Do you remember The Two Ronnies famous sketch about four candles? It makes me laugh. It’s so clever. There are moments when I think it really could have been written for our language school! (You can watch it here)
As Hwaia, Bakshan and Latetia (students from Portugal, Iraq and Latvia) are demonstrating in the photos… smiles and laughter are good for the soul.
I’m a Star Trek fan… always have been. Love the idea of exploring places where no man has been before. OK, that may not be entirely true… I like the comfort of my home too much! But I do like seeing all the ‘people’, the cultures and the civilisations that the intrepid explorers encounter - and I love that through teaching English as a second language I get to meet so people from so many different cultures and people groups too.
And some of their expressions in class; I lurch from dismay to joy as students move from ‘not getting’ to ‘really getting’ what I’m teaching.
Some of our students have come to us from desperate situations where the thought of being ‘beamed up’ in that complete ‘get me out of here’ way is their reality. I’m using this blog to let a brother and sister from Syria tell their story in their own words...
Abba said it’s always funny… but in reality it is the most frequent reason why so many good projects fail. We simply don’t have enough money to do all that we would like. This blog is a story of hope and dreams in the midst of financial restraints. It’s also a declaration of JOY when God provides through unexpected means.
Ipswich International Church owns a building. It’s a detached town house which used to be a dentist’s surgery. We had a mission, ‘to equip refugees and migrants with the language skills needed to integrate into the local community and culture’. We cannot share Christ unless we can communicate. This Church and two other Churches in the town felt that a synergy existed and wanted to support the project.
Stories of people and dreams inspire us, stories of new birth encourage us and make us smile, stories of trial and determination raise our levels of empathy and courage.
This blog is going to be the story of Oasis English Language School.