English Language Schools

A name applied to church-sponsored community schools designed to assist indigenous people to learn the English language, and at the same time to teach them the message of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Small schools of this kind have been operating on and off in most countries of the Far East ever since overseas missionaries first arrived. The organized language school idea did not materialize until the colleges of North America started a student missionary program. History. The organized English language school idea started in the fall of 1966 at the Osaka Center in Japan, when a young American evangelist, M. T. Bascom, discovered soon after he arrived in that city that one of the most effective evangelistic programs in the Osaka Center had been the English language classes started by ...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.