Sam, URI student, talks about his vision to start something new with international Chinese students on campus. As his staffworker Lauren interviews him, he discusses using his gifts and skill sets to reach out to this specific community and how some came to faith.
One young woman we met with comes from a country were Christianity is not well known. Her presence in our Bible studies and community has been a source of great joy. We've been blessed to be able to explain the good news of Jesus to her and on one occasion to pray for her for healing. Watching her explore the Christian faith with a fresh perspective and honest questions has been a blessing for the whole community.
Earlier this semester we were studying the passage where Jesus gives the two great commandments and tells us to love our neighbor as ourselves. Bringing the perspective of an international student and someone who hadn't read Luke 10, she asks, "So, who is my neighbor?" We all smiled at her and we able to say "Jesus has an answer to that."
By, Jonathan Kenerson, Campus Staff | UMaine
In October 2013, the core team organized a diner for international student friends and had about thirty in attendance. We were able to connect more deeply with existing friends and were able to make a number of new friends. We also hosted a Harvest party at Treworgy Family Orchards last weekend and had Muslims, Christians, and seekers from Pakistan, Iran, China, Japan, Egypt, India, and yes, even America. We had a great time eating, running around in the corn maze, and contra-dancing together.
Also Todd, a member of our core team, has just started a Bible study for these international students, most of whom are in graduate school. The second meeting is tonight so be praying that the group grows and that all involved grow in faith as a result.
By Jonathan Kennerson, Campus Staff | UMaine