Another year just completed of volunteers meeting students from all over the world—teaching and serving in many capacities—and students being successful in learning and improving their English and having a good time doing it.


This year we had a total of 405 adults, 62 young people, and 155 children enrolled.  Our highest attendance was 365.  These students came from 53 countries and spoke 42 different languages.  A “melting pot” gathered each Tuesday night, all with the intent of learning English.


John, our director, is never content with the status quo.  At the end of each year he identifies goals for the next year and asks us to pray for God to help us achieve them.  This year’s prayer requests were for God to:



  1.   Raise up new volunteers (80 regular)
  2.  Bring us students (300 regular)
  3.  Provide leadership for all classes
  4.  Provide wisdom for retention practices

God has always been faithful to answer our prayers.


ESL Summer Fun Night - June 2018
Southcliff Interns showed everyone how to put the FUN in Summer Fun Night!


The first night of the new semester is always dedicated to testing.

 Filling Out Enrollment Forms  #38 Ready for Oral Testing  Roy & Mie Listening to Memory Verses






 ESL Thanksgiving Dinner 2018

"Enter His gates with thanksgiving..."



International Dessert Fellowship - Christmas 2018




Classes (Pictures were taken the last night of classes for this semester - May 14, 2019.)
Level BB – Leaders: Caley, Brenda, Ralph & Steve Level B – Lead teacher: Darby along with Hope, Cristina, & Jordan
 Level 1 – Teachers: Charlie & Mary Jeanne  Level 2 – Teachers: Wendy, Orin, Sue, & Adam
 Level 3A – Teachers: Luis, Sydney, Blanca, Lorena, Xiao Qing, Rebecca, & Dulce, Texas Wesleyan University students working on their ESL certification; Mentor: Sue  Level 3B – Co-teachers: Kyle & Darla, assisted by Caitlyn
 Level 4 – Lead teacher: Deborah assisted by Bob & Daniel  Advanced Level – Teachers: Deborah & Phyllis
 U.S. Citizenship – Lead teacher: Mike assisted by Jim & Elizabeth  Youth -  Leaders:  Matt and Mie; Helpers:  Meagan, Lauren, Britt, Amanda, Matthew, & Jonathan  (Did not get a group picture of Youth.)


Children – Leader: Becca; Helpers:  Vangie, Jayden, Mollie, Athalia, Allison, Heather, Sharon, Barbara, Rebecca, Paige, & Kristine


Becca - Children's Leader & Mie - Youth Leader Meagan Teaching Storytelling to Children
Whole Group:  Volunteers, Adult Students, & Youth  


Other volunteers served in a variety of positions, often more than one. They greeted students, checked them in, set up and took down, gave and graded tests, led the music, ran the computer at break time, & whatever else needed to be done.  These volunteers included Sherry, Joe, Millie, Liz, Nancy, Damaris, David, Richard, Roy, Darla, Kaye, John, Hunter, Raed, Ethan, Emily, Emmanuel, Jan, Julie, Rupinder, Cynthia, Shannon, CJ, Kat, Mike, Charles, Ernie, & Vivian

 Sue & Jo Ann  Nancy & Roy  


Emmanuel and a student

 Daniel & his sons    



Kitchen Crew

The kitchen crew was a faithful, hard-working group who came early to prepare food, usually much more than just snacks.   The head of the kitchen crew for the past ten years has been Faye, but she retired at the end of this year.  Her helpers were Madge, LaNell, Jo Ann, David, Shari, & Jim.

Big Pot of Burmese Soup Served Up by Ethan & Jo Ann

Faye, Ethan, & LaNell

Madge & Ethan    

Thank you, Faye, for your many years serving God by feeding the nations in Southcliff ESL!




We have our traditional “potluck” dinner of international foods prepared by both students and volunteers on the last night of each semester.



 Everyone Enjoyed a Variety of Dishes from Around the World  Raed & Mie



Mike & the Mike-ettes led us in praise songs.
 "Hallelu, Hallelu, Hallelu, Hallelujah"  "Praies Ye the Lord"



"Smile!  You're on Candid Camera!"  












Hope Literacy Inc | Executive Director: Harry Wilson | Phone 817.999.9357