Andre Yee Interview

As the Vision Conference draws near, Bridges took some time to catch up with our main speaker, Andre Yee. Andre will be a part of our main sessions at Vision, and we’re so excited to have him joining us! Learn more about him and what he will be speaking on here:

Bridges: Tell us a little about yourself and your connection to Bridges.

ANDRE: My connection with Bridges started with a strong desire to meet international students. Perhaps this isn’t surprising since I was formerly an international student. Through my church, I began working with Bridges to sponsor and organize events for international students.

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FEAR, Part 2

In our last blog, we looked at fear and how it is common among all people. (check it out here if you missed it) For today’s blog about fear and how to conquer fear, I’d like to focus on fear of the future: the kind of fear that usually starts with, “what if…?” What if...

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FEAR.

It has spanned the length of history, and will no doubt reach into the future.
It has no preference for race or ethnicity and is not contained within a single region of the world.
It strikes both the old and the young, and everywhere in between.
It can come on suddenly or linger tirelessly throughout a lifetime.

Why is fear such a common experience among all people?

Take a look at what some well-known people and sources say about fear:

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The Attitude of Gratitude

Thanksgiving is upon us! For Americans that means a harvest celebration. A time to join together with the people we love and proclaim our gratitude to the one who gave us all that we have received this year.

Many years ago Thanksgiving was a time to harvest crops and to give thanks for them. Now that we buy our food at the grocery store few of us see a literal harvest. But we can still take time to reflect on our past year and the figurative harvest in our lives.

I hope that your harvest has been fruitful; that you have made new friends, learned new truths about the world and grown in mind, spirit and strength. But there’s a good chance that your year’s harvest has not been as fruitful as you would have liked it to be.

Perhaps you have struggled to become friends with the Americans you’ve met. Maybe you are having a hard time communicating in a new language and culture. Or maybe

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I, the Lonely

Loneliness is an empty street, filled with cars, devoid of people. The isolation of your body as you walk in silence, headphones in, from house to bus stop.

The moment you engage a classmate and find no matter how hard you try, you struggle to find places of mutual interest and connection. A difference in language. A mismatch in culture. The discovery that the time required and effort necessary to get past the shallowness of a new “hi! – bye!” relationship far exceeds your capacity to do so.

It is reading a message from home and being reminded just how far everything and everyone you love is. It is intimacy stolen by distance, lost in transmission as texts and calls arrive from half a world away.

To be lonely is to realize that our relationships are not as we want them to be. To be lonely is to…

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5 Things to do in D.C.

Wondering what to do during your winter break? Come to the Vision Conference with us and you’ll get to experience two afternoons visiting Washington, D.C.! Here are the top 5 things you’ll be able to do while in DC:

Walk the National Mall
The National Mall is the centerpiece of D.C. and where you will spend most of your time when you visit. This will also be the drop off point for our touring afternoons. By walking around the whole Mall (almost 2 miles!), you will be able to see most of the major monuments.

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