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 make-shift schools in Thailand after the 2004 tsunami, in orphanages and villages in Cambodia, as well as in prestigious private high school and universities in Malaysia, Chicago and now in Dayton at Wright State University.
My passion to teach and serve internationals stems from being an international myself. I know firsthand 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., I was overwhelmed by the love and friendship given to me by international student ministry 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; 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 equipping churches and individuals to care for the internationals God has brought to us.