This is a “poem” I wrote to one of my students when we are taking a vacation together and writing a “gift of words” card to each other. Definitely not a poet, I just want to capture the journey our students had, encourage them, and have a little fun!Continue reading “Merry Christmas!”
Tomorrow I will fly to Montana, to join a group of men, for the LeaderTrek 2020. Together we will do backpack hiking in the Glacier National Park for five days and about 50 miles.
This is my third time taking such a trip in the past three years, but will be the first time in 2020 I travel by air. Almost all of my plan in 2020 was cancelled due to the pandemic: winter camp, No-fear camp, climbing a 20,000 ft mountain and celebrating my 20th anniversary of marriage… …
If you still think that Coronavirus is a joke, think twice.
Coded “COVID-19”, this novel coronavirus, first reported in Wuhan China, has literally brought the whole world down. My children asked me, is this worse than 911? The answer is an absolute yes!
Now, we all have to face the uncomfortable question: how can I survive the COVID-19 when,
School is closed
Office is closed
Can’t get tested
Shelves are empty
No sports to watch
The world is changing around us, right in front of us.
Millions of people are going to have to “hunker down”, because this is NOT “business as usual”, said Dr. Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health.
To all PREP students, staff, host parents and school administrators,
As you know, the PREP community has done a lot of work since January to combat the Coronavirus outbreak in China. We donated $20,222 to purchase medical supplies and shipped to local hospitals next to Wuhan, thanks to your contribution. In US, we cancelled our Winter Camp program and Spring Break program for the safety of our students. But the situation continues to develop and it seems like a pandemic is on the horizon.
Last week, Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases said, “We expect we will see community spread in this country,” “It’s not so much a question of if this will happen anymore, but rather more a question of exactly when this will happen and how many people in this country will have severe illness.”
Today, it was reported, during a Travis County Commissioner’s Court Tuesday meeting, health officials said that Travis County is currently in “Phase 2,” which means there is an individual or individuals who are being tested for the coronavirus.
It becomes apparent that we, as a community, have to prepare for the inevitable.
Our preparation efforts consist of four approaches:
“Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”
-1 Corinthians 1:31
That’s how much we raised collectively, as a community, for the China coronavirus relief effort until Feb 2, 2020, a day after the PREP Fundraising Event.
It was supposed to be an exciting but simple Chinese New Year celebration, one that we have done every year since 2016.
The Darkest Moment
May 2nd, 2004.
After two years of study at the University of Michigan, and suffering through two very long winters while there, I finally graduated with an MBA degree.
The caps were thrown, tears were shed, and a bright new future was waiting for me.
Many of my classmates were still trying to find a job while I had an excellent offer to move to Austin, Texas, and work for Dell. I came to this “promised land” for a dream, and now the “American dream” was right in front of me. I even test-drove a BMW, my dream car at that time.
This moment of my life was supposed to be the happiest one, but it was the darkest time of my life.
Last week Ed, the founder of Premier Education, hosted an event to honor and encourage our host families. If you’re considering hosting a student in the future, why not read about Ed’s heart and vision for this ministry.
If you’re hosting a Chinese student in your home, I’m sure you’ve noticed some pretty significant differences between your own children and your Chinese child. Not only does your host student come from a different culture, but they also have been raised and nurtured by a different set of parents up until the time they came to live in your home.
An Inspirational Letter From Our Founder And CEO, Ed Wu
Recently, our founder and CEO of Premier Education sent this personal letter out to our host families. It’s reassuring to know that he is not asking us to do anything that is not worth it and that he has daily struggles of his own as he hosts students in his home as well.