People are making great sacrifices to participate. One of our most active students is a single mother who travels 3 hours each way to be at the weekly gathering meetings. She is thrilled at the opportunity to get an education. Many have had to get special permission to flex their work hours. Most come straight from work and are willing to give up their evening meal. Of course, Jacque always insists that we provide water and snacks!
This type of education is different that what they've experienced so far in their lives. They have class peers and English speaking partners. They are accountable to turn in assignments each week on Wednesday and Saturday. Each of them will have the opportunity to facilitate one of the classes during the semester. Some are struggling with the new concepts and methods, but they are open minded and optimistic. We are pleased to report that most of our class has grades in the mid to high 90's. Even the two that struggle with English the most are doing well. We know these are the future leaders in their communities and congregations.