Returnee Roundtable FAQs
Q: What is the purpose?
A: We are aware of the challenge for every Chinese student when they return home. Statistics confirm that less than 15-25% Chinese believers continue in their faith journey. For many who return – and stay – it is a time of intense conflict and upheaval. They experience unexpected culture shock. They often feel misunderstood, alone and isolated. We want every Chinese student to be prepared for their re-entry so they will not just survive – but thrive. And, we want to help them have a spiritual impact on others.
Q: What is a Roundtable?
A: It is more than a lecture, conference, or retreat. The roundtable is a conversation. Topics are discussed to promote change. Participants network and collaborate together. At the roundtable, presenters will provide information with practical application. Their role is to guide and inspire to action.
Q: Who are the presenters?
A: They are spiritual leaders with first-hand experience and expertise in the area of returnee ministry. They are from China. They are former international students. They can relate to students.
Q: Who has organized this event?
A: The Chinese Network with Bridges International and LinkedBack are co-sponsors for the Returnee Roundtable. These two organizations work closely in partnership in returnee ministry. The Chinese Network sends Chinese returnees. LinkedBack receives Chinese returnees.
Q: Who can attend?
A: We want any Chinese student believer who plans to return home in 2016 to consider this special opportunity. They can plan to return for short visit (such as summer break) or long stay (for work or study). They must desire to know God and make Him known.
Q: How do I join?
A: All interested students must complete an application, as well as receive the recommendation from their local staff member. After reviewing each application, as well as each reference, we will make a decision regarding their participation. If accepted, the student will be invited to register to the event.
Q: Why must I apply?
A: Because of the strategic nature of this event, as well as the investment of resources to enable students to participate, we have established criteria for student involvement. We want to make sure those who participate can fully benefit – as well as contribute – to the roundtable.
Q: How do I pay?
A: Payments (credit card and check) should be made through the online registration. All registration payments are non-refundable.
Q: How do I get there?
A: Participants are responsible for their own transportation. Some participants will be able to drive. Those who travel from farther distances will need to arrange their own flights.
Q: Are meals provided?
A: Yes! The hotel offers a complimentary breakfast buffet each morning. A brown bag lunch will be provided on Saturday. Dinners featuring Chinese (authentic) cuisine will be served on Friday and Saturday night.
Q: Is there a schedule?
A: Yes! See tentative plans below.
2016 Chinese Returnee Roundtable Tentative Schedule
4:00pm – 6:00pm Registration
6:00pm – 7:30pm Dinner
7:30pm – 9:00pm Session One: God’s Plan for the Return Home
7:30am – 9:00am Breakfast
9:00am – 10:30am Session Two: Responding to Reversal Culture Shock
11:00am – 12:30pm Session Three: Relating to Parents and Family
12:30pm – 2:00pm Lunch
2:00pm – 3:30pm Reflection
3:30pm – 5:00pm Session Four: Connecting with the Body of Christ
5:00pm – 7:30pm Dinner
7:30pm – 9:00pm Session Five: Living as a Christian in Society
7:30am – 9:00am Breakfast
9:00am – 10:30am Session Six: Working with Purpose
10:30am – 11:30am Wrap up and Prayer
11:30am – 12:00pm Check out and Leave
答：每一个中国学生回国都会面临巨大的挑战。数据证实，低于 15-25 ％的基督徒回国后会继续追寻他们的信仰。对于大多数归国定居的人来说，这会是一个充满冲突、质疑与不稳定的阶段。他们会经历意料之外的文化冲击，在他们自己的家乡也常常会被误解，感到孤立无援。我们希望每一个中国学生做好再次回国的预备，使他们不仅仅是适应国内的环境，更是要活出精彩。同时，我们会帮助他们建立起属灵的影响力。
答：Bridges International 的中国组和 LinkedBack 共同主办了这次圆桌讨论。两个组织在 海归事工上长期合作，中国组介绍海归学生给 LinkedBack， LinkedBack 负责海归回国的事工。
答：我们希望 2016 年有计划回国的中国基督徒学生把这次圆桌讨论看做一个特别的机会， 无论是暑假短期回国探亲，或是长期在国内定居。只要是渴慕神的道以及愿意传扬神的名。
4:00pm – 6:00pm 登记、入住
6:00pm – 7:30pm 晚餐
7:30pm – 9:00pm 工作坊一：神为回国的计划
7:30am – 9:00am 早餐
9:00am – 10:30am 工作坊二：面对逆向文化冲击
11:00am – 12:30pm 工作坊三：处理家庭关系
12:30pm – 2:00pm 午餐
2:00pm – 3:30pm 默想
3:30pm – 5:00pm 工作坊四：与基督的身体连接
5:00pm –7:30pm 晚餐
7:30pm – 9:00pm 工作坊五：在中国社会中作基督徒
7:30am – 9:00am 早餐
9:00am – 10:30am 工作坊六：带使命的工作
10:30am –11:30am 结语、祷告
11:30am – 12:00pm 退房、回家