Encouraged by the Strangeness of the Gospel: A Story of Making Space in Church Small Groups

Qing and I had hit it off pretty quickly when we first connected as language partners. This was primarily due to his friendly and engaging personality, though it also helped that we shared a background in economics, and could dive right into the details of the project he was working on at Harvard Business School. On top of that, his English was already excellent, so we had no trouble communicating; he had signed up for the language partner program primarily to improve his fluency in conversational English and to learn more about American culture. “Do you know any other places I could go,” he asked me, “to spend more time with Americans and have conversations with them?”