Posted on : Tuesday July 29, 2014

ESL pictureMore than 600,000 refugees and immigrants come to the United States every year and more than 450,000 international students study in United States colleges. God is bringing the world to our doorstep.

English as a Second Language (ESL) has been used by many churches as an opportunity to befriend these people, discern and meet their needs and share Christ. Teachers do not need extensive teaching experience or knowledge of another language, but they must be committed followers of Christ with good people skills.

Mid-Atlantic Baptist Network/BCMD will host an English as a Second Language two-day workshop August 16 and August 23 at First Baptist Church, Laurel.

The workshops are designed to equip students to begin and conduct literacy mission ministry, to provide training for teaching ESL classes and give guidelines for witnessing to immigrants and internationals.

The cost is $25 per person and includes materials and soft drinks. Students must bring their own lunches.

The North American Mission Board requires students to complete both classroom sessions to become certified.

For more information, or to register online, visit the website http://bcmd,org/esl-16-hour-workshop or email Wendy Mindte at

Many Mid-Atlantic Baptist Network (BCM/D) churches have active ESL ministries. Many are beginning fall registration very soon.