The August 2017 Ministries Stories are from Learning In Style School students who, with the help of LIS, learn new skills and build their families’ lives in America. Help support this program by donating today.

LIS Supports a Motivated Man from Togo


This student credits LIS with providing him with the tools necessary for his success, and says during his three years there, the teachers and staff gave him everything he needed to pursue his career. Below is a picture by the student and his story.



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LIS Supports a Motivated Man from Togo This student credits LIS with providing him with the tools necessary for his success, and says during his three years there, the teachers and staff gave him everything he needed to pursue his career. Below is a picture by the student and his story. [showhide type="20" more_text="Read More..." less_text="Read Less..."] I came from Togo with a degree in Mathematics.  This meant nothing because I had no English skills and none of my education credits transferred into American schools.  In Togo, I had a home, a job, and a nice family; however there was much political strife in my country and I wanted a better future for my family. I came without my wife and two sons but wanted to do everything I needed to send for them. I enrolled at LIS right away. I wanted to speak, read and write English. I wanted to integrate into the community, to further my education, to get my driver’s license, and to get my citizenship.  I found a job that required no English skills, and I stayed there for seven years because the hours were flexible enough for me to go to school. At LIS, It wasn’t completely about learning the English language.  The teachers and staff helped us to learn about the culture.  They helped me to apply for a job.  They gave us breakfast – and for many of us this meant our only meal for the day. They helped us with clothing and finding used furniture, etc. LIS always had a feeling of home.  The environment was welcoming and it felt safe to learn.  The teachers and staff were like family, and had a willingness to listen.  Students could talk about the issues and problems of integrating into the community and of being a...

Respect! I Can Stick Up for Myself


I was very unhappy and depressed before I came to LIS.  I came from Mexico with my baby girl.  When I came to this country, there was a job waiting for me in Oklahoma.  I was a housekeeper/nanny for a family who lived on a farm.  No one spoke Spanish.  Everything was new and strange.  I was used to a Catholic home environment where our church was our life.  We lived on a farm out in the country and there was no way for me to get into town.  During the 1 ½ years I lived there, I never left the house or the property, and I was unable to have Hispanic friends or to speak Spanish.  I was very lonely.

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Respect! I Can Stick Up for Myself I was very unhappy and depressed before I came to LIS.  I came from Mexico with my baby girl.  When I came to this country, there was a job waiting for me in Oklahoma.  I was a housekeeper/nanny for a family who lived on a farm.  No one spoke Spanish.  Everything was new and strange.  I was used to a Catholic home environment where our church was our life.  We lived on a farm out in the country and there was no way for me to get into town.  During the 1 ½ years I lived there, I never left the house or the property, and I was unable to have Hispanic friends or to speak Spanish.  I was very lonely. [showhide type="20" more_text="Read More..." less_text="Read Less..."] I eventually told my boss that I didn’t need help and would find a job and make my own way.  For the next 18 years, I moved to various states and in between I went to Mexico for short visits.  Most of the time I was able to find work, but sometimes my daughter and I lived in shelters. I continued to live with white families as a housekeeper/nanny and didn’t need or get a chance to learn English.  I was always unhappy because I felt isolated from everyone. During this time I got married and had two boys.  I still felt alone and depressed.  I couldn’t speak the language and couldn’t go out into the community.  I stayed at home afraid to leave my house. In 2008, I came to Minneapolis with my husband and three children.  I started LIS in 2010, and began to speak, read and write English.  This is when my life changed completely.  For the first time in my life I...