Blog Entries by Joann Pittman

Joann Pittman

Joann Pittman is Vice President of Partnership and China Engagement and editor of ZGBriefs.

Prior to joining ChinaSource, Joann spent 28 years working in China, as an English teacher, language student, program director, and cross-cultural trainer for organizations and businesses engaged in China. She has also taught Chinese at the University of Northwestern-St. Paul (MN), and Chinese Culture and Communication at Wheaton College (IL) and Taylor University (IN).

Joann has a BA in Social Sciences from the University of Northwestern-St. Paul (MN), and an MA in teaching from the University of St. Thomas (MN).

She is the author of Survival Chinese Lessons and The Bells Are Not Silent: Stories of Church Bells in China.

Her personal blog, Outside-In can be found at, where she writes on China, Minnesota, traveling, and issues related to "living well where you don't belong."

You can find her on Twitter and on Facebook at @authorjoannpittman.

She makes her home in New Brighton, Minnesota.

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In Exile—Outside the Wall

A look at where they’ve landed, how they’re continuing their work from a distance, and what God’s been teaching them.

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10 Quotes from Jesus, the Path to Human Flourishing by I’Ching Thomas

The presenter for our upcoming webinar, "How Relevant is the Gospel for the Chinese."

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The Blessing—China

Wherever you are in this summer of pandemic, may the Lord make his face to shine upon you.

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How I spent my first Christmas holiday in China.

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Online Meeting Platforms

As the world ground to a halt this year due to the COVID pandemic, have you wondered what it would have been like to get through this without the internet?

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Weathering the COVID Storm

Insights from a conversation about the effects of the Covid-19 crisis on the church in China.

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Dreams and Disillusionment

Shanghai Free Taxi: A Book Review

If you’ve lived in China (Shanghai, particularly), you’ll love Shanghai Free Taxi. If you’re making plans to go to China, it’s a great introduction. If neither, read it anyway. You'll smile and learn stuff along the way!

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Where to Get a Bible in China

Printed and electronic versions are available, but where?

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National People’s Congress 2020

A Reading Roundup

The "Two Meetings," a look at what China claims to have accomplished in the past year, and where it intends to go.

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3 Questions: Indigenous Missions Movement

What are some of the significant breakthroughs in the development of the Indigenous Missions Movement from China.