Today we are honored to have Hannah Lau, author of Wherever You Go: A Conversation About Life, Faith, and Courage. I got to meet Hannah in person last fall when she passed through Denver. I am happy for you to learn about her book because she has several unique characteristics to contribute to the conversation.
- She’s Asian Canadian and lived in China and now lives in Hong Kong.
- She’s single.
- She works and serves in the business world.
Amazon describes Wherever You Go: A Conversation About Life, Faith, and Courage this way:
Strangers Corrie Lee and Keiko Suzuki have just graduated from university and moved to China to start their first jobs. Corrie believes that God has called her there, while Keiko is in it for the work experience. No matter the reason, life in China quickly becomes about more than just that. Through a friendship over email, Corrie and Keiko agonise, laugh, share, and commiserate over the big and small things in life.
Can you tell us about your cross-cultural service? Where were you, what were you doing, and for how long were you there?
I began my cross-cultural service in 2006, about a week after graduating from university. I served in China for four years across three different cities as a tent-maker working in the advertising industry. After China I moved to Singapore for three years where God continued to prepare me in my vocation for what He ultimately intended for me to do. In 2013, I left the corporate world and also Singapore and moved to Hong Kong where I began working for Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, running their marketing activities for Asia.
What are you up to these days?
These days I’m still based in Hong Kong but for the past two years have been freelancing as a marketing consultant for non-profit organizations, kingdom businesses, and social enterprises. My heart is to help ministries do what they do better and offer them the corporate expertise that they otherwise wouldn’t have access to. The flexibility of freelancing has allowed me to finish my book and now develop my speaking ministry. I hope to be able to reach audiences with the themes and truths covered in the book but furthermore to encourage and inspire them to live out their purpose in God.
What prompted you to write the book?
To be honest, I never intended to write a book. It started off as processing my journey of being a tent-maker in China. But as I began to journal, the Lord revealed to me that my experiences may have been mine, but the truths that he spoke into those experiences were neither unique to me nor unique to China. In fact, they were truths that young people could relate to all around the world. That’s when I felt I needed to share my story.
What need do you perceive this book meets?
On the path of following Christ there are many joys but there are also difficulties, the Bible is not shy about the cost of discipleship, the narrow roads and doors. What perhaps isn’t discussed enough is the journey itself, the realities of the path less traveled, the moments of darkness, when God is silent, when there is pain, loneliness, confusion, or even doubt. I hope that the conversation featured in the book will open up real life conversations, for those within the Christian community to get candid and honest about the parts that aren’t so sparkly and then bring the encouragement of God’s sovereignty and love into those situations.
What are your hopes for the book?
The hope is that it will reach anyone who is at a crossroad. This could mean many things, from students preparing for college and deciding what path to choose, to young adults trying to figure out how following Christ fits in with their vocation. But crossroads come up in all stages of life. I hope that anyone that is trying to navigate what life with God looks like, whether in their studies, work, or mission field, would be encouraged, knowing that they are not alone, and that the journey is worth it.
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?Bio: Hannah was born and raised in Canada. Growing up with immigrant parents from Hong Kong gave her a rich perspective on both eastern and western culture. She has spent her adult life in Asia, beginning in China as a tentmaking missionary. With a colourful and hard-earned career in advertising, she’s now using her corporate experience to help the non-profit sector. She’s the author of ‘Wherever You Go: A Conversation About Life, Faith, and Courage’ and a public speaker. She’s passionate about people, their stories, and how Christ can be an active part of the adventure. You can Follow the book on social media for updates on where in the world the book is going and who it’s blessing. Facebook, Instagram, and twitter.