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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

Can’t travel

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.

Continue reading “How can you survive the Coronavirus”

 

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:

Continue reading “PREP prepares for the possible COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic”

Ed, the founder of Premier Education, asked me to interview Gina saying, “They (Gina and her husband) have made a profound impact on students in their home.” 

I was excited to get to know her and ask her about what she thinks makes a family a family. We chatted for 30 minutes and it took no longer to discover why Ed used the words, “profound impact,” to describe Gina.

Continue reading “What Makes A Family A Family”

The Cornonavirus has rocked the country of China in more ways than we can imagine. As of February 27, 2020 there have been 83,379 total cases of it reported by the Worldometer, and 2,858 of those cases resulted in death. You can track these and other similar statistics related to the coronavirus on the worldometer website.

Continue reading “The Coronavirus and How To Pray For Our Students “

The night before the 2020 Austin Marathon and Half Marathon. A hotel room packed with 17 runners.

“Who have trained for more than 200km the last 3 months?” I asked.

Nobody raised their hands. The room was silent.

I was ready for this. Ever since our successful 3M Half Marathon experience in 2019, we knew we could do something bigger. Indeed, about 23 PREP students signed up for the Capitol 10K last April, only to be told that the race was cancelled due to a thunderstorm. To rise above our disappoint, we must torture ourselves with something grander. A bigger project.

How about the Austin Marathon?

Continue reading “PREP Runs the 2020 Austin Marathon: A Spiritual Journey”

“Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”

-1 Corinthians 1:31

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$20,222

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.

Continue reading “Boast in the Lord | 2020 PREP Fundraising Event for China Coronavirus Relief”

To our friends and families in Austin area,

You are cardinally invited to join 2020 Chinese New Year Celebration hosted by Premier Education Partners!

The ceremony will feature ancient Chinese instrument-Guzheng, Student Talent Show and prize raffles.

No RSVP required. Anybody interested in Chinese people and culture is welcome to join this FREE and FUN evening.

Continue reading “Celebrate the Year of Rat with PREP on Feb 1st!”

 

Hosting an international student is rewarding in many ways, but we also know it can be hard. Not only are you hosting a student from another country, but you’re also inviting a teenager into your home. You’re brave, and we have a great deal of respect for you. 

Continue reading “Parenting Teens Is Not For The Faint Of Heart…Especially If This Is Your First Time!”

 

I had the honor of interviewing Wilson Wu for this month’s blog, highlighting one of our newest Premier family members.