I am working a s a volunteer ESOL teacher with the Boaz Trust one morning a week and as a volunteer driver on an occasional basis. When I can, I also help with the free shop.
For me, the most important thing has been the privilege of getting to know the Boaz clients. They are wonderful people to work with. Even though they have such huge problems, I have found them to be open, friendly, polite and generous and touchingly grateful for even the smallest service you do for them. It has been wonderful to build relationships with the people who come to the ESOL class and those I have driven to appointments. I have been rewarded by being able to get to know people from different backgrounds and learning something about their lives and the countries and cultures they come from. It has been especially good to get to know fellow Christians from different countries.
I know that I myself can play only a very small part in trying to make life more meaningful for the people who come to Boaz, by helping them to develop their English language skills, but I hope that they also know that I am one more person who cares.
The support from the hard-working permanent staff is excellent and, although I can give only a few hours a week to working with Boaz, I am made to feel part of the “Boaz family” and that my contribution is valued.