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A Lesson in Adventure Brought to You By Sally

Carla Morris

On first glance, Fei “Sally” Li ’16 doesn’t appear adventuresome, but looks can be deceiving.

Sally made a bold move five years ago, traveling 7,000 miles from her home in Shanxi Province, China, to study the English language. She found a “safe, faithful and friendly environment” on campus and graduated from Greenville’s English language program, initiated by President Larry Linamen. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from Greenville and is currently enrolled in @MBA, a one-year master’s program in business administration.

A Mission of Outreach

More than 50 international students called Greenville home last semester. They arrived from Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Hong Kong, Korea, China, Japan, Spain, Belgium and Canada.

Provost Edwin Estevez ’94 considers them kindred spirits. He came to Greenville College in 1990 as a 16-year-old freshman from Santiago, Dominican Republic.

He attributes his collegiate experience to the work of Free Methodist missionaries in Santiago, who drew inspiration from a theology of freedom and encouraged learning.

Estevez speaks passionately about gospel-inspired inclusion and Greenville University’s history in the Wesleyan tradition and the Free Methodist Church.

“This work is at the center of our mission, and we cannot ignore the tradition that sits at the heart of the words and deeds of those who came before us,” he says. “This year is the 100th anniversary that my family was touched by the compassionate care, visionary thinking and Christ-centered outreach that intricately defines our legacy.”

Conversation, the Building Blocks of Relationships

Sally and Jo Wolf

English language instructor Jo (Keillor ’79) Wolf  (pictured, with Sally) takes that compassionate care seriously. Between lessons in vocabulary, tense and sentence structure, she plants seeds of faith in her students.

Her warmth drew a positive response from Sally and blossomed into a mentor relationship. They remain friends, testifying to the authentic connection with faculty that traditional students have treasured for decades.

Equipped to Explore More

Sally is grateful for every level of instruction at Greenville University. “[It] made me to be open-minded, courageous and humble when I view and experience the world,” she says, adding that she now feels equipped to explore new vistas—spoken like a true adventurer.

This story originally appeared in the Summer 2017 RECORD.

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This story was published on July 27, 2017

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