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Esther Sun Interview

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Esther Sun is a graduate student at DBU from China, and this week we had the opportunity to sit down with her and hear about her journey to DBU and her experience here!


How did you hear about DBU?

“Before I came to DBU I was working in China, and I was applying to graduate schools there, but everywhere I went the doors just seemed to close. Because of this I started looking at schools in the U.S. I came upon DBU’s website while looking at another school, and I decided to visit. When I saw the campus I just fell in love with it—it is so beautiful here! After that I was sure I wanted to go to DBU.”

Why did you choose DBU?

“It was clear to me almost immediately that DBU was the place for me. Sometimes in life you are given many choices and you have to decide which one is right for you, and sometimes you are given one thing and you just know it must be right—it is almost like the decision was made for you. That is how I felt about DBU. Every other door had closed, and when I discovered DBU I just knew that I was supposed to be here. It was so discouraging looking at schools in China and not finding one to attend, but I am so glad that none of those schools worked out for me, because otherwise I would not have ended up here. Through all of that I really learned to rely on God for everything.

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“I went through a season after arriving at DBU when I was very discouraged and tired. I just wanted to give up. One day God gave me a word while I was writing in my journal, and I wrote it down: ‘Meet Jesus in the water.’ That night I went to a Shane and Shane concert in the chapel, and I heard the message about Peter walking on the water to meet Jesus. I could not stop crying because I knew God was confirming what I had heard earlier that day. All through my season at DBU this truth has stayed with me and helped me through all of the exhaustion and stress of graduate school.”

What do you want to do next?

“My major is Global Leadership, and after finishing at DBU I want to go back to China and teach English as a second language. I will probably start my career teaching primary school, but eventually I am hoping to teach middle school.”

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Moving to a new country to attend school is both exciting and intimidating. It takes courage to embark on such a big adventure, but, like Esther discovered, it can be so rewarding. Thanks for sharing your story, Esther, and we wish you all the best!

Elizabeth's Story

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Elizabeth Olguin, a DBU student, wrote this amazing story for today's blog. We hope it inspires you to live your life with courage and passion!

Have you ever wanted to do something that was out of your comfort zone? Perhaps you felt compelled to speak in a room full of people, or maybe you wanted to go on a roller coaster at Six Flags. I have wanted to do some outrageous things in my life, but when the moment of truth came I did not have the courage to go through with it. Recently I went on my first mission trip out of the country. I was so excited! I thought to myself, “I am young and single, and I need to begin living my life the way God wants me to.” I think that it is important for everyone, young and old alike, to live our lives to the fullest, so we can look back and say, “ I sure took advantage of that season.”

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 When I got to Costa Rica, it was so surreal and warm. Our leader told us that he and his wife had a surprise for us at the end of the trip. I did not think much about it at the time, but once it was time to go back home, he started telling us to get ready because we “had not seen anything yet.” Knowing my leader, I was fully aware that it would be something extreme and out of my comfort zone. As the end of our trip drew nearer, he informed us of the dress code we needed to abide by for this experience. Once we got to the site, we realized it was just ziplining. We were so relieved until we remembered that this was not Texas. As the instructor explained to us the safety hazards and our gear, he mentioned how many ziplines we were going to cross and how high they were. We were to cross ten ziplines, two of which were 5,300 feet high and 1,100 feet high, respectively. All I wanted to do was go back to the church where we were staying and hide. I was not afraid of heights until they mentioned the thousands of feet we were going to cross.

 When we got up to our zipline, I watched as my friends, one by one, stepped off the edge and flew down through the jungle. I made sure to be one of the last ones to go in case I changed my mind at the last minute. I knew that way there would be less pressure to follow through if there were not as many people watching me back out. The scariest part for me was not seeing where I was going to arrive. You can imagine how long that zip-line was and how fast my heart was racing! As I was waiting for my turn to be pushed off into the jungle, I felt like I had no control over my life. I was so scared of getting hurt while ziplining at that height. As the instructor pushed me off, he yelled, “Pura vida! Look around you,” but I was too busy looking down to see how far I would fall and die. Yeah, I said “die.”

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I was in that zip-line for five minutes. While I was racing through the air, far from the safety of the ground,  I decided to leave my life in the hands of God and enjoy all the beauty and life around me. I saw a volcano, the jungle trees, birds flying, and monkeys going from tree to tree. Many times in our lives we pray that God will use us in amazing ways, and we want to begin living the life He intended for us to have, but in the very moments when He wants us to step out of the boat (or in my case jump off the ledge), like Peter we are too afraid. Isaiah 41:10 says, “Do not be afraid of anything; I hold you in my right hand,” and Psalms 23:3 says, “He leads me beside peaceful streams.”

Do not be afraid to put your life in Your Father’s hands! Maybe it is getting out of your apartment and meeting new people here on campus, or maybe it is moving away from your family and friends and coming here to DBU. God will never leave you or forsake you; I know this from personal experience. We are only given one life. Imagine living yours with the courage He offers to you! 


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