English Language Ministries finds is roots in two biblical principles: welcoming the foreigner and meeting the practical needs of people. In the Old Testament, the Israelites are admonished to welcome the foreigner into their midst and to provide for the needs of the foreigner, as God Himself loves them (Deuteronomy 10:17–19; 24:19–21; Leviticus 19:33–34). In the New Testament, Jesus instructs us to meet the needs of those in our midst and in so doing we are ministering to Him (Matthew 25: 35–40). James admonishes us to put our faith into action by meeting the practical needs of others (James 2:14–17). English Language Ministries endeavours to meet the practical need of new comers to learn English, thus demonstrating God’s love for them. We believe that this welcoming environment is foundational to opening doors to spiritual conversations.
For new speakers of English we offer two opportunities at our Varsity site to learn and gain confidence in using English to communicate in meaningful ways with those around you:
- Conversation Class for new speakers of English. Practice your English speaking and listening in an informal setting with native speakers. Conversation between one facilitator and one to two language learners is guided by a curriculum of topics related to Canadian culture. Make friends and have fun.Monday evenings from 7–9 pm
No registration required. Drop-in welcome.
Contact MaryAnn via e-mail for more information.
- Intermediate Level English Language Class — Improve you English reading, speaking, writing and listening skills in a structured classroom setting. A bible based curriculum will form the basis for this class. A ratio of one facilitator to five to six learners allows for individual help. Make friends and have fun.
Tuesday evenings from 7–9 pm.
For native English speakers: consider partnering with us in this exciting ministry opportunity — become a conversation partner on Monday evenings. Two ears and one mouth required. Perks include: Making new friends, lots of laughter, fun and games. No prep work required. Contact Ron Osborne or MaryAnn Wiebe.