Literacy missions to host annual conference Oct. 14-16
    August 29 2011 by BSC Communications

    North Carolina Baptists are invited to the annual North Carolina Literacy Missions Conference October 14-16 at Caraway Conference Center. This year’s theme is “Abiding in Christ.”

    About 22 percent of North Carolina adults cannot hold a job that requires reading skills, and many school-age children and youth are at risk and need help.

    Literacy Missions wants to help children, youth and adults receive the training they need in order to succeed.

    Literacy Missions is a three-fold ministry, reaching internationals through teaching English as a Second Language (ESL), reaching at-risk children and youth through tutoring children and youth, and reaching adults who lack reading skills through adult reading and writing.

    Two basic, 16-hour workshops designed for new volunteers will train prospective tutors in ESL or tutoring children and youth. Twenty advanced conference sessions will further equip experienced workers.

    Conference participants will receive training from outstanding, nationally known leaders such as Kendale Moore and Gayle Leininger, retired North American Mission Board Literacy Missions missionaries.

    Doris Edwards will lead a three hour mini-workshop for those interested in teaching ESL overseas.

    Ken Tan, multicultural ministries team leader for the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSC), will lead a session about how to relate to and minister to the many cultures represented in literacy classes.

    Other session topics include “Citizenship: What and How to Teach It,” “Spiritual Gifts for Literacy Missions,” “Effective use of ads and commercials,” “Bible Verse Chants,” “Getting Serious About Top-Down Bottom-Up Pronunciation,” “Using Music to Teach ESL,” and “The Top Ten Reasons Students Do Not Drop Out of Class.”

    Marshall Edwards of Blowing Rock will bring messages focused on the conference theme. Phil Stone, state Sunday School director, BSC, will lead in worship and music.

    Testimonies will also be shared, such as that of Somebody Nogambu, member of Calvary Baptist Church in Winston-Salem. Nogambu, who is the youngest of 19 children, was named ‘Nobody’ by his father. When Nogambu came to faith in Jesus Christ, he had his name legally changed to ‘Somebody.’

    Public school teachers are often able to receive Continuing Education Credits for attending the conference. Those interested should contact their county’s public school office for more information.

    Cost for attending Friday through Sunday lunch (two nights and six meals) is $150. To attend only through Saturday dinner is $85.

    For commuter information and registration details contact Donnie Wiltshire,, (919) 467-5100, ext. 5630, or Maria Luoni,, (919) 467-5100, ext. 5629.

    Registration is also available at  

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