Literacy

About

Literacy Missions ministry reaches out into communities, meeting the literacy needs of adults, children, and youth while sharing the gospel and demonstrating the love of our Lord Jesus Christ!

Through Literacy Missions, Southern Baptist churches and associations have a way to reach out to their communities, meeting needs while sharing the good news of Jesus. Literacy Missions ministry changes lives, not just for individuals, but for whole families!

What we do

Have you ever felt called to the mission field? God is so great! Internationals are now here from all over the world! You can share the gospel with internationals in your own community while teaching English, through Literacy Missions ministry.

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”

Jesus
(Matthew 28:19)

Why is mission through literacy important?

How many times a day do you use your ability to read? How often have you read your Bible, thanking God for teaching you something you did not know? There are adults in our communities who are functionally illiterate. There are also children and youth who have trouble with reading, as well as math and other school subjects. You can help an adult learn to read or you can tutor a struggling student, through Literacy Missions ministry!

 

“Blessed is he who reads, and those who hear the words of the prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.”

Revelation 1:3

Workshops

Workshops developed by the North American Mission Board are available to train volunteers for working in all three areas of Literacy Missions. In these workshops, you will learn not only how to teach students the needed concepts, but also how to organize a ministry and most importantly, how to share your faith with students while ministering to them.

We’ll cover subjects like:

  • Organizing a ministry
  • Using teaching materials and resources
  • Locating and placing students
  • Lesson planning
  • Understanding students’ needs
  • Sharing your faith with students

Currently Available Training Tracks

English as a Second Language

You’ll learn to share the Gospel while teaching internationals how to speak English. This workshop includes information about introducing new vocabulary, pronunciation, working with advanced students, and dealing with cultural misunderstandings.

Adult Reading and Writing

The Adult Reading and Writing training teaches you to share Christ while assisting adult English-speaking, low-level readers. This workshop includes information about teaching reading skills to adults using the Laubach Way to Reading and the Bible, and helping students with learning differences. An ARW ministry can be a powerful outreach for your church or association

Tutoring Children and Youth

You’ll help students build reading and other academic skills. This workshop includes information about helping with reading, writing, and math; and helping students who have learning differences.

See the Sound Visual Phonics

Visual Phonics is a multi-sensory tool that is helpful when used in any of these areas of Literacy Missions Ministry. Visual Phonics is a system of forty-five hand shapes and written symbols that look and feel like the sounds they represent. It helps students hear, see, and feel the sounds in our spoken language.

Those who complete these trainings receive a certificate from the National Literacy Missions Partnership, through the North American Mission Board.*

*Excluding See the Sound Visual Phonics

Upcoming Workshops

To help be prepared for Afghan refugee people that are coming to Oklahoma, we want to train new teachers and hopefully begin some new English as a Second Language (ESL) ministries!

English as a Second Language (ESL) Worksop

September 23 6:00 pm – September 24 4:30 pm

Location: Edmond, Henderson HIlls

Cost: $35


This is an 11-hour ESL workshop on Thursday, September 23, 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.and Friday, September 24, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (Enter off of 15th Street, and the training will be in the Student Center.)

We will be maintaining a waiting list for those who can’t be a part of this training, and a future workshop will be planned accordingly. In that regard, if you register for this first workshop but are not able to come after all, please call Cheryl or Stacy (cell phone numbers below), and we will seek to have someone from the waiting list take your place.

The registration for this workshop will be capped at 30, and is first come, first served. Please register by noon on Thursday, Sept. 23.

The registration fee is $35 and includes a training manual, lunch on Friday, bottled water, coffee and light snacks.

For any questions, please contact Stacy Neuschaefer at 405-410-5567 or Cheryl Wilkinson at 405-613-1513.