Many people in the Metroplex do not realize that DFW has grown by 1.6 million people over the last ten years and 1.2 million of those that are new to our area are foreign born. That’s right – 75% of the new people to our city have come from other countries! Tonight in the Metroplex, 40% of the households will not be speaking English in their home.
Bryan Galloway, a member of Prestonwood and former International Mission Board/Asia Pacific missionary supervisor, returned from China after 29 years of service. He recently said, “When we left the U.S. for the mission field years ago, America was a mono-cultural society and so was the church. When we returned, the U.S. was multi-cultural but the church had remained mono-cultural.”
Prestonwood has a heart for the nations and for the people of the nations coming to the U.S. We all know that Spanish speaking people from many countries are coming; but what may be surprising to some is that Chinese are coming at twice the rate of Hispanics, and other Asians comprise another huge group of immigrants.
Our English as a Second Language (ESL) program tries to address this great need as we attempt primarily to build Christ-like, loving relationships with people while teaching them English. Approximately 500 people a year come to Prestonwood to learn English. We want to find even more practical ways to serve those coming to America, whether that be explaining cultural nuances, teaching people how to drive, or helping them gain their citizenship – always keeping in mind that heaven’s citizenship is the priority! Bibles are provided in each student’s native language, and fellowship, listening, devotions, testimonies, and prayer are key parts of every session as well. Following the school system’s calendar, ESL meets during the school year three times a week (Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday) at the Plano Campus. We also teach ESL through our Apartment Ministry and increasingly in people’s homes and apartments across the area. Childcare is provided for ESL. Citizenship classes are Saturday afternoons from 4-5 p.m.
Help in the Vickery Meadow area of Dallas Tuesday and Thursday mornings from
10am to noon and from
1:00pm to 2:30pm.
Contact Prestonwood Missions at 972-820-5308 or
Steve Byrd at 972-365-1244.
We also now minister through our literacy program in the Vickery Meadows area of Dallas. Kika Jamir and his wife Anung are recent graduates of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; through the Dallas Baptist Association they are helping us minister to huge numbers of refugees that have come from all over the world, but especially Bhutanese, Nepalese, and Somalians. The area is full of these, new to the U.S. and in desperate need of all of the essentials to live – food, clothing, healthcare, etc. But more than anything, they are in need of the love of Christ. You can help. They are sweet people and easy to minister to. We cannot turn a “blind eye” to these new neighbors. We teach them English as a way to share God’s Word and the Gospel.
Many people believe that you have to know another language to work in our literacy ministries, or they think you have to be or have been a teacher. Neither of these are pre-requisites to helping. A heart for the Gospel and for helping others is ALL that is needed.
Fulfill the destiny that God has had for you from the foundation of the world. You’re needed in literacy missions!
If you need directions to the Plano Campus, please click here.
E.S.L. InfoLine: 972-820-5111 ext. 6103