You may remember that our TCCC Pre-K Teachers, Brittany Kaufman and Catherine Chop, realized a dream by going to China this summer to teach English as a Second Language (ESL).  Thanks to all of those who supported them in making this dream come true.

In our last edition of the TAB, you read Catherine Chop’s story of her memories of this amazing opportunity.  Below is Brittany Kaufman’s description of what was truly a monumental experience for her.

     It’s been two months since I returned home from China, and I still think to myself how lucky I was to have been chosen to embark on such an incredible journey. Along the way I got the opportunity to meet some of the most amazing, kind, and generous people.

     I first met a group of 12 women with love in their hearts and a strong desire to help make this world a better place.  These teachers worked so hard every day to educate the children not just about English, but also about love and compassion. We shared our teachings and struggles with each other to continue to learn from one another every day. 

     Max and Hannah, the owners of the extraordinary school, are inspiring leaders and such a caring couple. They introduced us to countless friends who took us under their wing to show us their culture and Beijing.  It was clear that the children at the school had such a craving for knowledge and curiosity for who we were. While language was a barrier, we found other ways to connect with the kids through games, art projects, stories, and of course laughter. 

     Lastly, I was so fortunate to be alongside my co-worker Catherine. We shared moments of laughter that still make me giggle, and other memories of being in complete awe over what we were seeing and experiencing. Even now she helps me remember to above all else explore my appreciation for life, and to not sweat the little things. I’m so grateful I had her to share this adventure with.

     Now, I am left with more friends than I had before, memories to last a lifetime, and an intense craving for dumplings! 

Our Children’s Ministry is a big part of who we are as a congregation.  What you do to support that ministry is greatly appreciated and has a true impact for the children, as well as for our instructors.  We are forever grateful!



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