A Smile Has No Language Barrier
From: RCS Talon
By: RCS Student America Lopez
Redwood Christian School Superintendent Bruce Johnson went to China September 11th through the 18th. He went to Shanghai, Hangzhou, Ningbo, and Wenzhou. He participated in education conferences, interviewed parents and prospective students, toured historical locations, and was a guest at a Tea Festival.
One of the main focuses of the educational conference was comparing and contrasting Eastern education with Western education. Also, incorporating students who have an Eastern philosophy of education and incorporating a Western philosophy of education while ensuring the fact that they’re not forgetting their roots. During the conference, he focused on addressing how to better prepare kids and educators for the kids coming to the United States.
His speech at the conference was recorded for television and printed in the newspaper, which Mr. Johnson says was, “incredibly humbling.” His favorite part of his trip was was doing yo-yo tricks with a bunch of little kids who got out of hand at a Confucian Temple because he genuinely enjoys being around children and making them happy.
While in China, Mr. Johnson attended a special dinner with some of the most influential leaders in Hangzhou, including Ye Ming, Chairman of the Hangzhou Municipal Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference; Chen Weiqiang, Vice General Secretary of the CPC Hangzhou Committee; the Chairman of the Hangzhou West Lake Institute of Studies of Chinese Ancient Civilizations; Li Hong, Director, Hangzhou Tourism Commission; Wang Shi, Executive Vice-Chairperson, Chinese Culture Promotion Society; the Honor Vice President of the Confucian Academy; and many more.
When Mr. Johnson goes to China, he puts himself into the position of a student who is here from overseas because he understands how different it feels to be away from home. Mr. Johnson, Mr. Hearne, and Mr. Warner have been working closely to ensure that the students are being welcomed to RCS with open arms and are receiving an honest and pure Christian education.
Mr. Johnson wants everyone to know that there is no difference of whether you’ve been here your whole life or have just come to Redwood, you’re always going to have people that will be with you and encourage you. It is important to know that,” the Lord Jesus is alive and well and that he is very well received by our brothers and sisters in China.”
He emphasizes that no matter what country you’re in, a smile is a universal language and is understood and can be returned anywhere.Galatians 3:28 says, “there is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Every one of us is a child of Christ and we must live in a way that embodies that and encourages others to want to be on the path with us.