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A Dream Come True!

Connect Language Center, 5340 Quince Rd., Memphis TN 38119

David and Vicki Frazier (Equipping Servants International) have been training English teachers and developing English as a Second Language materials and classes for incoming refugees and immigrants for the past five years. Language is the key for internationals to integrate and succeed in the U.S., and we need to welcome, embrace, and empower the internationals in our city. This is a strategic way to reach the nations for Christ, as God has brought them to our doorstep! ESI’s team has been using ConnecTEFL to train ESL teachers who can serve in the U.S and abroad. Many of the teachers, including First Evan missionaries Michael and Caroline, are now serving overseas.

We have dreamed of opening a language school to serve over 150,000 internationals in Memphis with affordable, accessible, professional English language instruction, and to provide a way for God’s people to serve and engage with internationals for the kingdom. After years of developing a relationship and serving refugees, World Relief Memphis has taken on this project and made the ConnectLanguage Center a reality. Through donations and work crews from First Evan and other churches, the center has opened, and will be providing day and evening classes throughout the week this fall. The plan is for CLC to become a self-sustaining school within the next few years; as of today they have 57 registered immigrants (paying), and 10 refugees (scholarships)! For now, they need donations to enable refugees to take classes. You can give to World Relief Memphis (worldreliefmemphis.org/give) or through First Evan; designate “CLC Scholarship Fund.” Please pray that many internationals will come to Christ through the ministry of the CLC, and drop by and see what is happening!


Queens, New York  Trip  Report

   

Team Members: Tyler Bozeman, Kelley Clack, Scout and Tammy Davis, Olivia Evans, Johannah Hines, Claire and Jill Hopkins, Barbara Lewis, Leighton and Olivia Grace Sistrunk, Gerald, Marie, and Rebecca Thompson 

This was our fifth year to take a VBS team to New York to the neighborhood kids of Sunnyside, Queens. We have been partnering with Jon Storck, who grew up at First Evan. He and his family have been living and serving in this internationally diverse community for years. Our team consisted of 14 adults and teens.  A lot of us have gone at least once or twice before, and some of the members of our team have gone every year. As you can imagine, it was a wonderful reunion. We did “Shipwrecked,” the same VBS that we did here at First Evan. It was exciting to see how the kids responded to Bible stories that they may have heard for the first time.

Please be praying for Jon as he begins his new non-profit ministry, “Arrive.” This ministry will reach out to immigrants in Sunnyside to help them navigate all that is involved in living in the U.S. Pray for funding and direction as Jon steps out in faith in this new endeavor.


Dearborn, Michigan Trip Report

 

Team Members: Michael Agapos, Quintin Griffin, Josh Hudson, Grant Koontz, Felicity Meadows, Sara Millard, Brennan Sandefer

When we decided to take students to Dearborn, there were a few things that we wanted to achieve. We wanted students to become better educated about Islam, the Middle East, and Muslims. Of course, we could do that here in Memphis, but the amount of exposure we were able to receive in Dearborn in such a short amount of time can’t be matched anywhere else in the United States.

The week began with Jon and Jayne Frazier helping us get our bearings by showing us around Dearborn and introducing us to their Arab friends everywhere we went. Throughout the week they made sure that we had a variety of experiences that ranged from playing badminton in an Iraqi family’s back yard all night (twice), visiting a mosque and sitting down to ask the Imam questions, and helping with ESL classes at their church. Throughout the week we also had the opportunity to hear from multiple Christians with Muslim backgrounds. These testimonies and stories were powerful and revealed numerous challenges and strategies for ministering to Muslims in meaningful, lasting ways.

The goal of this trip was exposure and equipping, and there’s no doubt that we came back with new perspectives to engage the growing Muslim community here in Memphis and particularly at the U of M. Please pray that the connections we made while in Dearborn will bear fruit. Pray that Muslims in the Detroit metro area will come to know the Gospel. And finally, please pray that we can put into action here in Memphis all that we learned by engaging our Muslim neighbors in ways that show them the love of Christ.


Ukraine Trip Report 2018

Ukraine Camp

Team Members: Carly Cosmini, Robert Goff, Bernie Housholder, Sara Millard, Shea Ward

The team traveled to Cherkasy in June to partner with the Butes and Sanborns and collaborate with local affiliates of the Kreativity ministry to host an English camp for local kids. We participated in an array of activities including sports, games, team building activities, crafts, English lessons, and helping kids read. We also fostered relationships with local adults who volunteered to help lead the camp. Our goal was to begin relationships with the adults that would continue after we left, with the hope that they could become involved with Kreativity’s projects and events. We learned so much from the culture and the people of Cherkasy, and we are thankful for the opportunity to serve their community. Thank you for your support and prayers! Please continue to pray for the relationships that were built over the course of the week and for the Butes and Sanborns as they continue to share the gospel and their lives with the people in Cherkasy.


Czech Republic English Camp 2018

Czech English Camp 2018

Team Members: Rachel Bishop, Benjamin Brenner, John Campell, Kathryn Hunter, Terry Mudder, Robyn Neimann, John and Bonnie Roelofs, Daryl and Suzanne Vrbas 

In July, the team participated in  IntegrityLife’s annual evangelistic English camp, where we taught conversational English to Czech university students. Czech students want to improve their English, so these camps are a great tool for Christian students to invite non-Christian friends. The gospel is shared with non-Christians in an environment of friendship between the Czechs and Americans. Our team served as a tool in the IntegrityLife tool box. 

We taught conversational English, lead discussion groups, and built relationships with the Czech students and leaders. There was even a seminar on “Southern Hospitality,” which was very well received. We had numerous conversations about spiritual things, and many opportunities to share our testimonies.

At least 25% of the 43 students who attended were non-Christian. One student received Christ as a result of the camp, and several expressed a desire to meet with Christians to study the Bible. For many unbelievers it was the first time they had been around Christians and saw Christianity lived out.

The Czech Republic is listed as the third-most atheistic country in the world. We spoke to more than one Christian student or leader who had experienced rejection by their family as a result of coming to Christ. The Czech Republic is a dark place spiritually, but the light of Jesus Christ is shining through the ministry of IntegrityLife. Many thanks to First Evan for your partnership with IntegrityLife and for providing our team the opportunity to serve with them.

At least 25% of the 43 students who attended were non-Christian. One student received Christ as a result of the camp, and several expressed a desire to meet with Christians to study the Bible. For many unbelievers it was the first time they had been around Christians and saw Christianity lived out.

The Czech Republic is listed as the third-most atheistic country in the world. We spoke to more than one Christian student or leader who had experienced rejection by their family as a result of coming to Christ. The Czech Republic is a dark place spiritually, but the light of Jesus Christ is shining through the ministry of IntegrityLife. Many thanks to First Evan for your partnership with IntegrityLife and for providing our team the opportunity to serve with them.


Inside Lesbos' Moria camp, home to thousands of trapped refugees and migrants

By LENA MASRI, LESBOS, GREECE — Feb 19, 2018, 4:57 AM ET

Click on the photo to see a recent ABC News story and video Refugee Camp on Lesbos. FEC missionary, Bob Till, is working with GEM co-workers there.

Refugee Camp