I served with ERRC in various capacities for what feels like most of my twenties, as a teacher and as a sometimes office worker. I count myself immensely fortunate to have spent such formative years with ERRC. As a young Christian when I joined, I was just beginning to understand myself and my life with God, and the friends I made through ERRC encouraged me both spiritually and intellectually. From them I understood the impact a Christian intellectual can have when he or she seeks to serve students, not just teach them. I learned to educate with love, which means sometimes planning for hours simply to help a few students pass an exam, and other times just sitting and listening while students talk about the difficulties in their lives. I am in my third year of a PhD. right now, and I hope when I finish that I will be able to work in an American university classroom the way so many of my colleagues in ERRC worked in their own in China. – Robert Moore, ERRC alumnus, PhD candidate of University of Oregon
There are many reasons to go to China with ERRC, but an important reason for us was stewardship. ERRC maintains a low-cost posture, meaning we had to raise far lower levels of support for our family of five than other agencies that we considered. Now looking back on our eight years with ERRC, we see the deep and lasting ministry partnerships we developed with our supporters because we spent our summers focused on one church and a few faithful supporters, rather than criss-crossing the country speaking at several churches and always trying to find more supporters. – Aminta Arrington, ERRC alumna, Professor at John Brown University
If you have dreamed about teaching in China, sharing your English skills and your Christian life in an educational environment, then ERRC is the way to realize that dream. I had long thought about going to China, to use my law background or TESOL certificate. ERRC placed me at a university in Jinan, Shandong to teach about the American legal system, not only to the students, but to some of the law faculty who attended my classes as well. I had the opportunity to develop great relationships with the students and faculty, spend time with them and share with them as I pointed out the Judeo-Christian influence on our nation’s laws. They came to respect me as a law teacher and saw the life I live and my relationship with my wife in front of them. All of this was made possible through ERRC and the relationship that this organization has with many universities in China. – Edward Litwin, ERRC alumnus, Lawyer
After my career in religion at Calvin College, my wife and I taught in one of China’s highest ranking Universities. We taught more than grammar and syntax and got into Chinese and American cultures, “worldviews,” and even some profound issues of life. We explored and witnessed by example, answering questions, and discussing values. This opened the door to teach religion at another leading Chinese university—the first full-semester, state-sponsored course on the content of Christianity in China. We thank ERRC for more than a decade of inspiration and rich experiences in China, for placing us in a strategic place, and giving us the opportunity to expand our visions of God’s work. What magnificent, expansive, and stimulating opportunities we have had. What an honor to be part of all this drama. Thanks to God—and thanks to ERRC. – Dr. Phil Holtrop, Retired Chairman of Department of Philosophy, Calvin College
Looking back on a recently finished semester of teaching, I feel a fresh surge of gratitude! There are times when I feel discouraged by other issues in my life, but then when I reflect on my experience in China, I ask with a sense of amazement, “Who else gets to do this!?” I never get over the sense of privilege and joy in being able to use my gifts in a place so strategic, a culture so exotic and fascinating, and a job so rewarding in terms of engagement with top-level students. And, I never get over my sense of wonder at the way in which the Lord prepared this good work in advance for me to do. – Louise J., ERRC Field Partner
I participated for two years in ERRC’s academic-year teaching program in Beijing. One of the best things about ERRC for me was the community among teachers and fellow Christians and also the invaluable cultural knowledge of the country itself that the group’s leadership provided. China is in constant change, but ERRC gives you the initial tools to interface with the culture and then build upon your knowledge. I have benefitted tremendously from going to China with this program. I can already see how my experiences have positively impacted my personal and professional life since I’ve returned to the States. – Joseph Hawkins, ERRC Alumnus, J.D. Student at Northwestern Law
ERRC brought China to our church, multiplying from 1 to 100 and more the number of people who now have some personal relationship with China, can pray effectively for the people as well as the church, and even the government of this dynamically growing and changing place.
How? It began with summer teams, but from those teams came long term teachers. From those teams and teachers came young adult interns for summer intensives. Hosting Chinese teens for summer English camps continues to grow the number of people who now have spiritual family in China for whom they pray and even visit. ERRC deepened our understandings of the church and the people thru local seminars as well as Chinese Worldview courses. We could never have created even one of these opportunities ourselves without the knowledge, experience, connections and passion of ERRC’s leadership. As a church we are blessed to partner with ERRC in building up the Chinese church, however indirectly. Our congregation can each find a way to be involved if open. ERRC can expand the global vision of your church in ways you can’t imagine! – Sharon Seeberger, Global Hub Executive Director, Redwood City, CA