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Worth It: Ling

By Daniel Morgenstern – HCC Intern The greatest strength of the Kingdom is believers like Ling (name changed for safety). A talented videographer and aspiring director, Ling creates pensive and thought-provoking films that examine identity. Ling was raised by his grandparents because his parents lived in other cities for work. The absence of his parents …

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Autumn Burst in St. Croix State Park

By Josh Driver – Former HCC Program Coordinator See original blog post here. While I made plans to capture autumn colors this year, I made note of fire towers in state parks, and St Croix State Park made the list. It’s about two hours from the Twin Cities, including a slow drive on a dirt …

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Studying God and Chinese

By Heather Holbrook – HCC Board Member To see Heather’s original blog, click here. I have recently started learning Chinese. Our family has been hosting Chinese university students for the past 12 years and have been friends with Chinese for years before that, but I never felt compelled to learn their language until the last …

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Venturing to Itasca with HCC

By Hannah Varberg – HCC Communications Coordinator HCC has facilitated 5 overnight trips so far this year. The most recent trip was to Itasca State Park, which I led with my husband, Micah and a dear volunteer, Bin Su. I’ve wanted to lead an overnight trip since I’ve started working at HCC a year ago. …

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9 Restaurants in the Twin Cities You Must Try!

By Hannah Varberg – Communications Coordinator  To partner with us in welcoming international students and their families to the Twin Cities, click here.  The population HCC serves and loves is new to the Twin Cities; most often, they’re even new to America! Apart from furniture, transportation, grocery stores, and classes, there’s another critically important piece …

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How to Share Christ’s Love with a Student

From the eyes of the student Edited by Hannah Varberg – HCC Communications Coordinator We asked a number of students what advice they would give to HCC friends who wanted to share their faith, and following is what they had to say: Friendship First. Think of what makes you feel respected and drawn into authentic …

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Building a Home that Has Already Been Built

By Hannah Varberg – HCC Communications Coordinator When I lived in Spain for a semester, there were a few days that I got really homesick. It was like my heart was crying out for Minnesota: for the Fall weather, the warm carpeted indoors, sweatshirts, scarves, hot cocoa, macaroni and cheese, Taco Bell, my friends, my …

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I’m Off to Fix Something

By Joann Pittman, HCC Board Member For the original version of this blog, go to ChinaSource’s website When I was living in Beijing, I usually rode my bike to work. One Wednesday morning, the street in front of the school where my office was located was like a parking lot. A big bus and a …

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Debunking the View of Self

By Jonathan Nesvig – HCC ReEntry Coordinator Liu Yang’s book, East Meets West (中文名是:东西相遇), contains simple pictographs which show the differences between Eastern and Western cultures. While there are many similarities among humans from different cultures, there are also many differences: some obvious and some not so obvious. The feature picture is from Liu Yang’s …

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The Importance of Dinners

By Hannah Varberg – HCC Communications Coordinator “The most important thing to remember is that we are passing on the faith. With that in your heart, you will find opportunity… even when serving food or driving a van.” These are the words of Ailin Lai. She and her husband, Pastor Yueta serve in the Taiwanese …

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