“Desire fulfilled is a tree of life!” said Solomon *
Vision English began as that, ten years ago, with one woman’s desire to teach English. Now Looking around the room, you can see the proverb in action: the seed of desire had become a young sapling, full of life. #Asylum Seekers, #Migrants and #Refugees, sat around tables together, learning the English language and its values, escaping cultural and social isolation, forming trans-cultural friendships.
Some students have big, healthy career ambitions, some need a way out of deprivation or difficult relationships, whilst others seek simply to navigate everyday life with things like shopping, school runs, medical appointments, etc.
Jesus Fellowship wants to embrace the challenge of loving people in practical ways. For Alison that meant years of nurturing that seed of desire, training, and gaining the necessary expertise to offer effective help to those who are socially excluded by the language barrier. #socialinclusion
With their colourful life stories, built in work ethic, entrepreneurial drive and strong family values, empowering migrants, asylum seekers and refugees could help create a stronger, healthier sense of community in our city.
The Vision English environment of mutual learning, integration, creating dialogue, showing respect, sharing a meal, even having some fun, builds towards peaceful community. Of course, real peace comes at a price. It’s hard work and time consuming, but it’s worth it.
It brings life!
If you’d like to contribute to the costs of this project or know someone in Brighton from a migrant, asylum seeker or refugee background who would benefit from learning English, please get in touch for more information.