I grew up in the Bay Area of California. I knew I was different than most of my classmates, but I didn’t realize just how different until one day in Biology class. We had a lab that required two different colors of hair to examine with a microscope. My eyes widened as I saw about six students walking toward me with scissors. And then it hit me: I was the only one with non-black hair.
I hadn’t noticed up until that point.
When I went to Westmont College in Santa Barbara, it was actually a bit of a shock being around white girls — mostly blond — for the first time in my life.
On the outside, I look and sound like a typical American white woman. But on the inside, I am different. Sometimes I feel a bit more Asian, to be honest.
Seven years ago, my husband and I moved to Kazakhstan to teach English. It was our great adventure. Initially, it was very hard. We didn’t speak much Russian (less than 10 words). We didn’t have any idea how to live there and we didn’t understand the culture.
But God was so faithful, and our students and colleagues were (for the most) very kind. We learned slowly and then faster and then, somehow, it started to feel like home.
We had three boys. Two born in the U.S. during breaks between universities. One born in Kazakhstan.
Then God told us to get ready to move back to the U.S. Our visas ended suddenly, and we found ourselves (heads spinning) on American soil once again. Our kids had to adjust to a new culture. And we found that we did, too.
Again. We look and sound American, but inside, we find that living overseas has changed us.
But through it all, we have seen the hand of God.
We began a blog to help us testify about all the ways we see Jesus work in our daily lives. There are smaller stories (like “Miracle at the grocery store”) and bigger ones (“Our impossible house“). But in all the ups and downs we have experienced a little of what it means to walk on water.
We haven’t been super-faithful (quite the opposite, actually). We have just walked. God has done the rest.
It is my hope that this blog will spark faith in your life, or if you are already walking with the Lord, fan the flame and encourage you in how great our God is.