My name is Judy Rowlands, and I love and serve the Lord Jesus, above all other things.
I taught ESL professionally at TAFE for many years and prior to that I taught English and German in High Schools. I commenced advising the church about ESL ministry in 2007. I subsequently resigned from my paid work at TAFE, for a number of years, because of the enormity of the task and because I was convicted that the church should be more obedient to the Word of God in terms of welcoming and ministering to our neighbours from Non-English-Speaking Backgrounds. The church needed new resources to tackle the challenges inherent in what is now a very multicultural society. We were then, and still are now, not doing sufficient to address the challenges for the church in connecting with NESB migrants, nor are we adequately meeting their needs in our churches.
Our churches need to better adapt to the fact that society in Australia, in the 21st century, is no longer largely Anglo: it is CALD. (Culturally and Linguistically Diverse!)
With the continuing increase in Australia of the migrant population, there is an incredible need for ESL classes, particularly here in Sydney. ESL is a major focus for the government, and private industry has jumped on board, in order to make lots of money; but I feel that the Church should be at the forefront (not the tail end!) as it is an important mercy ministry which presents a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate the love of Jesus and share the message of the Bible.
We are commanded in God’s Word:
“When a foreigner lives with you in your land, you shall treat the foreigner who lives with you as if he were a native among you, and you shall love him as yourself. I am the Lord your God.” (Lev. 19:33-34)
“God, your God, is immense and powerful. He takes loving care of foreigners … and you must treat foreigners with the same loving care.” (Deut. 10:17-19)
Yours in Christ, and in His service,
Mrs Judy Rowlands,
B.A. (Languages, Sydney University)
Diploma in Education (Sydney University)
Teachers Certificate (NSW Dept. Education)
Graduate Certificate in Christian Counselling (Wesley Institute)
Graduate Diploma in TESOL (UTS)
Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training (TAFE)
ESL Ministry Consultant,
Phone: 0414.310.430 or (02) 9525 1171