“You were supposed to bring your own books” was the answer Rolf received when he asked what curriculum the school used (he had emailed a couple of times before leaving for China asking and had received no answer). “No, we don’t have computers in the classrooms for teachers to use” and “the school doesn’t allow showing movies in the classroom.” Since Rolf has many of his lesson plans on the computer, he uses PowerPoint and media for a lot of his teaching, these were not the answers he wanted to hear. Oh well, he will just go to the classes, meet his students and see what they need and go from there.
He has started teaching just the English classes, 4 that are Oral English and 4 that are IELTS (International English Language Testing System) classes (the German classes start at a later date). This is a class for students that want to study in an English speaking university abroad. They must pass a test that measures their ability to communicate in reading, listening, writing and speaking and this class prepares for that – a very difficult course for them.
His students are English majors but they are not very participative and not very motivated to learn. Rolf’s challenge is to make it fun and interesting for them to want to learn. His first lesson was to teach them to speak in complete sentences. To get to know them better and for them to practice speaking in sentences he asked them to tell what they did on the weekend. He went first as an example, “I am a Christian, I believe in God, and I go to church every Sunday. If anyone wants to come with me next week just give me a call.” Might as well just get that door opened!!
“All the nations you have made will come and worship before you, O Lord; they will bring glory to your name.” (Psalms 86:9)
Rolf was amazed when he returned to his church there. The church is busting at the seams. They are so full the people are sitting in the foyer and on chairs outside the entrance! He estimates there must be at least 2500 people attending. If this is any indication of what’s happening in China, Praise God, the church continues to grow there! He didn’t have any takers to his invite that first week. There were a few girls that were interested. In time it will happen.
Please continue to PRAY for:
Open hearts of Chinese students
Protection for Rolf and his students as he introduces them to Jesus
The visa issue – it is a little more complicated and perhaps more costly than we expected. PRAY for a resolve.
A safe arrival and no excess baggage charges!
A friend that helped him find a suitable apartment close to school. (The school only provided a dorm room)
All our other friends that have been so helpful in getting him settled and up and running.
We are thankful for you.