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New Team of Amity Teachers Ready for Service:
To Teach English for Two Years in China


    July 16, 2002, NEW YORK CITY- Orientation has concluded for 14 English teachers who will leave the United States August 1 for two years' service in the Amity Teachers Program in China, under sponsorship of member denominations of the National Council of Churches and the United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia.

    Church World Service, the global humanitarian ministry of NCC’s 36 Protestant and Orthodox communions, coordinates the recruitment of Amity teachers on behalf of the U.S. churches. The new volunteers will join 21 teachers already in China who are continuing their service with Amity.

    Volunteers serve at Chinese universities and colleges, instructing prospective teachers in English as a Second Language. Designed to encourage the volunteers to "become bridges spanning the human distance between the people and churches of their home countries and the Chinese people," the teaching program is a key part of Amity, a non-governmental organization in China.

    Established in 1985, Amity was created by Chinese Christians. As a Chinese organization, Amity can offer a genuine partnership with Chinese professionals who have a vision for meeting the needs of disadvantaged members of Chinese society. A few teachers will be placed in major urban centers; the current emphasis is on helping students in less wealthy areas.

    Christians from more than a dozen countries have joined the Amity Foundation to promote friendship and understanding, and to contribute to Amity's efforts in rural development, education, social welfare and Bible printing.

    The Rev. John L. McCullough, executive director of Church World Service, welcomed the teachers at the organization’s headquarters in New York City.

    “You are making an extraordinary commitment, not only to teach English as a Second Language, but also to be real ambassadors of what I see as the goodwill of the people of the United States toward the people of China,” McCullough told the teachers. He encouraged them “to build relationships that can last a lifetime and that can be transformative not only for you and those you meet but for all of us.”


Denominational abbreviations:
   ABC: American Baptist Churches in the USA
   ECUSA: Episcopal Church, USA
   ELCA: Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
PCUSA: Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
RCA: Reformed Church in America
UMC: The United Methodist Church
UBCHEA: United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia

Teachers Beginning Their Assignments in 2002
Name / Hometown / Sponsor / Placement

Donna Brown, Austin, Texas, UMC, Jiangsu English Teaching Training Center,
Huaian City, Jiangsu (Served a previous but not contiguous term as an Amity
teacher.)

Grete Christenson, Northfield, Minn., ELCA, Jiangxi Teachers College,
Nanchang, Jiangxi

Dawn Arndt, Wilton, Wis., ELCA, Anqin Teachers College, Anqing, Anhuei

Lori Sue Allison, Birmingham, Ala., UBCHEA, Sanming Teachers College, Fujian

Amanda Bartell, Sylvania, Ohio, ELCA, Nanjing Foreign Languages School,
Jiangxi

Angela Donnelly, Chico, Calif., UBCHEA, Shangrao Teachers College, Jiangxi

Terrence Donnelly, Chico, Calif., UBCHEA, Shangrao Teachers College, Jiangxi

Priscilla Jenkins, Mountaintop, Pa., UMC, Jiangsu English Teachers Training
Center, Huaian City, Jiangsu

Jennifer Kaskey, San Francisco, Calif., RCA, Xinzhou Teachers College,
Shanxi

Joy Martin, Norfolk, Va., UBCHEA, Xinzhou Teachers College, Shanxi

Rebecca Montgomery, Hazel Crest, Ill., PCUSA, Jiujiang Teachers College,
Jiangxi

Pamela Partin, Charlottesville, Va., Spring Hill Baptist Church and UBCHEA,
Zaozhuang Teachers College, Shandong

Kevin Smith, Montgomery, Ala., ELCA, Nanchong Institute of Education,
Sichuan

Nathan Winterhof, Aurelia, Iowa, ELCA, Taishan College, Shandong


Teachers Continuing Their Assignments in 2002
Name/Hometown/Sponsor/Placement

Erin Alberty, Ottumwa, Iowa, UBCHEA, Fuyang Teachers College, Anhuei

John Close, Norfolk, Va., ELCA, Baotou No. 1 Middle School, Baotao, Inner
Mongolia

William Davis, Albuquerque, N.M., UMC, Shandong Institute of Education,
Jinan, Shandong

Russ Elliott, Naperville, Ill, UMC, Yancheng Teachers College, Jiangsu

Ilse Friberg, Prosser, Wash., UBCHEA, Yunchang Teachers College, Shanxi

Julia Granath, Plano, Texas, UBCHEA Board, Fuyang Teachers College, Anhuei

Erin Hetrick, Omaha, Neb., ELCA, Nantong Teachers College, Jiangsu

Jon Hilton, PCUSA, Wichita, Kansas, Huzhou Teachers College, Jiangsu

Phyllis Hilton, PCUSA, Wichita, Kansas, Huzhou Teachers College, Jiangsu

Marie McCulley, Burney, Calif., ABC, Nantong Teachers College, Jiangsu

Danielle Panza, Fort Wayne, Ind., UMC, Jiujiang Teachers College, Jiangxi

Carl Penton, Pensacola, Fla., UBCHEA, Huaiyin Teachers College, Jiangsu

Florence Perez, Eden, Texas, UMC, Shandong Institute of Education, Jinan,
Shandong

Daniel Reider, Blaine, Minn., UBCHEA/ECUSA, Baotou No. 1 Middle School,
Baotao, Inner Mongolia

Beth Roberts, Batavia, Ohio, ECUSA/UBCHEA Board, Fuzhou Institute of
Education, Fujian

John Strong, Louisville, Ky., PCUSA, Jiangsu Institute of Education,
Nanjing, Jiangsu

Kim Strong, Louisville, Ky., PCUSA, Jiangsu Institute of Education, Nanjing,
Jiangsu

Caroline Sunquist, Allison Park, Pa., PCUSA, Yunchang Teachers College,
Shanxi

Suzanne Weber, Renton, WA, PCUSA, Nanjing Foreign Language School, Jiangsu

Robbie Wellington, Atlanta, GA, PCUSA, Weifang College, Shandong

Barbara Wyman, Marshfield, Wis., ELCA, Zaozhuang Teachers College, Shandong


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