Several years ago, while teaching ESL at a community college, the author began to teach ESL at his church as part of an evangelistic outreach. He enjoyed teaching ESL as part of the outreach, but also wanted to teach more about the Bible to the ESL students. At the time, the prevailing idea was that ESL students should learn English well enough that they could then go and learn about the Bible in a non-ESL setting. In addition, there was no structured approach to sharing the Gospel with the students. It was assumed that as the church members and ESL students developed friendships, there would be sufficient opportunities to share the Gospel. It was during this period as well that the author learned about chronological approaches to sharing the Gospel.
The author invited several intermediate ESL students to meet regularly to read selected portions of the Bible chronologically, using lessons which followed the structure of an ESL reader. The author and the students worked through thirty lessons, from creation to the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. There were also a few members of the church who attended the classes and gave personal attention to each ESL student. After the completion of the thirty lessons, the students were eager to continue with other portions of the Bible, but the author was not able to. However, the author was encouraged to see that ESL students could read the Bible and learn about the Gospel in a more structured approach.
The author later reduced the number of lessons to ten in order to produce a ESL reader that could be used as part of an evangelistic summer camp in Croatia. The reader was subsequently used in evangelistic outreaches in the Ukraine and elsewhere.
Recently the author recognized the importance of placing these materials on the web in a format that could be readily accessed by ESL instructors around the world.