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Josh Driver: Handling Staff Management, Admin, Prayer, and Photography

By Josh Driver – HCC Operations Manager When I transitioned out of HCC last autumn, I explained that I was exploring a career shift that would require me to interact more closely with individuals in a counseling, mentoring, managing, or coaching role. As program coordinator for over four years, guiding the HCC Student Group was …

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A Chance Encounter Changes Everything

By Amy Barnard – Long-Time HCC Volunteer While at a Beijing conference for the U of M, a lady he’d never met handed Nick a business card for HCC. “If you need a ride to campus from the airport, you should contact them,” she said. Who is HCC? Nick really had no idea, but he …

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One Tip for Effective Communication in China

By Joab Meyer – HCC Volunteer To see the original blog post from China Source, click here.  Effective communication requires engagement from both ends of the communication cycle—both the ability to send a message and receive feedback from your audience. Using this cycle to reach a common understanding is more of an art than a science—even …

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Practicing Hospitality

By Rhonda Dippon – HCC Volunteer To see Rhonda’s original blog post, click here.  Hospitality is another one of those words that is on many gift lists. However, I do not think hospitality is a spiritual gift. It is never listed as a gift in any of the spiritual gift lists in the Bible. It …

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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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