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Welcoming China Champions

by former Communications Coordinator – Hannah Varberg The best and brightest from China are coming to our backyard every year to study and engage in Minnesotan culture. A palpable example of this is the China Champion Program. This Program is collaboration between the University of Minnesota’s School of Kinesiology and Beijing Sport University, where Chinese …

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Part of the Family: Pete’s Story

by Peter Barth – HCC Volunteer & Host Family My wife, Jess, and I first met Ning Guo in 2018 when he and several other international students came to our home for Thanksgiving.  He, along with the others, were so gracious and polite, and our kids took to him immediately. We served a traditional Thanksgiving …

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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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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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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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Sharing Hospitality that Leaves a Legacy

By Sandy Gilbert – HCC Volunteer My family’s customs have always included big holiday dinners and family gatherings with good food, festive decorations, and lots and lots of presents. Over the years I have added to the customs by buying Christmas dishes, fancy platters, and 54 table cloths. We have sterling silver, crystal goblets, and beautiful …

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