We Joined Mary Hill Davis

Literacy Connexus is one of 96 ministries in Texas that receives funding through the Mary Hill Davis Offering for Texas Missions.

Last night, representatives from a half dozen Baptist churches in the Stephenville area gathered at the Greens Creek Baptist Church to focus attention on this offering. Enjoying dinner and playing “allocation Bingo,” they learned about where money goes when given to the MHD offering.


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On weeks alternating with the Literacy Connexus newsletter (as in this one) we’ll begin a series of blogs – “web logs” – related to the work of Literacy Connexus.  Rather than reflecting on the universe at large or generally random topics, our goal (Lester, Pam, and guest bloggers) will be to draw back the curtain and share something of the movement and progression of our work in literacy in Texas and beyond.

Literacy Connexus is in the middle of the late summer training events for ESL (English for Speakers of Other Languages).  Our website lists workshops from Fort Worth to Houston to San Antonio and more.  These workshops are known as TEX (Teaching English with Excellence) trainings.  Experienced ESL  program leaders give their time to train volunteers to teaching English to beginning students.  Robin Feistel developed TEX over several years and is the ESL Coordinator for Literacy Connexus.

Sunday, September 8, is International Literacy Daya very important observance for those in the literacy field.  But did you know that Thursday, September 19, is Talk Like a Pirate Day?  Special emphasis days and months are not in short supply.  They focus brief attention on things that are important – at least to calendar makers.  Because you are reading this, I’m guessing that literacy is important to you (at least more than talking like a pirate).  So, gentle reader, as you contemplate International Literacy Day, what’s in your library?


Lester Meriwether

“Controlled Chaos”

Calvary Lutheran Church of Richland Hills, TX recently blessed families in El Cenizo with books and bookcases.

Said one mother:

“I had to physically take that Bible away from my kids at 10:30 last night so they could go to sleep. It’s the first Bible my family has ever had.”

El Cenizo, TX Family Reading Fair

El Cenizo, TX Family Reading Fair

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50 Ways posters available now!

In the church, around the community, and at the capitol, the church can have an impact through literacy.

Contact us to get your free poster–or several to share!

Check out our electronic version here with links to examples and further information.

Then, let us know what you think and share some ideas of your own.

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Summer Time

We’ve had a great summer so far.


In June, Lakeshore Drive Baptist Church in Weatherford blessed families in Presidio with bookcases, books, and basketball. Three 90-minute sessions of basketball and a 3-on-3 tournament. Teachers at the local school, parents, and the children themselves, all appreciated the 15-20 books given to each child. The kids loved decorating their own bookcases!


Four more family reading fairs are in the planning stages for this fall, at other locations along the border.

Throughout June and July, we gave some  books to Agape Baptist Church in Cleburne as they provide meals and day camp activities to children in their community. We were amazed at the level of care and teaching the leaders of that program provided for seven straight weeks.


We’re excited about 11 ESL teacher training workshops across the state coming this fall.

Next on the agenda is the Literacy Texas Annual Conference.

A Leap of Faith

We are finalists for the 2013 Better World Books Literacy and Education in Action Program (LEAP)  grant!

We’re planning family reading fairs along the Texas-Mexico border for the summer and fall. The $7,500 LEAP grant will go a long way toward allowing us to help five churches provide books and bookcases to families in need.

Please click here and read our project description . . . and cast your vote our way! Please vote once every day through June 21st.

LEAP Entry

We’re on a spring break mission trip with Baylor University students to the border city of Eagle Pass, TX .

Reading at H-E-B

Reading at H-E-B


Register for the Gulf Coast Literacy Conference

Guadalupe Quintanilla was told she was mentally retarded in the first grade. She was 13 years old and had just arrived in Brownsville, TX from Mexico. Communication and testing were all conducted in English, and the young girl had no chance of success. Sadly, she believed the verdict.

Today, Dr. Quintanilla is the President of the Cross Cultural Communication Center of Houston and an Associate Professor of the Department of Hispanic and Classical Languages of the University of Houston. She was the first Hispanic U.S. Representative to the United Nations in 1984, and served as co-chair of the National Institute of Justice and co-chair of the National Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans. Honors include induction to the National Hispanic Hall of Fame and to the Hispanic Women Hall of Fame.

Dr. Quintanilla has devoted much of her time to teaching Spanish in business, community, law enforcement, and legal settings. She has also led a charge against the high dropout rate among Hispanic students.

We look forward to welcoming Dr. Quintanilla  at the Gulf Coast Literacy Conference.

Click on announcement below to link to conference registration.

Online Support at Literacy Connexus ESL Google Group

Come Discover Our ESL Community Ministry

If you have ever wished for answers to questions about your ESL ministry, ever felt alone or under appreciated, or ever wished you had a way to pass along your knowledge and experience to other ESL teachers or directors, then this is the place for you.

Literacy Connexus is now hosting an un-moderated discussion forum (or blog if you prefer).  The idea is for our experienced trainers, teachers and ESL program administrators to actively participate in discussions to share information and encouragement.  Our hope is that teachers and administrators can visit this forum and learn about what others are doing, what is working, and what might be worth a try.

If you haven’t seen the new ESL group website, please come and check it out.  Only members are allowed to post, so by all means, if you have not joined – what are you waiting for?! Contact us now to be added to our growing list of members, and discover an online connection with ESL workers across the state.  We hope to see you soon!