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It's not your typical classroom. And they're not your typical students.

They're senior residents of Susquehanna View Apartments in Camp Hill. And they are learning the language of their adopted country.

For most of their lives, Russian was the language of this group. But, now, in their 60s, 70s and 80s, they're tackling a whole new alphabet, vocabulary and diction. Their teacher is a preacher.

Twice a month, pastor David Landis of Word of Grace Ministries in Susquehanna township, leads basic english dialogue exercises, while listening, correcting and encouraging. The midstate native learned his conversational russian through classes at HACC...and 21 mission trips to Russia.

"I tell people faith comes by hearing God's word. So Russian came by hearing Russian words." said Landis.

Apartment resident Emma Vaughn, who attends Pastor Landis's church, helped initiate the tutoring sessions by connecting her pastor with the apartment's fourteen russian transplants who were struggling to communicate.

"I came down here two weeks ago for the first time in a while and these students were reading," said Vaughn. "I said 'This is amazing.' I was telling them, 'They can read!' "

Bronya Koreba was in her early 50s when she fled the horrors of Chernobyl nearly two decades ago. She says these sessions are helping the group feel more at home in the American community.

"The people do very good," Koreba said, talking about the progress of the immigrant students. "They understand. They can shop for themselves. They can go to stores."

 

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