Hello from the back of a Didi car (嘀嘀) – China’s answer to Uber. This is me going to the office for the third time in 3.5 months. The driver has his own DIY plastic safety shield rigged up. Windows are down, mask on, hand sanitizer in my purse.
My name is Heidi and I am an American who has called China home for 12 years. I am the director of a charity; we develop schools in orphanages across China. When things abruptly closed down in China on January 24, friends in and out of China wondered if I would leave. I really had no thought to do that, this is my home, these are my friends and to be honest, I wondered if I was made for such a time as this.
In this moment in history when China shut down and eventually the world slowed to a halt, God opened a door for me to speak words of encouragement and hope to China and beyond through a daily podcast and book projects. I’ve been loving the time and the push to keep writing and speaking to people I’ve never met but now consider friends. Including my new friends right here!
Each of us has a purpose and a calling. I hope that you have found yours in these critical days – because the world really needs the awesome thing that is inside of you.
“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” Ephesians 2:10
Heidi Olson hosts the Spiritual Waimai Podcast
Heidi’s story and the photo were published on the group in the context of a #SelfieSpecial, a 24 hours period in which members were invited to share their selfie photos and introduce themselves.