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An Open Door — Allan Pole

When a guest was received in Palestine 2,000 years ago the host performed certain courtesies.  There was the kiss of welcome.  Water was provided to wash the dust from his feet, and oil to anoint his head.  The guests would recline at the meal and there was free access for the passer-by to stop and […]

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Kindness Bridges the Gap — Allan Pole

When I was a boy I suffered from asthma and hay fever.  Being allergic to hay and growing up on a farm was a tough combination during the summer months.  When the air was thick with dust and pollen I would suffer through some sleepless nights coughing and sneezing.  I vividly remember my mom enduring […]

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Do You See the Opportunities? — Allan Pole

In the fall of 2016 I sensed the Lord direct me to revisit the conversation that He had with the Samaritan woman at the well in John chapter 4.  While the disciples went into town to buy lunch, Jesus sat down to rest at the well.  Seizing the opportunity for a life-changing conversation, Jesus started […]

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Spring Training 2017 – James Edel

~ Spring Training May 22, 2017 – Ooh la la! What a great time at 2017’s Spring Training Conference that Cooperative ESL Ministries hosted!  God is good.  It was so beneficial to connect with each other and the speakers were such a big blessing.  Our theme was Invited in – The Journey so Far, and […]

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Seasonal, Secular, Sacred Christmas — Mary Cummins

What is Christmas? In many places in the world, Christmas is probably the most popular holiday in the year, especially for Christians.  It is very nostalgic for many people—the sights, the sounds, the smells and time spent with family and friends. Since Canada is in the Northern Hemisphere, Christmas comes in the winter season.  Thus, […]

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Dialogue Journals to Improve ESL Writing Fluency—Dr. Roswita Dressler

Dialogue Journals to Improve ESL Writing Fluency—Dr. Roswita Dressler

Sometimes we tell our students not to worry so much about how accurate their writing is, but to just take risks and write. Then we fall into the trip of correcting their grammar or spelling and we wonder, are we sending the wrong message. While many of our students care about writing correctly, it can […]

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Welcome One Another and Be a ‘Helper’ — Amber Wylie-Moerman

Welcome One Another and Be a ‘Helper’ — Amber Wylie-Moerman

I saw a quote recently, posted on Facebook that read, “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping’ (Fred Rogers).” We see a lot of scary things in the news lately […]

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Soul Food Feeds Friendships—Shannon Sutherland Smith

Soul Food Feeds Friendships—Shannon Sutherland Smith

Last month, women from Afghanistan, Peru, Mexico, India, Pakistan, Cyprus, Brazil and many other countries squeezed into our church kitchen to season bread crumbs, peel potatoes, baste turkeys and set a table that just seemed to get longer and longer as the morning progressed and we realized just how many people we were going to […]

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Blessed in ESL by Earl Stevick—James Edel

Blessed in ESL by Earl Stevick—James Edel

Sometimes I think the Professional Development (PD) Day means, for me as a teacher, a day to relax and text a bit, while people talk incessantly about the latest teaching fads, or what the government is currently doing, or which way the pendulum is swinging in our field.  But I was recently rebuked for my disinterest in […]

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Middle East Expert Speaking in Calgary

Middle East Expert Speaking in Calgary

On April 9, 2016, Middle East expert Peter Twele (MA in Linguistics) will speak at our full-day spring training event Building Bridges: Responding to the Refugee Crisis. Peter carried out research through a number of institutions while residing in the Middle East for 11 years, and for the past 20 years has consulted for various Middle […]

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