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“Summertime, and the livin’ is easy”

Summertime, and the livin’ is easy
Fish are jumpin’ and the cotton is high
Oh, your daddy’s rich and your ma is good-lookin’
So hush little baby, don’t you cry
One of these mornings you’re gonna rise up singing
And you’ll spread your wings and you’ll take to the sky

(Recorded for the first time by Abbie Mitchell on July 19, 1935, with George Gershwin playing the piano and conducting the orchestra. There are great recordings on YouTube.) 

Tipping Point. What would you do?

Every Wednesday at 9:15 up to 20 students walk through the doors of Oasis English Language School ready to join in with their classes. Two teachers wait eagerly for them whilst one remains free to register new students who seem to keep coming! All is well… there is a sense of calm around the building.
Thursdays are all too often a different story! We have 4 classes and a crèche during the morning session, plus another 3 classes in the afternoon, that’s up to 70 students plus children and pushchairs to be moved through the building with each teaching space being used at least twice. It can get a little fraught.
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Fork Handles!

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. 

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"Beam me up, Scotty"

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...

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Money, Money, Money!

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.

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