From Student to Teacher

One of DOW’s faithful students, Alaa (middle) volunteers to teach the Basic English Class.

     Alaa Ibrahim is a refugee from Iraq. She has been a student with DOW for two years. As one of our most dedicated students, Alaa has struggled with young children and childcare issues, working a job, and being a mother and wife. Alaa is still one of the ESL program’s most regular students even though these KINDS OF difficulties often stop other students from coming. Now, Alaa has graduated from the highest level of English that Disciples of the Way offers. Nita Karki, DOW’s ESL Director, will be working with Alaa to prepare her for taking her GED.
     Alaa is a great example to our other ESL students of what can be achieved through persistence and regularly attending English classes. DOW staff & volunteers kept encouraging her in her studies. As her English language skills and her confidence grew, Alaa began participating in the ESL program as more than a student. Alaa has been helping DOW by volunteering both as a Basic Level teacher and as an office assistant for the ESL Director. DOW is so happy and thankful to have her on our ESL team.

“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.”

1 Peter 4:10