January 1, 2007

Frequently Asked Questions

We would love to answer any of your questions about the return to China and our work there. We will answer, or find the answer, to any questions you have. Post your questions as a comment here.

Why the name "Twelve Two Times"?
The name comes from the verse in Romans, "Do not be conformed to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind." (ESV) To read more about the history of this name and blog click here.

Where do you live?
We live in Shenyang, Liaoning, China located in the northeast of China.

What do you do?
One is a high school math teacher in China and we both live intentionally to build relationships in the hope to testify truth.

How can I help?
We would love to partner with you for this opportunity. You can lift up the preparations and tasks, classes, campuses, teachers, students, etc. You can also help with some of the finances involved. For more information about your donation, please contact us and we'll send you information about partnering.

How long will you be in China?
We are excited to live and work in China for many years to come. Through careful uplifting we know we are meant to be in China as a career.

If I want to ship you something, what do you want?
We live in an amazing city with a great selection of "import foods." However, it's still China. Import goods are rare, or when we find them, they are quite expensive (500% mark up). Here are some items we would love to receive while in China:
  • Coffee (any coffee will do, the bolder the better, i.e., Starbucks Verona or HEB Taste of San Antonio)
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Kraft Blue Box Mac and Cheese
  • Pumpkin pie filling in a can
  • Ranch Salad Dressing packet mix
  • Salsa or salsa mixes
  • Alfredo sauce mixes
  • Cream of Wheat
  • Brown sugar
  • Hershey's cocoa powder
  • Crisco
  • Also seasonal items are good including candy canes, Easter egg dye, valentine's day cards, etc.

What is your address?
We would love to get you our address in both English and Chinese. Please contact us and we will send the address your way.

What's the weather like in China?
To give you a taste of the weather in Harbin the temperatures in January range from an average high of 6 F to a low of -15 F. Summertime temperatures are moderate ranging from highs around 78 F and lows of 60 F in August.

Are you able to come home?
Yes, we are able to come home every other summer to visit friends and family from early June through late July. With your financial help, we'll be able to visit every summer. Contact us to learn more.

Do you speak Chinese? Do your students speak English?
Thanks to the Chinese language program at a Shenyang university, M'Lynn learned Chinese of one year. She now has a strong foundation and fluency in Mandarin Chinese. We are continually dedicated to becoming more fluent in the language each year through individual studies, tutors, and daily practice.

How do you get around the city?
We depend on a lot of walking. If we need to go a little farther from home, then buses are everywhere and cost only 1 RMB ($0.15 USD) per trip. Taxis are available at an increased cost when time is an issue. However, we walk to the vegetable market, grocery store, restaurants, and the classroom.

Are you the only foreign teachers at your school?
No. We will serve on a team of teachers including over 50 people from different ages, nationalities, and family status. It's amazing to be surrounded by so many wonderful people.

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