By Stephen J. Hustedt, Director of Communications
Members of Trinity UMC in Las Vegas are reaching out into their community by offering a much needed and valuable resource to those they serve. Members Maria Astete, Patricia Letelier, and Manuel Astete are leading classes called “Imagine Learning” that uses English as a Second Language software. This is a pilot program in Clark County.
Sherri Rauch a member of Trinity UMC who also works with the program shared, “We are hoping to reach out to students and their parents alike with this program through the Clark County school system (The Clark County school system is also active in the program with the County). The ESL program is interactive and very fun; first testing your level of understanding, then automatically giving you a course to meet your level of proficiency in English. Seven members of Trinity UMC took the instructors class when the software was installed at the end of January and it is already up and running.
Trinity UMC also received 10 refurbished desktop computers and 20 refurbished notebooks from USMicro to create a computer lab to hold the classes in.
“Manuel, Patricia, and Maria are also involved in the bilingual worship services that TUMC has been offering on the first and third Wednesday evenings, Rauch said, “These worship services will take a break during Lent while we are offering ‘Wonderful Wednesdays’ and the Lenten Studies. Trinity UMC offers a ‘Destinos’ Spanish course to help English speakers communicate with their neighbors on Wednesday evenings which will continue during Lent.”
Trinity UMC serves as one example of how United Methodist Churches in The Desert Southwest Conference are finding ways to be of vital importance to the communities they serve. That is an excellent first step in making disciples for the transformation of the world.