Visiting Chinese students experience Christian culture

 11 students and 1 chaperone from the Dongguan Language School in China visited SLA from January 27 to February 9.

11 students and 1 chaperone from the Dongguan Language School in China visited SLA from January 27 to February 9.

Eleven students from China had a chance to experience American culture and a Christian environment for two weeks in February while visiting South Lancaster Academy.

"We've had several students over the past few years who came from a minimal Christian environment who have converted to Adventism because of their time here at South Lancaster Academy. "We have two current students who became Christians after they came to SLA, and I think that's a testament to our ability to witness to students when they're in a Christian environment."

The students were here for a short trip to check out SLA and decide if they'd like to come back for an entire school year. Each visiting student was paired with an SLA student ambassador in their grade to show them around, introduce them to other students and make sure they feel comfortable as they integrate. They stayed with local host families and enjoyed a day in Boston touring Harvard, MIT and the aquarium.

"They're having a great time here. The students and teachers are very friendly to them," said Dexin Cal (Cindy), the accompanying teacher. "The whole religious stuff is very new to us, especially Bible classes. Back in China we've never had classes like that. Personally, I like the Bible classes very much because I'm seeing this religious belief is impacting you when it comes to work, study and love life. It's worth digging into."