Friday, August 16, 2013

Penner's Spotlight - Lisa Harris - China

Pens on a World Map
Penner’s Spotlight

Penner: Lisa Harris of Africa
Location: China

 I love to travel. Whether it’s Paris or Rio, Japan or South Africa, my family and I have been blessed to be able to do a lot of traveling together as a family due to our work and ministry.
Learning to use chopsticks
The Great Wall of China
One of the things I love about both traveling and living in different countries is that it has widened my worldview and given me a greater understanding into the lives of other cultures. I’ve met people from all walks of life who have taught me about sacrifice, friendship, endurance, and true giving.
Beautiful architecture
Terracotta Warriors
My latest trip was to the beautiful country of China, and I was able to travel there without ever leaving my living room. How, you ask? Well typically, if I want to visit a place without the expense of traveling, I pick up a book that will transport me there.
This time, it was through the eyes of my husband and son who headed off to China for two weeks this May. (You can read the story behind their trip here:

Hong Kong
Dried Fish Bladders
Because we knew little about this beautiful country before my son left, we spent a lot of time reading about China. We read through thick guidebooks, researched history and culture on the Internet, and read the autobiography of Hudson Taylor, a missionary to China in the 1800’s.
This meant that once they left, I already had an initial picture of the country and its people in my mind. When my husband sent daily updates, I almost felt as if I were there with them. Through their eyes, I visited the Great Wall of China, the Terracotta Warriors, acres of stunning gardens, and crowded cities.
Beautiful garden bridge
My boys returned home with hundreds of photos. I looked through each picture, drank sweet tea bought from a local teahouse, and worked on my chopstick skills, allowing me to ‘visit’ China for the first time.
Have you been to China or another location in Asia? What’s your favorite place you’ve traveled to through another’s eyes? Please join the conversation below.
LISA HARRIS is a Christy Award finalist and the winner of the Best Inspirational Suspense Novel for 2011 from Romantic Times. She has over twenty novels and novella collections in print. She and her family have spent almost ten years living as missionaries in Africa where she homeschools, leads a women’s group, and runs a non-profit organization that works alongside their church-planting ministry called The ECHO Project.
When she’s not working she loves hanging out with her family, cooking different ethnic dishes, photography, and heading into the African bush on safari.  For more information about her books and life in Africa visit her website at or her blog at For more information about The ECHO Project, please visit
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