The refugees who call Amarillo home have overcome incredible adversity in their home countries. Yet after surviving war, famine, and persecution, many of these men and women now find themselves alone in our neighborhoods. Each person has their own story to tell—harrowing, excruciating, victorious, and dramatic tales. But who will listen?

Table Talk is an opportunity for adults to practice speaking English over free Saturday lunches. It is a supplement to the English classes that many refugees already attend, because people don't learn languages by attending once-a-week classes! They need many informal chances to practice with a variety of real people. Also, many can't attend the classes that are offered due to their demanding shift-work positions in local meatpacking plants.

This program allows interested residents throughout Amarillo to strike up friendly conversations with our new neighbors. We'll take care of the food and topics of conversation. You just show up and be an immense blessing to a refugee family! This is an amazing opportunity to involve your children in service as well!

1. Free Meal

We begin by eating meal together! Q&A cards are lying around to help you strike up conversations.

2. Kids' Art Program

Next, school-age children go to a classroom for an art program so the adults can focus.

3. Short English Lesson

We offer a short English lesson to equip adults to talk about themselves and their cultures.

4. Informal Conversation

Finally, we just talk with each other. We provide additional Q&A cards and small white boards.

Get Involved!

Doesn't this sound exciting? This is your chance to learn about other cultures, develop cross-cultural friendships, and honor our new neighbors. Let us know of your interest, and we'll tell you how you can get involved.

One way to contribute is to consider sponsoring a week. At this early stage, each week costs us $600. Will you or your small group consider footing the bill for a week or two? Click the link below to make a donation, and be sure to write us separately so we know to mark your gift for Table Talk.

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