Ask a… repatriate to China!

Last week, Irene shared about her experiences repatriating to Greece after living in China for six years. If you missed that post, you can read it here. I’m sure many can relate to the experience of repatriating… even a visit home can give us a taste of what moving back for good would look like. And we can all remember what it was like adjusting to Beijing when we first

Ask a… repatriate!

Last post we heard from Sandy as she shared on what it is like leading a young adults’ ministry. If you missed that post, you can read it here. This week, joining us is Irene, a member of our Beijing community whose sarcasm and cheek-pinching is dearly missed as she recently left Beijing. Today, she’ll be sharing about her experiences repatriating–that is, the process of moving back to one’s home

Ask a…. ministry leader!

Last post Rachael shared about celebrating Christmas in Beijing. If you missed that post, you can read it here. This week Sandy, one of the leaders of the Embassy, is joining us to share what it is like leading a ministry here in Beijing. So Sandy, tell us about Embassy! What kind of church is it? What does a typical service look like? That has always been a hard question

Ask a… Christmas Beijinger!

In our last post, Reuben and Ellen shared about their experience being new parents. If you missed that article, you can read it here. I’m really excited for today’s post, not only because Christmas is my favourite time of year, but because joining us today is one of my favourite people in Beijing! When I moved here three years ago in December, I was worried about my first Christmas away

Ask… new parents!

In our last post, Greg and Lisa shared about being Small Group leaders. If you missed it, you can read it here. Today, we get to hear from my friends Reuben and Ellen on the joys of being new parents! So Reuben and Ellen, tell us all about your little one! Our son is Truman and his Chinese name is Hanbei. Right now, he is eight and a half months

Ask a… Small Group leader!

In our last post, Dennis shared about returning to Beijing. If you missed that post, you can read about it here. This week, we will hear from Greg and Lisa Hopton on what it is like leading a Small Group. Tell us about your current Small Group! What does a typical gathering look like? Lisa:  Our Small Group has been ever-changing over the years with so many coming and going

Ask a… Beijing returner!

Last post, Cissy shared on what it is like to live alone in Beijing. If you missed that post, you can read it here. I am very excited for this next interview because my good friend, Dennis, is joining us! I am sure many of you are familiar with the common trend here for people to not only come and go quickly from this city, but also to return after

Ask a… solo dweller!

Two weeks ago, Kathy shared about being a TCA (Third Culture Adult). If you missed that article, you can read it here. This week, I got to chat with my good friend, Cissy, and find out what it is like to live alone in this loud, bustling city of Beijing. First of all, Cissy, how long have you been in Beijing? And what do you do here? I have been

Ask a… TCA!

In a previous Ask a… blog, Noah shared about being a TCK (third culture kid). You can read about his experience here. Today, we will be learning about what it is like to be a TCA… third culture adult! That is, someone who left their country in their adult years and now lives in a different country. Now it can get a bit confusing discussing matters of home and culture

Is Your Church Your Idol?

Photo credit: Zach Mazrim Prior to living in China, my spiritual walk was one I would describe as searching, doubting, waiting, and longing. I was a Christian, but I was hungry to know more, hear more, and experience more. Two days after I landed, I attended my first service at what immediately became my Beijing church. I threw myself into its community and my schedule quickly became jam-packed with different