The Opening Word Program is a literacy, ESOL, and job readiness program,
the purpose of which is to unlock the language ability of adult participants, providing them with a key to future personal empowerment,
increased civic and social responsibility and enhanced skills for membership in the workforce.
Philosophy of the Opening Word Program
All persons have a right to education and information available within the society of which they are a part. Everyone must be assisted in reaching his/her full potential as a member of that society.
Aware of the dehumanizing experience of the poor and undereducated, we seek to recognize the uniqueness of each person made in the image of God. Each person is to be respected as a unique individual with a specific cultural background, inherent gifts and learning style.
Our commitment is not to a course of study, but to the person. Therefore, our approach is completely individualized to the needs and progress of that person.
We believe deeply in teaching as a ministry to bring Truth and its resulting freedom to our society.
'If you remain in my WORD…you will know the TRUTH, and the TRUTH will make you FREE' (John 8)