Stepping Outside Our Comfort Zone

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Written by Paul Kienzle, Director of ESL Latino

Mission Adelante is dedicated to equipping and empowering emerging leaders from within our community. In ESL Latino, there is no greater challenge for an individual’s potential to be developed as a disciple and leader, than to volunteer teaching a language that is not your first language!  Mario Vasquez and Everardo “Lalo” Avalos have taken the initiative and stepped up to the plate to serve this trimester as volunteers in our ESL Latino Level 1 program!

Mario has been connected to the Mission Adelante community for quite some time. He is an active participant in the Mission Adelante church and his kids are also involved in Adelante programs. His heartbeat for volunteering is to help the community as the community has helped him in times past, and to contribute to helping others move forward.  While Lalo is hard at work volunteering in Level 1, his wife, Delmy, is diligently learning English as a student in Level 2! For Lalo, his desire is wanting to learn how to teach English as a second language. He adds that, as he has been taught, he now wants to help others learn English. It is still early in the trimester but it looks like relationships are already being built between these two men and their students, Edgar and Axel.   

It is truly a great testimony to see these Latino men within the community going outside their comfort zones to give back to our community by volunteering in our ESL program. Many times the greatest fruit-bearing moments in ministry are those accomplished by stepping outside our comfort zone.


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