Monday, December 31, 2012

Satisfaction and Dependence

We always need growth and change in learning to be satisfied in Christ and fully dependent on Him. These are two things that God has been teaching me more about and refining me in this year. So many Scripture verses and circumstances have instilled these incredible truths more deeply into my heart. There is so much to share in relation to these truths that I hope to write on soon!

Not that I’ve mastered them or live it out perfectly. Far from it! I feel like I’ve just scratched the surface when it comes to knowing and experiencing this. I have far to go. Much to learn. Countless areas that still need to be refined by my loving Father.

But you know what? That’s an exciting thing to look forward to, because I know I will continue to see God’s work in my life until I die or He returns. Because He promised it (Phil. 1:6).

How has God been at work in YOUR life in 2012?

Allison

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Born That We May Have Life

One of the songs I've been enjoying this Christmas.

Rejoice, O world, your Savior has come
Through the love of a virgin's womb
Son of God, Son of man, born that we may have life
You were born that we may have life!


Allison

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

December

Ahh…the wonderful season of Christmas. Unfortunately in the south we don’t get the snow and freezing cold weather (although I could do without bitter cold). Sometimes it dips down to the 50s (daytime) and upper 30s/low 40s at night and we pull out our sweaters. :) Today however, it’s close to 80 degrees…It’s not feeling like Christmas.

Aside the weather rambling….a verse from John has been on my mind the last few weeks. John 1:14 to be exact. “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” As I shared in my last post, it’s such an amazing thing that Jesus would come to earth to save us! I’ve enjoyed reading through various Christmas carol lyrics and seeing what glorious truths they hold about our Savior. Like the line from O Come All Ye Faithful that shares the truth from John 1: “Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing!”

O Little Town of Bethlehem also says:
No ear may hear His coming, but in this world of sin,
Where meek souls will receive Him still, the dear Christ enters in.

And O Come Little Children declares:
Rejoice that a Savior from sin you can boast,
And join in the song of the heavenly host.

Highlights and activities of this month thus far:
  • three great nursing home trips in the course of a week where the truth of the gospel was shared through song and Scripture
  • Christmas piano recital (my students did fantastic!)
  • Christmas parties
  • sharing the gospel at the pregnancy center
  • family time decorating sugar cookies
  • painting my bedroom
  • hot tea on cold mornings (especially the one morning it was freezing and our heater was out)
  • working on our church anniversary slideshow
  • baby photo shoot and a family photo shoot
  • children's choir piece and young adult choir piece sung at church


Allison

Monday, December 10, 2012

Season's Reflections

The fact that Jesus came to earth has struck me deeply this Christmas season. Everyone has heard it and could tell you—“Oh yeah, Jesus came as a baby, born in a stable”. But have you really thought about its implications this Christmas?

Christ…
The Holy One, the Living Word, the Righteous One, Sustainer of the universe, our King, GOD Himself...Humbled Himself.
He willingly offered, He left the beauty of His throne and the glory He so richly deserved to live among sinful people like you and me.

Many times we’re guilty of complaining about the sinful people or the unfair circumstances that surround us. How many of us would joyfully offer to leave a place of perfection to live among unrighteous sinners?

But He did. Jesus took on flesh, was tempted as we were, physically experienced the same things you and I do. He faced rejection, wrong accusations, people who misunderstood Him, people who mistook Him simply for a prophet. When He was conceived people thought His mother had sinned, when He was born the king tried to kill Him, when He was grown people didn’t like how He talked about their sin. He didn’t live a glamorous life on earth, no, He lived a life that we wouldn’t quickly volunteer to follow.

Christmas isn’t just a simple truth that a sweet little baby Jesus was born in a stable. It was that Jesus, fully God, was born in the likeness of sinful flesh, with the mission to save a people for Himself by His substitutionary death on the cross. He demonstrated the greatest example of humility and love in the history of the world.

How can we not but worship and adore Him this Christmas season? Christ our Savior is born!


Allison

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thanksgiving

"Oh how abundant is Your goodness!" Psalm 31:19

How great is the Lord! Let us give Him thanks!   
"Consider what great things He has done for you." 1 Samuel 12:24


"I hope you’ll take time today to wholeheartedly thank the Lord for all He’s done in your life, and even if your eyes are filled with tears, to lift your eyes up to Him and give Him thanks for His faithfulness and His covenant-keeping love."
-Nancy Leigh DeMoss


Allison

Monday, November 19, 2012

Thanking God When it's Difficult

One of the most difficult times to give thanks is when things are hard. Sorrowful and painful circumstances can steal our joy in the Lord and our response can be one of anger and bitterness instead of thanksgiving. But look at what Hudson Taylor, missionary to China, said in response to his wife’s death:

“What shall I say of the Lord’s dealings with me and mine? I know not! My heart is overwhelmed with gratitude and praise. My eyes flow with tears of mingled joy and sorrow. When I think of my loss, my heart—nigh to breaking—rises in thankfulness to Him who has spared her much sorrow and made her so unspeakably happy.” Hudson Taylor

What would it be like if we had such a response to our less-than-desirable circumstances?
Allison

Monday, November 12, 2012

How to be Thankful

“The more absorbed I am in the gospel, the more grateful I become in the midst of my circumstances, whatever they may be…When I look at any circumstance that God apportions me, I am first grateful for the wrath I am not receiving in that moment…Secondly I am grateful for the blessings that are given to me instead of His wrath. This two-layered gratitude disposes my heart to give thanks in all things and it also lends a certain intensity to my giving of thanks.” Milton Vincent

Sometimes we simply need to change our perspective in order that we might see how many things there truly are for us to be thankful for.



Allison

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Election Day Prayer

“Then I turned my face to the Lord God, seeking him by prayer and pleas for mercy with fasting and sackcloth and ashes. I prayed to the LORD my God and made confession, saying, “O Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, we have sinned and done wrong and acted wickedly and rebelled, turning aside from your commandments and rules….To us, O LORD, belongs open shame, to our kings, to our princes, and to our fathers, because we have sinned against you. To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness, for we have rebelled against him…

“O Lord, according to all your righteous acts, let your anger and your wrath turn away from your city Jerusalem, your holy hill, because for our sins, and for the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and your people have become a byword among all who are around us. Now therefore, O our God, listen to the prayer of your servant and to his pleas for mercy, and for your own sake, O Lord, make your face to shine upon your sanctuary, which is desolate. O my God, incline your ear and hear. Open your eyes and see our desolations, and the city that is called by your name. For we do not present our pleas before you because of our righteousness, but because of your great mercy.  O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive. O Lord, pay attention and act. Delay not, for your own sake, O my God, because your city and your people are called by your name.”
Daniel 9:3-5, 8-9, 16-19

We need to pray for repentance and revival in our nation. But not because we want things better for ourselves (more freedoms, less abortions, sanctity of marriage, lower taxes, less government control…) but because we desire God’s Name to be honored, to be reverenced, to be glorified. It’s all for His name’s sake. In the big scheme of things, it doesn’t matter so much what happens to us, but our overwhelming desire ought to be to make God’s name great, to magnify His name, amongst our nation and world (Daniel 9:17,19).

Amidst today’s election, is our number 1 concern the glory of God’s name? Do we pray for this and desire results that will honor God? Do we pray for a spiritual awakening, in order that the hearts of people might be turned to God and that He might be glorified?


Allison

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The "Future Husband List"

How many of you girls have one of these? Yes, I have one too. I don’t think it’s a bad idea, and in fact think it can be very beneficial. Keeps the necessities in mind, so you aren’t as likely to fall for any guy (but then, that’s a heart issue, so we can’t think that if we have a list we’re invincible). It also reminds you of the important things that are indisputable; things that must be in place. Yet in creating such a list, you have to be very careful. It’s easy to come up with unachievable goals for our future husbands. We have to realize that while we should have some standards for a husband, he’s not going to be perfect. Even if he does happen to meet all of the things on your list, he’s still gonna be a sinner, and so are you. We may have preferences that have become “musts”. Thinking our husband must meet all those will generate discontentment when we realize that he won’t. We will have to be flexible, so we can’t set our minds on having a husband just like we imagine him.

There are however some things that are not flexible, things that you need to know now that you need in a future husband.

These are indisputable things like:
-He must be a true believer in Christ Jesus, and be committed to serving Him in any way He calls
-He must have a dynamic relationship with Christ Jesus, evidenced by his prayer life and service to others
-He must be a man of integrity
-He must look to God for wisdom, and be quick to turn to the Word of God for answers
-He must treat his mother, sister(s), and other ladies around him with respect and honor

And for me, it also includes things like:
-He must be reformed in his theology
-He must see ministry as part of life (whether that’s full-time ministry or not)
-He must respect and honor his authority, even if he disagrees with them

Additionally, I do have preferences that I would appreciate in a husband. But while I have things I would prefer to have in a husband, I try to be careful not to focus on those things, because God may give me someone completely opposite of what I desire in order to build character in me, and if I determine I must have a certain kind of husband now, I will set myself up for disappointment later.

Above all, I desire to marry a man who loves the Lord with all his heart, soul and mind, whose life is completely devoted to God, and who is passionate about sharing the marvelous truth of salvation. Because those are the most important things. In a godly marriage, two people come together to serve God in a greater way together than they can alone. A godly marriage displays the beauty of the gospel (Eph. 5:31-32). Marriage is not merely for romance and to meet your desired needs. It is for the glory of God! Our lives are to be lived to the fullest for God's glory, whether that's in marriage or singleness. He then determines where you would best serve and glorify Him, and we can then joyfully submit to knowing that God's way is perfect and good.

Allison

Monday, October 15, 2012

When You've Reached "the Age"

I find some of the questions and comments I’ve gotten humorous since I am now “old enough” to get married. No boyfriend? No wedding plans? No prospects? (By the way, I’d like someone to clarify what “prospects” is supposed to mean; are they asking if I’d marry any guy I know? If there’s someone who I know that might want to marry me? If someone is pursuing a courtship with me? Or what?…)

It’s even funnier when people you just met tell you that they’ll be on the lookout for potential spouses for you. While most of the comments I’ve received have been in jest, I think there is a level of expectancy amongst Christian homeschoolers to pursue marriage as soon as they finish high school or college and to marry as young as possible. What else are young single girls supposed to do anyway?

I am perfectly content with where the Lord has me right now. I feel no obligation to marry within the next year and don’t despair that there are no wedding plans around the corner. I don’t feel like an old maid destined to singleness. Ten years ago I thought I could be married by twenty, but now that I've reached that age I don't feel like I'm behind or feel a rush to marry soon. But neither am I “planning” to stay single for the rest of my life; I would love to get married. However, while marriage is a worthy pursuit and spiritual and physical preparation crucial, I do not believe it is the only thing in life, or worthy centering my world around.

Christ is the only one worthy of all our complete devotion. Seeking Him and deepening that relationship is the most important thing I can do in life. If my soul is happy in Him and trusts Him fully, it won’t make a difference if I get married next year, in 10 years, or not at all. If God wants me to get married, He’ll make it clear when it’s time.

“Above all things see to it that your souls are happy in the Lord. Other things may press upon you, the Lord’s work may even have urgent claims upon your attention, but I deliberately repeat, it is of supreme and paramount importance that you should seek above all things to have your souls truly happy in God Himself!George Muller



Allison

Thursday, September 20, 2012

20 Years of God's Goodness

the beautiful cake my sister made!
I celebrated my 20th birthday last month. It’s somewhat odd that I’m actually in my twenties now—it seems like a jump from 19 to 20, even though I don’t feel older.

I’ve been incredibly blessed to watch God work in many different ways in the past twenty years. I’ve made many mistakes, had many growing experiences, had great influences in my life, a wonderful family that loves me, siblings to talk with. I’ve been blessed to have friendships develop, ministry opportunities come forth, ways to serve, times to learn to put aside my own desires for others.

But the most important thing that happened in my first 20 years of life was that God gave me abundant life, through the death of my Savior and Lord, Christ Jesus. Thanks to His selfless giving of Himself for my sins, I have a relationship with the living God! Through that have many amazing things come. Certainly there have been trials, struggles, pain, and hardship, as any believer would face. But the joy of the Lord gives me the endurance to face anything, because He promises that all things will work together for my good, and that those difficulties will refine my character. Situations where I’ve learned to trust the Lord more deeply, to call on Him for strength, to depend on Him moment-by-moment and to seek His face daily have been life-changing.

Multiple moves, various church plants, college challenges, friends coming and going, and many other things combined have been circumstances God has used to teach me more about Himself (and the often sinful tendencies in my own heart) and to shape and refine me.

Yes, I’m still young, and I’m still learning. God has a lot to continue to work in me. My prayer is that He would continue to work in and through me, that my life might be used to the fullest extent to glorify and honor Him!


Allison

Monday, September 10, 2012

Trials, Joys, and the Mighty Work of God

It was exciting to watch God work in the second city. The difficulties made it all the more sweeter and wonderful as I watched God work through my weaknesses, my tiredness and my incapability. The work He was doing, particularly in one administrator’s heart, was incredibly exciting. The opportunities we had there to share with people and to watch God work were completely worth the challenges. We had the opportunity to teach one of our administrators “How Deep the Father’s Love for Us” (and explain the words!), and that became our theme song there.

Even though the beginning was very hard and overwhelming, the last few days went wonderfully. I felt like God renewed and refreshed me and gave me the energy I needed to complete each task set before me. I wasn’t overwhelmed, but began to rest that God had everything under control and knew exactly what I needed. I began to get better sleep (though still not my normal amount) and God was so good to supply all my needs. As Paul says in 2 Corinthians 12, “I will most gladly spend and be spent for your souls.” This is not an easy task, and definitely not one we can accomplish in our own power. But with God's power, it is a joy to give to others.

The Hudson Taylor quote I posted in July really resonated with me while I was in China:

“It makes no matter where He places me, or how. That is rather for Him to consider than for me; for in the easiest positions He must give me His grace, and in the most difficult His grace is sufficient… So, if God place me in great perplexity, must He not give me much guidance; in positions of great difficulty, much grace; in circumstances of great pressure and trial, much strength?”
Hudson Taylor


Katie

Monday, September 3, 2012

Teaching

Although I had much fewer students in the second city, the grading and preparation still took just as long, due to the fact that I had to prepare for younger students and more teaching time. Each evening, after our two hour long dinners, I would head back to my room and prepare for the next morning’s class. If there was grading to be done, I would do that. We were expected to give homework to the students, so I had to determine that, and grade it each day. I also allowed my students to write to me several times and I wrote back, because I had more time to do so.

around town
When I got home from my morning class, we walked a couple blocks to the KFC for lunch. This became our daily lunch place, because it was fast, easy, and inexpensive. We even met students or others for lunch there sometimes. After we got back from lunch, I would prepare for my afternoon elementary class. I felt like I was living day-by-day, or hour-by-hour! I like to have things planned ahead, so this was definitely stretching for me.






There were several days, particularly in the first week, that I felt overwhelmed. I reminded myself that God was able to make all grace abound to me, and that He was sufficient to meet all my needs. On my class schedule I would write things like “Needy and Dependent” to remind myself of this.


I was encouraged by a verse a friend wrote to me that I read when I was away:
“so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:11)

Our work, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant, is never in vain if it is something the Lord has begun!

Katie

Friday, August 31, 2012

"Restore to me the joy of Your salvation"


We should be the most joyful people in the world, because we serve a great God who has redeemed and saved us! The mighty work of salvation in our hearts should result in great rejoicing. But do you ever feel like you're just going at things without the joy of the Lord? May this be our prayer in such case, that God would restore the joy of His salvation to us, and that would overflow in our lives.


Katie

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

First Days in the New City

Although we were tired, we pulled through our first day, unpacking in our hotel, and meeting our administrators. We were told that the four of us would teach at 3 separate schools. One was right next door to our hotel, but the ones my brother and I taught at were about 15 minutes away. A couple of the administrators couldn’t really speak English. We knew they were concerned that we were too young when they met us. Quite a discussion entailed (all in Chinese, of course), and we smiled, wondering what was going on. Apparently there were some concerns about our ability to teach, since there wasn’t much of an age gap between us and our students. The expectations for us were high.

We gathered together and prayed that night. We knew that we had walked into a spiritual battle, and that if God didn’t work, we would not be able to do anything. We were completely dependent on Him.
My school: I taught on the 4th floor

I walked into my class the next day, unsure of what to expect in the number of students, and with no ideas of whether I would have adults “watching” me or not. My English assistant sat in and watched, and was pleased with me. Each day I was scheduled to teach three 50 minute periods to one class. Before the third section of the class had begun, my English assistant approached me about teaching another class in the afternoon, to a group of elementary kids. I was surprised, and felt incompetent, because I had done absolutely no preparation for that age group. I asked the age, and was told they would be around 10 or 11. I agreed to a “trial lesson”, asking if I could teach the first day and then determine if I could do it. I explained that I was not prepared to teach younger kids.

All my teaching supplies were held in my backpack

The classroom


My outdoor "classroom"
So that afternoon I headed to the park to teach my first lesson with my elementary students. The class was supposed to be 2 hours. How in the world would I fill that time?

The lesson went well; thankfully dad had brought and prepared elementary material and I borrowed his books and ideas. At the end of the class, I was told that we would have class again the next day at the park. I wasn’t given the option to quit. “Okay,” I thought, “I guess I can do this!”



Katie

Sunday, August 26, 2012

The Travelers


(detailed conclusion for this post

We flew from Shanghai to Beijing. The first two weeks of teaching were over, and we were headed to teach in another city for two more weeks. It was sad to leave Pinghu, because of the friendships started. I felt like I was just beginning to know my students.

We arrived in Beijing, and waited for my dad’s flight to arrive. It was supposed to be a couple hours, but his flight was late, so we waited a couple extra hours. When he finally arrived, we headed out with our host and drivers to head to the next city. It was supposed to take a couple hours or so, but as we saw the pouring rain and standing water, we began to question whether we could get there that soon. Little did we know that we were in the middle of the worst flood in Beijing in over 60 years. We spent several hours in stand-still traffic, because the road was too flooded to get by.

But it wasn’t just that. We also got lost. Not only was it getting late at night, but we were lost in the middle of a big storm. Eventually I began to realize that we weren’t going to make it there in 4 hours. It was going to be an all-night adventure. I journaled “The less sleep, the more grace, right?” I did not know the extent of how that would be true for me in the next two weeks, and how dependent I would have to be on God’s grace.
flooding



At about 6 in the morning, a hymn came to mind, and I began to sing:
When through the deep waters I call thee to go
The rivers of sorrow shall not overflow
For I will be with thee, thy troubles to bless
And sanctify to thee thy deepest distress

When thro’ fiery trials thy pathway shall lie
My grace, all sufficient shall be thy supply
The flame shall not hurt thee I only design
Thy dross to consume and thy gold to refine

I knew while I was singing that I was probably mixing verses, but it didn’t matter. Here we were, going through “deep waters” (flooding!), but it was comforting to know that God was there and He had a plan in mind, even in the difficult situations.

A little while later, as I was reading my Bible, I came across this passage: “As servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: by great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger; by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, the Holy Spirit, genuine love; by truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left.” 2 Corinthians 6:4-7

We arrived in our second city exhausted. It was 9:30 in the morning, but we hadn’t slept much in the car all night. But God was faithful, and we made it there!


Katie

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

From Beijing to the Second City...

  • 2 hour drive turned 13 hour trip
  • 1 Chinese-only speaking driver
  • 14 cigarettes (driver)
  • 1 gas station
  • 8 or more directions from strangers
  • 1 one-way street, facing cars head-on
  • Numerous breath holdings (due to smoke and driving fear)
  • Hours of stand-still traffic, due to flooding
  • A majority of our belongings in a separate car
  • Way too many repeats of the same few secular songs, most of which I could not stand
  • Coke zero and one water bottle
  • Few snacks to hold us over from our lack of dinner
  • Doritos at 4:30am
  • 5am breakfast at an interesting Chinese fast food place
  • Multiple unsuccessful attempts with skyping through 4G, finally working 10 hours later
  • Arriving after 13 hours of driving, exhausted from a lack of sleep
  • 1 great learning experience
(more details in the next post)

Katie

Monday, August 20, 2012

Sufficiency

One of the things God began to lay on my heart during the first two weeks in China was that He was sufficient to meet all my needs, and all I needed to do was turn to Him. I saw how it was easy for me to become self-sufficient during my teaching because everything happened so fast, and was going pretty smoothly. There were two passages God specifically used spoke to me through.

“God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work… He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God.”
2 Corinthians 9:8, 10-11

The fact that God is able to make all grace abound to us is worth stopping to think about because it is such a true and wonderful statement. But something else that God taught me through that passage was that not only does He do the work and increase our harvest, but by doing so He receives all the glory that He alone deserves. It is nothing I do, because I can do nothing apart from Him. Verse 11 then reminded me that it will produce thanksgiving in our own hearts! As Hudson Taylor so wisely wrote, “Let us see that we keep God before our eyes, that we walk in His ways and seek to please and glorify Him in everything, great and small. Depend upon it, God’s work done in God’s way will never lack God’s supplies.” I felt so thankful so many times while I was in China to be able to be there and watch God work.

God also used 2 Corinthians 3:4-5 to remind me of something crucial: “Such is the confidence that we have through Christ toward God. Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God.”

Little did I know that not only was God trying to teach me something amidst of my teaching in Pinghu, but He was also preparing me for what would happen in the next city I would go to.


Katie

Thursday, August 16, 2012

First Impressions

We arrived in our first city in China, Pinghu, early afternoon. I was surprised that it didn’t feel as much like a foreign country as I expected. It was similar to the US! I guess I didn’t experience “culture shock”, at least that wasn’t my first impression. We ate our first meal at the buffet at our hotel. There were many options, but not many that looked appetizing. I realized quickly that at this buffet, the oily green beans, white rice, and yummy watermelon would be a staple at mealtimes. For variety I went for noodles or soup. We quickly learned how to use chopsticks, and it wasn’t nearly as difficult as I expected.

Self-portrait in our hotel room

Around town

City view from our hotel


We settled into our rooms. I was confident that my roommate and I would work well together, even though I hadn’t met her before the training for this trip. We did work incredibly well together, and got to know one another pretty well after rooming with each other for a month!





Our wonderful hotel room



We went to a grocery store one afternoon in Pinghu, so it was fun to see and compare things with the US. Everything in the city was packed together. Stores were always built up; there were floors and floors of apartments. Nothing was one-story. In the grocery store, it was neat to see US name brands in Chinese, and see what the store carried in comparison. Finding “oatmeal” was a funny experience, because the one English speaking person didn’t know the word.



Parked outside the grocery store



Checkout



 We began teaching a few days after we arrived. The first day, the intrigued look on some of my students’ faces made my day. I was so happy to be there teaching them! There were certainly some that “stole my heart”. While they were only a few years younger than me, they felt like my students. I loved reading through the journals that they wrote to me the first day. They would sometimes say things like: “The most surprising thing is that American teachers have come to our school to teach us. That would be the most unforgettable thing forever.”



For many of them, I was their first foreign teacher, and was about to leave a lasting impression for them of Americans, foreign teachers, and the English language. I could only pray that it would be a good one, and that God would use me to be a light to them.

Katie

Monday, August 13, 2012

China: The Beginning of Everything

When I was little, I remember dreaming of being a missionary in Africa. Or maybe even a teacher in Africa. I vividly remember a picture I drew when I was young of myself teaching young African children. When I was 11 years old I wrote of this aspiration in a journal. I always envisioned Africa to be the place I would go if I ever went overseas, even for a short period of time.

Little did I know that 9 years later, I would visit a completely different continent. One that had never crossed my mind before. One whose culture I felt clueless about, whose people I did not know, whose language I had never studied at all, but one with many who were eager to study my language.

Yes, my language. English.

I’ve always enjoyed the English language. In school I enjoyed grammar, my daily spelling tests, and writing (provided it was what I wanted to write). I also enjoyed (somewhat pridefully) correcting others’ grammatical and spelling errors.

But I didn’t think of ever teaching English. After all, when I was 16 I began teaching piano, and I loved it. Important things fell into place, like the piano students, so I furthered that interest, without considering many other possibilities.

But then the opportunity came.

I was asked if I would like to teach English to Chinese students, in China. Sounded interesting, but as I thought about it, I decided it wasn’t for me. At least not the timing. In mid-January a friend approached me about re-considering my decision, because they still needed a couple teachers. I talked to my parents about it and prayed about it for a couple days, and made the last-minute decision to go.

So that was it. I was going to China.
(More to come!)


Katie

Monday, August 6, 2012

"Who can utter the mighty deeds of the Lord, or declare all His praise?" Psalm 106:2 

"You have multiplied, O Lord my God, Your wondrous deeds and Your thoughts towards us; none can compare with You!" Psalm 40:5 

My heart is overflowing with praise right now. I just returned from 4 1/2 weeks in China. (hence the previous picture from my email) God has been good! I have lots to share soon. :)

Katie

Friday, August 3, 2012