A week of orientation with Church World Service in New York gave us invaluable training for teaching English as a foreign language, a better understanding of the ecumenical support in bringing this mission about, and some tai chi lessons as well.
These are the people we'll really miss, especially our two granddaughters. But in the scheme of things, what's a year? We keep in mind a Confucian saying, "I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand."
The Baotou Teachers College has about 10,000 students. Our job is to teach English to students who are studying to be teachers, help faculty with their English language skills, and like every job we've ever had, "perform other duties as required."