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Faith in the Summer: Edmond church offers educational outreach to mobile home community residents

First Baptist Church of Edmond is offering English as a Second Language and reading skills classes to some residents of the Oak Ridge Estates mobile home community in Edmond.
by Carla Hinton Published: July 19, 2014


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Billy Fuller, collegiate and young professionals minister at First Baptist Church of Edmond, talks with children during a reading activity included in the church’s summer outreach at Oak Ridge Estates in Edmond. Photo by Carla Hinton, The Oklahoman
Billy Fuller, collegiate and young professionals minister at First Baptist Church of Edmond, talks with children during a reading activity included in the church’s summer outreach at Oak Ridge Estates in Edmond. Photo by Carla Hinton, The Oklahoman

Editor’s note: This story is part of an ongoing series called “Faith in the Summer,” sharing information and photos about faith activities under way during the summer months.

A summer school of sorts is in session at a mobile home community that has been embraced by a local Baptist church.

Billy Fuller, collegiate and young professionals minister at First Baptist Church of Edmond, said the congregation began reaching out to the residents of Oak Ridge Estates several months ago.

He said the church has held several activities including a work day in which men in the church helped beautify the mobile home community at 601 S Vista Lane.

When church members talked to some of the Hispanic residents of the community, they learned there was a need for classes in English as a second language, Fuller said.

Fuller said church member Anita Smith was the first person to bring the idea of such classes to his attention, and they agreed to offer the free educational sessions on Tuesday evenings.

“God just kept bringing the idea to me, and I knew we had some people who are experienced English as a second language teachers,” Smith said.

Fuller said the Oak Ridge Estates management graciously offered the use of their office, and the one-hour classes began there in June. He said the classes have drawn up to 11 adults thus far.

Church members Smith, Linda Dorman and Kay Fryer teach the classes of mostly Hispanic woman. Fryer teaches a basic ESL class, with a recent session focusing on the registration forms the adult students will be required to fill out to enroll their children in school.

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by Carla Hinton
Religion Editor
Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide...
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