Welcome to 3rd Culture Living

But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself ” (Philippians 3:20-21). We can’t do everything exactly the same way as we were raised, neither can we simply follow the flow in the cultures where we are living. We are committed to finding a “3rd Culture” in Christ in our daily living! We are not ashamed to live as “foreigners and strangers on earth” and “desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. … ” (Hebrews 11:13-16).

“3rd Culture Living” is a lifestyle as a family, a progress to be prepared and equipped as citizens above; it is a way to apply what Apostle Paul teaches “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Romans 12:2).

In conclusion, the Golls’ definition of “3rd Culture Living” is:

We embrace our different cultures and other cultural exposures, to challenge us to renew our minds as we strive to not just follow our assumptions, but to apply Biblical principles in all aspects of our life in dealing with decisions, conflicts, and evaluating beliefs, to be passionate ambassadors for Christ through His daily transformation.

The above is excerpted from “What is 3rd culture Living?“.

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6 Ways to pray for our new home.

After months of working to get the house ready, and even safe, to have guests, we were excited to have a time of prayer and dedication in June 2015. This house is God’s, and we are grateful that friends who helped and prayed for us during these months of preparation were able to come and pray with and for us for Christ’s cleansing and filling of our new home.

As well as praying specifically for each room, here are 6 general areas where we are asking God to work in us, our home and all who visit.

  1. Seek God’s Kingdom and His righteousness first. (Matt 6:33; Hebrews 13:14)

    • Truly walking in fellowship with Christ in daily life and all decisions

  2. Love, Joy & Peace at this home. (Gal 5:22; Eph 5)

    • Demonstration of His deep sacrificial love

    • Joy in drawing near to him as a family

    • Peace of spirit through faith in His presence and intimate work in our lives

  3. Growing wisdom in building a home (Psalms 127:1; Matt 6:21; Matt 19:5)

    • Spiritual growth in Christ and His word leading to life and discernment

    • Growing marriage as we seek to live in unity of purpose and action

    • That our children would not just perform and obey, but to have hearts after Christ

    • Financial Wisdom and Generosity to see everything as Christ’s

  4. Dwelling of His Spirit so the evil spirits will not have any strongholds. (Psalms 84; Phil 2:1-11, Matthew 12:43-45)

    • Freedom from any strongholds previously in this house

    • Moving forward in growth in Christ’s Spirit to make us more like Him

  5. Christ’s Spirit to be moving as we have guests at our home (Matt 18:20; Col 4:5-6; Hebrews 13:15-16)

    • Christ’s Spirit to touch lives and draw people to Himself

    • Connection among all who come to visit

    • Protection, that no one would have injury

    • Joy and Perseverance reaching out to others

    • Especially for currently planned group events

  6. Continued and growing Missionary perspective (2 Corinthians 5:20; Matt 28:19-20; Acts 1:8)

    • To live intentionally in all areas of life to walk with Christ and thus to have Him glorified

    • To be driven to see people discipled in Christ

Grass is cut finally:-)! See what it was like here.

Grass is cut finally:-)! See what it was like here.

A Record of the Golls’ Journey

  • It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed. Deuteronomy 31:8

  • Throughout all their journeys, whenever the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle, the people of Israel would set out. But if the cloud was not taken up, then they did not set out till the day that it was taken up. For the cloud of the Lord was on the tabernacle by day, and fire was in it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel throughout all their journeys. Exodus 40:36-38

June 2015 Home Dedication & Beginning to be able to practice hospitality
Oct. 2014 Move out of the house on Greenleaf Ave, Parma Hts.
Sept. 2014 Signed on our new house

We bought a house, debt free! God is so good!!

We bought a house with lots of “potential” :), but debt free! God is so good!! It was not a house you would fall in love at first sight, but a home you will grow to love with your loved ones day by day!!

May ~ Sept. 2014 Waiting on God’s timing and direction during uncertainty with the “Maybe house”.
May 2014 Isaiah was born
Sept.  2012 Move into the rental house, Greenleaf Ave,ParmaHts. This move blessed us with:

  • wonderful neighbors (with young children),
  • the ability to have Elijah run around outside
  • a place to grow our garden
  • an easier time having guests

We weren’t looking to move, but what a blessing that house became during the two years we were there.

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A search for a home for our garden has led us to a house! Third home!

Sept. 2011 Move into the apartment, North Church Dr., Parma Hts.

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We enjoyed our one-year stay at the apartment. No grass to mow, no snow to shovel, unlimited heat/air. Why the move? We thought we would stay there until heading back to China. God has a different, and always better plan in store.

Dec. 2010 Elijah was born
Sept. 2010 Move into the first house, Vandalia, Cleveland

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First home in the States! God provided a house fully furnished. What a gift!

July 2010 Departed China, arrived in America and stayed with Rob’s parents for a few weeks.

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Goodbye, 再见, China! No thrift store, no garage sell, no storage unit. Give it all away and it felt great!

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July 2006 Rob and Elyse married at Grace Church and started life together

Birth – Marriage  The above is a glance at our life journey together. Click here to read our engagement newsletter for the story of how we met, etc.