- "Teach with Your Heart"
My two-week English Methodology workshop in Jiande was unbelievably educational and meaningful to me. First I thought I was there to share my experience as an educator with my fellow teachers in China,
but it turned out that in order to meet their needs, I must step into the shoes of a student at night, so I could be a teacher the next morning.
Beyond my expectation, in the end, Jiande teachers were convinced that the most effective teaching method starts with "Teach with your Heart!"
I am amazed at the bonding that I have with my friends in Jiande in just 10 days.
The most memorable moment was when we said good-bye, I knew in my heart that they are going to have a successful school year along with their students.
I am grateful to my Heavenly Father for giving me the passion, creativity, and discernment in carrying out the essence of this workshop.
With the support of ECF, I look forward to the next opportunity to serve my friends in China.
- "Serve Once Again with Joy"
What can you do on a two-week mission trip? One of my friends asked me that question before I left for Hangzhou. As I taught twelve pastors and Christian workers at the local seminary, I discovered the answers.
Thank you for letting me to serve once again in China. You can teach sermon helps by noticing how Jesus taught in the parables.
All classroom activities, such as listening exercise, singing, and tongue twisters do improve pronunciation and English fluency. You can teach students to be better readers by learning pre-reading strategies.
You can mentor an assistant (a new Christian) by letting him participate in class Bible studies and activities.
Your faith shows through your attitude. Anything done with joy and abandon makes a lasting impression on your students.
Time spent as a group in fellowship with all the team members and assistants builds relationships that last till next year.
- "Focus on Relationship Building"
As I reflect upon my experience teaching in Hangzhou it seems as though I was returning "home." My first experience teaching in China was in Hangzhou of 2008 and was life changing for me.
This time I did not experience the awkwardness of unknown territory and felt a sense of familiarity with everything.
This feeling of "home" made me more comfortable leading the team and enabled me to focus more on relationship building with my teaching assistants and students.
Because of this focus on relationship building I felt I was able to impact their lives more by simply demonstrating my heart for God and walking out my daily walk of faith filled with joy
and being available to share with them. One of my most memorable experiences on this trip was praying for someone in the hospital.
My previous hospital visit in China was in 2010 and was not very pleasant at all, however as I found myself again visiting a hospital for the second time in China,
my heart rejoiced as my faith was shared and I felt I was truly able to do more of my heart’s desire in bringing hope to those who are broken.
Thank you to all who supported our team and made this trip possible. May you reap the blessings of your gifts and prayers!
- "A Most Treasured Experience"
I am so thankful to ECF and to God for blessing me with this special opportunity to teach in Hangzhou this past summer. It will certainly remain a most treasured experience for me.
Though challenging and stretching in many ways, it provided for the perfect conditions and opportunities for growth.
I engaged and embraced each moment the best I could and was honored to serve in Hangzhou alongside such God-fearing men and women.
I deeply cherish all the new friends I've made, all the new foods I've tasted, and all the new memories I've created in these precious two weeks. God is truly the one who puts everything together.
The more I realize what I've been given, the more empowered I am to live out my faith. My heart is so full, and I can't wait to return to this great city I have fallen in love with.
- "Experiencing More Joy"
It is impossible to really capture what the ECF teaching trip has meant to me. I could tell you that I experienced more joy and sense of purpose during those two weeks than all of the other weeks of summer
before added together, that I miss the students that I taught so much and look back at the pictures and videos at least once a day, jumping at the chance to gush about them to anyone who will listen,
or that I made friendships that I hope will last a lifetime--and all of that would be true, but still insufficient to describe how happy I am to have those two weeks tucked in my memory shelves.
For someone who was somewhat nervous and apprehensive about meeting new people, I am simply amazed and humbled at how graciously and abundantly God provided for both me and our team as a whole,
how He gave us the opportunity to experience the simple love of a child and also to witness the deep-seated yearning for meaning and purpose within each person, a hole that can only be filled by Him.
I learned that "unreached people groups" are not just the desperately poor and uneducated who have never heard the name of Christ,
but also those who have been insulated by a culture of materialism and self-sufficiency, who understand "Christ" as simply another good-luck charm on the upward climb,
rather than the source of purpose and eternal life. I pray that as others embark on this trip, they will seize the opportunity to allow God to speak to them, to stir them to pray for His people,
whether they are separated by an ocean or a cubicle wall.
And most of all, I pray with excitement and gratitude that God gave me this trip, to reaffirm the knowledge once again that there is truly no greater blessing than to serve Him.
- "I Had a Good Time With the Kids"
My experience in Hangzhou, China was absolutely amazing.
I was so nervous the first day I got there having never been to China, my first time travelling by myself, and shoved into a group of team members I barely knew.
I remember thinking if the kids would like me and if I had enough teaching material. The moment I stepped into the room and saw all their smiling faces, I knew I would have a good time.
The two weeks passed by at an incredible speed with the wonderful teacher assistants helping us every step of the way. They would take us sightseeing and take us to sample delicious local foods.
Each day the kids brought smiles and hearts filled with joy and each night our teacher assistants would willingly hang out with us.
I am so thankful for all the support I have gotten from the church, my family, and friends.
I am also so blessed to have an awesome team which I got to know very well, wonderful teacher assistants that I will never forget, and such cute kids that made my two weeks in Hangzhou unforgettable.
I love you kiddies!
- "Able to Build Many Relationships"
Teaching English for the ECF program was a really great experience. I'm really grateful that I was able to be a part of this program and serve in this way.
The sites were beautiful, the experiences were fun, but most importantly, the people were warm, welcoming, and loving. I was able to form many friendships within the team, with my students, with the TAs,
and with the teachers, all within the short period of time that we were teaching in Hangzhou. Using this experience,
God taught me that one of the foundations of being able to evangelize is to first build relationships with people. Praise God that ECF provides such a platform in which so many new relationships can be formed.
I hope that I will have the opportunity to participate in this program again in the future.
- "Gain More Perspective on Chinese Culture"
I had a great experience teaching with ECF. My students did not have much experience speaking English but once we got to know them they really opened up and it was really great hanging out with them
and helping them to feel more confident with speaking English. This was my first time formally teaching a class of students and it was a very positive experience.
I gained a huge amount of perspective on the Chinese culture as well as life in general.