You may survive speaking only English in China because many Chinese people understand some English. Friends can also help in the short term. If you are going to live and serve long term, however, then there are at least three reasons for language study beyond communicating basic needs.
Have you watched how a car makes a pit stop in races? Whether for fuel or fixes, pit stops are necessary, especially in long races. The timing of those stops is part of the overall strategy for winning. Otherwise, the driver may lose momentum, get sidetracked or derailed, and forfeit the race.
Recently I started dating someone that I met at a Christian conference. We seem to have so much in common. He may be the one, but how can I be sure when I am not even sure about how my career and China will play out? What should I look out for?
A bright young woman, Stephanie is seeking God’s will for her career and future. She started exploring her calling to China when she joined our summer study abroad program as a junior in college. Now that she is graduating, she has to decide how to seek first the kingdom of God.
At Urbana, I felt God’s call to go to China. I just got my masters degree in teaching. My job prospects here are good because I am in a high-need area; therefore, my parents want me to stay in the U.S. How do I honor my parents and still be obedient to God?