I moved to China at age 27 with the plan return to “real” life after two years. Enter the angelic laugh track. Eighteen wonderful years later—okay definitely sixteen wonderful years and a few that were iffy—I transitioned back to the U.S. Since then, I helped create Velvet Ashes and write books for cross-cultural workers.
When I went to the field, it was with the best of intentions and far too much information front-end loaded for me to absorb. At that time, the only option was to spend weeks together in California learning about life in China. And you know what, it worked. It really did.
Front-end loading my experience, and thousands of others, worked because that was what was available. But today, in response to The Great Commission, we are accessing a fraction of what technology makes available. God has called us to His Great Commission, which truly is the call of a life time. But it is also ordinary, lonely, tedious, involves laundry; all the while trying to spiritually, personally, and professionally grow, as we work to see the Kingdom of God here on earth.
Growth and development are one of the beautiful ways we are made in God’s image. Luke 2:52 (NLT) says, “Jesus grew in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and all the people.” I want to be that kind of person and to be around others who also want to keep growing . . . closer to God, in their understanding of their host cultures, and in the skills needed for healthy teams and relationships. Welcome to Global Trellis. Welcome to growing in community.
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