Hamilton (Ontario) Mennonite Church
Julie and Phil provide a Christian presence and teach English to undergraduates. In 2009, the Benders moved from Chongqing, where they had taught for five years at the Chongqing Medical University, to Dazhou, where they now teach at the Sichuan University of Arts and Science. Their classes introduce students to social issues, ethical values, and intercultural understanding, while informal settings allow for conversations about Christian faith. Through English teaching, language learning, church attendance, and making friendships, they hope to contribute to understanding, peace, and witness to Christ.