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Belated Thanks

Maria Niechwiadowicz

12/5/2015

Once again, Arnold and I were invited up to Yinchuan this year to celebrate Thanksgiving with the other teacher team we work with, who have teammates in the city. Last year, I remember feeling happily overwhelmed. It was my first time to the capital city, I was learning how to use Chinese to buy a bus ticket, then navigate a city twice the size of Guyuan. It was also my first time away from home for Thanksgiving so I was missing the family food preparations and Macy’s Day parade watching. I ...


TODAY: UMC #GivingTuesday

Maria Niechwiadowicz

12/1/2015

The opportunity to serve as a Global Mission Fellow would not be possible without gifts from generous donors from the world community. On December 1st (that’s today!), Global Ministries will allocate matching funds dollar for dollar up to the first $1 million in gifts to Advance projects received online, between 12:00 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. CT.* A maximum of $2,500 per individual gift to a project will be dispersed as matching funds. A project may receive a maximum of $25,000 in matching funds. As ...


Let It Be

Maria Niechwiadowicz

11/23/2015

My song-based office hours have been a hit again this semester! I have been providing a variety of English songs for my students, switching off every week between pop songs they can find at popular karaoke joints (KTV) and children’s songs that make for great English lessons. Last week I decided to lead Part 1 of a Beatles themed workshop, thinking I can do multiple rounds throughout the rest of the year. “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” and “Let it Be” were on my agenda, and the students loved them! ...


Are You Called?

Maria Niechwiadowicz

11/18/2015

Opportunity for young adults! Please share with anyone you think may be a good fit! Originally published on the Global Mission Fellows blog, The Book of Fellows.   Do you have a passion to serve in the world? Are you willing to spend 2-years in service? Do you feel called to address the roots of injustice? Do you feel God is calling you to engage with community in our world? If you answered “yes” to these questions, the Global Mission Fellow program may be a good fit for you! Global Mission ...


An Autumn Stroll Through Kyoto

Maria Niechwiadowicz

11/13/2015

It is hard to describe the perfection of the autumn air in Kyoto this time of year! The air was crisp, the sun was golden and warm. The leaves were green and red and orange and yellow. It was lovely! Please enjoy this photo gallery – I hope makes you feel as if you are walking down the streets of Kyoto! River view over Kyoto Community Join the crowd! Soft serve of all flavors Kimono rental! Kinkakau-ji Temple Ginkaku Gardens Kiyomizu enterance Kiyomizo-dera Temple Kiyomizu ...


The Next Step

Maria Niechwiadowicz

11/13/2015

Midterm musing originally published on the Global Mission Fellows blog, The Book of Fellows. This month I had a chance to travel to Japan, along with the 27 other Global Mission Fellows that are placed internationally, to attend our Midterm event. In August of 2014 we left each other after our training, ready to be sent into the world to engage, connect, and grow in our selected placement sites. This Midterm event stood as a marker, a light at the end of the tunnel, something to look forward ...


What's not to Love About Japan?

Maria Niechwiadowicz

11/13/2015

After living in China for a year it was interesting to travel to Japan for two weeks because of how similar and different it is! At times I felt like I was in China – for example, the Japanese language contains traditional Chinese characters and (no offense) but the people look similar. But Japan is so incredibly different! Though parts of the language look the same, Japanese sounds more fluid and romantic. The people are warm and helpful, always quick to say konichiwa (hello) or arigato ...


Autumn Pace

Maria Niechwiadowicz

10/17/2015

My mind is running endless thinking about this and that lesson planning proposal writing travel plotting. My hands are busy at work paper crafting homework grading letter writing muffin baking. So many things started – not many actually finished but little by little the pieces are falling into place coming together the vision coming to light. And it’s busy – and exciting – and rather tiring but my mind running – my hands working – my projects started all create a drive – a sense of purpose and ...


A Stroll Through Chengdu

Maria Niechwiadowicz

10/10/2015

Eden and I took a risk; we bought train tickets to Chengdu during the October holiday. Yes, we are warriors! October 1st, the Chinese National Day, is one of the busiest holidays in China outside of Spring Festival. It is a time when plane tickets skyrocket, trains are booked solid, famous sites are overcrowded, and in general, travel can be a hassle. Many locals joke about watching news coverage about the crowds as their form of holiday entertainment! (Word of advice- don’t ever plan a trip ...


Tongxin

Maria Niechwiadowicz

9/25/2015

Ningxia is known as the home to the Hui ethnic minority people, traditionally Muslim in culture and religion, but in reality, only 40% of the entire population of Ningxia is Hui. Living in Guyuan, the Hui population is noticeable but still very much a Han dominated city. However, in the small town of Tongxin, located in the center of the province, over 80% of the population is Hui Muslim! Entering into the city is an entirely different feel; all men and women cover their heads, a mosque rises ...


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