Connie (Cornelia) Wieck (rhymes with “bike”) is a Marshall, Ill.native, 49 years old and single. She holds a BA in English from Eastern Illinois University, and an MA in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from Southern Illinois University. She has been with the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries (UMGBGM) for 19 years as an English language teacher. She first entered church service as a Mission Intern in Japan. Later, she was commissioned as a missionary and taught at Wesley Girl’s High School in Taipei, Taiwan. Now she is in mainland China as an Amity Foundation English teacher.
The Amity Foundation (a United Methodist Advance Special) is a Chinese organization started by the initiative of Chinese Christians in 1985. It works in all areas of development for the Chinese people and Chinese Christians. Programs include rural development, health care, church-initiated projects, blindness prevention and education. Connie works in Amity’s education division as a college English language teacher in the developing areas of the country. Teachers with Amity are placed at Chinese teachers’ colleges to improve the language and teaching methodology of students soon to enter the English teaching field. China now requires English language study from Grade 3 to high school, and also for colleges and universities, thus the great need for well-qualified English teachers.
In August 2012, Connie returned to Sichuan Province where she has been teaching at Luzhou Vocational and Technical College, a three-year college located in Luzhou (loo-joe). She teaches first year , second and third-year students who are English majors in Education. The 350 students she instructs are looking to improve their way of life by receiving a 3-year college education (the first with higher degrees in their families) and entering the teaching profession to help financially support their families in the countryside.
As a member of the Christian faith, Connie is active in the Chinese Protestant church in the city, including being a choir member. Despite what many believe, the Chinese Christian church is open to all and services are held regularly without any interference from the government. As a UM GBGM missionary, Connie feels truly blessed to worship with Chinese Christians as a member of the community. (Connie’s website gives many pictures and stories: connieinchina.org)
One of Connie’s favorite Bible verses is: “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.” (Proverbs 16:3)
Connie’s “Wish” List: What’s Needed in China for Connie
1) Educational stickers with words of praise (“Good!”, “Well Done!”, “Excellent!”)
2) Educational pencils with words of praise (“Excellent!” , “Well Done!”)
3) Christmas pencils with Christmas designs and wishes
4) Books and reading materials for the English Language Library (email Connie for details)
5) New Christmas cards, to be given out to friends and students next year.
6) Prayers, letters, and emails!
7) Visits to Connie’s Website: connieinchina.org