somalian samosas and rice.

Just a few basic principles we came up with in teaching ESL to another culture:

  • Don’t tell the student what they can tell you
  • Don’t dominate the class
  • Don’t be a afraid of silence OR noise
  • Model. Demonstrate rather than explain activities
  • Lesson plans are guidelines, not rules

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This documentary has helped me get to know a little bit of what our Somalian students have been through.

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