Our Very Own Farmer's Market

by Jenny Dunn, Bhutanese ESL Coordinator

Kul, Garett, Bhuban and Tom are ready for the market.
Many of our Bhutanese friends were farmers in Bhutan, but they often have difficulty expressing their knowledge in English.  So for the past three weeks, we have been teaching words and concepts that will help them express their love of produce and better communicate at the farmer’s market or at grocery stores. 
Such a timely topic has given us the opportunity to make deeper connections in the community. We had the privilege to partner with the New Roots for Refugees program at Catholic Charities, which helps refugees put down new roots by helping them start their own small farm businesses growing and selling vegetables.
Tara asks, "How much is the ginger?"
The Pitch wrote a great article this month featuring the story of our student and friend, Maku Gurung, who has been a part of the New Roots program for three years.
The Bhutanese community has two other farmers also participating in the program. In fact, all three farmers shared their expertise with our English classes last week. They answered questions for the class, and they even judged a contest to see which student had the best garden design.
To finish the unit, we set up a farmer’s market. Our students and volunteers brought vegetables, priced them, and then practiced selling and buying the produce.  It was a lot of fun!
To support New Roots for Refugees farmers check out one of  these 12 markets around Kansas City.

Other News
IGNITE 2013: a workshop on developing businesses for kingdom impact. July 20th at 8:20 a.m.  
Mission Adelante is praying that individual transformation would explode into community transformation. So we ask, "How can business make a Kingdom impact in community revitalization?" You are invited to join us for a workshop on how fostering entrepreneurship can transform lives and communities in under-resourced areas. Rudy Carrasco of Partners Worldwide will lead us to explore a job creation philosophy that includes business as misison, collaboration, business training, business mentorship, and advocacy. Learn about working models for ending poverty through job creation in the United States and the potential for community transformation right here in Kansas City, Kansas. This event coincides with formation of a team of our new "Adelante Business Coaching" ministry.
Check out the link below for more information and to register for the event!

IGNITE 2013: A Workshop on Developing Businesses for Kingdom Impact- July 20, 8:30-11:00 a.m

Prayer Needs
  • Praise God with us for three great weeks of kids camp and for the investment that our partner churches have made in our neighborhood kids! Pray that the seeds planted in kid’s hearts will grow.
Current Needs
  • The Kids Adelante ministry needs an ipod with a long battery life.. We would use it multiple times each week and would be so grateful to receive one.  Please contact Megan meganm@missionadelante.org if you are interested.  
  • We need a volunteer to trim three limbs from a tree that is impeding progress on construction on the blue house next door to our main building.  Once completed, the new building will provide additional meeting and office space for Mission Adelante.  Please contact Sarah at sarahw@missionadelante.org if you are able to help.
  • Have a small group looking for a project that will make a big impact? We want to send each child in the ministry back to school with a stocked backpack in the fall.  Please contact meganm@missionadelante.org if you would like more info!
  • Looking for an intentional way to impact the future leaders of our community? Our LIT(Leaders in Training, after-school tutoring program)  is currently seeking mentors for the fall..  Please contact Megan at meganm@missionadelante.org if you would like more info.  

Important Dates
  • Observation nights: July 16, 18, 23, & 25.  Have you wondered what all goes on around here on a typical evening of programming?  Here's your opportunity to come and see for yourself!  Come to 22 S. 18th Street, Kansas City, KS 66102 at 6:30.