Paul and Nancy Gieschen - U.S. field representatives for Okinawa Christian School International (OCSI) in Atlanta
Their ministry focus has two primary components. First, they continue to be U.S. field representatives for Okinawa Christian School International (OCSI) in Atlanta, primarily functioning as teacher recruiters by visiting universities and attending Christian school conferences. An additional benefit from these visits is the interaction with education departments through occasional seminars taught by Paul, and facilitation of student teachers going to OCSI. We also function as U.S. contacts for teachers who are applying for positions or are in the process of going to OCSI.
Nancy also gathers input from those on the OCSI campus and compiles them into a monthly prayer calendar. This calendar is sent out digitally to those who desire to pray for the ministry of OCSI.
Second, they have an extensive personal ministry with international post-doc researchers and visiting scholars who are primarily Chinese. Some are Master's or PhD students. They are mostly working at Emory University, Georgia Tech, Georgia State, or the CDC, all of which are within 15 minutes of our location. Many are in the U.S. for one year or less. At any one time, they are now having 20 to 30 in our Sunday morning International Discovery class.
In addition, Nancy teaches an intensive Discipleship Training course once each year, for those who want to be specifically involved in one-to-one discipleship.
Finally, we have been serving as advisors to a group of Chinese leaders who have desired to begin a new Chinese church and fellowship using our church building (First Alliance Church). They began their first services in January and are working in tangent with our Discovery International Sunday school class and the English speaking worship service.