Goering to speak on China at next 60+

Jim Goering, a Kansas-born economist who worked for a number of global organizations including the World Bank and World Vision, will present ?Christianity in China: 1,400 Years of Hope, Persecution and Joy? at the Tabor College Learning in Retirement Program, Monday, Oct. 19.

The session begins at 9:45 a.m. in the Wohlgemuth Music Education Center.

Goering, who lives in North Newton, has traveled to China nearly every year since 1980 in his work for the World Bank and more recently as a tour guide.

His deep understanding of China?s past and present will be apparent in his presentation, which he will illustrate with visuals and anecdotes.

From his roots on a wheat and dairy farm near Pretty Prairie, Goering would grow up to make a significant impact on the world of agriculture. Two of his early positions were as an administrator of a Peace Corps project in Guatemala and then as a staff economist for the Council of Economic Advisors, in the Executive Office of the White House.

From 1966-74, Goering was an agricultural policy adviser with the Harvard University Development Advisory Service, providing advice to the Malaysian and Ethiopian governments.

He spent most of his career with the World Bank, from 1974-95, including a resident mission in Beijing during which he fell in love with China.

His most recent position was director of international programs for World Vision Relief and Development, in Washington, D.C.

Goering earned his bachelor?s degree from Kansas State University, and his master?s and doctoral degrees from Michigan State University. He is married to the former Shirley Suderman, a Hillsboro native. They have five children.

The public is welcome to attend all Learning in Retire?ment programs. Fees are $3 per session for non-members. Registration and discount cards for lunch in the cafeteria will be available at the door during the half hour before the meeting.

For more information, contact Connie Isaac, coordinator, at 947-3121, 947-5964, or conniei@tabor.edu.

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