As an ESL educator I’ve always had the privilege of working in a cross cultural setting. I have taught in the jungles of Borneo, in makeshifts schools in Thailand after the tsunami, in orphanages and villages in Cambodia as well as in a a renowned, prestigious private high school and universities in Malaysia, Chicago and now in Dayton at the Wright State University.
My passion to teach and serve internationals stems from being an international myself. I know first hand what it’s like to live in a foreign culture – the fear, loneliness, culture shock, adaptation and everything else that comes with it. When I first came to the U.S. four years ago, I was overwhelmed by the love and friendship given to me by international students’ workers in Cleveland. I saw the impact remarkable leaders left when they went beyond their call of duty to open their homes, minister to students, pray for them through difficult seasons, invest their time and energy and exemplify Jesus in everything they did. My season in Cleveland was short and God moved me to Chicago. Now God has a whole new season for me in Dayton. The demographics of internationals here is one I’m very familiar with having come from a multicultural country – Malaysia. I look forward to building new friendships and to equipping churches and individuals to care for the internationals that God has brought to us.
Ways to Give to Gloria’s Ministry
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International Friendships, Inc.
PO Box 82416
Columbus, OH 43202-0416
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