Language Instruction

Field Trip to AMOA

Thousand year old sandstone sculptures from Cambodia, color reduction woodcut and letterpress prints on handmade paper, wool rugs from Turkey, oil paintings and photographs from a collector…All of these artworks were on display at the Amarillo Museum of Art on Wednesday when we took a group of 7 students from our book club and ESL…

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Language Connections

Last weekend our Executive Director Dr. Ryan Pennington traveled to Louisville to celebrate the dedication of the Gospel of Luke into Kinyamulenge.  Quick language/geography lesson for you here: Kinyamulenge is the language spoken by the Banyamulenge, a minority ethnic group in the DRC who is historically from areas that today are in Burundi, Tanzania, Rwanda and Uganda. Their…

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Get Involved This Summer

Now that we’re settled into our office, we’re enrolling refugees at a pace we’ve never seen! Refugees around our city are eager to jump back into classrooms and mentorships. Would you consider getting involved in some way over the summer?

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Serving by Phone

Read about how one woman found a unique way to serve a refugee family from a distance.

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A Common Purpose

We have members from multiple local churches and denominations sitting side-by-side, putting differences aside for the shared goal of blessing the refugees who live in our city.

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Sincerely, Ardo

So many people in our world today talk about refugees—both positively and negatively. But how many are sitting down at their kitchen tables?

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Location Location Location: Difficulties with Church-Based ESL Programs

Church-Based ESL Programs For decades, Amarillo churches have answered the call to serve incoming refugees through English and citizenship classes. The sheer number of volunteers serving the refugee community in this city is mind-boggling! At Paramount Baptist Church alone, 80 volunteers arrive every Wednesday to serve 300 refugees through their LEAF program. As I visit…

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Refugees Learning English: Obstacles

One of the greatest needs in Amarillo is for refugees to learn English. We know it, and they know it too. In Amarillo, members of our community often complain about the poor English abilities of local refugees. Just talk with a nurse or a teacher, many of whom regularly call translation services for the simplest of communicative…

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