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About connieinchina

I have been in the Asia region for 18 years as an English language teacher. 13 of those have been spent with the Amity Foundation, a Chinese NGO that works in all areas of development for the Chinese people. Amity teachers are placed at small colleges throughout China as instructors of English language majors in the education field. In other words, my students will one day be English teachers themselves in their small villages or towns once they graduate. Currently, this is my second year in Guangxi Province at the 3-year college, Guangxi Normal University for Nationalities. The college is located in smalltown longzhou, 1 hour from the Vietnam border.

My Palm Sunday

My Palm Sunday yesterday was so vastly different from years before, as it was for so many of you across the States and around the world. While many  were engulfed in unbearable sadness, exhaustion, worry and fear of what the … Continue reading

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Palm-Passion Sunday in China: A year ago today

The news from my friends in Luzhou and larger cities in China was encouraging:  Primary and secondary schools across China are starting up classes on April 8. But as in America, large-scale gatherings are still not an option.  Universities and … Continue reading

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Palm Sunday: An informative, fun video for both young and old alike

This is a huge “thank you” to James Southworth, my hometown church’s youth director at Marshall First UMC.  He is posting kids’  lessons for those who are interested.  This is the latest, a bit of a Smothers’ Brothers  take but … Continue reading

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Longing to return to China: My WTWO Channel News Interview

Overseas English teacher awaits return to China

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Faith Grows

A few posts back, I reported that we had a house finch who built her nest in our front porch wreath. At that time, we discovered three tiny eggs  tucked deep inside her oval home. But it seems our little … Continue reading

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“Do you need masks? I can send them.”

My text messages this morning came from my veterinarian friend, Dr. Wang, who is located in Chengdu, Sichuan Province’s capital city.  Over the years, she’s helped me with numerous animal rescues:  giving me discounts, mailing me canine or feline medical … Continue reading

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News from China brings ponderings of what lies ahead.

In China, the news is victorious. Wuhan, a city of 11 million and the epicenter of the virus, is open once more. After 9 weeks of lockdown, starting on January 23, this Hubei province metropolis has survived the worst.  Virus … Continue reading

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