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Archive for June 6, 2012


Jun 6

Want to Serve International Students in the Name of Christ?

2012 | by Clint | Category: Global,Local,Mission Opportunity

International Students INC. (ISI) is a Christ centered ministry focused on loving, serving, and proclaiming the gospel to international university students.  As a church, we have partnered intentionally with ISI of Albuquerque in the past to raise up “friendship partners” who faithfully come alongside these students visiting a foreign land.  Our hope is that our care for them will reflect Christ as we help them settle in and feel at home.

This is a strategic partnership because God has ordained it such that America is very attractive (for the time being) academically to many nations that are either pre or post Christian.  What a great opportunity to befriend a student, help them meet their physical needs, and point them toward spiritual truth.

Many international university students don’t ever get an invitation into the home of an American while studying in the States.  This is tragically ironic based on the fact that most of them come seeking to learn more about the people, the culture, and even religion.  I have personally found that my ISI friendship partners are eager to talk about spiritual things and to tell the stories of their people and listen to the story of mine.

Check out ISI’s website to learn more about their purpose and vision, or their Albuquerque chapter to learn more about how you can get involved.  Also, see below for specific ways you can help this summer.

And click here to read what international students impacted by ISI are saying.

If you’d like to get involved this summer, here are two specific ways you can help this summer as international students arrive:

International Students Need Your Couch and Your Savior

International Students INC. of Albuquerque will again be collecting gently used furniture and household goods for the new international students who will be arriving at UNM this August.  Please, if possible, keep these items until August 1, then, bring them to the Baptist Student Union (401 University Blvd.).  If you need them to be picked up, contact Don Patterson, dmpatte1@aol.com or 350-8880 to arrange for pickup after August 1.  Thank you for your gracious support!

 

Helping International Students Arrive and Adjust in the Name of Christ

International Students INC. of Albuquerque will be welcoming more than 300 new international students to UNM this August. Will you prayerfully consider how you can participate in this Global Mission in your own back yard.  Opportunities abound to share Christ’s love by providing: Airport Pickup/Temporary Home-stays, Lunch, Transportation, Adjustment assistance, and Orientation to Albuquerque. Contact ISIABQ@isiwebnet.net to learn how you can join our ISI Albuquerque team and reach out to people from all over the world.