On the Way to Work


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.

Shalom friends.

“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.

By Heidi Olson

4 replies on “On the Way to Work”

Hi Anita, I use a VPN to access fb and other blocked sites.

I never chose China… I was looking for the next stop in life. I had finished working with orphans and street children in Romania and was back home in Minnesota praying for the next thing when a friend in China called and invited me to visit. I had time and I was also going to check out a job opportunity in Cambodia. So I took a trip to Asia and while in China I had a specific prayer: “God if you have a job for me in China, have someone offer me a job…” and that is what happened! I met some people starting a new charity to develop schools in orphanages and they asked me to be their first director and I’ve been here ever since! That was in 2008. I’m grateful for all God has allowed me to do here in China.
Thanks for asking! Have a great day! Heidi

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