Almost everyday Rolf can expect to get an email from Zorro. No, not the masked man dressed in black who with his sword makes the sign of the Z. No, this Zorro was one of his students from the summer camp he taught in China. Email is certainly a great means of keeping in contact with someone far away and though not the same as personal contact relationships certainly can be developed and built.
Zorro especially likes to talk about what and how he is doing in school and always wants to know what Rolf is doing. This, of course, is also a great way for Zorro to practice his English. By keeping in touch Rolf can be an encourager and an interested friend and over time, hopefully, they will establish a trusting and lasting relationship. And who knows what God has planned for this young man.
“Encourage the young men to be self-controlled. In everything set them an example of doing what is good.” (Titus 2:6-7)
After enjoying a fun filled, but hectic summer schedule which took us (too) many times in different directions we were able to take off for a weekend together to the Amana Colonies in Iowa. We were blessed with beautiful weather and we thoroughly enjoyed being in the “country” and learning the history of how the Amana colonies came to be. It was truly relaxing and restful and very interesting.
Now summer is pretty much over, the kids are back in school and the fall activities have started. Sherri is back doing childcare two mornings a week at church while the moms attend Bible studies. She has also taken a leadership role and is leading her own group one morning a week. Rolf continues his leadership involvement in three weekly Men’s Bible discussion groups and looks forward to his monthly Christian fellowships within the Swiss community in Chicago.
We have recently also become involved in an outreach to international students at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb through the “Network of Nations” organization. Through them we have met Wen, a delightful young Chinese lady and we are looking forward to soon meeting Yalan. Wen has been here for a couple of years, and Yalan has just arrived from China to begin her studies here.
This is a wonderful outreach to internationals that you don’t have to leave the country to be a participant. These students are the future leaders and business professionals of their countries. Being involved with them presents the opportunity not to just be a friend but to introduce them to a God they may have never ever heard about. Pretty exciting stuff! If this sounds interesting to you and you’d like more info, give us a call.
“From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us.” (Acts 17:26-27)