Archive for July, 2009

Taking pride

Friday, July 31st, 2009

This entire week I have been at the FGBC national EQUIP 09 conference. It’s been great to make connections with people in the Grace Brethren fellowship as well as sit in on some classes/seminars on relavent ministry topics.

It’s winding down today and this morning I’ve arrived at our GTS booth in the main gym as I have everyday. It was still early (before 9am) when I checked my email and low and behold I found an email from paypal about closing my account due to security conerns. I don’t use paypal or ebay much and but I initially thought it would be a good idea to fill out the form they attached to reactivate my account. So I resent them my credit card information.

After I did so, it sent me to a page with alligator graphics telling me it had not worked. It was at this point I started reconsidering my original decision to send them my credit card information. I checked my paypal account as well as my credit card account immediately and everything looked ok at this point. So I called my credit card company and cancelled the card.

I take pride in the fact that I am technology savy and don’t fall for those sorts of scams. My wife recently fell prey to something of this sort,through actually very little fault of her own. And while I wasn’t mad at her, in the back of my mind I was thinking – ‘I’d never do something like that.’


I’m taking this as a little humble pill from God that is meant to remind me of the ‘take heed lest you fall’ principle of Galatians 6. Take my pride Lord Jesus and replace it with the humility and proper perspective of myself I desperately need.

Princeton Review Names Grace College to Its List of Best Midwestern Colleges

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

Grace College is one of the best colleges and universities in the Midwest, according to The Princeton Review.

The education services company selected Grace as one of 158 institutions it profiles in its “Best in the Midwest” section of its Web site feature 2010 Best Colleges: Region by Region that posted July 27, 2009.

According to Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s vice president of publishing, “We chose Grace College and the other terrific schools we recommend as our ‘regional best’ colleges primarily for their excellent academic programs. We also work to have our roster of ‘regional best’ colleges feature a range of institutions by size, selectivity, character, and locale.

“We choose the schools based on institutional data we collect from several hundred schools in each region, our visits to schools over the years, and the opinions of independent and high school-based college advisors whose recommendations we invite. We also take into account what each school’s customers–their students–report to us about their campus experiences at them on our 80-question student survey.” 

Ni Hao from Qingdao

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

Greetings to all you Americans!

Caleb Roth and I are currently finishing up our what ended up being a two month business/trading internship with Title Trading in Qingdao, China. We have been here for a month and a half so far and it has been quite the adventure. When I first decided to tackle this internship my mind was full of predetermined visions of what China would be like and what sort of experiences I would have – almost all of them were wrong haha. First off, the language barrier is the most frustrating obstacle so far, in my opinion. I was told to hold off learning some Chinese from a few different people because they said it would be better to learn it IN China where I would also be able to pick up the accent and specific intonations. This seemed like wise advice at the time, but I thoroughly regret it. If, when I had first learned about this opportunity, I had started to learn just bits and pieces of Chinese I would have had a much smoother experience I think. However, seeing as though we came with almost NO vocabulary we’ve had to become incredibly fluid speaking charades. Seriously, I challenge anyone to a game when I get back – bring it!

Qingdao is a HUGE city that holds roughly 8 million people. From our 11th floor office windows we can look across the city daily and it stretches for as far as the eye can see (which actually isn’t all that far considering smog is a major pollution here in Qingdao). Mitch Cariaga, our boss and the man who helped put this internship together, has told us that the area we are living and working in was built just 5 years ago even though it appears to be around 15-20 years old! It truly is astounding to me how quickly it seems that buildings deteriorate here.

Our apartment, which we share with another intern and our translator, is a short 12 minute walk from work. In between is a shopping center (sort of like a Wal-Mart), a McDonalds, several other restaurants, a bank, a jogging track/soccer field, and a gigantic electronics mall – basically anything we could ever want or need! The best part is that for every dollar you can get approximately 6.8 Chinese RMB. In all honesty, besides the rent for the apartment, we could probably live here for a dollar a day. Within a short taxi drive from us you are able to find even more exciting places like 4 different beaches, the Olympic sailing center, gorgeous parks, a zoo, and several tourist places such as the famous Tsingtao beer factory.

This is just a taste of the experiences we have had here in Qingdao. I’ll most likely post more in time and share some more specific experiences with you all. Hope you enjoy this first post and please feel free to comment with any questions or comments!

God bless,

Ryan Paradis

Welcome to the Grace Study Abroad Blog

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

Please check back soon to view posts from Grace College students living abroad.

A Tradition Unlike Any Other

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

That title is borrowed from The Master’s golf tournament and CBS. I’ve been thinking recently about how that also applies to Grace Theological Seminary.

Since our beginning in 1937, GTS has been training men and women for service to Christ. But there are many educational institutions which have been doing the same thing, what makes Grace, ‘unlike any other’?  One unique trait is the Grace Seminary family. Over 4,000 missionaries, scholars, and pastors have graduated from GTS and continued on to impact the world for Jesus Christ. Alums and faculty membres have led Bible Conferences, authored books, assisted in Bible translations, such as the NASB, New Living Bible, NIV, and NKJV. But more importantly, they have willing served God in His work of transforming lives and making disciples of Christ, thus fulfilling the Great Commission.

I was representing the school at a pastors conference in Michigan last week and I numerous conversations with GTS alums who were more than happy to talk about our heritage and our present status. This wasn’t the first time this has happened to me either. It seems like every place I go, I get the opportuntiy to meet those who have directly or indirectly been impacted Grace. It is a great privilege to represent the school and share with prospective students all that God can do in and through them at Grace Theological Seminary. All glory to God for how His grace has worked through GTS!