PREP started in 2014, when Ed saw this new wave of young students flooding into United States, he realized this is not only a business opportunity, but also a ministry opportunity. “Parachute kids” can get into jail if left all by themselves alone or can grow into next generation leaders of China with the right support, love and care.
Since then, PREP has been at the far front of study abroad industry especially in the K-12 space. We are proud of being the innovator of establishing a Christian homestay model and we are very grateful for all of our partners who choose to work closely with us.
Continue the theme of "Do hard things", this year we want to focus on "Little Things" that matter. We believe if we do little things that matter, great things happen. If we do little things consistently, our lives will be transformed!
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There is growing pain...there is trials and tribulations...there is accusation and threat...we had it all! But going through all of those, we were constantly reminded that God is still in control and without Him, we can't do anything. This was the year we did hard things and our students and parents also embraced the idea.
God continues to bless our ministry. We had the first hire in company history in April - Vickie Scully joined us as the Director of Student Success. We had more schools to partner and doubled our student enrollment. We hired more team members. Most importantly, all of our students are placed in strong Christian families.
With more students coming, we continue to experiment the best way to serve them. God brought more Christian schools and families to partner with us. Priscilla joined us as the full time PREP "mom".
Out of nowhere, we had the first two students and then another three. We hosted the first two students at our own home to understand what it takes to provide for them.
This was when Ed saw the changes in the industry and he had the dream of becoming the premier education service provider to the young Chinese students and their families and share gospel with them in that process.
We were saved at University of Michigan, first day after my graduation ceremony. God turned our lives around through a campus minister and planted the seed for PREP.