Ministry Location: Hidalgo County, Texas
Bio: Diann is originally from Midland, Texas, and serves as the CEO of Rio Grande Valley Literacy Center. She enjoys researching development ministry and poverty, and serves as the church pianist and orchestra director at Calvary Baptist Church in McAllen, Texas.
Diann lives and ministers in the extreme southern tip of Texas, in a region bordering Mexico known as the Rio Grande Valley. She works mostly in Hidalgo County, which holds the #1 place in the U.S. for concentrated poverty, and works on several levels addressing the issue of systemic poverty.
Diann's focus—the Rio Grande Valley Literacy Center—is a development ministry specifically targeting Latino adults who want to address their lack of education or English skills. The Literacy Center offers year-round ESL classes and GED preparation courses throughout Hidalgo County. This particular ministry has a direct correlation to poverty, and allows Diann to be the presence of Christ on the U.S./Mexico border.
• 2012 June/July fellowship!: Whisnand partners with literacy center to meet needs