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“God himself will milk the cows through him whose vocation that is.” – Martin Luther

New Staff Meetings

It’s been several weeks since the year started and it’s time that we reconvened with our new staff to see how they’re doing. The last time the core of this group came together like this was when we met for the first time in New York as they were preparing to make their way here.

We had a great time sharing and hearing and giving them a bit more information about what’s happening in the year to come.

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Welcoming New Staff

On Saturday we held our annual Welcome Dinner. It’s a time that we kick of the year with a party and especially focus on getting to know our new staff.

This year we played a gameshow-like game and gave out lots of prizes. It was quite fun.

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Meanwhile, the children played on a bouncy castle and did crafts and other fun things.

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Getting Organized

While we were in the States we made many purchases to stock up on supplies we knew we would need when we came back. One of the things I’m most excited about is my calendar. It’s going to be a key factor in helping me to be organized this year. 

CPR Certification

Today, in my first day back to work, I participated in a full day of CRP, AED, and general safety certification. I feel like one of the few thing my public school education afforded me was a general understanding of first responder knowledge about such things as CPR and the Heimlich maneuver. But, I can’t remember a time where I actually got hands on training.

Today was that day. I compressed, breathed into, shocked and resuscitated a dummy numerous times. It was a fun time together with my colleagues, as well.

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Small Group

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We’ve recently started a new small group in our home. One of the things we were involved in quite a bit back in the States was leading a small group and we’ve missed our times together. Coming in late into the year last year, we didn’t join a group. It was a good decision for us so we could settle in a bit, but by the time this year rolled around, we were ready for it.

We’ve only met a few times this year, but we’re starting to get in sync. In addition to doing a study, we also snack or eat together. This was our first meal as a small group. Jacquelyn cooked a great meal and we had a great time. We’re looking forward to the future of this group.

Trip to Yantai

We had the privilege to go down and see our organization’s newest project in Yantai! While we were there we also spent some quality time with leadership in our organization. Being that we’re in 7 different cities, we’re usually just connecting over Skype. It was great to be able to connect face to face and work together.

PREP Test

Both Jacquelyn and I got to see the results of our PREP analysis. PREP is a personality test meant for understanding how team members can best work together. We really enjoyed this time not only learning more about ourselves, but also about our fellow leaders. We’re looking forward to integrating this with our team.
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School Opening

One of the highlights of the trip was seeing the brand new school that was just opened this school year. We can certainly see how His hand in this project. We are overwhelmed by His provisions. We dedicated this project back to Him.
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Business Leaders’ Panel

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Sitting on a Panel

I was very honored to a part of a recent panel hosted by the Qingdao International Business Association (QIBA) in August. The topic of the panel was “Childbirth and Childcare in Qingdao: What are the options for expats?” I was invited to be a part of the discussion because of the website Jacquelyn and I created called, havingababyinchina.com.

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For me to be sitting on the same stage with the head of a huge hospital, heads of departments at a well-known international hospital in the area and a my friend Ruth who has been a part of many births in training to be a Doula was pretty mind-blowing. When I looked down the stage of very important medical people, to be honest I felt a little out of my league. On the stage I imagined myself as the crazy wanna-be blogger who’s trying to be relevant. But once the questions starting rolling, I remembered the purpose for creating the website in the first place – so that people can have accurate information from the perspective of the one actually having the baby in the foreign land.

The panel discussion proved to be very excellent and I hope helpful to everyone in attendance.

For more about the topics discussed, click here.

For a few more pictures, click here.

Checking in on Qingdao

20th Anniversary

The last time we were in Qingdao, we worked at an international school. It was so great to be able to get back there to celebrate with them their 20th Anniversary. The school has grown and changed immensely over the years and it was great to catch up with our old friends and make some new ones!

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The event ended up being huge! There were over 600 people there and it was very cool to hear about the different stories of how He has worked in this place.

Starting Well

Immediately after the summer camp we took the entire family up to Beijing and attended the “Starting Well” conference. It was great week-long seminar that we not only got to help lead, but also got to learn a bit more about how best to transition overseas! We were especially excited to learn how to support our own children, as transition and living cross culturally can be quite tough on them. We’re praising Him that much wisdom was gleaned both by the new staff and ourselves!

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