Ruth Siemens – GO Founder

Ruth’s Story – The Story Behind Global Opportunities by Ruth E Siemens It was April 4, 1954 when PanAm’s prop plane finally landed me in Lima, Peru, after a brief stop in Guatemala and an overnight in Panama. It was about 5 A.M. when I arrived, and at 8 A.M. I was in the secular…

tentmaker stories

Tentmaker Stories

Tentmaker Stories These short stories give glimpses into the lives of real tentmakers, past or present, to illustrate various facets of tentmaking, like how Christians became tentmakers, their employment, their spiritual ministry, cultural adjustment, other problems, etc. We do not usually reveal their actual names nor their host country, at least not both together. Stories…

TESOL Teacher in China

Some years ago, “Joe L” and five other students from his college went to China on an exchange program. Since Joe had a degree in physical science, he was assigned to teach at a college of physical culture on the outskirts of Beijing while he studied Mandarin. Things began smoothly enough for the six Americans,…

The Lesson of Grace in Teaching

Friday, January 18, 2013 The Lesson of Grace in Teaching After giving this talk, I had so many requests for the text that I shared it on Facebook.  But Facebook deleted it (with no explanation).  So I created a blog just for this.  I hope you find it helpful. It was the hardest thing I…

Five Lessons about the Way We Treat People

1 – First Important Lesson – Cleaning Lady. During my second month of college, our professor gave us a pop quiz. I was a conscientious student and had breezed through the questions until I read the last one: “What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?” Surely this was some kind…

Story of a Cab Ride

Twenty years ago, I drove a cab for a living. When I arrived at 2:30a.m., the building was dark except for a single light in a ground floor window. Under these circumstances, many drivers would just honk once or twice, wait a minute, then drive away. But, I had seen too many impoverished people who…

Couple Offers HELP to Enable Nepalese to Help Themselves

By George Henson, Staff Writer Published: June 02, 2011 COLLEGE STATION—The Health Environmental Learning Program that Tim and Lani Ackerman began more than a decade ago still is helping the people of Nepal help themselves, even though the Ackermans each only spend two weeks a year in the Himalayan country. Women learn how to read thermometers in…