Chinese Gospel Broadcasting Center
Lafayette Street, #801 New York, NY 10013, USA
Tel: (212) 925-6229/ Fax: (212) 925-2690
e-mail: [email protected]/ http:// www.cgbc.org
in Partnership with a Local Church:
With our new involvement with Grace Alliance Church, we became aware of the Church's newly developed children's program where the parents involvement was minimal; the parents left the kids for classes and then returned later to pick them up. CGBC suggested that the children's program was a great opportunity to minister to the mothers as well. This is when it all started. CGBC began talking about conducting an English class for the adults using the Good News English Course, an English program already used by many missionaries, but that hadn't been put into use in the local mission field yet. We thought it would fit the needs of the Chinese families well enough to experiment with the course.
We are grateful that we at CGBC were able to partner with Grace Alliance Church. This program was designed to meet the mothers' temporal needs by teaching English, but its ultimate goal is to cater to the women's greatest need of all-knowing Jesus. We build relationships and support groups with the mothers to help them build stronger relationships with their children. Teaching them English can help foster meaningful dialogs with their children, who are growing up in a non-Chinese speaking community, as well as helping them feel more comfortable in their American community.
Each semester is 10 weeks. Every Saturday from 10am to 12pm the mothers come to the church to learn English. Part of the lesson is based on the Good News English Course, a set of stories, songs, and grammar exercises based on the Bible. Overall, this past year has been a time of experimenting with the lessons and different approaches to see what is effective and fun for the students. During the ten weeks we cover such things as sentence structure and basic pronunciation. Our main focus in the English class is conversation and pronunciation so much of the class time is devoted to allowing the students to practice their new conversational skills.
As well as teaching English, the church provides outings, parties, and other activities for the mothers. One objective of these events is for the mothers to spend time with their children and with other mothers in the community.
and Teacher's Assessment:
From the point of view of the church, the missions committee has found that this has great potential for reaching many families in Brooklyn Chinatown. When we started a year ago, there were no real expectations, only unknowns. And in one semester, the program has grown from 6 mothers to 9 mothers, with one beginning to attend church regularly.
We anticipate that more mothers will sign up for this program. As more mothers come to sign-up, we will need more teachers and resources. There is great potential to run more classes in different levels at this church, as well as at other churches. These churches can then provide the local Christian setting for follow up, children programs, fellowship, and Sunday worship. Our outreach can also be a base for ESL teachers to do field work. CGBC is willing to partner with colleges who need mission fields for their students. In the past, CGBC has accepted students for internships. We provide supervision during the time students come to CGBC. We also long to engage with more mission-minded churches and individuals in reaching these new immigrant families.
Reported by Christian Radcliff, student intern and Eileen Liu, Mission Director of CGBC February 1, 2000.