“A major way to help a person come to know Christ is to become their friend,” said Donnie Wiltshire, special ministries consultant for the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina. “If I’m teaching you English in a weekly class and you’re an immigrant, it’s very likely the needs of your household include immigration issues and citizenship issues. Being able to help you at that point solidifies this friendship that we have, which is another open door to be able to share Christ.”
Wiltshire said literacy ministries provide a great opportunity for evangelism and genuine neighbor love: “Immigrants live in just about every part of our state.”
The annual Literacy Missions Conference is scheduled for Oct. 21-22 at Caraway Conference Center in Sophia, N.C. The event features plenary sessions and workshops “to provide a level of advanced training” for people currently involved in literacy ministries.
A wide range of topics will be addressed, from the details of teaching English grammar to citizenship issues.
This year’s theme is “Sharing His Light,” taken from John 8:12 – “Jesus said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will have the light of life and will never walk in darkness.’”
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