Monday, August 1, 2011


Hi friends!  I know I said I probably wouldn't blog here while I am in China... but I just can't help it.  God's been teaching me some cool things and I want to share them.  You can also keep up with Amber's and my adventure in China at:

Ephesians 2:19 has a whole new meaning now after being in China for a week and a half.  The verse says, "So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God" (ESV). 

I think I used to always interpret that as being rejected no more, being accepted into God's family.  But having spent a week and a half in an area of China where the only Americans we see are the six members of our own team, I know what it means to be a foreigner.

To be a foreigner means to be pointed at, stared at, and watched.  To struggle to communicate, to fumble with money, and question every item your chopsticks put into your mouth.

To be a member of the family means you have a bed, a place at the table, you understand the language, you eat the food, and you're included.  There's no longer a need to impress, on either side, because, congratulations, you're in!  The need to stare is gone because you're together as one family.

I will always be a foreigner in China but even here among my brothers and sisters in Christ, we are a family!  Amen.

<>< Katie

PS: This post was sent via email because blogs, like many other things, are blocked in China.  Any grave errors will be corrected upon my return to the States next week.


Hold my hand: a social worker's blog said...

Have a safe trip.


StorytellERdoc said...

Yeah Katie!!! You made it! I hope this is but one of several amazing trips you will have in your lifetime. I'm jealous of and happy for you all wrapped in one big ball!

Have a great time.