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Our International Opportunities

By Peter Arneson – Partner Advocate In one perspective, work of HCC can be summed up as managing opportunity. For international students, scholars, and their families here in Minnesota, HCC provides a safe and fun place to learn about culture, experience Minnesota, and connect with locals. They are looking to experience America through all that …

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An African in China: An Interview

ChinaSource’s Joann Pittman interviewed “Tim,” a Zimbabwean international student in China. She asked him to reflect on his experiences as an African living in China, as well as his thoughts and advice for Chinese Christians who wish to share the gospel with Africans living in their country. This is a re-post of the interview. JP: …

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Stretching Hospitality

By Rhonda Dippon – HCC Christian Volunteer We recently hosted a young man from Turkey who was here to get his Master’s degree. It was supposed to be for one week. He had supposedly found temporary housing until he could gain access to his apartment. Well, the temporary housing fell through—his friend reneged (it was …

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China Trip: Your Work, Their Work, and God’s Work

By Jonathan Nesvig – HCC ReEntry Coordinator In July, I traveled to fifteen cities in China to see forty-two returning professors and their families, ten HCC partners, and many others. As HCC’s ReEntry Coordinator, my job is to serve Chinese students and scholars so that they might thrive and impact others for the kingdom when …

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On Our Bookshelf: Revitalization Resources

By Jonathan Nesvig – HCC ReEntry Coordinator I’d like to introduce you to three resources that are available to you on our HCC bookshelf that you might consider giving to a Chinese student or scholar that you are friends with.  Reason for You from BacktoGod Ministries (pictured left). This book is powerful because it takes …

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Seeing our HCC Family in China

By Jonathan Nesvig – HCC ReEntry Coordinator This is the third year in which HCC staff will tour China to see many students and professors that previously studied in Minnesota. It’s a great opportunity for us to see the fruit that your work in Minnesota has had back in China. I say your work because …

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Valuing Time in Different Cultures

By Jonathan Nesvig – ReEntry Coordinator Westerners prize punctuality. We love to have schedules and calendars that map out our day, week, month, and year. We like to make goals and to fulfill them by a specific time. “Time is respect” and “Time is precious” and “Time is money.” We show respect to others by …

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Finding Friendship and Building Trust: Lulu’s Story

When Lulu and her family were picked up by Phyllis and arrived her house, they were too tired and fell asleep on her couch. Phyllis had a meeting at the time, so she left the family home and went out alone. The family was surprised by Phyllis for she trusted a family she only met …

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China: Where I Met God, My Wife, and Many Friends

By Jonathan Nesvig – ReEntry Coordinator Meeting God On the way to China for the first time, I sat next to a Mormon and a Christian. Throughout much of the 12-hour flight, they talked back and forth about God. It was at that time that I realized I had no idea who they were talking …

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A Home far away from Home – My Journey with HCC

By Mingyi He – HCC Intern, Volunteer, and Student Group Member Two years ago, I came to the U.S alone. What I felt on the day I arrived at the airport was not a stereotypical feeling of fear or loneliness. I felt a warm sense of homecoming because an elderly lady from HCC had come …

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