OCSI serves on Iejima
Once a month, a group of OCSI teachers and students drive up to Motobu port and board a ferry for Iejima, an island off Nago to teach English to the elementary students on the island as well as encourage the church on the island. Pastor Fumio Nomura was previously on the board of OCSI and invited some teachers to come teach English about 5 years ago. We’ve continued ever since!
For the first few years, we taught English at Pastor Nomura’s home and Kumon building, but as last year, the Board of Education of Iejima asked if we could start teaching at the nearby community center and connect it with the school systems. Every month we teachers think of a theme and activities for an hour and a half of English teaching. The students range from grades 1-6, and we average about 18 students every week.
We also invite OCSI high school and middle school kids to join us. It has been incredible to watch the OCSI kids interact with the Iejima kids and tangibly see the OCSI kids walk with God and impact the world for him. If you’ve ever like to join, us talk to Ms. Turner or Ms. Guiles!