Norma Teles and the Joshua Center ministry
Serving in: Lezhë, Albania
Program name: transForm (long-term)
- Serving since:
Norma Teles is director of the Joshua Center, a preschool for Roma children in Lezhë, Albania.
The Joshua Center developed as a learning center to prepare Roma preschoolers for public school. The Center has gained a positive reputation for providing life skills to ensure success in school and life. Norma currently works with three local Albanian staff workers to care for the 20+ children who attend. Joshua Center also offers an after-school program for Roma children which is in high demand.
Though her Joshua Center schedule is demanding and full, Norma has expanded her ministry by engaging the mothers of the preschoolers in bi-monthly meetings to discuss issues that pertain to the family and health, taking the opportunity to read the Bible and teach them songs about Jesus. She is also teaching some of the mothers to read. Her desire is to make Christ known in the Roma community. Norma attends the Mennonite Church, Guri I Themelit, where she has been active for many years.
She serves in partnership with Junta Menonita de Missões Internacionais, Brazil.