Sea turtle or “海龟, hai gui” in Chinese sounds the same as to return from studying overseas “海归”. Every year thousands of Chinese move temporarily overseas to study, and of course every year thousands of them return home after a life changing experience of studying abroad. All of these returning students and workers have been transformed in some way by their experiences. Their study programs have challenged them to think and dialogue. They have been encouraged to be creative and to interact with the world around them. They have asked the big questions and many of them have come to faith. They have blossomed and flourished during their time abroad. Now it is time to go home. At first this seems easy. A plane flight of a few hours and then they will be back in their home – but this is not as easy as it looks. They have changed and their home has changed – they are not going to just fit back in.
Thriving Turtles is a group of Australian reformed evangelical Christians who are committed to helping Chinese Christians return to China, thrive in their faith and be a blessing to China. Please see our Vision, Mission and Values statements for more information about us.
This website offers resources and encouragement for sea turtles and the people who are working with them.