A Door Thrown Open

Besides the “Why China?” question, I am also commonly asked how I ended up as an English teacher in China for five years. This blog is written to tell the story of how God opened a door for me to immerse myself in the country which eventually led to me being where I am today.

I came home from church, grabbed lunch, sat in my recliner, and got out my laptop.

I had just worked a double shift at the diner the day before and was wanting the relax and check my email. I wasn’t ready for what I was about to read.

An English-teaching missionary in China out of my church wrote to let me know that an opportunity opened up in Longyan, Fujian, China for me to teach English to children.

It was too good to be true. I had actually just purchased round-trip tickets to China for that December for another “Christmas story evangelism” missions trip. My visa had already come in the mail and I was due to fly out in less than six weeks.

By the end of the afternoon, I had it all figured out. I would go on the short-term trip, check out the school, and come back to America and think on it. If I liked what I saw at the school, I would go back in a couple of months. If not, I would wait for another opportunity to move to China.

But as the Lord would have it, my conversation with the missionary that night over Skype didn’t go that way. I learned that the owner of the school couldn’t wait that long. The missionary had already told her I was coming in a few weeks and if I was to accept the job, I would have to stay when I arrived. There was no chance for coming back to America to think on it.

I emailed the school with my resume and told them I wanted three days to think about it. I had graduated college the year before and was looking for an opportunity to move to China, but this was rather sudden.

After spending time in prayer, the Lord made clear that He had opened this door. There were so many in China who had yet to hear about Jesus Christ. This was the opportunity I had been praying for! The Lord was faithful!

I emailed the school again and let them know I would be coming. I the five weeks remaining, I quit my two jobs, sold my car, got out of my apartment, and boarded a plane to the next chapter in my life.

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