Literacy Missions training prepares Arkansas Baptists to help people in three specific areas:
- Internationals who need a better grasp of English (English as a Second Language);
- Adults who want to learn to read and write and the need to improve their reading skills (Adult Reading and Writing);
- School-aged children and youth who need help with basic skills and/or school work (Tutoring Children and Youth)
Arkansas Literacy Missions Team members are trained and certified by the North American Mission Board (NAMB) to lead training workshops for churches and their members who want to offer this type of ministry in their community. The 11-hour training workshop covers a multitude of topics—basic ministry administration needs; tutoring training skills; and ways to incorporate the Gospel in a tutoring session—and is developed by NAMB specifically for churches to take and fit their local ministry needs. One statewide training workshop is offered every year, with other workshops conducted at churches across the state as requested.
For those unable to attend a traditional Literacy Missions Workshop here at the ABSC building in Little Rock, there is an opportunity offered for an ESL Online/Live Hybrid Basic Workshop through the National Literacy Missions Partnership. For more information about this unique opportunity, visit their website at LiteracyMissionsSBC.net.