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Hello! My name is…

Maria Niechwiadowicz

9/20/2014

The English Building A hush fell over the class as I stepped through the doorway of the classroom. Keeping my eyes on the dusty blackboard, I tried to keep a stern but lively gaze. You must be strict, the other teachers warned me. I looked at the clock, 7 minutes early. The students were clearly surprised by who I was (a blonde-haired, blue-eyed white lady), let alone that I was in the classroom already. As more students filed into the room, each one would stop in the threshold and stare at ...


Welcome to Guyuan

Maria Niechwiadowicz

9/11/2014

As we made our final decent, my eyes gazed past the wing of the plane and down upon the dry, brown dunes and crackled mountains. As the capital city of Yinchuan drew closer, the land became more green and fertile. Rows upon rows of cookie cutter villagers lay in perfect squares with a shining mosque at the center. The sun slowly slid down the horizon and as the wheels of the plane hit the pavement, its orange orb had tucked itself behind a hazy mountain façade. We made it, I thought to myself. ...


Hong Kong eats

Maria Niechwiadowicz

9/1/2014

Hong Kong is certainly a fruitful place for the gastronome, like myself. With the vast international community, you kind find local restaurants from cuisines all over the world. I must admit that during my time in Hong Kong I ate Indian food and North Carolina BBQ, but for the most part, I was interested in exploring the Cantonese cuisine. The Cantonese cuisine incorporates every edible meat into cooking. You can find almost every part of the animal on menus or in cafe windows. Plus, being ...


Exploring Hong Kong

Maria Niechwiadowicz

9/1/2014

Looking upon the Hong Kong skyline is incredibly fascinating; in the forefront, ships and cranes floating on the bay, then a metropolitan facade, with hazy mountains in the background. This multidimensional scene is striking and defines Hong Kong in many ways. I am surprised by how much I have loved Hong Kong despite its size and Westernized culture. With more English language spoken than mainland China as well as efficient forms of transportation, I feel like myself again. It has been ...


Ebola’s touch

Maria Niechwiadowicz

8/31/2014

Please take time to read these words from other brothers of the Global Mission Fellows team and join us in prayer.   Faithful One, so unchanging; Ageless One, you’re my rock of peace. Lord of all, I depend on You, I call out to You again and again. I call out to You again and again. You are my rock in times of trouble, You lift me up when I fall down; All through the storm, Your love is the anchor–my hope is in You alone. (1999 Brian Doerksen) Originally posted on "Stretch Out Your Hand": It ...


Seeing Nanjing

Maria Niechwiadowicz

8/26/2014

With nights free as well as the weekend, Amity has given us plenty of time to taste and see Nanjing! Compared to other large cities I have been in (like Manila and Hyderabad), I have found Nanjing to be very clean and orderly. While the streets are busy with traffic, people generally follow the street signals, and there is a separate lane for motorbikes and bicycles! The buses are very clean and I have yet to see a beggar on the street. However, according to our local tutors, they say much of ...


Tasting Nanjing!

Maria Niechwiadowicz

8/26/2014

It would not be in my nature not to post about the food I have been eating here! As you can imagine, most meals consist of either rice or noodles with lots of meat and not so much vegetables. A Chinese banquet meal is served at a large table seating 10-12 people, with a big lazy-susan in the middle. Dish after dish comes out of the kitchen, filling the table. Each individual setting includes a small plate, small bowl and spoon, and chopsticks. It is appropriate to reach your chopsticks into any...


Learning to teach

Maria Niechwiadowicz

8/23/2014

In addition to language class in the mornings, our afternoons were focused on entirely on teaching. We were instructed my Amity staff as well as current Teacher Volunteers as to what to expect in the classroom, teaching techniques, and Chinese culture. However, most days were spent watching ‘practice’ lessons. Amity brought in a class of 7th graders and 10th graders, respectively, who came each day to receive a lesson from one of us. We were each instructed to prepare a 45 minute lesson based ...


First days in Nanjing

Maria Niechwiadowicz

8/23/2014

As I emerge back into the blogging world, I find it hard to believe that I have been in China for a week now. The week has been filled with a range of emotions as I fought jet lag, tried catch up on a weeks worth of Mandarin lessons, and plan a 45minute practice teaching session. I will try to give you glimpse of what the week has been like in a few posts.                          Arrival Selfie :) On Monday morning I woke up to hazy sun shining through my curtains. Taking my time to shower ...


The new world

Maria Niechwiadowicz

8/14/2014

With suitcases packed, room cleaned, and goodbyes said, I am filled with a range of emotions that can only be described in the following song. “The New World,” is a song that I was introduced to as a freshman at Nebraska Wesleyan; a young woman trying to find her way in college and discover purpose in her life. Now, it holds an entirely new meaning as I set off for China. I encourage you to listen or read the lyrics (or both). I am finding I can not do much more than sing this tune as an act ...


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